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300 pounds of fat later, how did one sib help the other?

Recently I interviewed a guy who shed 90 pounds and reversed his type 2 diabetes with the help of his sister, who’d lost more than 200 pounds. “I can’t even put into words how much I owe her,” Quinton Horton … Continue reading

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Finding a way to finish

It seems like about the only triathlon I do anymore is the YMCA Busy Body Triathlon, which is roughly the same distance as an Iron Man but gives you eight weeks to finish. To be honest, I was kind of … Continue reading

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Tea plantation visit is a game-changer

I’ve never cared for tea. But after doing some research for this week’s column on our recent visit to North America’s only tea plantation, I came away impressed by the potential health benefits. Seeing the mysterious, long-lived camellia sinensis bush … Continue reading

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Conjuring up your inner kid

The whole time we were in South Carolina last week, this one phrase kept popping up in my mind: The Activity of Living. It was a fragment from a recent lecture by Dr. Rudy Kachmann, longtime neurologist and head of … Continue reading

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Hiking around Charleston

Much as I wish our oldest daughter Rowan lived closer so we could see her more often, I’m really loving the chance to explore Charleston on our periodic short visits here. I was bushed Friday night after our 13-hour drive, … Continue reading

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‘Undoing’ fitness as usual

Books have invited me into different countries, states of mind, social conditions and historical epochs; they have offered me a place at the most unusual gatherings. – Hisham Matar   If the library hadn’t had such a long wait list … Continue reading

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A better weigh to monitor fat loss

When football stars train for the NFL Combine, they hop in a state-of-the-art device called the Bod Pod for a complete body composition analysis that tells them their ratio of lean muscle mass to body fat, along with their resting … Continue reading

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The real food pushers are in your head

One of the things I heard recently while visiting an African-American church to learn more about its healthy cooking class has really stuck with me.  Bishop Crystal Bush, senior pastor at New Zion Tabernacle, had asked members to find the … Continue reading

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3 amazing people who lost 200 pounds each

I used to think a 100-pound weight loss was really something. But in the past three months, without necessarily setting out to do so, I’ve interviewed three people who’ve each lost at least 200 pounds. All three either live in … Continue reading

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A tale of two pizzas

There’s something about the $5 price tag on a Little Caesar’s pizza that, to a certain personality, inevitably introduces the idea of plotting to get yourself alone with one. It erases the cost factor from the guilt equation, leaving only … Continue reading

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