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vicki l.

Mill Valley, California
I'm not big into the gym thing because ... why go nowhere on a stationary bike when you can go somewhere? I take my exercise outside, mostly hiking and walking my dog. I used to take belly dance classes -- talk about a workout -- and I'd love to get back into that. Great exercise, and a celebration of all that's feminine and sexy as all hell. When I'm not hiking or walking, I love indie movies, going to cultural events, listen to music, reading, hanging with friends and exploring. This... Full Bio
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Are you a good bacteria or a bad bacteria? by vicki l. Posted in: Questions & Answers in Healthy Eating If you start to hear more and more about probiotics, here's why: although these helpful bacteria were discovered a long time ago, new resarch indicates they may be useful bat ... Read on »
Can you be fat even though you're thin? by vicki l. Posted in: Questions & Answers in Weight loss The heavy/thin issue never seems to go away, but most people equate "thin" with "healthy." Of course that's not true because you can be thin and eat poorly, drink too much, sm ... Read on »
Drink your stress away? by vicki l. 3 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Stress Management No, not THAT kind of drinking. There's a new product out called Blue Cow that is promoting itself as a safe way to reduce stress without drowsiness, and with 0 calories, caffe ... Read on »
Ever hear of NIA? by vicki l. 3 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Dance Looking for a different way to workout? Not too long ago, I stumbled upon a story on NIA, which stands for Neuromuscular Integrative Action. According to the Web site, NIA " ... Read on »
Ex-factor? by vicki l. Posted in: Questions & Answers in Exercise I'm not a big gym person because I like doing exercise that doesn't feel like exercise, like hiking, biking and dancing. But I am always amused by the crazy new exercise class ... Read on »
Fat is the new normal? by vicki l. Posted in: Questions & Answers in Healthy Eating According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, if Americans keep gaining weight at the current rate, 41 percent will be obese and 34 percent will be over ... Read on »
Food is the new obsession by vicki l. Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Cooking There have been a lot of books lately on food, from Marion Nestle's "What to Eat" to Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" to Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Mir ... Read on »
Forget diet; think lifestyle by vicki l. Posted in: General Discussion in Weight loss I'm not a big believer in dieting because I find most of them too restrictive. I'd rather eat what I love in moderation, and then eat a little less and a liitle healthier for ... Read on »
Geezer Gyms by vicki l. Posted in: General Discussion in Exercise If you're a baby boomer (as I am), you know that walking into a hot new gym where everyone's young, toned and strutting their stuff feels a just a tad uncomfortable. Well, yo ... Read on »
Go fresh with herbs by vicki l. 2 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Cooking There aren't many things that bring a fresh from the garden taste to meals than using fresh herbs. The added bonus is many of them have wonderful antioxidants and other health ... Read on »
Go out to eat, meet a friend by vicki l. 12 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating Although it's been a longtime tradition in Europe, communal dining is catching on here in the States. The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and the Marin Independent Jou ... Read on »
How about .. sex? by vicki l. 1 Comment Posted in: Questions & Answers in Stress Management OK, I've read through all the suggestions on how to reduce stress and they're all great, from napping to accepting chaos to laughter. But a great way to blast stress away is ... Read on »
Nice hair vs. helmets by vicki l. 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I admit for the longest time, I never wore a bike helmet. The only reason -- vanity. I just didn't want to deal with helmet hair. But one day, I was planning a ride with my ne ... Read on »
Nutritional mythbusters by vicki l. 3 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating Don?t eat at night or you?ll get fat. Avoid shrimp if you?ve got high cholesterol. Eat grapefruit to help burn fat. We?ve all heard things like that. But what's real and what ... Read on »
Organic musts and not so musts by vicki l. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Organic Food Everyone talks about eating organic, but do you really need to buy an organic lemon? In an ideal world, we'd eat all organic all the time. But that isn't always feasible. So, ... Read on »
Sex, vacuuming or frisbee? by vicki l. Posted in: Questions & Answers in Exercise Wanna know what you should do to burn up the calories? I stumbled upon "Diet Detective: Want to burn the calories? Try fencing" in the Winston-Salem Journal (http://www.journa ... Read on »
Smell lavender, spend more? by vicki l. 3 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Healthy Eating People talk about the calming or invigorating effects or aromatherapy, but can certains smells make you spend more at a restaurant? A small study suggest that may be so. Two ... Read on »
That dish serves how many???? by vicki l. 2 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Healthy Eating On vacation this week, my kids and I went to a restaurant near the ocean in Santa Cruz. We ordered relatively healthy things, but when the plates arrived, I couldn't believe w ... Read on »
The perils of organic peanut butter by vicki l. Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Cooking i don't pretend to know a lot about a lot, but I do think I know just enough about enough, and that includes knowing to always choose organic if the food is grown in the groun ... Read on »
Vacationing's no time to eat poorly by vicki l. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating It's summer, and that means lots of us will be taking trips somewhere and enjoying the local cuisine. So how do you come back from a trip as healthy -- or healthier -- than wh ... Read on »