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Maine AG’s ‘Dose of Reality’ campaign hits home

on July 20, 2016, at 10:06 a.m.
Prescription drugs have killed more than a thousand Mainers in the last 10 years and devastated many more lives.

How to eat like a happy loser in Maine

on July 19, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
It could be hard to be a happy loser on vacation. If you’re losing by restricting your food choices, there’s no happy in that. If you’re eating too much and you’re reversing your losing progress, there’s no happy in that either. Maine is Vacationland and what better thing to do …

The facts about methadone and Suboxone

on July 19, 2016, at 11:38 a.m.
“The safety and efficacy of these medications (Methadone and Suboxone) are very well established.” But, “Access to treatment continues to be an issue.”

Local leader addresses opioid epidemic in our community

on July 14, 2016, at 3:25 p.m.
“We’re (CHLB) using every outlet we can to try to heighten awareness of this issue (opioid abuse).”

I gained weight and I’m glad

on July 13, 2016, at 8:47 a.m.
I gained weight and I’m glad! I wasn’t one of those skinny people who needed to gain some weight just to stop looking like a walking skeleton. HA! Heavens, no! I have plenty of meat (and fat) on my bones. In fact, more than I need, and yet I’m happy to …

Getting the peachiest peaches

on July 11, 2016, at 1:28 p.m.
Fruit is the most weight-friendly foods I know. I can eat fruit anytime I just want to eat something that’s sweet, but don’t want a lot of calories. Fruit is nutritious and loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that can protect my body from cell damage that causes cancer and heart disease.   Fruits …

The truth about ice cream

on July 09, 2016, at 7:56 a.m.
Hot, hazy summer days were made for ice cream. “Too bad ice cream was made to enlarge my hips and my belly and even my double chin. Like a lot of other women, I can’t even think about ice cream without gaining five pounds. As much as I love ice …

3 Things you should never say to an overweight child

on July 08, 2016, at 6:42 a.m.
#1. “You have to be careful or you’ll end up just like (fill in the blank – an obese family member.)” Every time you speak to a child you’re giving them information they’ll use to create their self-identity. You don’t want to unintentionally help them to create a negative self-identity. …

10 things to take away from My Big Fat Fabulous Life

on July 03, 2016, at 9:23 a.m.
I love On Demand. It lets me watch my shows on my time and if it’s been a while I can watch several episodes in a week. It’s a great way to catch up. I’ve just caught up with the current season of TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life. I’d …

How to buy the perfect watermelon

on June 29, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
There she was, beating on the watermelons like they were conga drums. When she thought she found the one that sounded just right, she picked it up and placed it in her cart. She walked away certain that she found the perfect watermelon. Too bad she didn’t know that beating …

Come to a town hall event tomorrow to talk about preventing and treating opioid addiction

on June 27, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and the Bangor Police Department will host a prescription take-back event on site. Please bring any unused prescriptions you wish to safely dispose of.

Infested with brown tail moths? How to get rid of them

on June 27, 2016, at 9:56 a.m.
Here’s how we removed the brown tail moth caterpillars from our house.

Learn this skill to maintain your goal weight

on June 27, 2016, at 9 a.m.
There is a statistic that tells us 99% of all weight loss attempts eventually fail. I reject that it’s actually 99%. There is really no way to accurately measure how many weight loss attempts fail. I’m certain that it’s far fewer than 99% and the National Weight Control Registry has …

Duck of Justice joins call to end the opiate epidemic — with his usual flair

on June 25, 2016, at 8:36 p.m.
Learn how you, too, can participate in the campaign to end prejudice against people with substance use disorders and contribute to local solutions

Eat! Drink! and Weigh Less!

on June 24, 2016, at 10:36 a.m.
How would you like to eat, drink and weigh less? You can! Reducing your weight isn’t a matter of fearing food, it’s all about learning how to eat less and love it more! Fear of food is making us fat! Every time I turn around I see headlines exclaiming the …

How to get slimmer when it’s summer

on June 23, 2016, at 11:08 a.m.
There seems to be a seasonality to weight loss. There’s the Winter Diet Season (Starts in January), a Spring Diet Season (usually starts right after Easter or sometime in early April) and the Fall or Post Labor Day Diet Season. There is no Summer Diet Season! The Spring diet season …

Four Days Aboard the Schooner Stephen Taber

on June 22, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
Four days on a schooner is even more fun than you think.

How to lose weight and keep your friends

on June 22, 2016, at 11:05 a.m.
Nobody likes a loser! Well maybe a few people do, but there are definitely some who don’t! Losers are scary. If you’re a loser, be prepared to have people fear you and shun you. Loser, in the context of this blog, is the person who lost weight. Losing weight may make …

Brown tail moths are no joke

on June 20, 2016, at 3:41 p.m.
We ignored the notifications. Now, allow me to act as a warning to you.

The politics of weight loss

on June 18, 2016, at 11:47 a.m.
Before you read this, you should know it’s written by somebody who sees herself as a Left Libertarian. That means I care about my fellow man (woman and child) and I care about the environment. I believe in giving help where help is needed, and I am a firm believer in helping people …