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Every year at Christmas it shows up. It is a popular gift around the holidays that — let’s face it — most of us dread receiving. The dense cake is filled with sugar-soaked fruit that makes for an overly sweet, hard bite. The historic Christmas cake, inherited from the British and wedding cake of both Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, is actually edible for up to 25 years after it’s made. Shockingly, this doesn’t make it more appealing. But love it or hate it, fruitcake never goes away. What’s the story behind this sturdy seasonal dessert?What’s in it?It’s not just...

One of my favorite family traditions is baking homemade cookies with my daughter and putting them out for Santa onChristmas Eve. Of course, we have to sample the cookies to make sure they are yummy and won’t disappoint the big man. Theaverage sugar cookie has about 220 calories for a medium size cookie and if it has frosting, the calories are even higher. And who canstop at just one cookie? So what are some things parents can do with their children to keep the tradition alive, while sharing healthyhabits as well?Use homemade cookies over store boughto Store bought cookies tend...

BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE! Okay actually it’s kind of perfect now, but it’s about to be rough for the ole’ outdoor activity. So how do we cope with staying in shape while we are confined indoors? Below I have outlined three exercises you can do indoors daily to keep up your strength and stamina this winter:Squat/ Wall Sit – probably one of my all-time favorites the squat works literally ALL the muscles in the body. You want to make sure that you set your hips back from your midline when you sit down! If a full or free squat is...

I’ve always been a large person the majority of my life and battled with my weight for years. Had two major events happen in my life that helped me decide it was time for a change. The first was a major back injury that prevented me from working. This lead to major issues with depression and massive weight gain. I went up over 600 pounds. The second was the passing of my father. Made me re- evaluate my life and got me focused again. I needed to do something other than just diet to ensure I’d be around to take...

Bananas are one of the world's most appealing fruits. Global banana exports reached almost 18 million tons in 2015, according to the United Nations. About half went to the United States and the European market. Americans eats about 11.4 lbs. of bananas each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, making it Americans' favorite fresh fruit. Bananas may have been the world's first cultivated fruit. Archaeologists have found evidence of banana cultivation in New Guinea as far back as 8000 B.C. The banana plant is classified as an arborescent (tree-like) perennial herb, and the banana itself is considered a...

There’s a saying that goes a lot like this, ‘show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are.’ You may wonder what that has to do with alopecia or hair loss? We start by doing some detective work. By taking a look at the surrounding evidence, we can make an educated conclusion about the cause of someone’s hair loss. Oftentimes, we may be experiencing anemia, hormonal imbalances, hyperthyroidism, or other health concerns. All of these have side effects that can lead to hair loss. Getting to the root cause of any type of health challenge is generally the...

September is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) awareness month. PCOS is a hormonal disorder common among women. While the cause of PCOS is still unknown, some of the symptoms include weight gain, especially around the midsection, and infertility. We see many women who use weight loss surgery as a tool to address the symptoms of PCOS, especially if they are wanting to start a family. After weight loss surgery, we talk to our patients about when it is a good time to start a family as part of our ongoing patient education. This is a great example of how we can...

In my family, we use food for every situation of life.  Someone’s birthday?  Let’s have dinner.  Had a bad day?  Have some comfort food.  Busted your lip?  Here’s a popsicle.  New job, promotion, funeral, someone broke up with you, Sunday after church, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day – food is at the center of all of it.  It’s no surprise that by the time I was in fifth grade, I weighed right around 200 lbs.  In my adult life, I tried multiple diets hoping to lose the weight.  Weight Watchers had been the most successful.  In my early 20s,...