Category Archives: Vegetables

7 warnings from 7 specialist about 7 foods


If  you follow my blog you know I enjoy natural and homegrown foods. I feel like these are the healthiest foods to eat.  Sometimes it is scary to read or hear about the chemicals and artificial ingredients in our food. Food  scientist are beginning to really speak out in a negative way about several of the foods we eat. In order to protect our bodies and health we all need to pay attention to what we are eating. Listen when someone in the know speaks about the dangers in our food and environment.

The less processing our food goes through the better for our health. Eating raw vegetables and fruits is healthiest foods to eat. Eating organically grown vegetables and fruits is always the best choice.

I would like to bring to your attention 7 warnings  from 7 specialist about  7 foods that we all should avoid.  These 7 foods been researched and studied by 7  people that spend their time uncovering foods we should and should not eat. They study what chemicals, pesticides, hormones , fertilizers and the act of processing does to our food.

Major Weigh Down Update #1


On August 8th I posted my plans to have a major weigh down. I confessed that I must lose 75 pounds. I began my life change plan to achieve my weight loss on July 26, 2012. Before this date I had played around with different “diets” for 2-3 weeks. I would lose a couple of pounds and then gain it right back. I got very discouraged and pretty much quit.

On my major weigh down plan I am doing a portion control eating program. I am not using powders, diet pills, shakes, packaged low calorie meals or any artificial sweeteners. It is a strict portion control only plan. I portion out what I am going to eat. Once I have eaten that portion my meal is done. I have been using a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. This makes it appear as though I have plenty of food and I do not feel deprived. I eat almost anything I want. However, I do try to avoid over doing it on the fried foods. I have cut out desserts and have increased my fruits and vegetables. If my husband and I go out for dinner we order one meal and split it. This has not only helped me to stay true to my plan but also had a positive effect on my wallet.

A fun Interview with a future CHEF

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Everyone that knows me knows I absolutely love my grandchildren just as all grandmothers do. With grandchildren it is like watching your own children grow up again. It is so much fun to talk to them and listen to their dreams. I have a grandson who is 10. He has a dream of being a chef. Today I thought it would be fun to interview him and talk to him about his dream.

I told him I wanted to ask him some questions about being a chef. He was all for it. He loves to talk about food, cooking and being a chef. For the purpose of the interview he wanted to be called “Jimmy”.

Microwaves Reduce Nutrients in Food


There are likely very few high school students and no elementary students who remember living in a home without a microwave oven. These age groups have always been able to put pastries, popcorn, pizza, water, chicken, and just about any food or hot beverage into a microwave and have it be hot and ready eat or drink in less than 5 minutes.

In the 1950’s and 1960’s food was prepared on top of a stove or in the oven. Yes it is true it took a longer period to cook chicken. I am sure there were anxious husbands and children waiting for dinner. Instead of practicing and teaching patience people began looking for a faster way to get their meals prepared. Of course companies leaped to the challenge of finding a speedier way for wives and moms to cook.

Preparing Meals During School Year With Less Stress

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Fall is just around the corner. Fall brings beautiful colors, cooler weather, football games, and kids returning to school. I used to say fall was my favorite season. As I get older I have decided I have no favorite season. I enjoy each season, each day, each week, and each year. I am just glad to be blessed with each of them and blessed with life and breath. The average kid would let you know fall was not their favorite time of year at all. Most of them would like for it to remain summer vacation all year. They do not realize school days are some of their best days. Some day they will wish they could do it again and know it was something to appreciate.

It is the responsibility of parents to see that they have everything they need to succeed in school. You make sure they have pencils, paper, books, book bags, and clothes. A nutritional breakfast, lunch, and dinner need to me added to that list. We have all heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It has been discovered kids that have a good breakfast are more alert and do better with their school work. They also need a good lunch to keep them strong and maintain their energy to continue their day. Then a nice peaceful time around the family table enjoying a healthy and warm dinner meal.

3 groups of food that help with SINUS INFECTION

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Yesterday, I woke with a very sore throat. That was about the only clue that I had anything going on. I tried some lemon and honey water. That seemed to help for a short time. As the day continued I began to get a headache and stuffy nose. By noon I really felt bad. I decide to go to gym and steam. This seemed to help so I decided to walk and do water aerobics. Probably not the smartest thing I could have done. Shortly after getting back home I really think a truck ran over me. My head begun hurting. I felt feverish. I was achy, very stuffy, and had a severe sore throat. I went to bed hoping to wake this morning feeling better. OH WOW! That did not happen. I could hardly move. I felt so bad and my nose was so stuffy that it made me dizzy. So it turns out I have a sinus infection also know as sinusitis. This is an inflammation of the sinus cavity due to a virus, bacteria or fungus. That sounds beautiful huh? That conclusion made me think. What type of food would help a sinus infection? I thought I would share with you what I found out.

Is Salad a Good Choice when Dieting?


If you are following my blog you know I am on a weigh down journey. On this journey I am planning to lose at least 75 lbs. I plan to lose this weight by portion control. I do not say I am dieting, and I know this has been said over and over but I truly do plan on this portion control being a way of life. At this point I have lost around 20 lbs. Today, I went in to a BBQ restaurant for lunch. I decided to have a smoked turkey salad with honey mustard. When my salad was brought to the table I immediately halved it and put half into a to go box. As I dipped my fork into the dressing and spread over the salad, I began to think. Is a salad always a good choice when trying to lose weight?

Fruits and vegetables inside and out

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Nature has given us a wide array of fruits and vegetables. We prepare and consume them for nutrition and good health.

Have you ever thought about the fact that if these foods are good for the inside of our bodies, what about the outside? What about skin? Can skin benefit from some of the fruits and vegetables we eat?

Strawberries are delicious almost any way you want to eat them. They not only taste good but are very healthy for you. We do not usually think of them as being in our medicine cabinet or in our makeup bag. Maybe we should. I learned a trick a couple of years ago. Once a strawberry becomes too ripe to eat, mash the ripe strawberry up with a fork and mix with plain yogurt. This makes a great facial mask. Spread on your face and leave on for about 10 minutes. The salicylic acid removes the dead cells from your face and gives a fresh glow to your skin. It makes your face feel very refreshed and smooth. Be sure you are not allergic to strawberries before trying the mask. It can have the same effect as eating them.

Eat your Squash

Most of us think of squash as being a vegetable, however it is actually a fruit. Fruit or vegetable it is one of my summer favorites. I enjoy squash almost anyway you can cook it. Hard to say which one would be my favorite. Here are a few squash dishes I prepare: squash dressing, squash puppies, squash casserole, fried squash and squash relish. See recipe below for squash relish.

Front Yard or Back Yard Garden?

Traditionally you see a vegetable garden in the back yard of a house. However that does not mean there is anything wrong with a garden in your front yard. That is up to the people living in the house.

A couple in Canada has been growing their vegetables in their front yard.  They own their own land.  The reason, why they want their garden in the front yard. Sunlight does not reach the back yard. This couple has put around $2500 in this front yard garden. Certain vegetables need more sunlight than others. This is a couple that wanted to grown healthy fresh vegetables, and now they are being told remove it or be fined by the city.

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