Do you often get a belly ache or diarrhea after eating certain foods or when you're under stress or worrying about something? It happens to most of us every once in a while, but if you deal with it on a regular basis, you might have irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.
The brain in your gutHealth experts believe IBS symptoms are caused by faulty communication between the brain in the head and the brain in the gut. That's right — your gut has a brain! Read the Rest »
Is there anything else quite as delicious as a handful of freshly picked strawberries? Check out the Catching Health list of farms across Maine that let you pick your own strawberries. If a farm has a website or Facebook page, I included a link. Otherwise, you might want to call ahead to make sure it’s open for picking.
Wherever possible, I have included information about a farm's use of pesticides.
If you want to add a farm or additional information to the list or notice something that needs to be corrected, please let me know. I'll tell you how at the end of the post.Read the Rest »
I remember being a kid and my mother pleading with me to eat my scrambled eggs before heading off to school "You need your protein," she'd say, "so you'll have strong muscles and you'll be able to learn things."
Decades have passed and I still have things to learn. And to this day, I often remind myself about getting enough protein.
Protein is important. About 15 percent of the average person's body mass is made up of protein. Our muscles, skin and hair are mostly protein. And we need protein to keep everything working properly. Read the Rest »
In 2015, four-year-old Liam Thomas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Because his sugar levels fluctuate throughout the day and night, his parents hope to get him a special kind of monitor. A diabetic alert dog. I told his story recently on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »
Many years ago, our good friend Pete gave us a fabulous cookbook as a souvenir of his vacation in Seattle. James McNair's Salmon Cookbook. Our favorite recipe in it is for barbecued salmon. You will always find a bottle of homemade salmon barbecue sauce in our fridge. Read the Rest »
My mother has lived at Avita of Stroudwater, a memory care facility, for nearly two years. Like any one of us, she wanted to stay in her own home. Even after my father died. And it was a big house — two stories, plus an attic and a basement.When we asked how she was doing, she'd always tell us she was fine. Those of us who lived nearby made more frequent visits, spent the night, checked in by phone. Read the Rest »
Last fall, Bowdoin College football quarterback Noah Nelson injured his wrist during a game. He's in the white uniform. Number 18. It was around half-time in a game against Bates.
The picture above was taken at the moment he probably got hurt. Look closely and you can see his left wrist being bent backwards. It's called an overextension injury. He may have been hurt, but it also looks as if Noah kept a firm grip on that football in his right hand! Read the Rest »