“Cha-cha-cha-CHIA!” From pets to plates

The first time I heard the word “chia,” was about 30 years ago in an advertisement for a chia pet. Remember them? I thought they were cool but I never owned one. So, when chia seeds recently┬á became a part of my health regimen, it didn’t dawn on me that what they rubbed on the…

Quiet time: Enjoying the silence

This morning I needed a quiet space. I was sick of the movies in my Amazon Video list, sick of the movies in my DVD collection, sick of the gospel and R&B music on my Spotify playlist and sick of the same in my CD collection. Not that I won’t ever watch or listen to…

Water intake-tracking apps? I’ll take that!

Sometimes I have my issues with technology. I worry that it will keep the nation as a whole physically unhealthy – making it too easy to just push a button instead of getting off our butts, even while it’s increasing the ease with which we handle our daily affairs. HOWEVER … This app that I…

Chips and balances: 80/20 rules!

For the last couple of months, I’ve been conducting an experiment; well that’s what I decided to call it. Actually, it’s more along the lines of me eating basically whatever non-meat foods I want and not exercising regularly; and I found out something. Number one: that not exercising regularly is pissing me off – as…

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…

Cauliflower Cups: A meat-eater’s dream

I’m in foodie heaven right now! ­čÖé 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…

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.…

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…

Resist. Give up. Cut out. No way!

Resist your cravings. Give up snacking. Cut out fats, sweets, and salt. Resist. Give up. Cut out. Well, what kind of foolishness is that? Actually, it’s the exact mantra I chanted to myself when I turned 50 five years ago. I’d just seen a website that challenged a 30-day vegan trial. Well, I don’t do…