Dr. Susan Mathison
I am amazed at how many people struggle with issues related to acid reflux, commonly known as heartburn. From a woman with a true burning feeling in the chest and throat to a child with sinus issues to a man with a chronic ticklish cough (even without the heartburn), all of these patients are likely suffering from acid reflux.
At our house, the trip to Memory Fireworks with my son is an annual tradition. Sparklers, little poppers and those crazy snake things are bringing lots of joy as we celebrate freedom. It got me thinking about the beauty of celebration and why we should do more of it. For all types of celebrations—birthdays, graduations and holidays—there are rituals, special foods, cool outfits, flowers, music, gifts and personal connections.
Confession: I've been skipping breakfast. For many years, I've been preaching breakfast as the most important meal of the day, and have recommended three balanced meals with a couple of snacks as the ideal method of healthy eating. But the numbers in my scale continued to creep up slowly over the years. Yes, I could have eaten a little "cleaner" but even when I had a great stretch of healthy eating, the numbers didn't trend downward much.
The weekly exodus of vehicles on Friday afternoon and evening has begun. Those cars and trucks and campers, filled with food, beach towels, fishing rods and smiling faces, seem magnetized by the call of the water. We get to follow "rules" like these:
A few weeks ago, I got to participate in an evening cooking event sponsored by CommonGround North Dakota. The North Dakota women farmers who volunteer for CommonGround are focused on starting a conversation between growers and consumers. They talk about science, research and establishing trust in our food supply. And, once you grow it, how does it get from farm to table in a nutritious and delicious way?
Here in Fargo, we do not take our summers for granted. We wait ever so patiently through the dark, frigid winter months, dutifully scraping ice off our car windshields, salting our sidewalks, shivering in our coats, all the while dreaming of summer barbecues, lake adventures and road trips. Now that summer has officially arrived, have you thought of what you want to do, see and experience before the end of the season?
When supermodel Cara Delevingne made her runway debut in 2011, it was almost as if nobody noticed the clothes she was wearing. The highlight of the show? Cara's brows. Dark, thick, full, like a flashback to the iconic Brooke Shields' legendary eyebrows from the '80s. Cara seems to have singlehandedly sparked a brow revolution. Ask any salon owner these days, and they'll tell you: waxing and plucking are out. Thick, full brows are in. Brows seem to frame the eyes.
The World Health Organization would like you to limit your consumption of sugar to 25 grams—about 6 teaspoons—per day. Seems doable, right? You might be surprised, because the average adult American consumes almost four times that much sugar every day without even thinking about it.
A colleague of mine, Susan Hyatt, has helped over 1,000 women to lose weight. What's her secret? Some intense boot camp fitness program? A special "clean eating" meal plan inspired by the Paleo system? Good ol' fashioned calorie restriction? None of the above. Hyatt says that the secret to losing weight is ... to stop obsessing over your weight. "To change your body," she says, "First, expand your life."
Many women celebrate and are celebrated on Mother's Day. But since I am an older-than-average mother and spent many years fearing I would never have a child, I have a tender spot about this holiday. Some women are childless by choice, others by chance or circumstance. I try to be sensitive to this, for our society makes many assumptions about women and our roles. I've been through two miscarriages. I received the most beautiful gift of my son through adoption.