It’s the time of year referred to by most Americans as the “Holiday Season.” Parties at work abound, friends and relatives gather to celebrate together and schools have special events. Most of these revolve around food, special treats like pumpkin pie, eggnog, fresh baked cookies, turkey and secret recipe stuffing, for example. It’s a wonderful, fun, happy and carefree time for most people. Unless you have allergies! Allergy Statistics Allergy is the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.

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TEDxAustin Robyn O’Brien 2012

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Today is my birthday. I won’t say how old I am, but I will tell you that I have many grandchildren! This is what the passing year of my life should have been like, according to the theories of Numerology. Personal Year 5… . Feeling Loose and Free - This is a number 5 year, a year of major change in your life. Horizons are expanded and growth is less impeded.

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The “D” Word

Since people have found out how much weight I’ve lost, I’ve been asked a lot of questions about how I did it. So I’ll answer some of the most frequent ones here. Q: What diet did you use? A: None. I didn’t go on a “diet”… I changed my life! I hate the “D” word! The very idea of a “diet” implies something temporary. Your brain instantly takes on the idea that you are going to deprive yourself until you reach a certain goal.

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When I graduated from High School, I weighed 105 pounds. I’m 5’4” tall, so that was probably a bit less than I should have. However, I was active.. I danced a lot, swam a lot, roller skated a lot, walked everywhere (I didn’t have a driver’s license yet!) Over the years, I’ve gained weight. A LOT of weight. It crept up gradually, almost unnoticed because it was a slow climb.

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