I just read the FUNNIEST article on slate.com which simply must be shared. But first, here’s a short blog I wrote last year about my addiction.
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To be authentic, according to most authorities on authenticity, is to be true to one’s own self, to one’s own nature. I suppose Paula Deen, while instructing viewers to add butter, sugar, and more butter and sugar, to her recipes–allegedly based on her “Grandmama Paul’s Southern cooking”–was being authentic, even as she was helping millions of Americans enter the growing group known as “obese.” (more…)
While trying to come to grips with the changes my body, mind, and life were going through after turning 50, I came across a life-changing article in the Wall Street Journal about Jeff Galloway, the Olympian and marathoner who developed the Run-Walk-Run program used by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
The article was published the day after the NYC Marathon, so it’s focus was on how anyone can train and run in a Marathon using Jeff’s program. At that time, I was more interested in losing the 15 post-menopausal pounds I had packed on, and looking for ways to incorporate exercise and fitness into my life without spending a lot of money or time in the process. (more…)
I’ve been thinking about what I eat. In fact, I think about it alot. I love food.
Since I changed my eating to include more dark, leafy greens (like kale, my addiction), and alot less processed foods . . . several things have happened.
I’ve lost weight.
I”ve kept it off.
I’ve saved money.
I didn’t really think about the money part until this morning, when I was talking about it with my friend, Karen. She pointed out this very obvious fact–one that I simply had not been focusing on.
Here’s why I’m spending alot less money on food, every week: less meat, no processed foods, no sugary drinks (like soda, fruit juices, etc.)
Instead, I eat more grains, vegetables (especially dark leafy greens), beans, lots and lots of water and green tea. Most of this is inexpensive.
A healthy dinner of whole wheat pasta, home made tomato sauce, with a side order of vegatables is a perfect meal, and is alot less expensive than a steak dinner. I still have a steak on occasion. But, certainly not as often as I used to.
And, I eat something really good and healthy every 2 – 3 hours, so I’m never, ever hungry (which used to cause me to grab the first sugary thing I saw).
Result? Lost 15 lbs (and kept if off of this post-menopausal body), improved my health numbers (cholesterol, blood pressure), and SAVED MONEY.
Times are tough. I like the idea that I’m doing something really good for myself, and not spending so much doing it.
Check out my complete healthy eating program and tell me if it’s worked for you.
Best of Everything,
Is salt a demon?
I think not. Salt improves the flavor of food, and if the intake of salt is reduced too much, there can be unintended and possibly adverse consequences.
So, what’s the right answer?
There’s alot of debating going on right now in the medical community about salt, and while the talks continue, consider this:
Keep it simple–stop eating processed foods (a HUGE source of sodium) and start eating whole foods (fruit, vegetables, small amounts of animal protein, nuts, beans, whole grains) . . . all of which have low or no sodium, except what you add while preparing. And, when you do add salt, try sea salt. Its flavor is more intense, so a little goes a long way.
If you follow the eating plan suggested by the experts in my book, you’ll naturally lower your intake of sodium.
Best of Everything,