Karen DeHaven

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What might be the most common nutritional deficiency in the American population?

Do you ever have any of the following: cravings? fatigue? anxiety? muscle cramps? headaches/migraines? degradation in memory and ability to concentrate? darker urine? dry mouth? thirst? Did you know that these are all early signs of dehydration?  I am not saying there cannot be other causes for these symptoms, BUT have you considered that hydration

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What is one simple measure I can take to avoid weight gain and NAFLD?

Previously I wrote about sugar being added to almost all processed foods.  Yet, I omitted specifically discussing High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).  I thought most people know about the adverse effects of HFCS and it is rarely used any more. HA!!!  I was wrong on both counts.  Many people are unaware of its extremely dangerous

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The Immeasurable Benefits of Giving Thanks!

Many of us are accustomed to giving thanks before we eat a meal.  Did you ever consider the enormous benefit this practice can have on your physical wellbeing? As I said in my “Giving Thanks” blog, gratitude is an anecdote for anxiety.   Anxiety and stress are enormous problems for our health.  They contribute to a

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What’s really in that pricey box of cereal you just bought?

Did you grow up eating cold cereal for breakfast like I did?  Perhaps you still do. When/where/how did this practice start? It began in the late 1800’s at the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Battle Creek, MI.  Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, renown doctor and medical innovator wanted to find something new for the patients to eat

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Another accidental food discovery that shaped our society? What now?

Soon after C. W. Post began marketing his Grape-Nuts in 1897, copycat brands began popping up by the dozens.  By the turn of the century, there were over 100 cereal companies in Battle Creek, MI. Will Kellogg was determined to enter the market.  But brother John would still have nothing to do with the idea.

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What’s that warm, breakfast aroma emanating from your kitchen?

We often hear it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day or that we should not skip breakfast. Actually, it is impossible to skip breakfast in the strict sense of the word.  Breakfast is breaking fast.  So, whenever we choose to first eat during the day, we are eating breakfast. When

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

Does life seem like it is throwing you more and more curve balls? You are close to retiring – considering if, when and how to do so.  You feel like things should be settling down so that you can focus on eating better, exercising more, enjoying your hobbies, and working on those projects around the

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Is there value in a long shelf life?

What would you consider the top features of our modern-day, processed food that lead to ill health? According to Sally Fallon, founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation, the three major factors are the vegetable oils (aka: industrial seed oils), the refined sugars and sweeteners, and all the additional toxic food additives.[1] I have discussed

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Zero calories. That must be good. Right?

In previous blogs, I discussed the detrimental effects of our modern food processing techniques and the addition of sugar to almost all modern processed foods. All this was to awaken us to what is in the foods we buy and to consider healthy alternatives.  Alternatives that will nourish, satiate, and satisfy us! And that will

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