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To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is truly an art...

by Mick Marsden

Everyone I think at this point knows the saying “you are what you eat”. Take a look around and you’ll see lots of folks who’ve chosen to go for the empty calories. What you observe is that more than half of those you’ll see walking around the mall are overweight to morbidly obese. What you can’t necessarily see or know in this crowd are the health problems that go along with being overweight like hypertension and other heart diseases, joint and back problems yet you’ll see them lined up at Cinnabon. If these conditions are not Part of their lives now, it’s more a matter of when than if they contract one or more problems like that. 



Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. 



It’s tough to maintain your health and a healthy lifestyle if you’re not eating right. But what does eating right really mean? Did you realize a change of diet, the right diet for YOU, could help cure what ails you? It can restore your energy and give you a brighter outlook on life. Perhaps you’ll keep your chronic conditions at bay as well. But where do you start?


There are folks dedicated to helping you get it right and on a path to long lasting health and well being. I’d like to introduce you to my friend and master nutritionist!



Brigitta Jansen, MS, practices Functional Medicine Nutrition in Connecticut. As a nutritionist, she aims to address the root cause of disease. Her nutrition philosophy is to address the root cause of disease and support the body’s innate ability to heal itself. All disease begins in the gut, including autoimmune disorders, autism, depression, skin issues, overweight, diabetes and more. Brigitta focuses on healing the gut using the 5R program, as well as detoxing and addressing nutrient deficiencies. She uses careful analysis of blood chemistry, metabolic testing, GI panels, food sensitivity testing, genetic testing and hormone testing as well as a thorough diet and health history to determine what her clients' individual needs are. She then designs personalized diet and supplement plans to rebalance biochemistry and help her clients achieve optimum health and vitality.

Our bodies are our gardens our wills are our gardeners.      

William Shakespeare

Brigitta Jansen is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Bridgeport where she obtained her Masters in Human Nutrition. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from University College London, UK. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the American College of Nutrition. As a nutritionist and longtime local food activist, she is passionate about helping people discover the healing power of real food. Besides nutrition, her interests include biodynamic farming, hiking, yoga and playing music. For more info and free nutrition workshops visit



Couples put strain on their relationships for a variety of reasons, but the most common sources of strife tend to center on money. Buying a home together is a big, exciting step for many couples, but it does put a lot of money on the line, both for now and for the future. It’s understandable that home buying has the potential to put anyone’s relationship—no matter how strong—in potential jeopardy. Here are some home-buying tips for couples.


Get on the same page about your wants and needs


The above could be good advice for any part of a relationship, but it’s especially important when it comes to home buying. Suzy, for instance, may want an older house in an older neighborhood. Sam may have always dreamed of living in a brand-new house in the country. Suzy may prioritize safely in her neighborhood, while Sam may prioritize proximity to work. As a couple, you must talk honestly about what you want in a house—from how many floors, how large, the backyard situation, etc. Until you come to some sort of compromise, you shouldn’t even begin to look for homes. 


Find your optimal budget and then shoot lower


Purchasing a home without doing a thorough audit of both of your incomes, debt, and other financial obligations is crazy (for more on debt-to-income ratios and affordability calculations, check here). Figure out what you can afford, and then look for homes that price a little lower than that. Give yourself some wiggle room.  If you go into the home-shopping process with a strict budget in mind, it can help you avoid arguments and force you to make logical, non-emotional decisions.


Also make sure you discuss the payment load. Who is going to pay for what? Are you going to split things 50-50? 70-30? As says, you can’t plan for things with a hug and a kiss. Spell it out. Put it in writing if you must.


Don’t make everything about house hunting


Looking for a home can quickly monopolize your entire life. It can consume every moment of free time you have—searching online, talking finances, going to open houses, etc. It’s fun most of the time, but it can wear on you. You must not let it get out of hand. You will find the perfect house. It doesn’t have to happen in a couple of weeks. 


Make sure you take a break from looking for a home to focus on your relationship. Have fun outside the realm of house hunting. Focus on being healthy together. Eat right and exercise together. Take a short vacation. Anything you can do to make your relationship a priority will help you come out the other side of this stressful experience stronger and happier. 


If unmarried, decide on how you take title


Once you’ve found a home, you’re going to have to figure out how to take title. This is easy if you’re married, but if you’re an unmarried couple, this can be confusing. There’s sole ownership, joint tenancy, or tenancy in common, all of which have their benefits and challenges. Yes, this means having a healthy talk about the future. As a loving, committed couple, you surely aren’t thinking about breaking up anytime soon, but having the talk will actually help you to de-stress.


In the end, remember to have fun. Yes, it’s a big commitment. Yes, you’re throwing around a lot of money. And yes, you will be forced to make decisions about your future as a couple. But this is one of those life events that you don’t get to experience that often. Take a step back, realize you’re in this together, and go from there. 


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