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What do people mean when they talk about the importance of an alkaline vs acidic body? First of all, it's important to understand that your pH affects every organ and cell in your body. When your pH is perfectly balanced, your body's systems function correctly. When your pH is out of balance, many health
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relaxing moment courtesy of ximenacab

Some "Ask FGG" questions apply on any day of the year. Others, like this week's reader inquiry, seem custom-made for hot and steamy July days.
There's a spot on my back deck that would look great with a hammock, but I don't want to spend a lot of
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I used to love wearing strappy summer dresses, with sorbet-colored skirts swaying just so as I walked. Once I'd gained enough weight to make thigh rub an issue, dresses gradually fell from my wardrobe, supplanted by Capri pants and Bermuda shorts. Add to it the belly I gained and never got around to losing after
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Sometimes a powerful craving strikes, but we don't want to give in to it completely. Recently, I had a serious craving for cake -- German Chocolate Cake, to be exact. And though I tried to shake it for days, the yearning would not go away. Sadly, with just the two of us in our house,
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Squeeze every bit of fun into your amusement park trip (Great America photo booth ca. 1998)

Until I was 14, I was terrified of roller coasters.

Per longstanding tradition, our 8th grade class trip took place at Sandusky, OH-based Cedar Point. It was 1990 and the Magnum had just debuted. The sleek, orange
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In recent years, many people have discovered the benefits of the alkaline diet. When you eat mostly alkalizing foods, you alkalize body chemistry. And when you create an alkaline body, many aspects of your health are positively affected. Many people have found that this way of eating leads to improved health, increased energy,
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Guys want to look great in swimsuits, too
image by adriagarcia

Summer is a time for two things: taking leave and swimming. And this column will feature a bit of both. I’ve been proud to be associated with The Fat Girl‘s Guide to Living for the past several months, but sadly this will
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The mission: To blend in here (image by YoTut)


One of the best parts of receiving FGG reader mail is that it gives us a glimpse into how diverse your lives and interests are. In recent weeks, we've fielded questions on everything from cycling to sundresses to [...]
You never know who you'll meet on a girlfriend getaway

It's vacation season for many, with great weather and kids out of school as families head off to water parks, resorts, and campgrounds. For moms like me, it's also girlfriend getaway season, because it's easier to leave the kids with our spouses/partners/relatives without factoring in school
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A quick glance around the produce section or farm stand makes it pretty easy to tell that stone fruit season is in full swing. Peaches, plums, nectarines, pluots and cherries are abundantly available. We've been eating them fresh, in parfaits and with granola all week, and over the weekend I transformed my last few peaches
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