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Mantras For A Better You in 2014

By Marsha Fottler – Mantras are a good thing. Essentially, they are little words or phrases usually associated with meditation. The sound of a mantra repeated many times in the right setting along with rhythmic breathing empties the mind to allow insight, awareness and serenity to take up the cleared space. Mantras can also be …

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Time to Make Chili

By Herb Gardener – Long before iron chefs crossed tongs, Americans competed over chili. In many communities the chili cook-off remains a popular public spectacle and “stir for the cure” fundraiser. Almost everyone has an opinion about what constitutes a good and proper bowl. We can’t even agree if beans should have a path to …

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Best Diet Tips for 2013

By Anna Dantoni – Yes, you’ve seen these nuggets of advice in print before, but maybe this is the year you take action and substitute progress for good intentions. Americans in unprecedented numbers are suffering from diabetes, heart disease, back problems and other medical issues that could be ameliorated by simply losing weight. The experts …

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Holiday Dieting

By Nanci Theoret – Ah the holidays… the twinkling lights, the fruitcake, the food. The cha-ching of the calorie counter. For food lovers, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day are the ultimate diet-buster, starting with the November feast and continuing until the champagne salute at the stroke of midnight. There’s a reason so …

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Defined By Diet

By Anna Dantoni – The biggest food trend in America right now is that nearly all of us are defined by what we can’t eat or what we choose not to eat and the name attach to our choice of diet. My sister is a vegetarian while her husband is a pescatarian. My brother is …

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Vegan Food With Flair

By Marsha Fottler – There are approximately 7,500,000 vegans in America and they’re probably the only ones who can pronounce correctly what they are. So, for the rest of us here it is: VEE-gun. A vegan follows a vegetarian diet but also excludes eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. Many vegans omit foods …

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GOURMET HIGHWAY: Sweet Vidalia – Magic Onion

By Doc Lawrence – VIDALIA, GA—George Washington once declared that “the onion is the most favorite food that grows.”  With that in mind, I traveled to Southeastern Georgia to learn about America’s heralded Vidalia onion, named after a city of the same name. A thriving prosperous community, Vidalia is an intimate place and very livable. …

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It’s All Fenugreek to Me

By Herb Gardner – According to a recent Time magazine issue, 41% of American two-year olds’ daily vegetable calories come from French fries. Clearly, too many families have abandoned the produce aisle for the drive through line. Enter author and mother Pragna Parmita to restore discipline and sanity to meal planning for youngsters. Vegebaby as …

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Use The Herbs You’re Growing

By Chef Judi Gallagher – Herb growing is so popular that I routinely see fresh herbs flourishing at residences in my town in big beautiful containers that display a mix of herbs or I see them in raised beds, in little pots on window sills and in big serious gardens that are carefully segmented for …

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