Migraine Wellness and Prevention

Despite the fact that there is no definitive explanation for what causes migraine, experts do know that migraine can be set off by “triggers.” Such triggers can vary from one person to another, and may include stress, certain foods or drinks, and, in women, fluctuations in hormone levels with the menstrual cycle.

Coping With Wheat Allergies. Part 2

“Having a food allergy can be very confusing,” she said, adding that many people wrongly think that having a wheat allergy is the same as having celiac disease. Although the two conditions have similar symptoms, people with celiac disease, also called celiac sprue, are allergic to more than just wheat. They are also allergic to the protein gluten, which is found in wheat, oats, barley millet, rye and other grains.

Coping With Wheat Allergies. Part 1

Want a baked potato for breakfast?
It’s the morning meal of choice for many people with wheat allergies, who can’t eat bagels, bread, muffins, pancakes or cereal, among countless other foods made with wheat flour.

Making It Work With His Mom

History is replete with stories about wicked mothers-in-law. Comedians have launched careers around the topic. An old quote from the British weekly magazine Punch reads: “A Mother-in-law is like the dry rot; far easier to get into a house than to get out again.”
There is a fundamental reason why the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship is fraught with potential problems: You and his mom feel intense love for the same man. And she is painfully aware that her relationship with her son will change forever because you are now in the picture!

Variety the Spice of Art!

What makes the difference between boring art and art that grabs (and holds) your attention? Often, it is variety: in color, size, texture, shape, form. Young children easily tune in to the idea of variety in the basic elements of art. Here are a few tips to alert children to variety:

Shape. Shapes are everywhere. Identify simple shapes first, so children know what they are looking for. Then admire works by Picasso, Klee, Matisse or Mondrian. Children can try their hand with similar style patterns, tearing or cutting their own paper pieces and gluing them.

Gloria’s Journal, Week 1

This was not a very good week — there were so many things going on. We had bad weather all week and it showed in my meal planning and exercise. I wanted to be a little more organized with this diary, but on Sunday night we had an ice storm and the entire city was frozen.