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Ever since Marie Kondo published her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I’ve been a fan. The promise of a gentle plan to organize and streamline possessions and clutter—to get that dream closet that looks like an ad in a magazine—was irresistible. Better yet, the concept at the root of Kondo’s philosophy resonated with… Read more »

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…In fact, in 2019, Pig is a very special thing to be. That’s because in Chinese tradition, every year is represented by one of twelve animals. The year itself, as well as the people born in that year, are believed to share the characteristics of that year’s representative creature. Were you born in 1923, 1935,… Read more »

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It’s January, the beginning of a new year, and I’m feeling a kind of liberation. Is the source of my release a new declaration? Does it come from deciding to be more organized or take more time for vacations? Nope! My sense of freedom comes from ditching the weight-loss diet mentality once and for all,… Read more »

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In December, we all seem to think we receive an imaginary “report card” grading our accomplishments for the past year. Did you finally get that promotion that you’ve been hoping for? Did you lose the 20 pounds you swore you’d take off by last spring? Did you start that exercise program you promised yourself last… Read more »

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For some years now, health care practitioners have been noticing a new pattern: Liver disease is unquestionably on the rise. Liver disease is a well-known problem among certain groups of individuals, such as those who’ve contracted hepatitis or have a history of alcohol addiction. And patients who use a number of prescription and even over-the-counter… Read more »

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Let’s slap down a very widespread misconception with a big dose of truth today. Here goes: “Eating fat” and “getting fat” are two completely different things.   When we talk about dietary fat, we mean a whole collection of substances. Some of these fats are harmful and best avoided, but many other fats have healthful… Read more »

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Sorry to say, the answer is food.   Why? Food itself just “is”—it’s an inanimate substance that has no emotion of its own and, honestly, doesn’t care about what’s going on in your head or health. (It doesn’t dislike you, either—it just doesn’t care.) The problem is that we’re so invested in food: We think… Read more »

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Pop quiz: How are you reading this newsletter? If you said “on my phone,” then I would guess you probably could use a break from that little miracle of modern technology.   Think about it. If you’re reading on a mobile device, there’s a good chance you’re multitasking (or even “dual-screening”), too. Are you squeezing… Read more »

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Are your back, neck, shoulders, and/or knees bothering you? Do you feel stiffer and slower—almost as if you never took that energizing vacation? Maybe you were over-exercising or participating in vacation activities that aren’t in your usual routine? Even regular strenuous or moderate exercise sessions can bring on pain or discomfort.   This was my… Read more »