Kids & food allergies: a new clue for prevention

New advances are deepening our knowledge of why our children develop allergies—and, down the road, how to prevent them in the first place.

The best (and only) resolution I ever kept

Negative self-talk was a bad habit that I knew I needed to change.

9 beautiful weekend retreats to help you push the reset button

As you resolve to organize the house and lose weight, be sure to also make space for spirituality this year. Here are 12 affordable retreats…

Natural antibiotics in your pantry

No time to run to the drugstore? Ward off the common cold with these eight all-natural cold remedies, hidden in your kitchen.

The joy of being alone (without your phone)

Last fall I took a group of high-achieving young honors students with plans to change the world on a silent retreat. I accompanied these college sophomores, driving through twisting roads splashed on either side with autumn colors, to St. Meinrad’s Archabbey in southern Indiana to spend a night. There, they…

The ‘love yourself first’ myth

Last year in her magazine, Oprah Winfrey advised us to ask ourselves two questions: "What do I have to do to get where I need to be?" and "How do I create the life I want?" In case you aren’t sure how to answer, she has that for us, too: “To…

Is drinking water during exercise really a good idea?

Water symbolizes healing, growth, fertility, even new life. We all know we’re supposed to get enough of it, especially when we’re working out, but the big question is—when?

Note to self: letter-writing is good for you!

“C u ltr,” is an accurate reflection of my correspondence with friends and family lately. It’s often a short text that I’ve dashed off while doing something else. It’s full of acronyms, may unabashedly contain typos (and p.s. I’m a writer), and typically feels more to the point than wrapped…

Simple comfort foods with mood-boosting powers

When life gets busy and stressful, it's easy to forget that food has power.

Work-life balance: is it ever really possible?

Are we destined to spend our lives rushing from one thing to the next, never having enough time for family and leisure?

It’s not me, it’s you: when friends break up

I’m not only half Canadian, but also a Midwesterner. This may explain my penchant for crumpets and marmalade as well as the way the spare beauty of gray, winter days makes me feel deliciously nostalgic.

Meditation when you can’t sit still

Many of us spend our days on a perpetual treadmill. Going from one thing to the next. The suggestion of slowing down to mindfully meditate might sound like an invitation to climb Everest. Note to inner self: it is worth the effort.

Body, positive

I’ll never forget the moment I realized I was fat. It was a few years ago, about three months after the birth of my first child.