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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Kick diet setbacks to the curb By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Living a healthy lifestyle is a lifelong commitment. Sure, there is room for indulgences – hello, chocolate cake! – and everyone’s dietary choices are different, but the pledge to make wholesome food decisions is the same. Something else that’s similar? The roadblocks we’ll all meet along the […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

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What’s the deal with gluten? By Caroline Shannon-Karasik These days, it’s hard to pick up a newspaper, turn on the television or surf the Web without seeing a mention of two little words: gluten-free. But the truth is, while there is more information out there than ever, the wealth of knowledge has also caused a […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Effort-free and healthy By Caroline Shannon-Karasik One of the top questions I get when I speak at health conferences and workshops is, “But how do you have time to make healthy food all of the time?” Sure, sometimes the “I don’t have time” excuse is exactly that – an excuse. The truth is, there really isn’t […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Gluten-free kitchen gadgets By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Be honest: Each one of us has been witness – and victim – to a few good television promos. Vitamins that make your skin soft as a baby’s bottom, a slice-and-dice kitchen tool that would make Edward Scissorhands drool and core shaping gizmos that promise to give you ripped abs […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

All-star gluten-free snacks By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Last week we talked about the difference between gluten-free snacks and healthy gluten-free snacks. What does that mean? That means that just because a label says a food item is gluten-free, it doesn’t mean it’s also healthy. News to you? Well, like any packaged food item, the gluten-free products that […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Gluten-free snacking By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Listen, sweet peas: I’m all about the occasional snack. I love a little nosh just like the rest of you and actually think it’s a necessary part of a well-balanced healthy diet. But you might remember a little time in the 1980s when people thought every label that said “low-fat” […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Gluten-free baking 101 By Caroline Shannon-Karasik The first time I baked a gluten-free cake was on the eve of my brother’s 16th birthday. I had recently found out I had celiac disease and my family decided they would all support my new lifestyle by choosing a party dessert I could enjoy as well. Well, my friends, […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Striking a healthy balance By Caroline Shannon-Karasik “I’m a health freak.” People – including me, sometimes – tout the label like it’s a badge of honor. And, yes, it certainly is a statement that indicates some very positive things. People who are “health freaks” care about their well-being. They make healthy food decisions and have a regular […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

No soy, no problem By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik Last week, I talked a bit about the health journey I am currently taking to dig deeper into my digestive issues, including those related to dairy, corn, sulfates and other culprits. But an allergy or intolerance we didn’t discuss is one many people deal with on a daily basis […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Tapping into healthy energy By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to try a BioEnergetic Assessment analysis. I know: A Bio-whooza-whatsa? It’s not as Frankenstein as it sounds, although I will admit I had my doubts about whether or not the test could deliver the results I was seeking. That being said, […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Easing digestive woes By Caroline Shannon-Karasik As someone who has celiac disease – an immune reaction in the small intestine to eating gluten – and has dealt with her share of digestive pain, I know firsthand what it’s like to search for something that can help ease the discomfort. There are plenty of solutions, and everyone has […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Creating a personal health revolution By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik So, it turns out that next week, I’ll be the Dayton City Paper’s cover girl. Huh? The truth is, I’ve always been someone who prefers to be comfortably behind the keys of my computer than in front of a camera lens. But, this journey I’m on to share […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

A sugar by any other name By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik I’m a healthy person. I work out, eat my veggies, take time to focus on soulful experiences and do all of the other things healthy people are supposed to do. However, that doesn’t mean I always make stellar decisions. In fact, I have been known to let […]

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Managing peanut and tree nut allergies

By Caroline Shannon-Karasik There’s no denying it: peanuts and their BFF peanut butter are classic foods. Without peanuts, a jelly sandwich would seem incomplete and the Cracker Jacks in “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” – an ode to America’s favorite pastime – would get a stand-alone shout out. For those who are allergic […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Eat your breakfast! By Caroline Shannon-Karasik One of my absolutely favorite things about what I do as a health writer and coach is answering questions for each one of you. Not only do I love meeting you, but it thrills me to know I might be able to help you in even a small way during your […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Healthy food face-off By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Every single day, we are faced with a flood of messages about what foods and vitamins are healthy for our bodies. Some claim to be the next big thing, while others have a finger pointed at them as the root of unhealthy diets. Guess what? Choosing healthy foods doesn’t have […]

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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 […]