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History lessons that matter

In the soon to be 49 years of these weekly columns, they have appeared for varying periods in a dozen Alberta newspapers.

I’ve always negotiated a complimentary subscription as part of the fee with the weekly newspapers to keep the column in tune with the communities and to benefit from occasional column subjects. READ

Interval training tips

As you go about constructing your very own interval training protocol, exercise selection will be key. READ

Loneliness and self-esteem dramatically linked

Motivational speaker and best-selling author Steve Goodier has told the story of an older lady sitting alone on a park bench outside a seniors complex when a man about her age walked over and sat down next to her. READ

Mom’s sweet sleep still out of reach

An open letter to my well-rested family: Now before I set in on the ramblings of my sleep-deprived ways, I will start off by telling you all that I love you. READ

Boredom a bad word, there is always lots to do

“I’m too board to eat lunch.” “I’m too bored to clean my room.” “I’m too bored to play outside.” “I’m too bored to go to sleep.” “I’m too bored I can’t even watch TV.” READ

Glory days, not just a Bruce Springsteen song

“I could run forever,” stated Alvin. “Nothing and no one could catch me.” He was talking about his running days again. We all rolled our eyes and sighed. “I was the fastest kid in school. That’s why I was chosen for the running team.” READ

A memorable holiday season

It will soon be 49 straight years of these weekly columns, minus very occasional holidays, such as every seven years when the lead paper, The Advocate, is not publishing on Christmas and New Year’s Days. We used to travel a lot in the festive season: to Herself’s parents west of Pincher Creek, and mine at Brooks, often also alternating Christmas and New Year’s at one place, then the other. Many of those trips are now family legends. READ

How to avoid over-purchasing seeds

Seed catalogues for 2015 have started to arrive through the mail and are available online. The ones from the large seed houses are full of tantalizing pictures and information. Smaller businesses provide lists and less information. Both encourage people to dream of spring and gardening. READ

Why colon cleansing might be a good idea

One process that some people may not want to talk about — or think about, for that matter — but should be given some serious thought and consideration is colon cleansing. While it may not be the most fun of processes, it can really make a significant difference on how you feel and function on a day-to-day basis. Let’s walk you through the main benefits of colon cleansing so that you can see why this is a must-do for optimal health status. Weight loss First, most people would be surprised at just how much weight they may lose if they proceed to do a good colon cleanse. 00If you have a high amount of buildup in your colon, washing this out is going to produce instant weight loss and then, as your body is functioning better after that, it’ll also help you continue to see faster weight loss after it’s over. Colon health Next, you’ll also experience better colon health as well. If you are regularly doing colon cleansing, this can be a good way to reduce your risk of cancer or other conditions relating to the colon and GI tract. While this may not be an immediate concern for you, over time, without proper colon care and maintenance, it can become a real issue. You don’t have to colon cleanse often to reap benefits for disease prevention, but it does need to be done regularly. Improved digestive system function After doing a good colon cleanse, you’ll also experience improved digestive system function as well. You’ll be able to break down and utilize your food far better, thus you’ll be at a lower risk for nutritional deficiency and all the health concerns that go along with that. Since you’ll be making better use of the foods you eat, this can also lead to higher energy levels as well as your body is able to utilize them rather than just storing them as body fat. Enhanced concentration Finally, you’ll also find that you may experience a boost to your concentration level as well. Remember that your brain needs important vitamins and minerals to be functioning optimally as well and it’ll only get this if you are utilizing the foods you eat properly. By doing a colon cleanse, you can be sure that is the case and there are no issues regarding mental processing or concentration. So make sure you aren’t overlooking the power of the colon cleanse. While it may not be the most enjoyable process, it’s one you should be doing if you value your health. Cabel McElderry is a local personal trainer and nutrition coach. For more information on fitness and nutrition, visit the Fitness F/X website at READ

Defined by an age, or by who we are?

Lately I’ve heard much talk about how wonderful 30 is. How once we reach this brilliant age, all of the insecurities of our 20s will flit away as though never having been there in the first place. READ

Body image and self-esteem walk hand-in-hand

“Stop saying that!” “Why?” he asked. “It’s the truth.” “It’s not the truth,” she cried. “I’m a hideous, fat pig.” “That,” he declared, standing up, “is so untrue! You’re beautiful.” “You have to say that,” she replied. “You’re my husband.” Jack had been trying in vain to convince his wife, Ellen that she was beautiful — still beautiful — despite three children and 20 years of marriage. READ

A mountain of unfinished, unused stuff, tasks, ideas

I’m going to open up and tell you something private — I have close to 50 unfinished documents on my laptop alone. These scripts range from almost completed blog posts about motherhood to questionably written erotica to ponderings as to why I have such terrible skin READ

Been there, done that ... or are my perceptions wrong?

“I don’t get it,” he said, shaking his head. “How could I be so wrong?” I was speaking with a fellow writer who for years had been trying to attain some level of fame. He had enjoyed minor successes but nothing remarkable or, seemingly, sustainable. READ

A cold remedy that uses ingredients grown in Alberta gardens

This past couple of weeks, I have been making a traditional cold remedy called fire cider with people who are looking for alternatives to over-the-counter cold medicine. Fire cider is a remedy one makes in the fall, during harvest. All the ingredients but two (and if need be, these can be eliminated from the remedy) are grown in Alberta gardens. READ

Stop fungi, viruses and pests in autumn

In late spring, summer and early fall, deciduous trees and shrubs are covered in leaves. During this time, yellow leaves, dead leaves and dead branches are tell-tale signs that the plant is not healthy. READ

Four mistakes people make when trying to get abs

Is six-pack abs topping your goal list these days? Do you feel like you’re pretty happy with your overall body development except one key area: your ab region? READ

What it takes to stay committed to your health

Real commitment doesn’t always have to be about sacrifice — or does it? When it comes to your health, where do we draw the line between having our cake and eating it, too, to avoid the self-defeating behaviour of not allowing ourselves certain indulgences? And when should we hold true to a commitment to our health and our well-being and ensure our bodies are getting the best treatment possible — no sugar, no alcohol, no processed foods? READ

Energy booms often outpace infrastructure

Bakken and Eagle Ford, of course, refer to the huge shale oil fields in North Dakota and Texas, which use fracking technology to get oil and gas out of the ground. The quote is somewhat flippant, but it merely echoes what the U.S. Energy Information Agency is saying. The EIA is the government’s main cheerleader for the shale oil revolution, but even it admits that production will peak in 2021 and then go downhill from there. READ

Planning your yard with the right focal point

How much ornamentation, statues, arches, pergolas, fountains, walls, etc., should be in a yard? It depends on the size of the yard and whether plants or ornaments are the main focus of the garden. READ

How do you bee-have?

In my experience, there are three types of reactions you will find humans having when coming in contact with the ominous bee. READ

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