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Choose Your Eggs Wisely

By Virginia Eaton — I have always been daunted by trips to the grocery store: too much noise combined with endless choices make my head spin. When my children were young, I would strive to be an organized domestic engineer with grocery lists, packs of coupons and good intentions for healthy home cooked meals. Good intentions took a wicked beating ...

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Prevent Falls By Training Your Balance

By Virginia Eaton — I have been conducting a large number of balance assessments the past few weeks, and evaluating a person’s balance is a terrific way to reveal weaknesses, not to mention whether or not they have a sense of humor. Balance deteriorates as we age and can be elusive if our minds are scattered. Children tend to have ...

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Hunger Hormones

By Virginia Eaton — There are three hormones in your body that you should be concerned about if you are trying to lose weight: insulin, leptin and ghrelin. The names sound like a cast of Disney characters, but don’t be fooled; these three hormones are critical to managing a healthy weight. Most people have heard of insulin but may not ...

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Protect Your Privacy: Master The Squat

By Virginia Eaton — I want to have a frank conversation about why you should do squats as part of your weekly exercise routine. Okay, here goes: if you want to be able to sit on the toilet when you are old, and then get up from that toilet without help, you need to train in your middle age for ...

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Find Ways To Breathe Deeply In Spite Of The Smoke

By Virginia Eaton — When I look out my window from home and from work, the smoky haze is made more disheartening by bits of gray ash floating on the air before coming to rest on the ground. The oppressive heat adds insult to already injured lungs and makes moving through my day challenging. The stress of fire, drought and ...

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Quest For Balance: Because You Asked

By Virginia Eaton — Everyday I receive questions from people asking about the best way to be “healthy” and the short answer is, “it depends…” Being healthy requires that all the various components that make us human to work in concert—from the bacteria that live in our guts to the chemicals that make our hearts beat and brains think. Here ...

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Carbs Before Workout? Yes, Please.

By Virginia Eaton — The last couple of weeks I’ve had the pleasure to work out with Oakhurst’s boot camp-queen, Suzy Peek. Her classes are an intense and sweaty affair that raises the heart rate and gets your endorphins flowing — I always leave these workouts with wobbly legs and a smile on my face. However, the last workout I ...

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Stay Cool, Drink More

By Virginia Eaton — Playing golf in the summer has some special perks. When you hit the ball on a fairway hardened from the heat it rolls a long, long way. Sometimes it evens rolls in the right direction, which makes me want to do the happy dance. Long roll aside, temperatures in the mid-90s also make the muscles and ...

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Trying To Eat Well? Watch Out For Food Bullies

By Virginia Eaton I hate being manipulated. The only other thing that gets my blood pressure up faster is being bullied, and the current state of food marketing and labeling employs both tactics with a vicious force that has destroyed our health and endangered the health of our children, grandchildren and beyond. Do I sound angry? Good, because the more ...

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Virginia Eaton: A Curvaceous Career Path

By Virginia Eaton A friend once said to me that men tend to have a linear career path while women, for various reasons, have a more winding, tumbling, curvaceous career path. I have held on to that observation over the years as I have woven together an eclectic knowledge and skill set in the fitness and wellness industry that got ...

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