How food boundaries bring freedom

Early in my journey, when I was wrestling with God about surrendering my food desires, I remember journaling about how I just didn’t want to give up the pleasure of bread and butter! I mean, I really, really didn’t want to give it up! I was resisting constraints, resisting boundaries. I wanted my freedom! The … Read more

Tips for organizing your fridge

First of all, let’s get one thing straight: I have never been accused of being a neat freak! I was never one of those people who wanted everything in the just the right place. Until I got serious about cooking from home using real ingredients. Then, I wanted to find every way I could to … Read more

How I stock my kitchen

30 ingredients for quick, easy meals You know those articles in women’s magazines and blogs, where they show you eight articles of clothing that can be combined into 40 different outfits? This is the same principle! I’d guess that at least 90% of what I make for everyday meals can be accomplished with only these … Read more

15 proteins to keep on hand

Getting lunch or dinner on the table easily is a key strategy when you want to cut your dependence on processed food and/or eating out. Having the right proteins on hand and having them ready without having to thaw something for two hours can make or break the deal. Here’s how I stash proteins for … Read more

Digestive Health with Real Food

by Aglaee Jacob, MS, RD “An evidence-based, holistic, cutomized nutritional approach. Learn about FODMAPs, SIBO, non-responsive celiac disease, food sensitivities and more.” This book is thorough — almost to its detriment. I appreciate that she has a careful, thoughtful approach, not being quick to slap a one-size-fits-all solution on all digestive issues. But it can … Read more

Understanding food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities

There are three types of reactions people may have to foods: allergies, intolerance, and sensitivity. It’s not unusual to see some of these terms used interchangably, and most people aren’t aware of the differences between them, but the differences are important. Allergies and intolerance Food allergies are when your body perceives a food as a dangerous intruder and … Read more

Is factory-made food affecting your health?

When my mom’s dementia became apparent in 2006, I started reading everything I could find about it. I started out thinking the cure would be a pill, but I quickly learned that the currently available Alzheimer’s medications were not all that helpful. Fourteen years later, not much has changed. Results are varied from patient to … Read more

Joni: I feel better!

My path to a healthy diet has been a long one. I have Type 2 Diabetes, joint pain, and thyroid issues. I knew that food could help me or hurt me, but the enjoyment of good food and especially eating with others has always been a pleasurable part of my life, so this was a … Read more

Better Than Before

by Gretchen Rubin This book explores how we make and break habits. The author delves into how knowing ourselves and our personalities is crucial for achieving success in our habit-changing efforts. Are you motivated more by interior or outside forces? What do you rebel against? Are you a moderator or abstainer? This book is not … Read more