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…

More fruits! More Veggies!

You know why I loved being a vegan? NO GUILT! No dietary guilt. As long as I stayed away from processed foods, I could eat whatever fruits and vegetables I wanted, as much as I wanted, without any animal by-product guilt for consuming foods containing dairy or the fat or body fluids of an animal.…

Vegetarian Chili: Cold-weather comfort

I despise the cold weather! Well, that’s not entirely true. For me, a brisk 57 – 60 degrees is chilly to me, but manageable if I’m layered. But the closer those numbers dip to 50, the more miserable I get. But no food spells comfort better for me than a low-fat, belly-warming stew, soup or…

No diets: Loving My Monthly Indulgence 

I should cut certain foods out of my diet. Well,  I did that already: No meat,  no pasta, a limit on processed food, and bread only when my grandchildren are coming over. And I should say a loud NO! to my screaming cravings. But WHY? I’m blessed at 55 years old to be fairly healthy…

Nix bread: Get saucy with a healthy dunk

Way before I’d ever slurped the end of a doughnut dunked in creamy coffee or even heard of Dunkin’ Donuts, dunking my food was my preferred way of eating it. Now back then, I ate a lot more bread, but my thighs could afford it, and I definitely indulged. There was just something delicious about…

Portion control: the only ‘diet’ you need

I don’t diet. The concept of dieting makes no sense to me. It’s all about restriction, which suggests the negative action of keeping something away that you like. Here’s how it works when you diet: You remove from your food list anything you believe is causing you to gain weight, which normally include fatty foods…

Lovin’ my quinoa-lettuce wraps!

Quinoa swaddled in lettuce – who knew? First I want to say that I’m pleasantly disappointed with quinoa’s flavor, meaning that, like tofu, it has none. With all the health hype (that should’ve given me a clue: healthy usually registers a low number on the flavor scale), I’d been excited about tasting quinoa and it…