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How about some comfort food, Ecuadorian style

We all have our special comfort foods that we grew up with:  liver, spinach, beets … oops, wrong list. I’m thinking more along the lines of mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, miso soup, warm apple crisp, takoyaki (don’t ask), bread fresh out of the oven . . . (This column is paused briefly […]

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Essential oils — helpful or just snake oil?

By Markham Heid You turn down the lights, mute your phone and spend a few minutes massaging your skin with lavender oil. Or maybe you meditate in the morning with the scents of tea tree or thyme wafting to you from an oil diffuser. These practices are pleasant. And there’s evidence that aspects of these […]

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This week in Cuenca: Acoustic Blues at Lirón Lirón, Spanish movie with English subtitles, Dancing, Meditation, Writing workshop

If you plan your time around what’s happening in Cuenca’s creative community, then this column is for you. Published every Monday, “What’s Happening Under the Domes ”highlights the exhibits, concerts, workshops and other not-to-be-missed artistic events scheduled for the coming week. We cannot guarantee a complete listing, but we’ll try our best to keep you informed. This […]

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Triggered by a thought

“Good weather for ducks.”  That’s what a customer used to say all the time when he came into the pharmacy I worked in when I was 16.  Not just on rainy days.  But every day.  He was most certainly mentally challenged and I was too young to really understand how deep his problem was. Healways […]

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A limeade recipe worth a Martha Stewart jailbreak

What’s the one thing Martha Stewart missed the most when she was in prison? Meyer lemons. Yea, right. Jackie and I gave each other extremely exaggerated eye rolls when we heard that on the news a few years ago. Then when we actually tasted those lemons, we took it all back. Jackie loaded up once […]

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Is breakfast all it’s cracked up to be?

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the important meal of the day, and surely there are benefits. And as a dietitian specializing in weight management, I’ve worked with my patients and clients to create healthy meal plans, typically including breakfast. Studies, even recent ones, have shown that eating a meal boosts your metabolism more than […]

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Tres señoras

They were headed somewhere important. You could tell that by the way they moved. Actually, they sort of swayed but it was with purpose and determination. They were certainly syncopated in their movements and that made me smile. I fell in behind them. The mid-morning sun has a way of releasing fragrances and it was […]

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Game changers, Part 2: Take the prevention resolution

By Mark Mahoney Much of the advice we hear from the experts on diet and health is often attacked as being flawed or faulty. Critics will denounce expert dietary advice as being based on weak “observational” studies that cannot prove cause and effect (thanks, in part to the food industry). Those types of studies are not […]

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Home again

Codie and I are sitting at the airport waiting to get on the first leg of our flights back to Ecuador.  I’m sure people can imagine the anticipation on our faces. We have been in the U.S. for 17 days and we are so ready to get back home. Not “home” in the sense of […]

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What the world needs now is a little kindness

A journalist who I didn’t know but whose life was tragically taken; someone’s fiancé who cries out for justice in an unjust country; 11 people of a religious faith different than mine suffering from crimes of hate — these are people who are on my mind lately. When did the world became so nasty, so […]

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Are ‘belly fat diets’ bogus?

Can you banish belly fat by going on a “flat belly” diet? Will eating more fat help you lose belly fat? Will that popular (and costly) supplement “bust” your belly permanently? Take this quick True/False quiz to see how much you know about belly fat and weight loss. Belly fat is more hazardous to your […]

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