A Flexible Case for School Day Routine

It was morning and there was an alarm clock involved. The kids were across the hall, both of them nestled deep beneath their respective covers despite the last hurrah of long, hot days still sneaking through the window. The previous week they would have been awake already, knee-deep in video games and skateboards—loud, laughing, and […]

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3 Tiny Fitness Changes That Work

Written by Jeff Bogle, of Out With the Kids After too many years of fast food value meals, baker’s dozens of chocolate-frosted cake donuts (my arch nemesis), and more cans of soda than I care to admit, making the effort to regain control of my health and change my relationship with food has, at times, […]

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What’s the Healthiest Kind of Milk?

When I was a kid, either you drank whole milk or skim milk. I came from a whole milk house and can remember my horror when friends would suggest I put that white-ish, semi-translucent liquid, masquerading as milk, on my cereal. I also remember their disdain when I told them what I drank: “that’s like, straight […]

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Beware of Back to School

It starts the minute the bell rings. School is out, summer unfolds its inviting arms, and already the collective shelves of the retail world begin planning its demise. Soon it will be time for “back to school” sales, and we all know it. You may have noticed that shopping likes to look ahead. Which is […]

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The No-Bedtime Experiment

I love sleep. I mean, I really love it. Unfortunately, the fact that I am a night owl and a parent means that I rarely get to enjoy sleep the way I want: sprawled beneath a ray of soft, warm sunshine well into the middle hours of morning and straight on till brunch. Instead, I […]

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Can food prevent sun damage?

As summer draws to a close, the beach umbrellas are packed away, the mosquito bites begin to fade, and, for many, the sunscreen gets relegated to the back of the bathroom closet. But research shows that most UV damage occurs under “non-vacation conditions” – meaning every other day when we’re not slathered with sunscreen. This […]

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What Really Happens on a Digital Detox

For the past two years we at SmartyPants have been fortunate to sponsor Camp Grounded, a weekend retreat for adults that’s one part summer camp (with everything from color wars to talent shows) and one part digital detox. At Camp Grounded, you leave your modern technology at the door, “disconnecting to reconnect” with yourself and […]

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3 Recipes to Balance Your Hormones

There is a chorus of hormones released in a woman during her menstrual cycle, and each hormone depends on another to reach its required level at the right time. Unfortunately for many, this chorus doesn’t quite sing as beautifully as it’s supposed to, leaving us with a number of signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance: […]

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What’s the Healthiest Kind of Bread?

Ah bread. For some it’s a love that can’t be denied. For others it might as well be a four-letter word. Over the past 20 years, bread has become so nutritionally polarizing it could get its own dietary designation: vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, bread-eater. If you’re a proud breadivore (or breaditarian?) your choices have also gotten […]

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Brain Function, Inflammation & The Fish Oil Connection

Written by Dai Manuel  The importance of Omega 3 fatty acids – which are naturally found in fatty, cold-water fish – is more widely understood than ever. However, not everyone gets enough Omega 3s their diet. Supplementing with fish oil has been identified as one of the best ways to solve this common deficiency problem. […]

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