HEALTHY EATING

Most of us spend so much time worrying about how the food we eat will affect our waistlines that we forget the main purpose of food – to give us energy and provide nourishment to our brains and bodies.  And food doesn't just effect on our health - it has a significant influence on our mood and stress levels.

Practical Planning

Six Reasons You Should Be Cooking With Cast Iron Skillets

Six Reasons You Should Be Cooking With Cast Iron Skillets

Posted Posted in NUTRITION

I know, I know, cast iron skillets are old-fashioned, they aren’t available in pretty colors, you can’t coordinate with your kitchen decor, they are heavy, expensive, clunky and hard to store in a small space.  But, if you only have one piece of cooking equipment in your kitchen – it needs to be a cast […]

MEAL PLANNING

MEAL PLANNING

Posted Posted in NUTRITION

Practical Guide to Meal Planning for Beginners Dinner is the meal, especially if you are feeding a family, is the daily meal that takes up most of our time, energy and money.  Having a practical weekly meal plan is essential.  At first, it can seem a little overwhelming to come up with an entire week’s […]

FOOD BUDGET - The little things

FOOD BUDGET – The little things

Posted Posted in PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Do you have a budget?  I mean an honest to goodness budget where you consistently calculate your expected income, determine your household expenses and monitor/adjust/balance the flow on a regular basis?  If you are like 2/3 of Americans, the answer is “no.” The good news is that, no matter what your income, if you do […]

SAVE MONEY SHOPPING

Beginners Guide to Buying in Bulk – 3 part series

Posted Posted in NUTRITION

If you ask 10 people “how can I save money on my grocery bill?”  I guarantee at least 8 will tell you “just buy in bulk!”  Yea, that’s good advice – and it’s also pretty useless advice if you take it at face value!   Buying in bulk will only save you time and money if you […]

Nutrition

Southern Cooking - Just Plain Healthy

Southern Cooking – Just Plain Healthy

Posted Posted in NUTRITION

Nourish your body/feed your soul Whether you call it traditional southern cooking, soul food, or just plain down-home cooking, it seems that southern cooking has been banished to the “unhealthy” side of the culinary ledger.  I’m the first to admit that fried chicken, mac n cheese, and pecan pie are not exactly superfoods that are […]

Is Chocolate Really Good for You?

Is Chocolate Really Good for You?

Posted Posted in NUTRITION

What's the deal with chocolate? Is it really good for you?  No doubt about it, we are living in the decade of “superfoods”.  Foods that were once considered unhealthy or nutritionally insignificant are now touted as being essential for good health or weight loss. For example, chocolate.  Chocolate has become one of the trendy “good for […]

4 Tasty Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

4 Tasty Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted Posted in NUTRITION

The jury is in on Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and the verdict is…healthy as charged.  From giving a boost to weight loss efforts to reducing LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels, an ounce of unfiltered ACV with meals seems to have some wonderful heath enhancing benefits.  I can’t eat greens – collard, turnip or kale – unless […]

Weight Management

CALORIES IN/CALORIES OUT

CALORIES IN/CALORIES OUT

Posted Posted in NUTRITION

Calories in/calories out is such a simple concept – it is the underlying principle behind all weight loss and most of us get it wrong.   Unlike other nutritional aspects of food, such as sodium, fat, protein, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, calories are neither healthy or unhealthy; they are simply a measure of energy. There are […]

4 daily fruits for weight loss

4 daily fruits for weight loss

Posted Posted in NUTRITION

One fine day I looked in the mirror and accepted reality – it wasn’t leftover “baby weight” filling my size 16 jeans – it was too much of my own cooking!  I joined a gym and hired a first rate trainer.  He gave me a choice:  “Do you want to get thin quickly and gain […]