Does Anyone Here Still Blog? If So, Will You Share Your Link?

I’ve been quiet here lately, which is a trend that will most likely continue for now. I still enjoy writing and connecting with friends through social media, but my everyday life is pretty packed right now. Michael and I take time to rest every week, but we have to be intentional about it because we are both busy with work, our church, and our friends and family. He’s an accountant, so his days are filled with things that are mind-numbingly boring to me. I’ve learned a lot from him though, and I’m so thankful that I’m learning how to discipline myself with money. (I talk about that more on my other blog, though I’ve been quiet there lately too.) I accepted an offer as an Admissions Rep at Tulane University in December, and I feel so blessed/lucky/thankful that I was able to start a new chapter in a place that is already familiar to me. I still have so much to learn, but I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity. I work in admissions, specifically with non-traditional students like me (people who have been out of school for a number of years and/or looking to change careers.) It’s already one of my […]
All the Weigh

Lactobacillus reuteri yogurt: An anorexigenic effect?


I have lately been discussing the impressive effects that were observed in an elegant series of mouse experiments conducted at MIT with supplementation of the probiotic species Lactobacillus reuteri strain ATCC PTA 6475. Among the effects they observed were:

  • Failure to gain weight on an obesogenic diet
  • Thicker dermis and overall skin thickness, increased collagen
  • Increased testosterone in males
  • Increased oxytocin
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Accelerated wound healing

Watch Out for Hidden Sources of Grains— What to Look for When Reading Labels

You need to be careful when you shop, as grains, especially wheat and corn, can be found in an incredible variety of forms in processed foods—hidden as additives, thickeners, coatings, or cheap “bulk.” Avoiding foods containing hidden grains can be difficult because wheat and corn, in particular, come in some tough-to-recognize names. You will be shocked at how many processed food products contain grains—frozen dinners, bottled salad dressings, dry salad dressing mixes, seasoning mixes, canned soups, instant soup mixes, candy bars, licorice— the majority of foods filling the aisles in supermarkets.

Carb Loading: Outdated and Dangerous

It has become a familiar scene at athletic events: sugar and carb-fests before and during marathons, triathlons, swimming competitions, and other sports among amateurs and professionals, even high school athletes and grade school soccer players. They do it for energy and enhanced athletic performance, having been told that loading up on carbs is the ticket to winning.