Blogs and Columns


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 …

Crossing the Age Bridge

on June 17, 2016, at 1:43 p.m.
It would be nice to be a teenager again. But, then again, maybe not.

Join the 5k Race for Recovery this Sunday on the Bangor Waterfront

on June 16, 2016, at 4:50 p.m.
Your entrance fee will help pay for treatment for uninsured clients.

National Eat Your Vegetables Day

on June 14, 2016, at 8:06 p.m.
It’s almost here! Friday, June 17, is National Eat Your Vegetables Day. How are you doing with your vegetable eating? The daily minimum of vegetable servings is 5. A serving is roughly 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables or 1 cup of raw vegetables.Story continues below advertisement. If you’re like a …

Guest blog! Beginnings require faith

on June 08, 2016, at 5:25 a.m.
I am delighted and honored to have Virginia McCormack as my guest writer today.   Virginia McCormack, MSEd is a Life Coach and Career Counselor for women in transition. She is a resource for women who strive for a life that is more in balance with who they truly are. She …

How to break the worry/eat cycle

on June 05, 2016, at 10:03 a.m.
Some people worry about gaining weight. Some people gain weight because they can’t stop worrying. One thing for sure, worrying is a useless emotion that causes more trouble than it prevents.Truth be told, there is nothing good that can come from worry.   If worrying is such a negative action, why …

Getting rid of pregnancy weight fast

on June 01, 2016, at 7 p.m.
Yesterday was the day I delivered my first child 35-year-ago. Before I became pregnant with her, I was unnaturally thin for me.  When I describe myself as “unnaturally thin” I am referring to the extreme means I engaged to get to the weight that was acceptable to me. I had been …

Join hundreds who’ll form a big circle in Brewer in memory of Will Symonds and all those who have overdosed

on May 31, 2016, at 2:26 p.m.
“We hope to encircle those fighting, in treatment for or in recovery from opioid use disorder and their families with care, support and kindness.”

When did eating get so complicated?

on May 30, 2016, at 1:58 p.m.
My goodness, eating has gotten so complicated! It seems like a lot of time is spent researching what to eat and even more time is wasted talking about it! I was with a group of women the other day for a dinner meeting. I pitied the server whose job it …

My Fast Food Nation: A Reluctant Ode to McDonalds

on May 26, 2016, at 11:16 a.m.
I avoid fast food. But, not for the reasons you might think.

Take the Circle of Caring challenge and show the Bangor region’s unity against all these overdose deaths

on May 25, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
Snag a #CaringCircle selfie and post it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat. Then, invite your friends to do so, too. Like I said, no brain freeze necessary for this challenge.

Is BMI a lot of BS?

on May 24, 2016, at 4:12 p.m.
Is BMI a lot of BS? I don’t think so, but I also recognize that it’s a tool that’s only effective when used with other tools. Just like a hammer isn’t much of a tool without a saw to cut the wood to the correct size, and a nail for …

I Love My 600 pound Life

on May 18, 2016, at 9:14 a.m.
There’s not much good on TV these days. Well, not much good until the next season of Better Call Saul, but in the meantime, even with a zillion cable TV channels and On Demand, there still isn’t much good on TV. There does happen to be one show, however, that …

How I came to see just how widespread addiction really is in my community

on May 18, 2016, at 8:06 a.m.
The conversations I had that evening were a refreshing change, yet I still left feeling a little bit heartbroken.

I’m Back, Baby.

on May 17, 2016, at 12:12 p.m.
After a two-year hiatus, I’m back.

Was that a compliment or complidis?

on May 16, 2016, at 8:01 a.m.
Most of us have somebody in our life who can”t help but complidis. A complidisser is the guy or gal whose mother said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Unfortunately they couldn’t quite say nice things and they definitely couldn’t stay quiet. They figured out …

Don’t take my word for it, ask your doctor!

on May 15, 2016, at 10:58 a.m.
Hello readers! I have a big favor to ask of you! Don’t take my word for anything related to weight loss, nutrition and physical activity. Ask your doctor for advice! I’m not asking you to stop reading my blog, for heaven’s sake, just talk things over with your doc! I …

Surprising way to feed your sugar fiend

on May 14, 2016, at 3:17 p.m.
How can sugar fiends be turned into healthy eaters? The strategy that works will surprise you. Get ready to have your mind blown! Everything you thought you knew about feeding kids, especially overweight or obese children is about to be exploded! Let’s start with a general observation. Overweight children are …
Dr. Michael Noonan

Do you really need that MRI of your back?

By Dr. Michael Noonan on May 12, 2016, at 4:20 p.m.
Michael Noonan: Of course, MRIs can be very helpful; they are great for looking for diseases, such as cancer. But they simply don’t show the cause of the pain for most back and neck pain patients

‘He was gonna quit tomorrow': The over-prescribing of pain meds makes its way into pop culture

on May 11, 2016, at 11:25 a.m.
“And now my little brother is in the sky, from a pill that a doctor prescribed.” — Macklemore