Carolyn Magner

Listen up!

Practice active listening by truly hearing what someone is telling you. Reframe it back to them by saying things such as, “I hear you saying you are struggling with this decision.”

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Snack attack!

Beat boredom by listening to a bestselling novel on CD while you drive. It will distract you from snacking and sharpen your mind.

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Tricky treats!

Dear Carolyn, I love Halloween! I love dressing up, decorating the house, taking the kids trick or treating and all the candy!  My husband hates it. I think he's worried about all the calories in the candy. I think that every once in a while, it's okay to splurge on sweets. What fun is life if you can't kick back and act like a kid? Spooky Dear Spooky, I too love Halloween and candy. I get it that the anxiety ...

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Good choice, bad choice Halloween Candy

  Making healthy Halloween candy choices can be a scary proposition. After all, the miniature-sized, chocolate-covered bites can’t be all bad, can they? The answer depends on how many bite-sized morsels you eat and the surprising number of calories and fat jammed into those little pieces. We are not trying to suck the fun out of Halloween but we thought you might want to compare some tricky treats! We looked at calories and fat for our ...

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Get happy!

Hang out with cheerful people. A positive attitude is contagious and so is a negative one! The same goes for listening to talk radio, choosing movies and listening to music.

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Portion size

Choose a piece of meat the size of a deck of cards and potatoes or rice that would fit in an ice cream scoop.

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Block it!

Long distance drivers have more skin cancers on the left side of their body. Wear sunscreen or a long sleeve shirt every day.

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Shake the salt!

Rinse canned tuna before using. Read food labels and only buy salt-free canned vegetables and soups.

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Junk in the bunk!

Dear Carolyn, My husband is almost a hoarder. I mean, his truck is full of junk. It takes 20 minutes to clear off his bunk just to sit on it! I nag, beg, threaten but he refuses to throw out what he says is his “stuff.” What exactly is the difference between “stuff” and “junk?” Patrice Dear Patrice, Junk=stuff we throw away. Stuff=junk we keep. Happy to help! I’m just say’n, Carolyn

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Brush it!

Brush and floss your teeth after every meal and you may not only have a nicer smile but can cut the risk of head and neck cancer by 400 percent by preventing gum disease.

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