Health Articles

Beyond Comparisons: How Being the Only You Becomes Power

By Rumaisa Rahman Khawaja

“Change begins with my desire – the conscious wish to change.” [1] So let me ask you a question… When you were growing up, how did your family relate to God? I grew up in a Muslim household. I went to Sunday school every week up until the age of 13. Sunday school was not…

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The Benefits of Kale

By Khloe Beaird

We’ve all heard that kale is so good for us, but it often gets a bad reputation for not tasting very well. I love kale, but I don’t ever try to eat it raw without adding something to it first. If you are eating it raw in a salad, I recommend massaging the kale with…

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Pregnancy

3 Changes I Made This Pregnancy to Feel Better

By Khloe Beaird

My first pregnancy was very exciting to me. I couldn’t wait to have the baby bump! However, I didn’t know much about nutrition and honestly thought I could eat for two people. I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I craved sugar and ate Whitey’s ice cream at least once a week. I didn’t…

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Having a Family Member with a Mental Illness Can Affect the Way You See the World.

By Rumaisa Rahman Khawaja

 “We have all had times of difficulty as children and many of us have experienced trauma. To protect and defend ourselves against future suffering, we often try to forget those painful times. Every time we’re in touch with the experience of suffering, we believe we can’t bear it, and we stuff our feelings and memories…

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Snooze and Lose

Don’t Snooze and Lose!

By Rumaisa Rahman Khawaja

“In 2013, Adweek reported that 80 percent of smartphone users between the ages of 18 and 44 check their phone first thing in the morning.” Picture this… You’re fast asleep, and your phone alarm goes off. You roll over and hit that snooze button. Ten minutes later, you tap that button again, and then again. And…

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Food Fight

Winning the Healthy Food Fight

By Khloe Beaird

Kids are strong-willed, smart, and can survive on very little food. But when they are hungry, I mean really hungry, children will eat anything. Dr. Shah, of Mandala Integrative Medicine in Davenport, Iowa, and his wife, Ambreen, have a son who was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. At that time, the only…

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Picky Eater

How to Love a Picky Eater

By Khloe Beaird

On Valentine’s Day of 2006, a guy that I liked took me out on our first date. We dressed up nicely, he bought me chocolates, and we drove fifteen minutes from Monmouth College, where we were attending school, to McGuillicuddy’s in Galesburg, Illinois. I remember laughing to myself when the waitress came to our table,…

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Inflammation, Gut and Endometriosis

By Sayed Shah

When one suffers from endometriosis this is when the tissue makes up the uterine lining (the lining of the womb) is present on other organs inside your body. Endometriosis is usually found in the lower abdomen, or pelvis, but can appear anywhere in the body. Women with endometriosis often have lower abdominal pain, pain with periods, or…

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Mindful Eating

Three Benefits of Mindful Chewing

By Khloe Beaird

How many of you work through lunch? Are you a multi-tasker who eats on the go? Do you tend to eat fast? How’s your digestive health? Did you know chewing your food has many health benefits?   That’s right. Chewing your food will improve your health, but not just chewing a handful of times and…

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