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Everyday Healthy Living

I Brake for Pumpkins

by carko on November 15, 2016

I can’t quite decide which season I like best. I am always super sad at the end of summer and I still feel like a school kid savoring my last days before it’s over and back to reality. Luckily, living in the Northeast affords us the beautiful pleasures all four seasons bring. There is something […]

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Fiber: Why It Matters More Than You Think

by carko on February 13, 2015

Fiber is famous for improving regularity and helping lower cholesterol. But dietary fiber also performs other key roles that might surprise you, affecting everything from your skin to your gallbladder, heart and immunity. Fiber-rich foods work wonders in the body including regulating blood-sugar levels, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, […]

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Cracking the Code on Plastics

by carko on January 21, 2015

I was at Softball Opening Day last Saturday and the girls had a great time; parade through town, scrimmage, team photos…. free water bottles from Models! Who Hoo! Although, I am not a big fan of plastic water bottles, they do have their purpose. After all, it’s difficult to maneuver a stainless steel screw- top […]

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I’ve never been super big on coming up with a list of short term New Year’s resolutions. I believe in keeping a long list of attainable Life Goals that I work at all year round. Having said that, when pressed by numerous people to come up with one New Year’s goal . . . the […]

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It’s a Good Day for a Guinness!

by carko on March 17, 2014

It’s official! I got the formal documentation from the Fed Ex man yesterday . . . I am an Irish Citizen! Whoo Hoo! Perfect timing for Saint Patrick’s Day. On my first of many trips to Ireland: October 1996. My sister and I decided to forgo the more tourist heavy attractions like kissing the germ […]

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My sister recently gave me two boxes of the most delicious dark chocolate from Venezuela and I always feel a bit guilty dipping into it in the afternoon. After all, like red wine, it’s good for you right? Well let’s take a look. Chocolate is made from plants. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants (nearly […]

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A quick Guide to buying Organic Produce

by carko on January 15, 2014

I am a huge proponent for buying organic but try not to be a fanatic when it comes to the realities that may not always make it possible. If 80% of what I buy is organic, or from a locally grown low pesticide farm, I am happy. Here’s a quick and easy guide to follow […]

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Gifts of Charity

by carko on December 30, 2013

My Mom has always had a knack for finding unique Christmas gifts that we all seem to use such as hand crank emergency radios, vacuum sealed storage bags, roadside emergency kits to name a few. In struggling to find Christmas gifts for her 5 children and spouses this year, my Mom came up with a […]

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Open the Windows and Breathe!

by carko on March 8, 2012

It’s March 8th and the temperature outside is a balmy 63 degrees here in sunny Central New Jersey. What a great day to open some windows and let in some fresh air! The EPA reports that air pollution is up to five times higher inside than outside and most people spend up to 90% of […]

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Skin Cancer: The Silent Killer

by carko on December 3, 2010

A s I walked down the street with my 3 girls one September afternoon, I noticed a large truck and a street full of parked cars ahead. Curious what was going on we peered into the back yard and saw a large tent with people coming and going. There were no clowns or happy kids […]

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