Soda Challenge | Day 9 | October 2

Woke up at 8 a.m. to exercise – cardio and weights, but it did take coffee to get me to propel myself. Rewound and relooked at the Bed Bug show of Dr. Oz – sensational show. Coffee also got me through my weight lifting (every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday), and prep for a radio show on healthradio.net (live 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays). This week’s features Elizabeth Cohen's new paperback called The Empowered Patient, plus what to tell your daughter when it comes to tongue piercing, weight loss, insecticides and liposuction. Normally I get my energy up for the show with several diet sodas – even switched to a brand with more caffeine for these, but coffee seemed to work just as well. Went to a dinner party afterwards (Nancy, my wife is away) – got invited to 2 and accepted 2 by mistake! I am lousy at calendar keeping, which is good for these blogs. I had to eat at one in a hurry to keep 8:30 rule; luckily could drink my red wine and coffee after the deadline (I did modify the rule for red wine) ... I've got to stop these dinners if I am going to keep getting my columns in on time and drop 10 pounds. Or I need more coffee for later.

Woke up at 8 a.m. to exercise – cardio and weights, but it did take coffee to get me to propel myself.  Rewound and relooked at the Bed Bug show of Dr. Oz – sensational show. Coffee also got me through my weight lifting (every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday), and prep for a radio show on healthradio.net (live 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays). This week’s features Elizabeth Cohen's new paperback called The Empowered Patient, plus what to tell your daughter when it comes to tongue piercing, weight loss, insecticides and liposuction.  Normally I get my energy up for the show with several diet sodas – even switched to a brand with more caffeine for these, but coffee seemed to work just as well. Went to a dinner party afterwards (Nancy, my wife is away) – got invited to 2 and accepted 2 by mistake! I am lousy at calendar keeping, which is good for these blogs. I had to eat at one in a hurry to keep 8:30 rule; luckily could drink my red wine and coffee after the deadline (I did modify the rule for red wine) ... I've got to stop these dinners if I am going to keep getting my columns in on time and drop 10 pounds. Or I need more coffee for later.

66 Clever Ways to Keep Your Road Trip Healthy

From road trip food to on-the-go health hacks, here's all you need to have a safe vacation from city to city.

Summer is the perfect time for a road trip! But do you wonder how you can stay healthy with all the fast food and potential health issues along the way? Things can go downhill for everyone pretty quickly. Here are 66 clever and easy tips for keeping the trip on track for health and fun.

1. Pack Compact Snacks to Avoid Overeating

Reuse a cleaned creamer bottle or fill up a new tackle box with healthy bites like nuts, seeds, berries, dried fruit, and granola. This way, you'll cut down on multiple snack bags and boxes and won't over-indulge because you can only have a small handful at a time.

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