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5 easy weight loss tips you shouldn’t ignore because they work

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 10:39 a.m.
Don’t ignore these tips. They result in real results and you won’t even hate doing them. They won’t cramp your style. You won’t feel like you’re on a diet. You don’t have to stop eating the food you love and you don’t have to start eating things you don’t like. You …

Addressing the challenges with treating opiate addiction

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 11:46 a.m.
There are multiple reasons why a proven treatment like buprenorphine is not being made more readily available to those living with opioid use disorder.

Video self-modeling could be your answer to losing weight and keeping it off

on Sept. 25, 2016, at 10:53 a.m.
How would you like to know there is something that could not only significantly improve your chance of reaching your weight goal, and better than that, ensure that your ability to maintain it would be greater than ever before? I’m looking for people interested in trying a better way to …

Ending childhood obesity and what isn’t working

on Sept. 20, 2016, at 7:10 a.m.
If a child is overweight, the last thing you want is to encourage his love of food, right? Food is the enemy, isn’t it? That prevailing belief couldn’t be more misguided.    Some experts and parents think the way to address the problem is by using approaches that are failing to manage …

What happens to the family when Mom goes on a diet

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 6:47 p.m.
I have been monitoring and managing my weight for about 30 years. I started shortly after my third daughter was born. I had two older daughters, ages 3 and 5, at the time. Eventually I had one more girl, so it’s safe to say that my girls have grown up …

Why autumn in Maine is a good time to lose weight

on Sept. 09, 2016, at 8:12 a.m.
If you’ve been thinking about losing weight for a while and plan to actually get started January 2017, think about starting now instead. Autumn in Maine is perhaps the best time of year to start working towards your weight-related goals. Here’s why: Kids are back in school and life regains …

What I’ve seen as a therapist treating people with addiction

on Sept. 01, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.
I knew everything about her pets. I knew their names; I knew their conditions, their ages. I knew how much they were loved. I knew this was how she coped.

New state program looks to support parents living with addiction

on Aug. 29, 2016, at 9:33 a.m.
As with any serious, chronic illness, substance use disorder sends ripples that emanate from the individual living with the disorder to others. This dynamic can be especially traumatic for families when that person is a parent, and that is why the state of Maine has combined two evidence-based programs to create the Maine …

Why dieters should opt for renting clothes

on Aug. 27, 2016, at 8:22 a.m.
Everybody deserves to look their best and feel their best knowing they’re dressed in stylish, well-tailored, flattering clothes – even overweight women. But a lot of bigger women will tell you that finding clothes that make them look and feel good is not easy. The clothes finding challenges start in …

Why would the Weight Watchers lady support Whitney’s no body shame campaign?

on Aug. 18, 2016, at 8:51 a.m.
Like it or not, they call me the Weight Watchers lady. I’ve been associated with Weight Watchers for almost 30 years. I started in January 1987 as a mother of 3 girls under age 6, and my weight had gotten out of control. I had an effective way to lose weight …

Eating more meals at home can cause you to lose weight

on Aug. 14, 2016, at 10:13 a.m.
Back in the 50s eating at home was normal, dining out was special. Dining out was so special, in fact, that Mainers only averaged fewer than 20 times in a year. Considering most of us eat 21 meals every week, the average of those meals eaten out of the home nowadays, are …

How to dodge the freshman 15

on Aug. 12, 2016, at 10:14 p.m.
Gaining weight your first year of college is more common than unusual. That’s why it’s called the “Freshman 15.”  There are several obvious weight gaining traps to avoid and a few subtle ways that pounds are added to your freshman frame, but you can escape their negative affect on your …

How to stop cheating and start eating to weigh less

on Aug. 08, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
Cheating seems to be a pesky problem for people who want to get thinner. Some people say they start cheating as soon as they begin a weight loss plan. Others say it takes a few weeks. One thing for sure, cheating is not a productive method of reaching your weight …

5 best ways to lose weight in the summer in Maine

on Aug. 06, 2016, at 8:05 a.m.
I don’t even like to write this, but it’s the sad truth. Summer is coming to an end in Maine. Kids will be back in school before the month is over. Some of the eager-beaver trees can’t even wait until September for their leaves to start changing. Lots of people …

What to do when your size 10 is no longer “perfect”

on July 29, 2016, at 10:35 a.m.
Believe it or not, in 1971 I was 5’7″ tall and weighed 125 pounds. I was a perfect size 10. I can say that with complete confidence because my first full-time job after graduating from high school was a pattern maker’s model for 3 (preppy,/collegiate) quality clothing manufacturers – John …

Guest blog: Having a fit over clothing fit

on July 26, 2016, at 6:27 a.m.
I’m delighted to have a guest author today! David Jester, author of the BDN blog, To New England…and Beyond, and firefighterwithapen, shares a frustration that anybody whose body isn’t a clothing industry standard shape and size, and who has tried to find clothing that looks good and fits well, understands. Men’s big …

5 weight loss exercise tips when it’s hot

on July 25, 2016, at 5:26 p.m.
Most people have heard the weight loss formula. If you haven’t, here it is: eat less + move more = weight loss The summer brings some challenges to putting this formula into action, especially when the weather gets hot. These tips help keep you active and on track but more …

5 foods you should never eat at a fair

on July 25, 2016, at 2:31 p.m.
It’s agricultural fair season in Maine! It’s a Maine tradition that should never be missed! There’s so much to see and do at the fairs. 2016 Schedule of Maine Fairs And so much to eat! Traditional faire at the fair includes the fatty favorites: Funnel Cakes! French Fries! Sausage Sandwiches …

‘We need to show that it is possible': Young Maine man shares story of recovery

on July 25, 2016, at 10:35 a.m.
Ryan’s personal story isn’t about how he got lost in the depths of opioid use disorder but an honest account of his challenges and triumphs in treatment and recovery, the support of his family, the love for his daughter, and his focus on getting an education and starting a new job.

What to do when you’re hangry

on July 23, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.
The Maine meteorologists have been talking a lot about the “Triple Hs” lately and why wouldn’t they? It’s summer and H•H•H goes with the territory. I’m talking about Hot, Hazy, and Humid, of course, but there’s a fourth H they never mention. Hangry!Story continues below advertisement. Dealing with weather described …