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Killing Your Family With Kindness – What Sugar is Doing to Your Kids

My goal as a mom is to give my kids the tools they need for a successful life. That means showing them how to love and be loved, how to take care of themselves emotionally and physically, and how to become part of a world that may be very different from mine. If you’re a parent, you know how complex those goals are. This is a complex world, and what success means in one context may be very different in another. What brings wellness at one moment may be destructive at another. I’m thinking about physical well-being today. It’s easy...

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Supporting High School Journalism

West Side Story is the student news source of Iowa City West High School. Besides being an informative publication filled with personal stories about students and staff, issues this year have contained articles about subjects of interest to teens, such social media, AP courses, recipes, fashion, school clubs, local activities, as well as controversies such as vaping and the use of seclusion rooms. The content of the magazine is created by students. I have one child this year at West, and I’ll have two next year. My oldest plans to contribute to this publication in the coming years and already...

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Question – How do I lose belly fat as a 15 year old who started lifting weights 7 months ago?

Answer – Belly fat is about hormones. What I mean by that is insulin and cortisol are hormones that work to build and store fat rather than utilize and burn fat. If you have belly fat, you have too much or too frequent release of them in your body. The visceral fat around your organs responds to exercise because it is insulin sensitive. This is the fat under your muscles and around your liver and heart. This is the dangerous kind that we gain throughout a sedentary life and will contribute more to inflammation and eventually heart attacks. Subcutaneous fat...

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No Time to Exercise – Excuses and Solutions

My teens are dual-enrolled, so I drive back-and-forth to the junior high 6-8 times every day. I teach them three subjects at home, so I prepare and discuss algebra, Latin, and history daily. They have a German class at the homeschool assistance program weekly, as well. I provide personal and small group training every day with a flexible schedule that changes every week, and I create my own work outs for both 1-1 and groups. There is research and writing to maintain my training business. My kids and I take piano lessons which require daily practice and a weekly lesson....