Here's a throwback post that is certainly appropriate for this October weekend. This smoothie matches the season and will be a great way to start the lovely fall day.
Thanks to Smoothie Queen Amy for this great recipe
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Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread
So I have been struggling with gluten-free baking because honestly -- I've never been good at baking!! Then when I try to modify recipes using flours I'm not familiar with, it just makes a perfect storm of Read more
If you are like me -- you are just starting to realize why it is important to add supplements to your diet. Even if we are eating a clean, healthy and unprocessed diet; the mineral content of the soil Read more
Do you remember watching Wild Kingdom as a kid? Did you happen to notice that the animals attacking their prey would immediately eat the organ meats. I never really thought about why until I listened to Morley Robbins explain the Read more
Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp local honey
1/3 cup blackberries
Process all the ingredients together in a blender and then season with ground pepper and sea salt
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This stuff is a must -- If you read labels these days you will be hard pressed to find a mayonnaise or salad dressing that doesn't contain some type of vegetable oil. Even the commercial mayos that advertise to Read more
Sherry has a great story. She has been diabetic for years and she has made some massive changes!
"I have been on a lifestyle change. It has been a year following a ketogenic food plan. When I started this journey Read more
When I turned 30 years old I weighed in at 348lbs; clothes were getting harder to find and more expensive, and my life was getting difficult to manage. When going out to eat we had to have a Read more
Kris Carr is a vivacious dancer, actress, and filmmaker. She was born in 1971 (one year before me). She has appeared in the television series “Law and Order” and has played the ghost of Marilyn Monroe alongside Peter Falk in the film, “Mr Peter’s Connections.” On Valentine’s Day in 2003–she was diagnosed with stage IV
which is a rare cancer affecting the liver and lungs. She chose to live and vowed to do anything it would take to cure herself of this debilitating disease. Please watch this inspiring video and see what incredible faith and gumption this gal had to overcome her disease and become a survivor!
Thank you for sharing Dee–we love you! Hang in there!
Gosh guys, I wish I had a better success story to share with you tonight. When I started this blog last month, I thought I would go through the journey toward healthy eating and that — for better or for worse — I would at least commit to being real with you. Today I regret to inform you that I really feel like I’m failing more than winning. I had an 11-hour work day today which included two catered events at the college I work for. The photo you are looking at was my dinner tonight. It’s a Cuban sandwich, Fritos and a Diet Coke. In addition to the food I photographed, I also ate three other sandwiches and two other bags of chips. Because the day was already so messed up, I stopped at my daughter’s work and had an order of queso, chips and Dos Equis. As I was driving home, my other daughter texted me that she was hungry so I picked up a pizza. You know how the title of my blog is “getting the best of food”? Well, today, food got the best of me. The three slices of pizza was accompanied by two more bottles of really great imported beer and now it’s 11 pm and I don’t have much to write except an apology. Let me just ask this, if anyone reads this and can start to comment on wins, losses, successes, I would love to hear from you. (J&A, thanks for your notes!)
Now that I have sparked your curiosity by telling you the true story of a food additive allergy (See blog “When I let go of who I am…), I am starting a 10 part series on Food Additives and the health consequences that accompany them.
I am starting my favorite obvious offender Red Dye # 40 because I have seen this mutant troll ruin the lifes of an undeserving woman and her family for 7 years! This devious bandit is hiding undercover in more foods than you can possibly imagine, including something that I am serving my family for dinner tonight, Pillsbury crescent rolls.
Red Dye #40 debilitates the immune system -I believe it’s the Michael Jordan of disease-causing food additives.
Food coloring dates back to Ancient Egyptian writings as early as 1500BC. In the late 1800’s chemically synthesized color additives were derived from coal and metal based compounds and actually contained some poisons (arsenic). They used color to mask poor product and spoiled stock from improper storage technology. Documented injury and death from the tainted colorants demanded the necessity for “The Pure Food and Drug Act” passed in 1906. This Act allowed the government to scrutinize the use of color additives.
By 1938, the FDA had successfully brought colorants under stricter control by naming and assigning numbers to them. F for food use, D for drug use, and C for cosmetic use. Hence Red Dye # 40 (FDC) is the most commonly used food, drug, and cosmetic additive. 3 million pounds of this dye were manufactured in the year 1992 alone. Today, it is by far the most commonly used colorant and hence–my new nemesis. I will say that FDC yellow # 5, the second most commonly used dye, will be put on hold because of its marriage Diet Mtn Dew, (my personal Bad Romance”). Yellow Dye #5 causes adrenal tumors in rats! More to come, I’ll have to go to an AA meeting or take abusive relationship course before I face the reality that I am emotionally dependant on this toxic relationship. “Hi everyone, I’m Angela, and I’m a Diet Mtn. Dewaholic” The first step is acceptance.
Next blog if you are interested: The Foods that Contain Red Dye # 40 —Warning, it will be painful.
Unlike a lot of women I meet, I am fortunate in not having a sweet tooth. My husband got the sweet tooth in our family. I can generally walk by a plate of cookies all weekend without much temptation to eat one. I do have another weakness. I’ve been known to eat the crispy-salty chicken skin off of everyone’s chicken before it gets to the table. And I’ve had periods of time where I popped and ate a whole bag of microwave popcorn by myself at night. My sister recommended kosher salt on edamame as a salty substitute. Sometimes it works but sometimes not. Here is one thing I’ve learned about good days and bad days in eating well. If I manage to walk by the cookies and refrain from grabbing a couple of cheese puffs, I can manage to stay strong all day and night. But once I let myself slip a little bit — thinking I’ll just eat one Lay’s potato chip or a quarter of a brownie — I’m a goner. Here’s the good part to that: I can also keep a good thing going once I start my day off with flavorful fruits, fun salads and crunchy veggie combinations. Having other people in my house that have very different eating habits is definitely a huge hurdle to jump. I don’t buy bags of chips or snacks, but my husband does, with dip. He also brings home cakes and pastries and fires up the deep fryer at 10 pm to toss in some Buffalo wings. Dieting is hard enough when you don’t have people around who unintentionally sabotage your best day’s work. I guess that’s life though. Lots of women my age are consumed by diets and weight and appearance. We all want it to be easy and it’s not. Still, I have no doubt that it’s going to be worth all of the hard work. I’m not sticking to the plan as 100% perfectly as I would hope, but I’m moving in the right direction. When tempted, remember to just say no!
Yes, thirst can very well be mistaken for water. One great tip for eating less is to drink a glass of water before each meal. In general, adults should drink about eight glasses of water a day. It’s harder than you’d think. I’ve never managed to drink my daily allotment of water. The best trick I’ve found for this is to drink 16 ounces three times a day…that’s still not enough but much better than no water. Keep an extra large glass at home and at work to fill and “chug” in the morning, at lunchtime or throughout your work day, and then again when you get home. Here is a fun site that gives you some tips on how to learn to identify your body’s cues for thirst and hunger. Remember that colas, coffee and teas — although made with water — don’t count as water. Many beverages can actually dehydrate your body. Hmm, just typing this today is making me thirsty. I’m going to get a drink and get my big water glass out!
Tom is a patient of mine, he is in his 60’s and has aspirations of travelling the world now that he is retired from a career of piloting with a company that he worked for over 20 years. He has one problem. He is committed to having dialysis 3 times a week and is anxiously awaiting a kidney donor for his end stage renal failure. He has so much life to live and is confined by his disease. He literally cannot leave his home without preparations to dialyze and keep phone contact with the kidney transplant team. Tom is amazing and he annually organizes the DeBord mad dash for my 88yo grandmother who has a mission to get her 40 yo grandchildren to visit their grandfather’s gravesite each Easter. He executes a detailed, complicated scavenger hunt through the small town of West Lebanon, IN to hide a clue at the gravesite. The grandchildren love the tradition and plan to continue it for decades to come. He is an amazing person that gives back to the people he really loves. I can’t help but support that mission.
Brian Pearce and his wife are independent film makers that are supporting the local foundation for Kidney disease. They are hosting a film festival this weekend in Indianapolis in support of Brian’s brother who lost his life to kidney disease.
The Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Festival is April 21 and 22, at the Madame Walker Theatre Center in downtown Indianapolis.
They are proud to be screening 27 comedic films from around the world, 10 of which are connected by cast or crew to central Indiana. Many of these films are having their Indianapolis premiere.
Tickets are now on sale. An “All Weekend Pass” gets you into every block of films; “All Day Passes” for Saturday or Sunday are also available. Only have time for a single block? Visit our “Films” page and pick your block. Group tickets are also available at a discount for groups of ten or more. Just call 317-722-5640.
Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Festival is dedicated to raising money and awareness for kidney disease, which affects thousands of Americans and their families each and every day. The festival began in memory of Steve Pearce who worked diligently to raise awareness of kidney disease before he succumbed to its complications in September of 2009.