Ditch the diet, develop a pattern
Aug17

Ditch the diet, develop a pattern

For some of us, the word diet triggers a fight-or-flight response. Our pulse quickens as we panic about imposed limitations and restrictions hindering us from ever enjoying food again. But diet’s gotten a bad rap over the years. The word has a few modern definitions. It can refer to a special course of food we restrict ourselves to for weight loss or medical reasons. But, according to Merriam-Webster, its original meaning derived from...

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Tis’ the season for salt-free grilling
Jul13

Tis’ the season for salt-free grilling

Spending an evening by the barbecue grilling out with friends and family is time well spent. But the corn on the cob, red meat, burger buns and sodas from a single cookout can deliver a whopping dose of unwanted fat, sugar and sodium. Watching what we eat doesn’t mean missing out on our favorite foods and festivities. By planning ahead and making smart food choices, we can have a great time grilling while making grilling good for us,...

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On the road again (with an empty stomach)
Jun15

On the road again (with an empty stomach)

It happens to all of us. Even with the best intentions of sticking to a healthy diet, we get caught on the road with an empty stomach. And, as we desperately scan the horizon for a decent option, we feel hopeless staring at a vast sea of fast food signs. Most of us spend a lot of time on the road – driving to work, school, dance and soccer practice or out-of-town conferences. Although eating healthy on the run does present its...

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Is healthy food too expensive?
Jun01

Is healthy food too expensive?

Some people say it costs too much to eat a healthy diet, but I beg to differ. I bet if we break down the cost of a Big Mac extra value meal versus a home-cooked plate of chicken breast, broccoli and rice, we’ll discover which meal offers the most value. Before we even talk calories, fat and protein, let’s just look at dollars. McDonald’s menu prices vary from state to state, but in South Carolina the going rate for a Big Mac extra...

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Eating fresh from local farms
May18

Eating fresh from local farms

Spring has arrived with early access to eating local.  We survived the winter by consuming tasteless fruits and vegetables shipped too many miles to still please the palate. But a new day is dawning. We’re already indulging in the sweetness of freshly-picked strawberries from local farms and soon we’ll cut into crisp cucumbers and slice through juicy, ripe tomatoes. When people tell me that they don’t like fruits and vegetables, I ask...

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