Zoodles, zandalas, and zoll-ups oh my!

When I was a kid, the only squash I knew about was the yellow squash my Dad would pan fry with potato and onions. I don’t recall him ever making zucchini and since my cooking style mirrored his, I didn’t raise my daughters with zucchini in my house either. Frankly I’m not sure when I…

Fitness near 60: fat loss; muscle gain

Seven years ago, age 50, when I simultaneously became a vegan and started running at least four times a week, I lost 35 pounds and just knewwww that I was fit!! My size small scrub pants still had room for me to move; my new diet plan nixed all the foods that I felt were…

Nix bread – Leafy green works!

Lately, I’ve been a bit obsessed with raw collard greens – washing them, trimming the stem, experimenting with flavors to fill them and then rolling them up. It’s my neurotic need to keep sandwiches in my life – without the bread. I love mixing flavors. When I was younger, I’d do some ccrrraaaazzzy flavor mixing:…

This not that: Healthy diet subs

Substituting a bad diet for an equally bad or (UGH!) even WORSE diet, will never promote healthy eating habits – and I’m living proof. Nearly 30 years ago when I decided to stop eating meat, I promptly increased my carbohydrate intake. No research on the health hazards (not to mention stupidity) of that – not…

Vegan or vegan wannabe?

When I stopped eating meat in the mid-1990’s (ANCIENT!:)), I had NO idea what a vegetarian or vegan was; I’d never heard of the terms and I wasn’t even trying to fit into a global lifestyle – I just wanted to poop without struggling. Today, going meatless not only means a mental shift from carnivore…

Cashew Creamy Veggie Blend

I’m a blender. Eating one food at a time is booorrrring to me. When I used to eat eggs, I’d usually prepare grits too and they usually wound up in one buttery, blended glob. A peanut butter and jam sandwich with banana on the side – what fun is that? The banana sliced and nestled…

Dirty Dozen Diet Decisions

This beautifully green breakfast smoothie was made with collard greens, frozen bananas, and the vegetable that ranks number two on the Dirty Dozen list of foods that retain the most pesticide residue: SPINACH. And it was delicious. By now, I assume most of us are aware that the Dirty Dozen I’m referring to here isn’t…

Creamy Spiralled Sweet Potatoes

   When I was younger, living in my parents’ home and  then in my  own, I ate sweet potatoes in one of three ways: sliced and pan-fried; sliced, seasoned and drizzled with sugar then baked in the oven; or peeled, boiled and mashed for sweet potato pie. Back then, extra sodium and fat seemed to…

Are you lost? Find yourself in 5 steps

My life has been a series of hills and valleys where I’ve looked for myself in all the wrong places. I joined the Army when I was younger because my mother said I should. I stayed in abusive relationships because I feared not being loved. I wouldn’t speak up in controversial situations at work because…

Loving me because I’m worth it

My adopted  mother used to say that I did things backwards. For the life of me I can’t recall what she was referring to at the time (that was about 40 years ago and could have been a number of things). But for most of my 20’s, 30’s and a good portion of my 40’s,…