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(chemical formula for Ibuprofen) There is a drug for everything. No matter how bad you are feeling, you can go to your doctor and with x-symptoms and x-signs you can get a pill to "make you feel better". Sadly, drugs can be expensive. Also, there are dependency issues. Lastly, there is a lot that goes on in the body in order to recognize the drug and there is no drug to cure you 100% w/o side effects. I don't believe in drugs. I don't even have a regular doctor. I rarely get sick but if I ever feel under the weather, I don't run to the doctor and ask for a pill to make me feel better. I do believe that some people need drugs. There are clinical reasons for drugs and situations where people need to get better quickly. For example, some people need antibiotics or allergy medicine because symptoms affect normal daily living. When I was Kona I had a bottle of Vicodin with me and I had to take a pill to get me through the race. Wow did I love the medications. Sadly, th

What happened to February??

I can't believe it is the first week of March. Feb just came and went. This week has been like that as well. The days are just slipping by and I find myself on the computer almost all day. School, nutrition, emails, etc...what would I do without my computer and internet. The best part about each day is starting off with a good workout. Nothing like getting in a good sweat in the morning. Swimming has been great and I am finally making those 1:20 intervals for my 100's. On wed. we did 8 x 200's and I made the last 3 on the 2:40 interval w/ 5 sec rest. Running is going well and I am looking forward to the half marathon on Sat in Albany. No tapering for the race but I feel good to run. Hopefully I can break 1:40 with a solid week of training but it will be tough. The trainer is now my friend and I have survived several weeks of workouts. On Tues. I had 6 x 5 min. at CP90 w/ 3 min recovery. I didn't think I would make it past 2 but I told myself one more each time and well,

Flaxseed and Apple Muffins

There is so much healthy nutrition in this muffin I can't even believe it! I just bought a box of Flaxseeds and Karel and I have been adding a 1 tbsp to almost all our meals (mostly to our oatmeal and smoothies). Flaxseeds are rich in Omega-3's to help fight inflammation and they are also rich in fiber, B-vitamins, magnesium and phytochemicals. I decided to bump up the nutritional value of these muffins by adding carrots and an apple. The muffins are really moist and delicious and you get a bit of sweetness in every bite! You can't go wrong with one of these muffins with scrambled egg whites in the morning or a muffin w/ yogurt as a well-deserved desert after an evening workout. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup oatmeal 1/4 cup Flax seeds 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 tbsp. light brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup skim milk + 1/4 cup water (optional) 2 large carrots (shredded) 1/2 apple (shredded) 1/8 cup chopped w

Must-Have Gadgets for a Healthy Kitchen

Here is my latest article on Subscribe to the FREE newsletter for lots of great tips! Must-Have Gadgets for a Healthy Kitchen By Marni Rakes According to USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), the average weekly cost of food, in the U.S., in December 2008, for a family of two (ages 19-50), was $131.00. For a family of four (children ages 6-11), the cost increased more than $50, for an average weekly cost of $188.60 for food at home (1). Take into account extra curricular activities, training sessions, races and a little socializing outside the home, and the average person is likely to spend at least $150-$250 a week on food! Due to busy schedules and improper meal planning, many Americans opt to eat out, as opposed to preparing meals at home. Therefore, in addition to a weekly budget of $131.00 on food consumed at home, Americans also spend money on fast food, take-out meals or food from restaurants. According to the NPD group, in a recent USA Today article, Amer