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Nicole Griffin

Learning to Fly

I worked in office settings on and off for ten years.  The offs were grad school and travel (that I always felt like I was scheming and stealing to maintain my sanity).  The last job that I had, I hated.  I had studied International Business and Arabic in grad school and felt very passionate about working to create economic opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa.  I moved to DC after graduation and struggled to find a full time job in my field.  After six months of couch surfing and interviewing, I finally accepted a job completely outside of my field.  I then spend the next 2.5 years working in dental education.  I think the universe was definitely sending me a strong message/playing me for a fool because wtf random landing is that? Read More

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Nicole Griffin

Sugar Blues Part Two: It's Time to Quit Sugar

You likely eat a lot more sugar than you realize because sugar is lurking in all kinds of sneaky places. It's in sandwich bread, chicken stock, pickles, salad dressing, crackers, yogurt, cereal, baby food, peanut butter, alcohol, energy bars, tomato sauce, and canned vegetables. It's often disguised by fancy language like corn syrup, maltose, dextrose, glucose, or fructose. The biggest problem here is that sugar is SO easy to overeat. Empty of nutrients and fiber, sugar does not fill you up and jacks your blood sugar up, so you keep craving and eating more. An overconsumption of sugar has lead to an explosion of serious health problems like obesity, type two diabetes, hypoglycemia, and insulin resistance. Read More

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