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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

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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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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Wrap it up – and then some!   Sex. What was not too long ago considered a taboo topic of discussion is now one that we can’t seem to escape. Risqué advertisements, tongue-in-cheek ladies underwear and any show on nighttime television all use things of the sexual sort to appeal to today’s generation.But while much […]

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Say goodbye to college weight gain  It might only be August, but it’s a sure thing that parents and kids are starting to think about back-to-school prep. For college students, the approaching first day of class also signifies the start of something else: Freedom. While it is certainly liberating to be able to choose your […]

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Heavy in love By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s  It happens to the savviest of health aficionados: You fall in love and at first you are sure to keep your bod lookin’ hot for your new fling. But then, you get past the googly-eyed stage and you slip into the comfortable one. You know, the one where sexy underthings […]

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Go to bed, sleepy head  By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s True story: If you’ve ever been at risk for a concussion as a result of your tired head nodding forward and smacking into your computer screen, chances are you’re not getting an adequate amount of shut eye. Been there, huh? Sleep. It’s something we all require and yet […]

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Alternatively healthy By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Let’s face it: We are a nation of pill-poppers and quick fixes – there’s no doubt about that. But let’s put our smarty pants on for a second and think about a little somethin’ called alternative therapies. Because, hey, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that, […]

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Get fit at home Getting fit at home is nothing new. Hell, some of my favorite childhood memories include donning my fitness gear so I could join my mom for “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” with Richard Simmons or leg lifts with Jane Fonda. And you wondered how I got this way … (winky face) But […]

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My furry, healthy friends By: Carolin Shannon-Karasik’s   I’m not going to lie: I talk to my cats … like, full conversations where the only response I get is a nuzzle or a look like, “You talkin’ to me, lady?” But I have no shame. In fact, I am the first person to admit that there […]

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Take it easy, pal  By Caroline Shannon-Karasik After months of indoor activities that range from ice cream binges on the couch to logging miles on the gym treadmill, it’s no wonder we’re all a bunch of nut jobs ready to hit the pavement the moment that first spring flower blooms. But it’s also that eager […]

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Double the indulgence, double the heart attack By Caroline Shannon-Karasik I’ve said it before and I will say it again: A healthy life is all about balance. In my world, that means you can have your green smoothie, steamed kale, baked sweet potatoes and extra fudge brownie, too. But the truth is, the average American […]

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Buddy up for a healthy life  By Caroline Shannon-Karasik When we were younger, the adults in our lives urged us to never talk to strangers, chew with our mouths closed and stand up straight when the I’m-too-cool-to-even-stand-up-straight teenage years kicked in. They often also implored that we use the buddy system. We were to use […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]