Cancer scare: Laughter after the lump

When I woke up giggling in the brightly lit hospital room, surrounded by a surgical staff, I had good reason to be happy though I didn’t know it yet. Just days before, I’d discovered a lump in my breast while performing a self-breast exam after my shower. I didn’t know all these signs of breast…

Lace ’em up and believe!

When I first joined Lynn Brick’s gym in my late 40’s, they gave me the options of having a personal trainer and getting a health assessment. I declined the trainer, but took the health assessment – a real eye opener for me. At nearly 190 pounds, barely any sustained exercise and a vegetarian diet badly…

Motivated: Writing is my chocolate

What started me writing: something pissed me off. A man was killed while hanging out with friends at a local bar – a bar I’d gone to myself with a former boyfriend. My outrage segued to the first letter-to-the-editor I’d ever written, and my first by-line; and that did it. That was back when speaking…

Cauliflower Cups: A meat-eater’s dream

I’m in foodie heaven right now! 🙂 The one thing that I’m not sure meat-eaters know is that being a vegetarian or vegan doesn’t mean that you have to skimp on flavor, creamy texture, or fullness. It’s just a matter of thinking outside the omnivore’s box. It’s not easy at first; but if you give…

Do you believe in ‘cheat days?’

I don’t. I can’t; and I’ll tell you why in a minute. But first let’s define cheat days, or cheat meals, or cheat moments – whatever phrase works for you. A cheat anything in the nutritional world is about eating a certain way for at least 80 – 90 percent of the time, and then…

Weight Gain: Veggie newbies beware

So, you’ve decided to banish meat from your diet and become vegetarian, counting on this change as the road to a healthy utopia. In your quest, and perhaps your innocence, you overcompensate, packing away too much pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, and processed food trying to fill the vacancy left by the absence of meat. Consequently…

Cauliflower Patties: Meatless meals

I’ve never been a fan of cauliflower. Like tofu, it has a bland taste, and to me unless you’re dipping it, raw, into salad dressing or hummus, or steaming it with broccoli, carrots, and cabbage, it’s not really a solo artist. But guess what? I was wrong! (huh, fancy that!) It just goes to show…

What’s In a Label? Vegan vs. Low-fat

I have a love-tolerate-yuck relationship with mayonnaise. When I was a kid, I thought mayonnaise slathered between two slices of white bread was IT! Sometimes I layered cheese and tomato in there, but I was just as happy with a mayonnaise sandwich, dunking chunks of it into glasses of cherry kool-aid (but that’s another story).…

None of my business

I used to make it my business to care what people were saying behind my back. It was during my high school days when much of what was said was right in my face. Being called bumpy or crater face because of my acne pimples or white girl because I talked proper, stung with the…

Snow angels: Giving without expecting

It’s mid-September, and in Baltimore, Maryland cooler weather greets the mornings making me think of delicious new comfort foods to create, a new search for the perfect coat to keep me warm, more snow boots, and inevitably my snow angels during the Baltimore blizzard of 2010. I figured I’m either gonna freeze to death in…