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Living With GERD


Five years ago, I was diagnosed with GERD. At that time, I was more familiar with the term heartburn, but since I never had a burning sensation in my stomach, I never suspected that I might have a serious problem. Occasionally, after a heavy, fatty meal, I would taste something bitter in the back of […]

The Athlete Gourmet - An Introduction to Delicious Energy


When I began running, around six years ago, I thought that it would be a great way to lose weight. I’d head out of my house in the afternoon, after work, and run away from my house, counting the blocks until I started feeling tired and then I’d turn around and run home.
Soon, twenty blocks […]

Low-fat and Low-carb Diets Stink!


Good fat and good carb diets rule!  One of my favorite topic headings from the agenda for the Worlds of Healthy Flavors event I recently attended was: “Why the “Low-Fat/Non-Fat” Campaign was (Mostly) a Mistake.”  The main argument asserted by the Worlds of Healthy Flavors Scientific Advisory Committee (pictured at left and explained here) against […]

Diary of a Loser: Attacked


I was attacked this week. Assaulted, really. And the perpetrators were only about an inch and a half in diameter. But there were a lot of them and they beat me into submission. Really.
Can you guess what I was attacked by?
Come on . . . give it a try.
You can do it!
Alright, alright . . […]

Book Review: Gorgeous: The Sum of All Your Glorious Parts


This is one thick book. When I received the Gorgeous: The Sum of All Your Glorious Parts manuscript in the mail, I was floored. It was one of several books I’d received in the span of a week or two and it wasn’t what I expected. I thought it would be maybe a third as thick.
Regardless, […]

“Healthy” Oils?


It sounds like an oxymoron but there really are some oils that are better health-wise than others. The trick is to use the right oil for what you are making and avoiding ones that have saturated fats or trans fats like palm oil, shortening (though there are some trans fat free shortenings now available), hard margarine, and coconut […]

Raw Milk: Tonic, or Toxic?


As a nursing mom, as well as a health nut, my interest was doubly piqued when I read a recent article about raw cow’s milk on Salon.com. I already know all the miraculous health benefits of human milk - it confers immunities, prevents allergies, protects against infection - it’s even antimicrobial. Weird anecdote: I applied […]

Benefits of Eating Fish Outweigh the Risks


This is one of those possibly controversial posts.  How do I know?  Well, at the Worlds of Healthy Flavors event hosted by the Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard School of Public Health - Department of Nutrition there was much seat shifting and rustling of papers when Dr. Eric Rimm’s presentation was given on the topic of how the benefits of […]

Crispy Green introduces Crispy Pineapple Snacks


I really enjoy freeze dried fruit and have been known to eat a whole container of Trader Joe’s Freeze Dried Strawberries in a sitting (thank goodness they aren’t too bad for you). So when I heard that Crispy Green, a freeze dried fruit maker, came out with a new flavor, I knew I had to […]

Sweet Potato Fries with Cajun Yogurt Sauce


Growing up in South Louisiana our sweet potatoes usually came in the form of a casserole, loaded with brown sugar and butter, or as part of a custardy pie.

In the 1990s, the Sugar Busters diet became a phenomenon in Louisiana and all the local restaurants started serving sweet potato french fries. White potatoes are taboo […]