About the Author

Shandley McMurray

Shandley McMurray

Shandley McMurray is an author and editor based in Connecticut. Currently working as a health writer for Belvoir Media Group, Shandley writes articles for their consumer health website, University Health News, and creates Special Health Reports. Over the past 22 years, Shandley has worked as Managing Editor for InBetween magazine and Associate Health Editor at Glow, among other positions. As a freelance writer, she has written articles for magazines and newspapers across the globe, including: Chatelaine, InBetween, Time Out New York Kids, The Globe and Mail, Parents Canada, and Today’s Parent. She has also contributed stories to online magazines like akamommagazine.com, chatelaine.com, macleans.ca, travelmindset.com, and todaysparent.com. In her spare time, Shandley has penned three books: Hey Baby! What’s Your Name? A Canadian Guide to Naming Your Baby (John Wiley and Sons), On The Reef (co-authored with her mother, Judith McMurray, and published by Firefly Books), and Under Your Nose (another collaboration with her mother, also published by Firefly Books). After spending 30 years in Toronto, five in New York, and six in London, Shandley finally settled into a cozy house on a quiet street in Connecticut with her husband and two kids. To learn more, visit www.shandleymcmurray.com.

Articles by Shandley McMurray

What Is Botox?

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What Is Botox?

First off, let’s try to keep this between us. I never thought I’d be the type of person to agree to Botox, much less someone who appreciates the lack of wrinkles on my now-smooth forehead. I’m a naturalist when it comes to self-care. I hate mirrors and rarely wear makeup.

Is Ice Cream Bad for You?

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Is Ice Cream Bad for You?

It happened just like that. You sat on the couch, spoon in hand, to enjoy a few spoonfuls of your favorite ice cream. Suddenly, you were staring down the barrel of an empty carton, with remnants of Rocky Road splattered on your chin. “Not again,” you cried. As you pondered

Water Aerobics: Easy on the Joints, Good for the Heart

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Water Aerobics: Easy on the Joints, Good for the Heart

Splish-splash, you were taking a class! Remember that water aerobics lesson you used to make fun of while sitting poolside on vacation? Turns out it could make a huge difference to your health. “Water exercise is both fun and functional,” says Julie See, Director of Education for the Aquatic Exercise

What Is Ezekiel Bread, and How Healthy Is It?

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What Is Ezekiel Bread, and How Healthy Is It?

What do you call a breadless sandwich? Boring, that’s what. If you’re like us and you struggle to imagine a life without bread, don’t panic. We’ve found a healthy option to help satisfy that carb craving—Ezekiel bread. High in good things like fiber and nutrients and free from bad stuff

Butter vs. Margarine: Which Is Healthier?

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Butter vs. Margarine: Which Is Healthier?

Toast without butter is like macaroni without cheese—sad and incomplete. Same goes for popcorn, especially at the movie theater. For years, though, we’ve been told to cut butter from our diets. Those delectable, creamy French dishes a la Julia Child are frowned upon by nutrition experts and cardiologists. Now we’re