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Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:00 am

How a Springfield group transformed itself by intermittent fasting

 In the guidebook for Narcotics Anonymous there is a paragraph which begins: “We have a disease; progressive, incurable and fatal.” The paragraph ends with the sentence: “Insanity is repeat
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 12:00 am

Intermittet fasting produces amazing results

 I was talking with my bandmates during our break the other day about the death of Tom Petty, Gregg Allman and all the other music heroes we have lost in the last year. The conversation morphed i
Food
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 12:00 am
 While attending one of Urbana’s Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery’s Farm To Table Dinners, I asked owner Leslie Cooperband if I could “stage” (work as an unpaid apprentice) for one of the
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Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 12:00 am
 The premature death of my wife due to complications of obesity was a loud wake-up call for me. At the time of her death I, too, was obese, weighing 236 pounds and having to buy my clothes at a �
Food
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 12:00 am

Two books tell you how

 Our society is experiencing an epidemic of obesity and diabetes with the root cause of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance develops when we bombard our body all day long with sugar-containing
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Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 12:00 am
 There is a point every summer when my vegetable garden transitions from a state of scarcity to one of overabundance. My approach to meal planning shifts from “What do I have enough of to make
Food
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 12:00 am

Fine dining the Montreal way

 I’ve long been a big fan of chef, writer and TV celebrity Anthony Bourdain. His bestselling book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, led to his career in television h
Food
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 12:00 am
 I spent the summer between high school and college working as a maintenance man at a girls’ summer camp in Wisconsin. I was known as “Mr. Pete” and I shared the duties with a college stude
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Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:00 am

An indescribable yumminess

 I first encountered miso nearly four decades ago at a hole-in-the wall sushi restaurant in Chicago. It came in the form of a complimentary bowl of miso soup that preceded my sushi selections. I
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Friday, July 7, 2017 12:00 am
 About 10 years ago, I was camping at Summer Camp Music Festival at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe near Peoria. Summer Camp is a four-day event over Memorial Day weekend featuring over 100 ban

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