"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"    Hippocrates 431 B.C.

Healthy eating is much more than selecting foods that will help us lose or maintain our weight.  It's about understanding and selecting the whole foods that nourish our bodies, foster good health, provide the fuel we need to live our best lives and, yes, even feed our spirits.

  • reasons not to skip breakfast6 Reasons NOT to Skip Breakfast

    Are you a "morning person"? I am most definitely not a morning person!   I have never been one of those chipper “rise and shine” girls, and, I don’t think that I will ever become one.  Frankly, I’d prefer to not even speak until noon.  So, for all the folks who would rather sleep an extra thirty […]

  • ENERGY FOODS STRESSSTRESS BUSTING ENERGY FOODS

      Even under optimal conditions, it takes energy to navigate through life. It takes even more energy to successfully navigate during a period of prolonged stress. 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 […]

  • is chocolate really healthy?Is Chocolate Really Good for You?

    HEALTHY OR HYPE? 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 you” superfoods. But how much is true and […]

  • Southern Cooking – Just Plain Healthy

    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 […]

  • emotional eating thumbnailEmotional Eating-The Brain/Mood/Food Connection

    Emotional Eating.  What pops into your head when you hear those words?  Easing the pain of a bad breakup with a pint (or two) of Double Fudge Rocky Road?  Or maybe it’s a bag of chips while anxiously cramming for that final exam? Could it be stopping for a burger and fries following a stressful […]

  • calories in/calories outCALORIES IN/CALORIES OUT

    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 […]

  • daily four for weight loss4 daily fruits for weight loss

    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 […]

  • Vegetarian Lasagna

    Cast iron skillets are great for turning out crispy fried foods with less oil.  But they are also the perfect non stick, stove to oven and back again cookware for bread, desserts, casseroles, snacks…let your imagination and taste buds run wild.   This recipe for vegetarian lasagna was submitted by Marie B.    Her sauce is […]

  • refrigerator teaHow to Make Refrigerator Tea

    Every noon my grandmother would place a handful of tea bags in a large glass jar filled with water, strings hanging outside the lid for easy removal, and place it on the back porch.   A few hours later she would remove the tea bags, place the container in the refrigerator to chill until dinner.  Some […]

  • tasty apple cider vinegar4 Tasty Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

    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 they […]