Learn from my journey. Do you have thyroid disease?

Editor's Note: This is a special guest post from Maggie Hadleigh-West. Her byline is at the end of the article

21 is no fun.

I am barely 5"3", my hair is thin and straight, I have almost no hair on the outer thirds of my eyebrows.  I'm prone to being slightly overweight.  My palms are yellow, my fifth digit is shorter than it should be and tips of my fingers are purple-ish.  These are classic signs of an illness. 

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Athletic-Minded Traveler's Hotel Fit List: The 10 Healthiest U.S. Business Hotels

The 10 Healthiest Business Hotels in the U.S.

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The HCG Diet, an unconventional journey to better health. Part one.

Editor's Note: This is the first in a 3 part series detailing one person’s experience with the HCG Diet, a weight-loss method that has sparked controversy among doctors, media and the general medical community. Named the "HCG Diet" because followers inject themselves daily with the human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG), a hormone produced by pregnant women. Detractors such as Mehmet Oz of Oprah fame argue that trial studies show that HCG is no more effective than a placebo.

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An Astonishing Obesity Fact

Obesity is always a news topic in various forms, facts and figures.  But this fact, for some reason, made my jaw drop:

"86% of Americans are on their way to becoming obese by 2030." (Obesity, July 2008)

Wow!  Reflect on that a moment or two.  In twenty years, pretty much 9 out of 10 people you pass on the street will be obese.  And note, we're not talking about Americans who will be overweight.  This is about being OBESE, which by definition is 30 pounds overweight.  30 pounds!

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MBT, Reebok EasyTone, Skechers Shape Ups, Fit Flops. A Waste of Money?

Is it really any surprise that, according to recent research, the bevy of "toning shoes" don't deliver? No you won't suddenly achieve a muscular backside, burn extra calories, or "get into shape without setting foot in a gym." 

And if you thought you would...well that is positive thinking.  I should know!  I'm on my fourth pair of MBTs!  Yep, I'm a devotee of the "toning" shoe.

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Schools take note: Put in a salad bar to help kids eat better

I love this little blurb that I read in the April 2010 issue of Cooking Light Magazine:

When UCLA researchers stuck salad bars in three elementary schools, they found that fruit and veggie consumption rose roughly 25 percent--a sign that poor eating habits at school may in part be the fault of poor selection, not resistance to fresh food.

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Perky Jerky? Energy boosts? Guarana.

The Wall Street Journal (March 2nd, 2010) had a very informative piece about guarana, a highly caffeinated plant from South American that is used in a variety of products such as energy drinks, dietary supplements, herbal tea, beef jerky, and candy.

Bottom Line:
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Jim Kaese Discusses Olympic Travel with USA Today

It's all Olympics for the next two weeks. USA Today contacted us to get our take on traveling like an Olympian throughout the year:

Read story here

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Are you a healthy parent? Do you encourage healthy living for your child? INTRO

There is no easy answer to this question; but there are two ways to try:
1. Be a positive role model for your children.
2. Educate your child about healthy living.

So what is healthy living? While I'd really like to rattle off a nice, succinct definition, I can't come up with one. It's too complicated! In my mind there are four general ways to think about healthy living:

Food
Exercise
Sleep
Way of Life

We will explore each of these in four parts over the next week.

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Food companies are getting smart about healthy eating.


The two BEST pieces of advice for getting healthy?

1. Exercise first thing in the morning. If you miss some sleep, so be it. Studies prove that morning movers stick to their workout routines, get better sleep, and have an easier time staying healthy the rest of the day.

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