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Jim Govatos: The chemistry of "chemistry"

Researchers had shown that "falling in love" produced elevated levels of dopamine, the chemical that produces feelings of intense energy and exhilaration.

The bad news is that a dopamine-rush tops out at 18 months or so. That is why people "fall out" of love after a while.

Nancy Lugo: Two dozen tips to eat healthier

Eat well and enjoy it in 2014.

Check the healthy eating patterns you are doing now. Circle the ones you want to add to your life. Then hold on to this list and check your progress in six weeks.

The role of sugar in 'sugar diabetes'

Although “sugar” is half the name of sugar diabetes, sugar doesn’t cause diabetes.

Again, it’s not the sugar intake that produces this common type of diabetes. But monitoring the intake of sugar is important for control of this variety of diabetes.

The Kitchen Diva: Hearty soup keeps winter chill at bay

After your winter workout, you can warm up with a hearty bowl of Kale and Potato Chowder.

With potatoes replacing the cream traditionally used in chowder recipes, this is a fast, economical and healthy soup that will keep the chill away until spring.

Bob Franken: Legalized mind numbing

That’s the appeal of alcohol, marijuana and the other playtime substances — they numb us. But why do we want that?

A lot of commentators who are musing about the spectacle of Colorado’s decriminalization of recreational marijuana find it necessary to begin their reflection by fondly reminiscing about their own mellow times getting stoned.

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Time for your body to make a comeback

Cities help you get fit

A new year means new fitness goals and local cities’ parks and recreation departments are ready to give everyone the motivation they need to start them off right.

The Kitchen Diva: Faith, family and food

I often hear about people “losing faith.” If you feel like that, all I can say is that lost things are often found in the most unexpected places and at the most unexpected times.

While the holidays pose their own special set of personal and financial challenges, it’s also a time to appreciate and treasure the priceless things in our lives — love, faith and family.

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Maitland resident curing cancer one step at a time

Walking for a cure

The day of her race when her ankle, still weak from her accident long ago, began to wobble beneath her and her knees began to buckle in exhaustion, it was hard to keep pushing.

Nancy Lugo: Fighting off ambivalence

Many of us will make New Year’s resolutions. Some resolutions will stick. Others may vaporize in the first day or week.

Plan how you will do your change. Set some realistic goals with smaller goals along the path.

Jim Govatos: Mandela’s lesson - Be fully human

It's interesting how the death of Nelson Mandela has united the hearts of people who wouldn't normally give each other the time of day.

As I began reflecting on why Mandela was such a compelling figure to so many different people, it struck me that somehow he embodied the human qualities most of us would like to have in our lives.

Quick fixes for ruined Thanksgiving dinner

After almost 35 years of cooking, I’ve had my share of Thanksgiving Day disasters! Here are some secrets to saving your sanity and your Thanksgiving dinner.

Hopefully, these tips will rescue you from any Thanksgiving Day disasters, but remember, it’s about gathering together to give thanks with the people you love — not the perfect meal!

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Mary Rumberger dedicated her life to serving the Winter Park Y

Winter Park resident and YMCA volunteer Mary Rumberger passed away from lung disease last month, leaving behind a legacy of generosity and dedication to supporting families in her city.

Nancy Lugo: The rewarding challenges of caregiving

November is National Caregivers Month, a month dedicated to recognizing and appreciating the caregivers among us.

Chances are pretty high that you or someone you know is a caregiver. As baby boomers age, caregiving is the trend.

Jim Govatos: Not enough days to say ‘thank you’

There is something in us that wants to speak of gratitude, but often we remain silent. Let's change that this month.

If you get around on Facebook at all, you may have noticed that many people are doing "28 Days of Thanks" postings leading up to Thanksgiving Day.

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Winter Park's powerhouse homes

Homes sell off energy

This past spring, the Wilsons paid just 25 cents for their electricity, water and sewage consumption.