Rainbow Carrot Quinoa Salad

I remember the first time I saw a bunch of rainbow carrots.  I was in awe of their beauty and couldn’t wait to see what they tasted like.  But I was afraid to mess them up.  How would I cook them?  Should I cook them?  Then I exhaled and realized I could buy more than one bunch....more

We are the same

The flu hit Joe and Leila pretty hard this week.  The toughest part of the day has been when it’s time for them to fall asleep.  Between the aching, coughing and sniffling, they just can’t seem to get comfortable.  I’ve been lying down next to Leila to help her calm down and fall asleep.  Yesterday I was resting next to her, eyes closed, and BAM, I was in Ethiopia, in the middle of a play center, kicking the soccer ball around with a bunch of kids.  I could hear the laughter, feel the breathlessness, smell the dirty air....more

Gluten-Free Living Is No Cakewalk

Living gluten-free isn't easy. You have to watch what you eat. And then there's the fear. What if what I ordered isn't gluten-free? What if they didn't prepare it in a separate pan? What if my friend used a wooden cutting board for this fruit? Do I risk it? I really started to worry after getting sick from food at my parents' house. Since my diagnosis, they have done everything to learn about celiac disease and make their kitchen safe for me, but if I can't eat safely at their house, where can I eat? ...more
I was diagnosed as a celiac in 1997 and unfortunately your dream was often a reality back then. ...more

Keeping it up! Living a Healthy Lifestyle Always.

This is the final post in BlogHer’s Inspiration to Fitness series. To start from week one, click here. ...more

Get a Better Workout in Less Time!

This post is the sixth in BlogHer’s Inspiration to Fitness series.  To start from week one, click here....more
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Hit a Plateau? Challenge Your Body!

This post is the sixth in BlogHer’s Inspiration to Fitness series.  To start from week one, click here....more
Thanks for these ideas! It's so tempting to say screw it & give up when you don't see the ...more

Week 5: Staying Motivated

This post is the fifth in BlogHer’s Inspiration to Fitness series.  To start from week one, click here....more
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Week 4: Flexibility Training

This post is the fourth in BlogHer's Inspiration to Fitness series.  To start from week one, click here.  Our first 2 workouts can be found here and here....more

Your First Strength Workout!

You know that strength training can help you develop strong muscles and bones, but did you know that it can make your heart healthier too? Strength training or resistance training has been shown to lower resting heart rate and improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels. And circuit training specifically (which we will be doing), has been proven to lower resting blood pressure levels. Plus, the stronger your muscles, the less taxing it is on your heart when you do daily activities such as lifting heavy objects....more