No food guilt; just start again tomorrow

BREAKFAST KALE: I love kale. But this isn’t a kale post – it’s a NO FOOD GUILT post. Nutrition-wise, yesterday Wednesday, April 29th sucked for me. I worked an eight-hour hospital night shift the night before, (11p to 7:30 a.m.), didn’t take any food from home with me (no meal prep), and had to go…

EZ Cheesy veggie-based sauce

Do you love cheesy as much as I love cheesy? I’ll melt cheese on just about anything. ( Right now, it’s 12:30 a.m. and I’m craving cheesy grits in the morning.) In the eight years that I’ve been dairy-free, I’ve tried various brand-name processed cheeses – Chao is my hands-down, melty, delectable favorite – but…

3 steps to erase self-limiting beliefs

I’d need more than ten fingers to count the number of times someone has told me that they love cheese too much to give up dairy. Actually, shhhh, quiet as it’s kept, I told myself those same words before I became a vegan (and gave up dairy cheese). Now, I’m not a vegan anymore BUT…

Ditch the excuses; Discipline for good health!

It’s almost 2020! A whole new year and a whole new decade (at least that’s what I thought until I read a Farmer’s Almanac article declaring that a new decade starts with a year ending in one and ends with a year ending in zero). Sorry, I digress. You can read the article here and…

Fifty-plussers: Fit to Work

“1-2-3, lift!” Directly across from the 19-year-old young man, bent at my knees and using proper body mechanics, I lifted my side of the heavy wooden pallet. I’ve survived 20-plus years of certified nursing assistant (CNA) work with no back/knee issues lifting, transferring and moving heavy patients either with a two-person lift or alone, so…

“Are you thinking of suicide?”

I no longer accept smiles as an indication that someone is okay. The weekend I visited my sister and brother-in-law, he was all smiles. Circumstances in his life had improved, he appeared happy with his involvement and responsibilities in the church, and all the time I was there I saw no signs that he was…

How Jewish food nearly ruined my health

Challah, potato kugel, potato pancakes, cookies, brownies, and cakes – all made from scratch in oil, flour, and/or sugar in an Orthodox Jewish kitchen. Have you ever had any of these foods? If not, you’re definitely missing out ‘cause they’re delicious! And unfortunately, that was the beginning of my downfall. IT ALL STARTED WITH ONE…

Sodium: Killing us quietly

No, sodium does not have a first and last friendly-sounding name like Ted Bundy or Richard Ramirez; nor does it make random choices – trolling for its next victim, waiting for the right moment to kill. Consuming too much sodium is killing us all quietly, in many cases under the guise of healthy food. And…