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5 Reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight

key lime margarita

Almost 50% of Americans are actively trying to lose weight, yet overall success rates remain low—at around 20%. The good news is, you don’t have to lose a ton of weight to cash in on the health benefits. For example, losing just 5% of excess weight can reduce your risk for developing diabetes by a […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 129): Shopping the Farmers’ Market

Bright green curly lettuce

On day 129 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored shopping the farmers’ market as an act of self-care. The Issaquah Farmers’ Market reopened yesterday with a colorful bounty of art and produce. Ecstatic doesn’t begin to describe my feelings about it. Shopping the farmers’ market has always marked the beginning of summer for me, and […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 53): Grocery Shopping

On day 53 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored grocery shopping as an act of self-care. Grocery shopping is a dreaded task for many people; I happen to be among the few that love it. Something about the process of selecting beautiful, healthy ingredients just puts me in a good mood. I even look forward […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 27): Cooking with Garlic

bowl of garlic soup

On day 27 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored cooking with garlic, an herb that’s commonly used throughout the world. Garlic has been used throughout history for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Allium sativum, garlic’s botanical name, often attracts special attention due to its beneficial organosulfur compounds, alliin being just one of them. I […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 11): Using a Pressure Cooker

stovetop pressure canner

On day 11 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored using a pressure cooker to make meal prep faster and easier. Before my beloved pressure cooker entered my life, I thought waiting 6 to 8 hours for slightly-tender BBQ ribs was unavoidable. But then I discovered I could get a much better result in just 30 […]