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It is a mistake to assume that tremendous will power over a long duration will change bad behavior.

You may have all the selfcontrol and determination in the world but if you are going to use will power alone to change to healthier eating habits then you won’t know where to start or put all that will power. You need to do some serious thinking, research, and planning before you can apply any will power to the gradual small steps which you will have to make to start on your road to healthier eating.

It is a mistake to make huge overnight changes instead of gradual steps or changes.

Suddenly overnight buying only organic food and drinks and preparing all the food at home for consumption at work and at home will probably not work because it is too great a shock to your system and you will become very…

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Day 1 of the 30 day Sugar/Water Challenge

How to quit sugar. Keep up the good work!

The Not Quite Crunchy Mom

I have had a horrible sweet tooth for as long as I can remember. Candy was my weakness as a child, and as I got older ice cream became my Achilles heel. During my freshman year of college, the good stuff was available at every dining hall meal, and I had access to unlimited cold sweetness as a manager at McDonald’s when I was working.

Older adults warned that it would some day catch up to me, and I began battling weight gain in my early to mid twenties. If I was bored, I snacked; a habit I had developed as a child. If I was upset, I snacked; I’m not sure when that one snuck up on me. Years of bad habits have taken their toll on me and I’m now at my heaviest weight ever and terribly out of shape. I feel terrible about the way I look…

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Dear Cancer Part 4

Touching story.


Dear Cancer,

Usually I would start penning a letter to someone significant with “how are you?” or perhaps “hope this finds you well”, but both of these conventional niceties seem wholly inappropriate when writing to you. I don’t particularly want to know how you are doing and I certainly don’t want to encourage your well-being. It has now been three years to the day since we kicked off this unusual relationship of ours and I figured I should mark this latest and unexpected cancerversary by recording some feelings and reflections.

Three years. Who’d have thought it? Three years ago today I was lying on a trolley in an American ER being put through a battery of initial investigations. I was in horrendous pain. My kidneys had given up the ghost. I left my dignity at the automatic doors of the hospital as I underwent the necessary intimate examinations. Scared doesn’t…

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An Open Letter To Persil About My Eyeball Injury

Be safe!

The Clothesline

Dear Persil,

I am writing to you about your non bio small and mighty washing detergent. See Exhibit A below.

Exhibit A Exhibit A

Firstly, let me tell you a bit about myself. I am an Irish mother of four living in Dublin. I spend an awful lot of money on washing detergent because my children love dirt and I spend a significant proportion of my time washing clothes. I will admit to being fickle in my washing powder choices and will mostly purchase whatever is on offer but nonetheless I am a loyal enough Persil consumer over the years.

Dublin is currently in the middle of a heatwave. It is pretty disgustingly hot, truth be told, but the one advantage is that there is great drying out. Ireland in the sun means there are thousands of Irish people stipping beds, curtains, seat covers and washing them right now to get the full…

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Ebola Outbreak Difficult to Control

Ebola has spread across four West African countries, including, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The virus has no cure and the only thing that aid workers can do is provide hydration and hope for the best.

The only airport in Sierra Leone with direct flights to London is screening patients for ebola before they enter the airport. Passengers are also required to wash their hands in chlorinated water.

Some of the symptoms of ebola are not unlike other flu viruses. Two days to three weeks after infection patients will have fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches. However, as the severity increases patients may feel nauseous, and experience vomiting, diarrhea, decreased function of the liver and kidneys and even internal bleeding.

Even though the ebola virus can be deadly, it’s spreading is not the most severe. Ebola only spreads through close contact. So far, only two foreign aid workers have been infected with the virus. Even once individuals are infected they generally aren’t contagious until they are sick.

According to the World Health Organization, the current ebola outbreak has a survival rate of 40%.

Despite a severe outbreak in West Africa, it’s unlikely to reproduce itself in the developed world. The crisis is so bad overseas because the virus took hold in countries with poor health infrastructure.