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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

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Checklist for surviving holiday temptations  By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Like a college student who is exploring the school cafeteria for the first time, the holidays are ripe with sugary desserts and calorie-laden dishes that are often enjoyed with reckless abandon. But in the same way that college freedom can bring on the so-called “freshman 15,” the season […]

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Sipping on a special diet By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s The holiday season is a time for visiting with friends and family, getting cozy by the fire and, well, there’s a lot of eating and drinking mixed in there, too, right? For those of us who are looking to keep our health and waistlines in check, the abundance […]

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Winter activities for the whole family  By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s It’s inevitable: The winter months mean your family is spending more time inside. And while I don’t yet have kids of my own, I can imagine that too much indoor time would eventually take any parent to his or her breaking point. Cabin fever, indeed! “[The time […]

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Budget-friendly DIY holiday gifts  By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s I’m not exactly what you would call “crafty.” However, the holiday season seems to awaken my deepest desires to wear the label proudly. I’ve always wanted to be someone who could stitch something up like a pro – I secretly love walking up and down the aisles of JoAnn […]

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Home for the holidays: Healthy alternatives    By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s We get it: Nothing says “Home for the holidays!” like grandma’s homemade walnut-crusted apple pie; And mom’s shrimp dumplings; And Great Aunt Bertha’s sugar cookies; And your sister’s hand-stirred gravy; And the list goes on and on. The truth is, while the impending holidays are […]

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This is your brain on healthy foods  By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s If you are questioning whether there is any truth that lies within the age-old saying, “You are what you eat,” then consider how a sugar-filled doughnut packed with empty calories makes you feel. Sure, you’re flying high as a kite during the first few moments of […]

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Holiday-inspired meals for small kitchens  By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s There’s no doubt about it: One of the best parts of the holiday season for any college student is simple – a break from school! And the truth is, whether you have a thing for the bird or prefer Tofurkey, or you like a slice of apple and […]

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Year-round skin protection  By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s I’m what people call fair. What they mean is, “Girl, why don’t you get a tan?” I’ve never been one of those people who walks away with a nice sun-kissed glow from a day at the beach. In fact, I’m the Queen of Sunscreen – otherwise, I’ll end up red […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Dating and the body image blues  By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s There’s no doubt about it: Dating is hard. What’s more, the rigors of finding that “special someone” can sometimes take a toll on one’s self image. In particularly blue moments, some gals and guys begin to question their self worth: “Am I not good enough?” “What’s wrong […]

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New gluten-free standards By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Listen up, ladies and gents: I’m all about breaking the rules when it comes to a healthy diet. Sure, I love my green smoothies and veggie-packed salads, but I also like to get down and dirty in the kitchen with a few “naughty” ingredients. (Triple chocolate cake, anyone?) But, when […]

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Gluten-free beer  By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Once upon a time, not too long ago, the pairing of the words “beer” and “gluten-free” was somewhat of an oxymoron. People who had celiac disease or a gluten intolerance were forced to forgo their favorite alcoholic beverage and opt instead for wine or hard cider. But who pairs wine with […]

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Is your digestive system causing illness?  By Caroline Shannon-Karasik We’re a nation obsessed with the latest diet fads and get-slim-quick pills, but we cringe when people start talking about digestive health. Something about that tangled web of intestines, stomach lining, gut flora and, yes, the inevitable trips to the bathroom has people feeling uneasy – […]

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Dining out with a special diet  By:  Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s People with food allergies and intolerances are a pain in the ass. I know, because I’m one of them. As a gluten-free gal with celiac disease, I can empathize with what it’s like to be that girl, sitting in a restaurant or at a friend’s dinner […]

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College Student Edition: Exercises to increase brain power  By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s   Sure, coffee and sugar are two of the average college student’s favorite methods for spiking his or her interest in extensive math equations or ancient world history. But another – albeit healthier – way to give your brain power a jolt is a solid […]

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Cycling in the city  By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Photo: Bike tours of Dayton are fun and great for your health; photo: Andrew Thompson I’ve never been much of a cyclist. Even when I was first learning to ride a bike, I was slow to the party. My sister, who is two years younger than me, was learning to […]

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Sugar: Not so nice after all By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s What’s a major culprit behind a laundry list of illnesses and diseases including digestive upset, high blood pressure and obesity, and packs the addictive power of drugs like heroin and cocaine? Sugar, says the featured article in the August issue of National Geographic. Yep, that’s right – sugar! […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]