I Feel Lousy

Do you ever feel lousy, like you’re coming down with something, and then it goes away later in the day, and you feel fine again? This probably happens to everyone – it’s one of those “false alarm” sicknesses. I get the overall general malaise occasionally. It used to happen right before I came home from work, just before I was supposed to go out for my run. Almost as if the body was telling me it didn’t feel like running that day. I would think it over, decide the body was right, wouldn’t...
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Establishing a Healthy Home Through a Healthy Diet

To create a happy home, family members must be both emotionally and physically nourished. As The Family: A Proclamation to the World states, parents have a responsibility to provide for their children’s physical needs. Through small steps, such as encouraging nutrition in the home, families can flourish. Elements of a Healthy Diet A healthy diet is defined as one that “emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; Includes lean meats, poul...
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Increasing Intimacy in Marriage

What Is Marital Intimacy? Intimacy is the closeness of your relationship with your spouse -- emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, sexually, and in many other ways. Intimacy is not an end goal but rather a journey that lasts throughout your marriage. Marriage and family researchers Schaefer and Olson describe attaining intimacy as “a process that occurs over time and is never completed or fully accomplished". As you both grow and develop, each of you changes. If you neglect intimacy i...
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Coping with the Chronic Illness of a Spouse

Sometimes couples are faced with problems they do not anticipate. One such is chronic illness. A chronic illness is a medical condition that lasts for a long time, sometimes for the rest of someone's life. They include conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and cancer, among many others, may appear quickly or gradually, and are often unexpected. As a couple, be informed about the illness you are facing. Seek information from your doctor and reputable medical websites. Organizations may exist t...
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How Do You Deal with Hardship During Christmas?

By Rachel R. There came a point in my childhood where I became so ill that a long hospital stay was needed. It was a common occurrence because of my chronic health condition, but this time I remember being heartbroken because I would be hospitalized over Christmas. My favorite holiday could have ended up being devastating—being trapped within confined boundaries, having my schedule compacted with medical treatments and tests, visits by overbearing practitioners, and not having enough sleep. T...
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Does God have a Diet Plan?

By Rachael It being the New Year, I, like 40-50% of Americans (according to "the internet"), made resolutions. Now, also according to "the internet," 93-95% of diet plans fail, so I wanted something to help me continue to eat healthy and feel my best without failing miserably the next month. Enter the Word of Wisdom (Doctrine and Covenants 89). I think one of the first things people notice about members of our church is the fact that we abstain from certain substances, such as coffee and t...
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