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Archives for July, 2012

Diet

Stop Swallowing So Much Cash: 7 Tips For Healthy Eating On A Budget


Years ago, when I made the decision to become a vegetarian, I prepared answers for all the replies I knew were coming:

We have canine teeth for a reason.

You won’t get enough protein.

I give it two months.

(That last one was from my best friend. Supportive, huh?)

I wasn’t prepared for one of the most common replies I got, though:

Wow. That’s going to be really expensive.

At the time, the way I looked at it...
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Guilt

How To Take A Guilt-Free, Successful Mental Health Day


Happy Tuesday, readers!

Last week I told you about the mental health day I took (and the unsurprising surprise some folks felt when they found out).

Now, I'd like to share some pointers I learned during the day - some mental health day tips, if you will.

You might think taking a mental health day is a sort of no-brainer. You just call off school or work and chill out, right?

Well, sort of.

For a truly successful...
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Diet

Need a Delicious Summer Dessert? Try This Vegan Fruit Tart

Not to state the obvious, but it's hot. So hot that most of my cooking these days consists of me staring at the oven and then ordering take-out. It's not that I don't want to make myself dinner, it's just that my tiny kitchen threatens to roast me alive any time I even think of turning on the oven.

Unfortunately, my sweet tooth doesn't seem to register that baking is out of the question. All...
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Guilt

How Dare You Take A Mental Health Day?!


Yesterday, I took a mental health day.

I've had a lot on my plate lately, most of it dealing with an occupation-related transition, and about half-way through my first cup of coffee yesterday morning, I decided I needed a mental health day.

Not many people knew about it simply because, aside from a few texts and a trip to Papa John's (yes, Papa John's - we'll talk about that later), I didn't really talk to anyone.

The...
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Diet

Monkey See, Monkey Do: Mirroring Healthy Behaviors


Mmm, fresh strawberries.

Monday was the first day I've bought them since last summer, and it wasn't because I had a craving for them or realized it'd been too long or saw they were on sale as I passed the produce section.

Nope, it was because a friend of mine has kept her 'fridge stocked with them for weeks now, along with other fresh produce like cherries, organic baby carrots, and leafy green spinach.

This probably doesn't...
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General

Staying Healthy When The Heat Is On…And The Power Is Off!

Since last Friday, my area has been hit pretty hard with extreme heat waves and severe winds and thunderstorms. Naturally, Mother Nature's cranky mood led to ongoing power outages, which led to little relief from the humidity and high temperatures, a lot of spoiled food, heat-related health problems,

...our own cranky moods.

This isn't the first time I've dealt with a long-term power outage - not by a long shot. However, it might be the...
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