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Shattered

By Deb Kreimborg |

In my hands I held this precious gift of healing. As I gently pulled the perfectly molded piece of clay from the kiln, I watched as it shattered, bits and pieces of myself, falling to the ground. The last few months have been a whirlwind of broken hopes and dreams as my husband and I decided…

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You Are What You Think

I’ve been accused of being an eternal optimist, which unfortunately, sometimes does get in the way of reality. But a recent discussion about optimism got me thinking about positive thinking and how it impacts health. We often say, “you are what you eat.” But it’s also true that your thoughts, negative or positive, can also…

By Bridget Swinney, MS RD |
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What Thirty Years of Nutrition Practice has Taught Me

This month’s Plaid theme is “Experience.” Though I don’t always stick to the theme, I decided this month, at the year end, is a good time to look back on what I’ve learned in 30 years as a nutrition professional. Most people know what they “should eat,” they just need to find their motivation and…

By Bridget Swinney, MS RD |
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Experience Is the Best Teacher

Ah, experience is the best teacher!! We all know that or at least we should. If only we always made the best decisions at the right time. Wouldn’t life be carefree? Yet, we wouldn’t learn a thing at all. Life would be smooth sailing. And when the rough times come, and they will, we wouldn’t…

By Meg Henderson Wade |
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Hi! I am Stupid!

Stupid is a word that I do not like to use very often. In this case, a true love story provides the platform to experience with perfect timing, what was meant to be. Two people were battered by experiences that left them adrift, unsure, and alone. The hurt caused them to run, to hide but…

By Deb Kreimborg |

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5 Steps to Intentional Living

How do we live with intention without falling into the cycle of becoming frazzled from being too busy? As a licensed therapist, this is a common question I receive. We know our mental health can and will be impacted by chronically living too full of a life. This is the type of existence when we…

By Shannon Thomas LCSW-S |
From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving
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From Our Family to Yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

In the spirit of thanksgiving and gratitude, we would like to take a moment to thank you all. We are so grateful to find ourselves on this journey with you. As we step away for the day to spend time with loved ones, take a moment to reflect with us on those things we are…

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Live Like You Mean It

Live like you mean it!! Think about what you are doing when you are doing it! A revolutionary thought? To those of us in this fast-paced world, it does seem like a foreign thought. Yet, it seems we are all searching for more meaning in our life. And when we live intentionally, we pay attention…

By Meg Henderson Wade |
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Just Say No to Holiday Weight Gain!

It’s November and it’s cold. It’s dark when you leave for work and probably dark when you come home. For most people that means you go into “hibernation mode”—staying in, not getting out to walk or go to the gym, and maybe eating more of those comforting carbs too. Then there are all those upcoming…

By Bridget Swinney, MS RD |