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…

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…

Weight training: $$$ well spent

In the middle of the first round of my bridge repetitions while I lay on my back on the gym floor, my weight trainer Cindy and I were laughing so hard we both had tears coming out of our eyes. 🙂 We’d been talking about sliders, you know for core work? She mentioned that paper…

Tofu-Couscous-Peanut Protein Wrap

I crave plant protein these days. Number one because I’m weight-lifting now, and working on building muscle while I work on my weight-loss journey. Number two because I’m a night shift certified nursing assistant who needs the filling qualities of protein so that I don’t eat my way through 12 hours. But the best reason…

Black beans in brownies?

I’ve been a vegetarian for 20-plus years; and I’ve followed a dairy-free, low to no processed food, plant-based eating plan for the last two years – and I’ve seen black bean brownie recipes in passing but I was skeptical about trying to create them. It wasn’t the black beans. I love them! Black beans were…

Zoodles, zandalas, and zoll-ups oh my!

When I was a kid, the only squash I knew about was the yellow squash my Dad would pan fry with potato and onions. I don’t recall him ever making zucchini and since my cooking style mirrored his, I didn’t raise my daughters with zucchini in my house either. Frankly I’m not sure when I…

Nix bread – Leafy green works!

Lately, I’ve been a bit obsessed with raw collard greens – washing them, trimming the stem, experimenting with flavors to fill them and then rolling them up. It’s my neurotic need to keep sandwiches in my life – without the bread. I love mixing flavors. When I was younger, I’d do some ccrrraaaazzzy flavor mixing:…

Vegan or vegan wannabe?

When I stopped eating meat in the mid-1990’s (ANCIENT!:)), I had NO idea what a vegetarian or vegan was; I’d never heard of the terms and I wasn’t even trying to fit into a global lifestyle – I just wanted to poop without struggling. These days, as people are searching for healthier eating solutions, the…