What I Eat While Pregnant

I have celiac disease, I live in Africa, and now on top of that I'm navigating the world of eating for two. The gluten-free part is easy. The lack of variety here is my big challenge. I haven't really had cravings, but I've had some very strong aversions, which makes the lack of variety even more challenging. Like every expectant woman I want to make sure the baby and I are getting enough of everything that we need....Read the full post at What I Eat....more

Need an answered prayer?

JMJ Do you have a prayer request? A special need?  Well, I spent all night placing a live webcam to Lourdes, France on my website, including a little mailbox to their prayer request email.  All kinds of weird computer problems kept cropping up, and I kept offering them up as a prayer, which did help to keep me from being annoyed.  Then... This morning I got an email from a friend who told me that today is OUR LADY OF LOURDES FEAST DAY!  Wow.  I had no idea!  That is just so cool... ...more

Beverages to Spike Your Blood Sugar

Roxanne Sukol MD "Your Health is on Your Plate" drsukol.teachmed.comI decided to visit the “beverage center” at our local Walmart to see what's in stock.  I especially wanted to look at the names of some of these beverages.  My hypothesis, borne out of experiences with margarine and breakfast cereals, is that the more manufactured the product type, the more creative the brand names.  ...more

À AIMER: The Joys of Getting Sick in France, Part Four

 Today the Washington Post reported that the Senate Finance Committee's health care reform bill, if passed, "would require people to buy insurance or face penalties ranging up to $1,900, to be assessed on their income tax returns."...more

80 And Life To Go - A Very Personal Story

Let me just preface this story by saying, I never had an intention to share any of this with the world.  Those close to me have encouraged me to share this story, basically the story of my life and the battle with losing over 200 pounds.  My hope is that this can provide inspiration to anyone who is hopeless. ...more

Redefining Convenience Food

Every time I bit into a piece of fruit this summer, I was amazed at how sweet and delicious it was. At first I thought it was because I had become better at picking out fruit, but if you have read my food waste posts, you know this is not the case. What was different then? I had adjusted my sweetness set point. By limiting sugar in my diet I had redefined what sweetness was for my taste buds, so fruit tasted sweeter than it had in years. ...more

National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week

  September 14-20 is  National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. Why is this awareness needed? Read more about invisible illness and awareness ...more

30-Day Fitness Challenge Day Twenty: Disco Is Alive and Well

I watched Saturday Night Fever on Friday night for the first time in years and I’ve hardly been able to sit still since then. There’s a brand-new “disco” playlist on my ipod that’s been playing nonstop. I love this movie. In college my roommate and I watched it all the time. In fact, I just recently decided it was time to replace the worn-out VHS tape that I’ve been watching all this time (I graduated college ten years ago) and recently bought the new-ish 30th anniversary DVD. ...more

30-Day Fitness Challenge Day Seventeen: Two Days in a Row

Ouch. That was all I could say at the start of my run this morning. Yesterday morning I told myself that if I could get up and run under the conditions of too much food and drink and not enough sleep the night before, then I could get up and run under any conditions. So what choice did I have but to get up and run for the second day in a row. Consecutive running days is another feat I haven’t accomplished in several years. ...more

30-Day Fitness Challenge Day Sixteen: The Four Miler

This morning I ran four miles. It’s been a long time since I ran that distance. I’ve been sticking to two- or two-and-a-half-mile runs, maybe three miles if I’m feeling good, for several years. Many moons ago, I was a longer-distance runner. From eighth grade through college graduation I ran the 3K, 5K, and 10K races for my track and cross country teams. After college I continued running for a few years and made my way up to a couple half marathons. ...more