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Self-Expansion & Growth: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Self-Expansion & Growth: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Written by Kelly Adams
on Monday, 03 August 2015

If you never go out and explore, you will never know what you are missing. 

I lived in the city of Chicago for several years when I was working on my two Bachelor’s degrees. I loved going out and taking long walks, going to the beach to soak up the sun, walking around Lincoln Park Zoo to see the animals, and jumping on the train to explore a different neighborhood. I was always the type of person who loved exploring and pushing boundaries.

When I was a little girl, my mother told me that I was always running around, busy doing whatever it was little kids like to do. I was always going, playing with my little kitchen, swimming, playing sports, baking, gardening, and running around the yard with our family dog. I was fascinated by any new toy or place. It was important for my growth to feel safe expanding and learning while exploring.

The Cost of Eating Healthier is Less than You Think

The Cost of Eating Healthier is Less than You Think

Written by Jaimie Vaughn Proctor
on Monday, 27 July 2015
Many people complain about the high cost of healthy food choices.

Just looking at the prices at Whole Foods and other well-known (as well as lesser known) food stores, you can feel overwhelmed by the high prices for food.

Yet, according to a USDA report, 14% of all deaths in the U.S. are related to poor diets and/or sedentary lifestyles. Eating a healthy diet can greatly reduce the risk of chronic disease and the associated healthcare costs.

So, we know the importance of healthy eating; but, do healthier foods truly cost more?
Healthy Substitutes for Flour

Healthy Substitutes for Flour

Written by Jaimie Vaughn Proctor
on Sunday, 19 July 2015
Wanting to get rid of white flour in your diet? You probably know that most white flours and "all purpose" flours are bad for your waistline. But there's more to it. What makes the flour white, and how can you replace it in your diet?

Most all purpose and white flours on the market have been bleached, bromated, and enriched. 

What does that mean? 

Bleached flour is just what it sounds like – the flour has been chemically bleached to make it whiter. And bromated means that potassium bromate has been added to increase elasticity and improve the rise of baked goods. But, the chemicals used in this process pose potential health risks.
Poor Eating Habits to Quit NOW & Ones to Change Gradually

Poor Eating Habits to Quit NOW & Ones to Change Gradually

Written by Carolina Lima Jantac, MS, RD, LD
on Friday, 17 July 2015
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

And, even though you know you should have had some oatmeal (or at least a piece of fruit) in the morning, instead, you run out the door and end up at your favorite coffee shop to buy a super-duper coffee latte loaded with sugar. Or, maybe you are morning soda drinker and just can’t stop. 

We all struggle with bad eating habits. Here’s the question: Which ones are causing the most harm and should be changed right away, and which ones can you gradually ease into reversing them into healthy eating routines?
From Adolescence to Adulthood: Stress

From Adolescence to Adulthood: Stress

Written by Kelly Adams
on Friday, 24 July 2015

I swear. I have an epiphany about life in general, at least once a week. 

This is emerging adulthood, my friends. You will have revelations about things your parents tried to teach you when you were younger and are only now figuring it out for yourself. You will fail sometimes, but you will also succeed and feel fabulous about it. You will compare yourself to others constantly, and you will experience emotions you never thought were possible to experience. You will get jealous about other people’s happiness (technology and social media certainly do not help with this). 

This is all part of life. You just never thought this would happen to you

I do not claim to be an expert at anything, especially when it comes to living life. But, I have learned a few valuable lessons for those who are at the end of high school, attending college, just starting a new career, or getting married and having a family. 

One of the biggest lessons is how to deal with stress effectively.

Staying Active Without Getting Injured

Staying Active Without Getting Injured

Written by Dr. Jan Szatkowski
on Monday, 22 June 2015
As a physician and orthopaedic surgeon, I try to encourage all my patients to be active. Sports are a great way to stay in shape, spend time with family and friends, and even relieve stress. This week both the Chicago Blackhawks and Golden State Warriors have been crowned champions. 

Now that all the ice has melted and summer is fully upon us, here are a few tips to stay safe while trying to be the next Golden State Warrior and not the injured weekend warrior.

In 2011, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 1.4 million basketball-related injuries were treated in hospitals, doctor's offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and emergency rooms.
Get your Greens in a Soup!

Get your Greens in a Soup!

Written by Carolina Lima Jantac, MS, RD, LD
on Wednesday, 24 June 2015
One of the top food trends in 2014 was kale: kale chips, kale smoothies, kale soups, kale everything started to show up on blogs, restaurants and grocery stores. 

This year kale is still going strong, and other greens are getting some attention as well such as spinach, arugula, mustard, collards and beet greens. They are powerful leafy vegetables rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals making them an integral part of your diet to combat disease and aid in immune system health. 

The tricky part is how to eat them. They can be added to salads, but some can be quite bitter when raw. Another way is to steam and enjoy it with a little drizzle of olive oil and salt. The most popular way to consume them has become either in juices or smoothies. They are easy to add to the blender and with the right mix of fruits and sweeteners (honey, sugar, fruit juices) they can be quite delicious!
Get Kids Off Meds: Their Lives May Depend on It

Get Kids Off Meds: Their Lives May Depend on It

Written by Ellen Briggs
on Thursday, 11 June 2015
Cory Baadsguard, a teenage boy, sat with his father and told his story: As happens with many kids, he was put on a powerful psychotropic drug. This one was for a social anxiety disorder. 

One fateful day, he didn't feel well and stayed home from school. Next thing he recalls is that he woke up in a Juvenal Detention Center wondering what he was doing there. His father confirmed he had made news; he had gone to school with a rifle where he held his classmates and teacher hostage. Not on that day nor now does Cory have any memory of doing this, and, he was and still is deeply horrified. 

It is known that Eric Harris had been taking psychotropic drugs for a while before he shot and killed at his school in Denver, CO. These are just two examples of how many have suffered the consequences of the over prescription of "mood stabilizers."
Keeping Kids Safe at the Playground

Keeping Kids Safe at the Playground

Written by Dr. Jan Szatkowski
on Thursday, 28 May 2015
As an orthopaedic trauma surgeon, I tend to see a lot of accidents and injuries. 

The most common thread among these injuries is that most can be avoided. 

With the unofficial start to summer upon us, we all hope for more sunny and fun filled days. Each year, more than 200,000 children in the U.S. are injured on playgrounds - the most common injury is from falling off monkey bars - where they will require medical attention.
My Man's Medical Mystery: Will the Mayo Clinic Save Him?

My Man's Medical Mystery: Will the Mayo Clinic Save Him?

Written by Sylvia Anderson
on Tuesday, 02 June 2015
I never thought I’d be excited to go to the Mayo Clinic.

It’s the place you go when there’s something really, really wrong. When you’re scared and your primary doctors are scared, too. When you’ve exhausted all your options, or are knocking at death’s door.

Who would actually want to go to a place like that… willingly?

I can’t wait to get there.
5 Ways to Prevent Intestinal Problems Before They Occur

5 Ways to Prevent Intestinal Problems Before They Occur

Written by Vineetha Reddy
on Wednesday, 20 May 2015


Digestive woes are probably the most common problems people face today. Sedentary jobs, the ever-growing popularity of fast-food chains and processed food brands, along with our other erratic lifestyle choices, all work together to wreak havoc with our gut health.

Beginning your day with a cup of coffee, grabbing a wrap or a bagel for breakfast and indulging in a fiery meal for lunch while sitting plonked on your work desk may seem like your daily routine. You may often ignore the regular abdominal aches, the heartburns, and the occasional stomach upset thinking that they'll subside by popping pills and reaching out for antacids.

Little do you realize that these could be symptoms of serious gastrointestinal disorders that can even be life-threatening if left untreated. Issues like constipation, peptic ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), hemorrhoids, anal fissures, colitis and even colorectal cancer are growing at an alarming rate.

A Personal Journey Through Depression

A Personal Journey Through Depression

Written by Lauren Allen
on Tuesday, 12 May 2015

I woke up smiling today. It was the first time in months I felt a grin that big. The sun was shinning, a breeze tickled my face as I stepped outside on my balcony.

It was almost like the sun and sky were smiling back at me, redeeming itself from the dark, cold, and grey months it put me through.   

It smelled like spring, hope, a new beginning, and a time for growth.  My heart felt lighter and I began crying, as I knew the worst was over. I made it through another winter.  

Depression. 

It's such a simple, three-syllable word, yet its power is confined to those who've fully experienced it. Those like me. 

It’s extremely personal, but I know writing has the ability to affect some sort of change, whether it’s small or large. I also know writing and reading others' personal stories of overcoming this mental illness has saved my life.

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