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Slow Down! Enjoy your food and enjoy your life.

How long does it take you to eat a meal? 5 minutes, 10, 20? You may have learned that it takes at least 20 minutes for your brain to get the message that you are full. Many of us don’t spend enough time eating to wait for that message. In addition to preventing overeating, eating more slowly can have other significant benefits. Slowing down for digestive health Do you ever feel bloated or gassy after a meal or throughout your day? There are many reasons why that may occur, many of which can be treated with the best nutrition for you. But, also consider when you eat quickly you may be swallowing air at the same time. Imagine what a bunch of extra air does for your GI tract. Gas and bloating

As an empty nester, I break my own clutter clearing “rules”...

In the 18 years I have written about simple living and clutter clearing, my two children have grown up. Ready or not, empty nesting is here, and this month’s column explores how we are dealing with it. This past month I flagrantly broke my own rules. In Minnesota and Wisconsin, many people have cabins “up north” that they head to on weekends to “get away,” often with their family and friends, but not always. My husband and I have been fortunate to be invited for weekends at the cabins of our friends, yet we always vowed we wouldn’t complicate our own lives by owning and maintaining an additional residence ourselves. You guessed it. We broke our own rules and purchased a “lake place.” The cab

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Lifebalance Solutions is a program offered by Lifetrack, a nonprofit human services organization with a mission to develop the strengths within children, families and adults facing the greatest life challenges so that all families and individuals may become strong, healthy and productive community members. We have served the Twin Cities community since 1948.