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The Hacker’s Diet


The Hackerís Diet is a book written by John Walker, a software engineer and businessman who was the founder of Autodesk, which is famous for the AutoCAD software, a suite used in 3-D design and drafting projects.
One day Walker woke up and decided he was tired of being fat, and that he […]

Cajun Cooking: Red Beans and Rice


This will be the first article in a series about Cajun and Creole cooking. Growing up in South Louisiana it is safe to say that most of what we ate was not considered “fit fare”. My mother prepared all kinds of rich etoufees and stews, hearty gumbos, vegetable casseroles (with plenty of cheese and butter), […]

Denise Hall - Bio


Denise Hall is a registered dietitian living on Long Island. She has worked in nutrition research centers, hospitals, and outpatient clinics. She tries to buy all of her food locally and is currently working on a project about a local CSA (community supported agriculture), the Garden of Eve Organic Farm. She often […]

Nearly Raw*, Grecian “Relish”


When the weather outside is desiccating, only a truly obsessed foodie can be found slaving over a hot stove. The rest of us either escape to a favorite restaurant or graze on easily gathered and minimally prepared foods. The bounty of a summerís garden becomes a luxury — offering an assortment of fresh […]

Commercial Diet Plans: Lots Of Talk, Little Accountability


Have you seen Kirstie Alley lately? Unless you live in a cave, it would be hard not to see her on television thanking Jenny Craig for helping her lose weight. And she’s not the only one. There are countless other commercials and ads, showing people who lost large amounts of weight through […]

Maximizing Calcium


Youth may not be the only intangible item that is wasted on the young. Opportunities for peak health may be another. When we are young, our bodies are primed to stay healthy in many facets of our physiology, including calcium absorption. Young people can absorb between 50% and 70% of the calcium […]

Tomato growin’ Part 2


At the end of my last article about tomato growing, I was hoping that I would be able to report that I had some blossoms on my tomato plants. Earlier this week, I went out to water one morning and noticed blossoms! On my tomato plants! I was thrilled to see that, […]

Good Eats from the Local Market


If you’re trying to eat a more healthy diet, the Farmers’ Market is your best friend with its abundance of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. But if you’re like me, it can be a bit overwhelming. Here in the Midwest, we’re in the middle of summer, so there’s plenty from which to […]

Breaking the Fast Food Habit


Fast food. Itís a name synonymous with the golden arches, fried chicken and assembly line sandwiches. In the United States alone, consumers spent $110 billion on fast food in 2000.
Addiction or Not?
With all the fast food that is consumed annually, itís no wonder that people have a hard time stepping away from the Big […]

Cool Beans


By now there’s very little to add to the discussion on the benefits of black beans. High in fiber and antioxidants, they help lower cholesterol and LDL levels, they scavenge free radicals and help reduce the risk of cancer. (See my review of Black Bean and Walnut Salad from the 12 Best Foods […]