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Vacation Message

Vacation Message

You can have your vacation, and eat healthy/ exercise/ relax/ sleep, too! This is our family vacation, and I mean family: Grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins… The idea is very simple. We rent a house near the beach in Maine, and then everyone takes turns visiting […]

Running Away

Running Away

I was solo with the kids all day Sunday, which turned out to be Sibling Rivalry Day. I applied I don’t know how many ice packs and band-aids to increasingly serious injuries. My voice was literally hoarse from yelling. By evening, I was way beyond […]

If You Plate It…

If You Plate It…

I was giving a talk on nutrition for heart health at our local library recently, emphasizing the power of the plant-based diet, and someone asked me the dreaded question: “How do you get your kids to eat plants?” It wasn’t a challenge, just an honest […]

All Kinds of Stress Tests

All Kinds of Stress Tests

Today, I’m sharing a post written by Hubby about his recent health scare and hospital admission: My Weekend Stress Relief . Here is how it begins: “The simple pleasures in this life start most days with the morning paper and the first pour of fresh-brewed […]

Vegan Highlights from a Carnivore Feast

Vegan Highlights from a Carnivore Feast

I’m thankful for many things, among them that despite the fact that we have fifteen vegans, vegetarians, and bacon-loving carnivores all at the same table, my family is able to sit down together and truly enjoy a fabulous communal feast. For this to work as […]

Sometimes You Plant the Seed; Sometimes You Provide the Space

Sometimes You Plant the Seed; Sometimes You Provide the Space

I’ve been wanting to write about this backyard phenomenon we’re experiencing. Below is a photo of the eight-foot-long, four-foot-wide, very healthy, still-growing pumpkin plant that has literally spilled out over the edge of our garden, and taken over a chunk of our lot. It’s elicited […]

R & R

R & R

It’s been a rough stretch. A massive writing deadline met; a busy on-call week; my dear grandmom’s stroke, passing, and funeral. It’s rare for me to sign out of clinic for more than a week, and usually I feel guilty. This time, plagued by TMJ […]

A Good Life, Remembered

A Good Life, Remembered

Three weeks after suffering a massive stroke, my grandmother Elizabeth Santospago (née Munn) has passed away. She was 92 years old. No one would argue the fact that Elizabeth had some incredibly tough life experiences. Not many people could suffer part of their childhood in […]

Life, and Everything in Between

Life, and Everything in Between

Elizabeth Santospago is ninety-two years old. She is mother to five, grandmother to eleven, great-grandmother to nineteen. She’s been living with my mom, brother, and his family for years– four generations under one roof! and has always enjoyed a special place in the household, literally […]

Practicing What I Preach, Even on Vacation

Practicing What I Preach, Even on Vacation

I may be on a family vacation in Guatemala, but the blog goes on! This is the perfect time to share another example of a doctor following their own medical advice, in real-life and real-time. I believe it’s possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle while […]