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Do Crazy Drivers Drive You Crazy?

Written by Virginia Eaton — Early one morning I was stopped at the signal by the library when one of those monstrously long gravel trucks attempted to stop as the light turned from yellow to red. It was just too big, and rolled through the intersection after the light was decidedly red. Meanwhile, a car that was anxious to go had to wait ...

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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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Be Kind In Your Mind

Written by Virginia Eaton — I work with a lot of people who want to lose weight – sometimes just a few pounds, sometimes a whole lot more. Regardless of the amount of weight you want to lose, the most difficult part is accepting the body that you have rather than feeling ashamed or offended by it. Most of my ...

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How Are Your Shoulders Feeling?

Written by Virginia Eaton — How are your shoulders feeling? Can you still reach overhead to get something out of the cupboard? Do you have difficulty putting on a sweater or a jacket? As I work with older adults, I hear shoulder complaints more often than any other, so I was thrilled when I started reading some interesting research about ...

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Eating Your Summer Reading

Written by Virginia Eaton —  Inside Class, The Body Pastiche we have a library and encourage people to borrow any book that strikes their fancy. It may sound strange to have a library in a health and fitness business but my job as a health coach and owner is to empower people to make the changes that will lead to ...

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Let’s Talk About Portion Size

Written by Virginia Eaton — There is no doubt that portion size has increased over the preceding decades. It may have started in restaurants to give the customer the feeling of getting a good deal, but it bled into our home cooking as well: the size of your dinner plate has increased from nine inches to the current standard of 12 inches. ...

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To Be Selfish Vs. Self-ish With Your Health

Written by Virginia Eaton — Several weeks ago I was talking with a client about the need to focus on oneself in order to have the physical and emotional wherewithal to support others. In all her wisdom, my client replied, “Of course! It’s like when you’re on an airplane and they tell you to put your oxygen mask on first ...

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What Are Nightshades And How Can They Hurt?

Written by Virginia Eaton — Last week I talked about food allergies, food sensitivities, and the difference between the two. The most common suspects for both allergic reactions and sensitivity that can cause chronic inflammation are corn, dairy, eggs, and soy. However, there is another category of food that is being scrutinized more closely of late – nightshades. When you ...

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Food Allergy Vs. Food Sensitivity (And What To Do About It)

Written by Virginia Eaton — When I work with people who seem to eat and exercise well, yet do not feel well or are unable to lose excess weight, I start to look at food sensitivities. When weight isn’t releasing in spite of eating well, or if you are often experiencing symptoms of bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation that can’t ...

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Healthy Gut = Healthy Body, Mind

Written by Virginia Eaton — There’s a lot of research studying the care and feeding of the bacteria in our gut. Researchers have found numerous links between the health of the gut microbiome (the colonization of bacteria that live in our intestines) and the immune system, autism, depression, autoimmune diseases and conditions in the bowel. This includes inflammatory bowel disease, ...

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