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

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

How you eat is how you feel

It was the busy season when our kids were in grade school: they have a social life, but they can’t drive. One particular Fri. night, our schedule was extra crazy. We had to rush around as soon as my husband got home, take kids to their own things, have our date, then pick them up … Read more

Crash course: better choices

16 minute crash course for making better food choices

This series of short audio clips will take about 16 minutes to listen to, and at the end you’ll have some simple ideas for making healthier choices at home and away. . Eating out: some safe go-to dishes (4.75 minutes) . How to avoid sugar in your salad (3 minutes) . More veggies, made easy … Read more

10 ingredient prep tips

tray of prepared ingredients

Doing ingredient prep before the first day of your new diet is probably the best thing you can do to start off strong. I like it better than prepping full meals, because it opens up more flexibility on a day-to-day basis. And it’s not as time-consuming on the front end, while still saving you time when you fix … Read more