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December 10, 2017
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Love that pumpkin pie!

When I was a kid, my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner was dessert. Pumpkin pie, that is. I like the flavor. I like the texture. I like it served with real whipped cream. And I especially like that the filling is a relatively healthy serving of protein, calcium and vegetable. And you know, if you’re gluten intolerant you can simply leave off the crust!  Read more

About change

We crave change. The media feeds us promises of being slimmer, younger, happier, richer, if only we buy this product, follow that program. Through many trials we have learned that change does not come easily. What blocks us from changing? What helps us to change?  Read more

There’s nothing like lasagna!

Husband Stephen was excited when he presented me with the sales flyer from Pete’s Market in Narrowsburg, NY.

“Look,” he said. “It’s an Italian Festival.”

Italian food, and particularly pasta, is one of my favorite comfort foods. When I was a kid, and got to choose my birthday meal, I always chose lasagna. As a teenager, it changed to eggplant parm.  Read more

Bee-sting allergies

Most of us have had the experience of being stung by an insect—most commonly in this area by a bee, wasp, or yellowjacket. The majority of us will notice a mild swelling at the sting site and a temporary discomfort that gradually fades away. However, for about 3% of the population—about two million people in the U.S.—a sting or bite from an insect can lead to an anaphylactic reaction that can be life threatening without emergency treatment. It is estimated that there are 40 to 100 deaths per year from this cause.  Read more

Community cancer rates

A cancer cluster is defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as “a greater than expected number of cancer diagnoses in general; larger number of a particular kind of cancer within the area; and a larger number of a cancer diagnoses within a given population of people living in that area (e.g., race, ethnicity, age group or gender, etc.)” One occasionally hears about suspected clusters in our own area.  Read more

Simple Fare: Vegetarians and vegans beware: This column is not for you

When I was a teenager, I was responsible for many of my family’s meals. With my mom in daytime graduate school (having completed her college degree at night; she’s now a Ph.D. psychologist, author, senior Pilates Silver instructor, who has, in her recent years, taken up weight training and, by her own admission, is an overachiever, unlike me), I practiced the art of family dinner-making on a regular basis. Nightly, maybe, several times weekly, at least, I can’t remember.  Read more

Dietary behaviors and weight management

An excerpt from the Sullivan County Public Health Department’s 2013-2017 Community Health Assessment by Holloran Consulting, Inc.

Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

Among survey respondents, 46.4% ate fruits and/or vegetables daily. Only 26 respondents, or 3.5% of the total sample, never ate fruits and/or vegetables. The most cited reason for not eating fruits and/or vegetables was that respondents do not like them. Other reasons included the expense of fresh fruits and vegetables, their availability, their quality, and the time it takes to prepare them.  Read more

Simple Fare: From my mother’s kitchen

When I was a child growing up, we always sat down for dinner. Not only did we sit down together, we had a rule that no one could leave the table until everyone was done with their meal. Our meals always ended with dessert—mostly ice cream or pudding—that I tended to eat very slowly. And this would drive my older brother crazy.

I can’t remember if my mother excused him or hurried me through my dessert. But what I do remember is the relatively simple home-cooked meals that we enjoyed together.  Read more

Normal aspects of aging

“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else”

— Margaret Mead

I have always appreciated this quote when discussing aging issues with patients. Each of us varies widely in terms of our physiology at any age, but there are common changes associated with normal aging. More important for each of us is whether a change in body function represents a potential illness. This article will describe common body changes and what might represent a developing health problem.  Read more

Caregivers' retreat offers respite

CLARYVILLE, NY — The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County Caregiver Resource Center (CRC) will offer a free wellness retreat for people with early- to middle stage Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers in Sullivan County and Orange counties. The Caregiver Respite Rest and Retreat will be held on Wednesday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Frost Valley YMCA on 2000 Frost Valley Rd.  Read more

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