womenTALK: Midlife Matters

Tuesday, Mar 19th 2013

Secrets of a Memory Champ

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Memory is a funny thing. There are many things we'd like to forget—like bad haircuts, lousy meals and upsetting fights with loved ones. And then, there are those things we would love to remember—such as where we parked the car, the name of that restaurant we want to recommend to our friends and a word that we've used a hundred times before but is now stubbornly stuck on the tip of our tongues.

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Tuesday, Mar 12th 2013

Life as a Balancing Act

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I'm forever striving for balance in my life. At times, my work schedule gets pretty hectic, threatening to obliterate my personal time (the growing to-do list is testament to this fact). But, the other side of the coin is not perfect, either: If I take too much personal time, my to-do list might be whittled down, but so will my work opportunities.

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Tuesday, Mar 05th 2013

Fiber: Something You're Probably Not Getting Enough of in Your Diet

Since March is National Nutrition Month, I thought it would be a good opportunity to remind you all of something we commonly don't get enough of in our daily nutrition: FIBER.

Dietary fiber is found in plant foods like fruits, veggies, whole grains, seeds and nuts. Unlike other food components like fats, carbohydrates and proteins, since our bodies cannot digest or break down fiber—here's the good news—it has practically no calories.

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Tuesday, Feb 26th 2013

Exercise and Immunity: What's the Connection?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

My children used to laugh at me when I gave them my best advice for treating a cold.

Go exercise, I'd insist. Works like a charm!

They'd look at me with blank stares, pick up their tissues and walk away.

But now they're in their 20s. And if you have older kids, you know what happens. Eventually they start to listen. Now when they have colds, they take their tissues along to the gym.

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Tuesday, Feb 19th 2013

What to Eat to Keep Your Heart Healthy

authored by Sheryl Kraft

When it comes to rating their greatest health fear, most women will say breast cancer. And while there is good reason to fear the disease—it kills almost 40,000 women each year—the death toll from heart disease is way higher. In fact, heart disease is not only the number one killer of women in the United States—claiming the lives of over 400,000 women each year—but is also a leading cause of disability among women.

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Tuesday, Feb 12th 2013

What? We're Less Healthy Than Our Parents?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

When I think back to my childhood and conjure a picture of a 50-something-year-old man or woman, I think one thing: OLD. Remember back to those days? We were young—they were old.

And now, we are them.

But when I look at my contemporaries or, for that matter, myself, that picture is markedly different from the one I saw years ago.

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Wednesday, Feb 06th 2013

Dating at Midlife

authored by Sheryl Kraft

When you consider how many marriages end in divorce, it's not surprising that by your middle-age years you know a lot of people who are either looking for love, actively dating, deciding to live life without a partner or are on their second, third or even fourth marriages. Maybe you're even one of them.

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Tuesday, Jan 29th 2013

Protect Yourself: Keeping Your Medication Usage Safe

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Prescription medication usage is rising. Over the last 10 years, the percentage of Americans who took at least one prescription in the past month climbed from 44 percent to 48 percent, says the CDC. And there was a similar climb for people using two or more and five or more. The average American fills 12 prescriptions each year, with 40 percent of adults over 60 taking five or more drugs.

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Tuesday, Jan 22nd 2013

Are You Eating These 3 Important Foods?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

There's no shortage of advice on what to eat to maintain your health. And then, when you've finally made some choices, that's not often the end of the story. It can be mighty tough to slog through all the information that accompanies that choice. It's not just pasta, but whole-wheat, Kamut, gluten-free, artichoke flour, rice flour, whole-grain and a dizzying list of others.

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Tuesday, Jan 15th 2013

Words That Can Mislead You into Thinking "Healthy"

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Do some of your New Year's resolutions include eating healthier?

Nothing wrong with that.

But it pays to be not only educated, but also specific.

Looking for wholesome and nourishing foods can be confusing. Food items with words like "healthy," "natural" and "multigrain" might fill your shopping cart and make you feel virtuous, but the truth is, they should be approached with caution.

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