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An Empty Medicine Cabinet


I am living proof that a healthy diet and exercise program can sometimes cure your ailments better than a pill. For years I’ve taken medicine daily for acid reflux, IBS, and migraines—I just figured it was something I had to do to stay healthy. But then I started treating my body better by eating well and exercising. As if by magic, my symptoms started vanishing. It took some time to figure out exactly what I needed to do to feel my best. For example, if I wait too long to eat, my digestive system goes completely haywire and makes my IBS and acid reflux flare up. So I make sure to keep emergency snacks in my purse or a cooler stashed in my car. That way, if tutoring runs long, I can grab some fruit from my cooler or a bag of nuts to munch on in traffic on the way home. My husband loves this habit too, since that means there’s also a snack for him in my purse (helping him make it through a few more aisles at Lowe’s when we’re out buying supplies for our home improvement projects).


Our 2011 Weight Loss Diary writer, Stacy, is a 35-year-old former teacher who is looking to get healthy and boost her self-esteem over the next year. Follow along as she goes after her goal!

Who’s helping Stacy? Life coach Michelle Hastie, nutritionist Ruth Frechman, R.D., and personal trainer Whitney Cole.


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