The Truth About Fruits

Many people think that fruits are just labeled as “healthy” therefore you could eat as much as you wanted & it wouldn’t affect you at all. Well unfortunately, that is not the case. Don’t get us wrong…fruits are packed with nutrients that our bodies need, but just like anything else, fruits are good to eat in moderation. The best time to incorporate fruits is in the morning, early in the day, and right after a workout.  Your body will quickly burn up & use the natural sugars to recover....more

Will the Holiday Meal Knock You Off-Course?

Heading to an Easter banquet table (or two) this weekend? We’re going to an all-you-can-eat Easter buffet for lunch on Sunday; it will be my first feasting occasion since recently committing to a healthy eating lifestyle (with the ultimate goal of decreasing my cholesterol) and I’m pretty sure that eggs benedict and fried chicken don’t fit in that plan.  I know a lot of people will say that it’s okay to throw goals out the window for one day, but for me, I truly want to eat healthy that day, not out of sacrifice, but simply out of choosing to “eat to live.”...more

Healthy Fats 101

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Cacao Powder Milkshake

Try It Tuesday...fool someone with a cacao milkshake Fool someone with this cacao milkshake. If you love chocolate milkshakes then I have a healthy recipe for you to try....more

The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater

I know you. We have a lot in common. You have been doing some reading and now you are pretty sure everything in the grocery store and your kitchen cupboards is going to kill you. ...more
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Our Latest DIY Adventure: Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Blueberry YogurtI have a DIY list – one that includes all those things I’d like to find the time to make myself, rather than purchase....more

To Be Continued

"Get our mouths watering with a description of your favorite dish, but make us wait for the recipe."...more

The Economics of a Healthy Lifestyle

Lately, I have been thinking about the costs, the financial costs, associated with a healthy lifestyle.  When I began writing the My Faith and Fitness Blog, I gave advice about building a fitness wardrobe on a budget.  I'm always ready for a good deal!  Since I began the ...more
I often struggle with exactly your points, particularly when I'm labelled a "food snob" for my ...more

50 Lbs. Heavier Than A Vogue Model - And Happy!

Oh yoo-hoo…Diet Industry, Beauty Magazines, Madison Avenue…I’ve got something to SAY to you:I weigh 165 pounds.That’s it.  No remorse or explanation. I’m not ashamed, perturbed, or disturbed in any way.  Which is really good news for me, but not so great news for you.  Oh stop sniveling. Yeah, I know, you can’t manipulate me anymore.  But here’s an idea: maybe you could try and find a more honorable way of making a living.Not only am I OK with my weight of, I’ll say it again: 165 pounds, I’m ECSTATIC over it. I once weighed 345 pounds.  Do you know how this must feel?  Of COURSE you don’t.  If you ever suffered the humiliation of being large in a fat-phobic society, or have known the abject frustration of failing at the maniacally devised human mouse traps and self-esteem-crushers known as diets, you would be unable, in good conscience, to continue preying on the misery of others.It may interest you to know I hoisted the 180-pound monkey off my back through clean eating, listening to my body’s hunger cues, exercising regularly, and deciding to go head-to-head with the demons that drove me to binge-eat.Now that I’m free, I know that health and balance is a total mosaic. The number on the scale for me is no longer the ultimate indicator of this. I weigh above what many women, and certainly the modeling and entertainment industry deem acceptable. But I don’t care anymore. I could choose to spend considerable energy on getting that number down another 20 or 30 pounds, but it seems I’ve reached a comfortable place and my body is happy. I workout moderately, eat clean, and quite frankly, I’m not interested in being any more rigorous than I am. That’s not to say I’ll stop accepting challenges, but enough’s enough. It’s OK to be happy with myself, even if it in no way matches the media images we’re all fed ad infinitum.OK Truth-Seekers..I want to hear from you.  Many of you have found Peace, Love, and Fitness through a way of living that does not include gimmicks and legalized torture.  Are you happy with yourself, or constantly wringing your hands because you don’t think you look good enough or weigh what you ‘should’ weigh?My story does not have a Sports Illustrated ending to it…so what? Just because I’ll never be whisked away to Bora Bora for a Kleenex-with-straps couture photo shoot doesn’t mean my life is bereft of happiness or meaning. My thighs are not smooth as ceramic. The stretch marks were embedded at age 11, the bikini ship has sailed and I know it.  And somehow, I’m still walking upright, happier than I’ve ever been and grateful beyond measure for my freedom.Who’s with me in the Victory Charge?  If enough of us rally, the ad and diet industry will one day be FORCED to find a more honorable way of making a living. ...more

Veal Chop with Pear & Brussel Sprouts

Veal Chop with Pears & Brussel Sprouts My favorite time of year at farmers market is when the fresh brussel sprouts beg...more