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“Change Is Hard,” She Said…

It was cool sitting on the shaded veranda. We were surrounded by a lush garden, and my best friend and I were staring at the Bradshaw mountains of Arizona in the background. “Change is hard,” she said to me. How many times have I heard this? But I took a few moments to mull it over again. “I’m not so sure it needs to be…” I gently offered back to h...Read More

Why I Wrote the Book That Everyone Needs to Read

It began innocently. “Why don’t you write food blogs for AFL,” Marge Mendel, my friend and fellow author suggested. It was a great idea. I could write about my favorite eats and not have to count a single calorie. Cholesterol, fat, and guilt-laden goodies filled my imagination like potato chips and M&Ms. My first blogs were about chocolate and ...Read More

Is Marriage Good For Your Health?

A 2006 article published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that people who have never married have the highest risk of death in the United States. The study also found that compared with married people, people divorced or separated are 27% more likely to die, and people who have never married 58% more likely to die.

Creating Our Own Pensions – Lets Do It!

I know many of our readers are not “average.” However, if average Joe can support his retirement on as little as $200,000 savings, imagine what you can do with the amount you have! By reading the chart below, you can see that the average spending for retirement households age 65 – 74 is $46,000. It is tough to make that $46k amount with only ...Read More

Is There Plastic In Your Belly?

Work out. Play. Take it with you and throw it out. What would you do without plastic water bottles? You better really love them. The one you’re drinking from today will still be around in 3019. Plastics are forever. Almost every piece of plastic that’s been manufactured is still with us. It’s everywhere from oceans to mountaintops, rivers to farmla...Read More

Meet the New Kid on the (DIET) Block

Remember the bad old (fun) diets? There was the delicious Twinkies diet and the not-so-delicious diet where you slurped watery cabbage soup for a week. How about Apple Cider Vinegar, Ice Cream, and Cookie (monster) diets? Choose from low-carb, low-calorie to high fiber, high protein.  Don’t forget South Beach, Mediterranean, Zone, Atkins, and the r...Read More

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Supermarket

It’s getting crowded on the third rock from the sun. By mid-century there will be ten billion hungry humans. To feed these billions, crops need to increase by 60-100%. That would require clearing land – mostly rainforests and savannahs, using huge amounts of fertilizer, driving many animal species into extinction, and dangerously raising greenhouse...Read More

Vote with Your Fork! Eating Earth-Healthy

Things have changed. The fork is now mightier than the ballot box. Sounds crazy? Let’s look at some facts about climate change and our food. 1600-page National Climate Assessment concluded that climate change threatens our health by extreme weather, new diseases, more pests and insects, and damage to food and water supplies. The National Academy of...Read More

Is Your Wonton Soup Endangered?

Picture a world without wonton soup, fried rice, and General Tso’s chicken. Imagine no chocolate ice cream and fortune cookies for dessert. Impossible? Think again. According to the Orange Man in the White House, Climate Change is a Chinese Hoax. Fake news. The truth is that the endangered species list is no longer reserved for tigers, pandas, and ...Read More

Do You Have Chocolate on the Brain?

  You’re not alone. One billion people eat chocolate every day. The average American gobbles up to 15 pounds a year or the equivalent of a thanksgiving turkey. The U.S. chocolate industry is worth about $25 billion or roughly the same as the price tag for a southern border wall. I’d rather eat chocolate then fences. What would life be like wi...Read More

How I Pack My Family with Me

When I began traveling the world almost 3 decades ago, none of my family or friends understood why I chose this vagabond lifestyle. Other than my father, who wished he could have gone with me, most everyone else wanted a stay-in-one-place manner of living that focused on barbeques, Super Bowl parties, pets and gardens. I, on the other hand, wanted ...Read More

Does Your Coffee Have Super Powers?

How many cups of coffee do you drink? According to Statistica, the average American drinks (or sips) 2-3 cups of coffee a day. In a recent study from The New England Journal of Medicine, 50-71 year olds who drank 4-5 cups a day live longer than their non-coffee-drinking peers. Consider these infamous coffee drinkers: President Teddy Roosevelt drank...Read More

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