Archive for January 2014

Frozen is the anthem of winter 2014

Frozen is the anthem of winter 2014
We saw the movie Frozen early in the winter, before we knew how cold this season would ultimately be.  Did Disney foreshadow the polar vortex or was the movie a product of perfect timing? I wonder this as I spend countless hours belting out the tunes of the soundtrack with my daughter. You might have... Read more »

It is easy to make your own whole-wheat bread

It is easy to make your own whole-wheat bread
Carbs are bad.  We hear it all the time.  We feel guilty when we eat the warm bread in the basket on the table.  We eat breadless sandwiches and crustless pizza. Then there are days when the temperature is below zero.  Days when hours after hours are spent inside the same walls.  Days patiently watching... Read more »

Surviving winter with an autoimmune disease

Recently I met Sara, writer at High Heels and Training Wheels.  Sara is a caring young mom that has lupus and is suffering during this bitter cold Chicago winter too.  I am grateful she offers ideas below on managing this never-ending freeze and love that she incorporated my daughter’s favorite movie, Frozen. *    ... Read more »
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My science writing debut

My science writing debut
My husband often googles multiple sclerosis to see what new research is out there.  He forwards the articles I may find interesting or informative. Yesterday, I received an email with the subject – “Read this, Cool.” (Admittedly I don’t read them all). Imagine my surprise when I read this article in Bio News, The one... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Healing Gluten Free and Vegan Miso Noodle Soup

Meatless Monday: Healing Gluten Free and Vegan Miso Noodle Soup
Winter is the season of sick.  It seems everyone has a cold, or had a sore throat or is coming down with a bug.  So far I have been very lucky, but I worry typing this could jinx it all. This soup  from Goodness Green is filled with good for you garlic, ginger and loads of... Read more »

Coconut oil relieves winter skin in a big way

Coconut oil relieves winter skin in a big way
My body is shedding.  The cold weather dries out my lips, skin and hair and over the years I’ve tried many potions and lotions to moisten my body. Years later I realize, that many over the counter products contain chemicals that are harming us more than they are helping. It turns out I had the... Read more »
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Multiple sclerosis and cold weather don't mix

Multiple sclerosis and cold weather don't mix
Extreme temperature change affects those with multiple sclerosis.  Many claim to be bothered by heat, but the cold seems to attack me harder. According the  National MS Society, Many people with MS experience a temporary worsening of their symptoms when the weather is very hot or humid or they run a fever, sunbathe, get overheated... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Seven mouth-watering and healthy pizzas

Meatless Monday: Seven mouth-watering and healthy pizzas
My family eats a lot of pizza.  I’ve written about pizza before.  It is the one fail-safe meal that we all can agree on.  Luckily for me, there are so many variations of pizza and many ways to make it healthy. You know that delivery is greasy, expensive and sometimes soggy.  Here are some of my... Read more »

Finding my mantra

Finding my mantra
I’m reading Judith Lasater’s Living Your Yoga. She does a nice job of suggesting several mantras for daily living broken up into different sections of the book including Self-Judgment, Letting Go, Patience and Faith.  Here are some of them I relate to. My life is a work in progress. All the answers are within me. Life... Read more »
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I am never ever going back to Bikram Yoga

I am never ever going back to Bikram Yoga
My very first yoga class was Bikram at Lehmann’s Athletic Club in 2000.  It was the 26 poses and my teacher, Liz, would bring space heaters. I went every Sunday and think it might have been how I fell in love with yoga. According to bikramyoga.com: Bikram Yoga is the 26 postures Sequence selected and developed by... Read more »
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