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Can Depression Be A Friend?

I have a friend. I haven’t seen her for a while now. She tends to come and go as she pleases. Every so often, she will drop in, stay a while and leave when she thinks she’s kept me company for long enough. Whenever she’s around, my days need to be re-organized. Hers is a quiet sort of demanding. Most people don’t understand her. If I’m...

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Life Can Change In An Instant
Life Can Change In An Instant

In West Texas they say that football is life.  For Baron Batch that seemed to be true. His skill on the field won him a scholarship to Texas Tech and as a young player he had the world in a chokehold.  But as anyone who has watched college ball knows, a football career can change in a heartbeat. For Baron it happened during practice one night....

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Sweet, Guilt-free Solutions for Holiday Indulgences
Sweet, Guilt-free Solutions for Holiday Indulgences

If making homemade goodies is one of your favorite holiday activities, but you don't want to push your family off the healthy-eating wagon, there may be a sweet solution for this common problem. The book Low-Carb Sweets and the Art of Self-Indulgence is bursting with desserts ranging from Brownie Fudge Pie to Cranberry Nut Bread and the best news...

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Getting Over the Holiday Blues
Getting Over the Holiday Blues

Need to talk? Power to Change offers a free mentoring program where you can talk privately with a trained mentor. This is supposed to be a season of joy and happiness, but many people don't feel it. Many people suffer from bouts of depression or the blues at different times during the year. During the holiday season people encounter...

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Holiday Eating: Cast Away the Guilt, Keep the Taste
Holiday Eating: Cast Away the Guilt, Keep the Taste

As a nutritionist, I surprise people with my motto: if you're going to indulge, then do it right (have the full-fat version) and really enjoy it! I believe healthy eating includes food high in cream, butter, sugar or salt....just not every day and not every meal. It gets a little trickier during the holiday season with parties, potlucks and bakeoffs...

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Headache-Free Holidays
Headache-Free Holidays

The holiday season is traditionally a busy time filled with happiness and good cheer. With celebrations, family gatherings and office parties, it represents the most social time of the year. The holiday-party season and the gathering of family during the holidays can produce a tremendous amount of stress and tension - two key triggers in the onset...

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Be the Best I can be, Today
Be the Best I can be, Today

I am 41 and spent Mother’s day morning getting up at 5:30 (yes a.m.) by choice to do a 10km run. (Run is a strong word).  Now before you shut me off and say this doesn’t apply to you, just stick with me for a moment.  I am NOT one of those super fit types that loves to exercise.  (I really don’t understand that thinking myself)  My story...

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Cutting: A cry for help
Cutting: A cry for help

When I was in high school I knew kids who drank heavily. I knew about kids who took drugs and in my Grade 9 year someone committed suicide.  But I did not know any students who cut themselves.  Fast forward to 2010 and ask my niece about cutting  in her high school and she’ll tell you in a quiet voice, “I know a lot of kids who do that.” Teens...

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