Fibromyalgia- The mysterious pain illness

Does this sound like you? You have pain and aching all over your body, that cannot be explained by illness or another pain condition. You’re exhausted all the time. Sleep? What sleep? You lie awake wishing you could fall asleep at night, OR, you sleep restlessly and waking up feeling...

Chestnut cake or Castagnaccio

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” The first time I had a chestnut was in Rome, Italy, in Piazza di Spagna to be exact, in 1991, and they were roasted chestnuts on an open fire… They were spectacularly delicious. Living in Italy that year, I encountered chestnuts in all sorts...

Do you have the holiday blues?

I have a question for you. Do you enjoy the holidays? Or let me phrase it another way, are the holidays more stressful or enjoyable for you? Is it a toss up? Based on what I see all around me, and the anxious and stressed patients showing up on my...

Slow-cooker whole roasted chicken

A few years back, in my quest to find easy-to-make, delicious meals, I happened upon a slow-cooked whole chicken recipe. I have made it dozens of times over the years, and many of those times I have only had five minutes to get the chicken in the slow-cooker, and my...

My birthday gift

My birthday was last week, and I decided to start off my new year with a crazy hard spin and weights class at a local gym. Keep in mind that I exercise regularly, but I have my “routine” of weights and cardio, and wanted to shake things up a bit with...

Julie on My Carolina Today

Have you ever put yourself out there and said “yes” to something that was WAY out of your comfort zone?   Lately I have been making that a practice. Saying yes, even if it feels uncomfortable. Maybe it’s the masochist in me, or maybe it’s that little voice in my...

Scrumptious Chocolate Pie

Today I am going to introduce you to Aunt Pye’s Chocolate Pie 2.0.Aunt Pye was my grandmother’s sister. I didn’t know Aunt Pye very well, but I had a love affair with her pie. I grew up with it. This pie is DELICIOUS. I asked my mom to make this...

How to Not Feel Deprived During Holiday Meals…

I admit that in the lead up to Thanksgiving this year, I was dreading another holiday meal that I would not be able to enjoy because of my dietary restrictions. I typically have to avoid eating most of the food on the table, and yet I still usually leave feeling...

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