Valerie Edgington

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I Thought Losing 70 Pounds Would Bring Me Joy. I Was Wrong.

I’ve always been fat. Or, more precisely, I’ve always identified as fat.<p>I was a big kid, larger than most of the kids in my classes for certain, but not what someone would call severely overweight. I was tall for my age and “husky,” and that made me different. Different was not good. To make …

A Grandfather's Advice Is Priceless. Mine Taught Me to Make the Most of This Short Life.

He confronted each day as if it were a barn that needed raising.<p>My grandfather, Dwight Archibald Garner, known to everyone as Archie, spent most of his early life working in the coal mines in and around Marion County, West Virginia. He quickly rose to become a foreman. Later he branched out and in …

A dietitian's photo of the same dishes with different calories will show you how to build a healthier meal

Cooking your own meals is one of the best ways to eat healthier because it allows you to control exactly what's going into your food. It can eliminate the chance of dining out and ordering a seemingly healthy option, like grilled chicken with veggies that have secretly been bathed in butter.<p>Cooking …

These 10 Essential Cucumber Recipes Are Extra Easy

It's hard to beat the cool refreshment cucumbers provide. The water-packed veggie is not only wonderfully crisp, but its mild flavor also makes it …

A few more words on Alzheimer's prevention: Tap water? Caviar? Twinkies?

Lisa Mosconi, an Italian-born neuroscientist and nutritionist, had no idea how important the taste of water was to her until she moved to New York City and took a long sip from the tap.<p>"This is supposed to be the best water in America," she said, "but it tasted awful. It was disgusting."<p>She set off …

The Weight Management Secret No One Has Told You

There are plenty of quick fixes for weight loss. Just about any weight loss program, diet, or trick will work. Yes, it’s true. But, this is …

4 Anti-Inflammatory Snacks You Can Have Before Bed For Weight Loss, According To Nutritionists

Your gut knows best. If your gut and digestive system are healthy and operating well, your health — including maintaining a healthy weight — will …

What a dying old woman taught me about love

I was a newly trained hospice volunteer, and E. was to be my first patient. I had to work up the nerve to cross the threshold.<p>After gently clearing my throat and shuffling my feet in an attempt to wake her, I bent low to look at her face. Suddenly, her eyes opened wide.<p>She was as startled as me and …

'Aggressive' Advance Directive Permits Halting Food And Water In Severe Dementia

Treading into ethically and legally uncertain territory, a New York end-of-life agency has approved a new document that lets people stipulate in advance that they don't want food or water if they develop severe dementia.<p>The directive, finalized this month by the board for End Of Life Choices New …

Health Care

The Benefits of Magnesium and How to Get More of It In Your Diet

Magnesium keeps you strong and energized, yet most active women aren’t getting enough. Here are the best ways to increase your intake.<p>Long overlooked …

19 Great Truths My Grandmother Told Me on Her 90th Birthday

<i>“I have seen and touched and danced and sang and climbed and loved and meditated on a lifetime spent living honestly. Should it all end tonight, I</i> …

Happiness

5 Essential Oils for Much Faster Hair Growth—Seriously

Waiting for your hair to grow is like watching paint dry—except worse. Paint will dry in, well, approximately a few hours. Hair, depending on the …

Hair Care

How to keep an avocado from turning brown

Avocado is one of those ingredients that can take an average dish to a new, delicious level all on its own. From crisp salads to sizzling fajitas to your morning toast, almost anything can be enhanced by the creamy, green fruit (yep, it’s a fruit!).<p>But once you start slicing and dicing that …

The Ultimate Carrot Cake Recipe

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat oven to 350°. Toss together first 3 ingredients; spread in a single layer in a foil- lined pan. Bake 10 minutes or until …

Can You Restore Your Vision Naturally? This Eye Doc Says Yes

If you have ever been diagnosed with an eye condition such as macular degeneration or cataracts, the doctor might have told you: "All we can do is …

Neuroscience

Researchers Identify Five Different Types of Diabetes, Not Just Type 1 and Type 2

For many years, diabetes cases have largely been classified as either type 1 or type 2. But a new study suggests that there may actually be five …

The simple trick that could help you memorise anything in five minutes

Memory is a fickle thing. One minute you’re leaving for work in the morning, the next you’re in a frantic panic desperately searching for misplaced …

Handy

You can avoid having a stroke by following these simple steps

Stroke is the third most common killer in Scotland and you can avoid it by being more pro-active with your health.<p>Strokes are the fourth biggest …

High Blood Pressure

26 Small Changes To Make In 2018 That'll Actually Improve Your Life

From little things, big things grow.

Productivity

17 immune-boosting foods to get you through cold and flu season - TODAY.com

A drop in temperature signals the start of cold and flu season. If you’re not careful, you could be one of the thousands of people who get sick.<p>Of course, one of the best ways to protect yourself is by getting your annual flu shot, but fortifying your immune system doesn't end at the doctor's …

Our Best Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes of 2017

If there's one thing better than chicken dinner, it's when that chicken dinner is made in the slow cooker. Whether my meal plan includes lean chicken …

Heart transplants likely to be obsolete within 10 years, says heart surgeon

Heart transplants are likely to become obsolete within 10 years, because they help so few people, a leading heart surgeon has said.<p>On the 50th anniversary of the first human heart transplant, carried out by South African cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard, Professor Stephen Westaby said it was time …

Medicine

Every Thanksgiving Staple Dish Made Gluten-Free

The thought of preparing a gluten-free Thanksgiving dish or an entire meal, gluten-free or not, can be quite daunting. Thanksgiving, of course, is associated with feasting until you can barely move, along with throwing caution to the wind in regards to your usual dietary habits. But sometimes …

Vegan

The One Thing That Finally Helped Me Stop Overeating After Decades of Yo-Yo Dieting

This lifelong dieter finally found body peace.<p>Let’s just say zen would not be the first word I’d use to describe myself. I fall more into the …

Prep These 4 Easy Roasted Veggie Bags For The Fastest Fall Dinners

Roasted veggies always <i>seem</i> like an easy, throw-together dinner component — that is, until we actually spend time washing, peeling, and chopping …

Cooking

This Clever Little Gadget Keeps Guacamole From Turning Brown

The horror of watching your delicious guacamole turn brown before your eyes is one we know all too well. But what if we told you there was a new …

If You Want to Succeed, You Need to Hit Rock Bottom First | Inc.com

I'm going to ask you to recollect what you consider to be your greatest challenge to date. Not one that simply stretched your mind but one that drained your soul. Got it? Good.<p>If it's not one you're going through right now then try, as best you can, to take a moment and put yourself back in the …

Motivation

5 Habits to Ditch Now for a Super Successful Future | Inc.com

If it's true that our habits determine our future, knowing our habits and where they take us is one of the most important things we can do to shape that future.<p>Good habits will help us build success, while our bad habits will draw us off the path. It's the simple law of cause and effect. If you …

Motivation

How I Finally Quit Making Excuses and Got Healthy Habits to Stick

These were the excuses I made when I failed—yet again—to keep up a new habit. These were the things I'd tell myself when I thought about the things I …

Where to learn critical life-changing skills

Many Library of Congress texts are now available online. Xiquinho Silva / Flickr<p>We tend to think of learning a new skill or "going back to school" as something you'd do when looking to change careers, or to upgrade within your current one.<p>But lifelong learning has incredible benefits, both personal …