healthy eating

Ten Ways to Outsmart Food Cravings

Posted on 09/6/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal Health Losing weight and keeping it off require effective management of food cravings that can easily undermine plans to eat healthfully. Use these 10 tips to manage yourself through the crazy maze of cravings: 1. Eat at regular intervals. To avoid becoming overly hungry, don’t go more than five hours without eating. 2. Include protein in each meal to control appetite. Skinless poultry, fish, eggs and low-calorie dairy products are good sources. 3. Stay hydrated with water, since thirst can mask …

Eating Done Right: Carrots — Food of the Week

Posted on 08/30/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal Health I grew up on a small, 100-acre farm in Iowa. To make ends meet for our family of seven, my father sometimes worked in nearby Illinois as a tool and die maker. He’d commute to his job on Sunday night and return the following weekend. In the summertime when school was out, my younger sister and I would sometimes travel with my father to his urban home to escape hot and boring days on the farm. (We could also escape …

Black Bean Brownies and Other Chocolate Delights

Posted on 08/23/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthI don’t remember where I first came across the idea of replacing shortening in brownies with puréed black beans. Applesauce or vanilla yogurt had been my go-to replacements in the past. But the idea of using black beans in place of shortening intrigued me, and I couldn’t wait to see what the outcome would be. Searching through my cupboard, I found a chocolate truffle mix. What’s good for brownies should be good for truffles, oui? That assumption was my logic. …

Slow Cooking: Maidu Indian Style

Posted on 08/9/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthFast food is frequently blamed for the rise in obesity across the nation. Although a causal relationship between fast food and surplus pounds in adults has yet to be established, one study clearly linked the rise of childhood obesity with the rise in children’s fast-food consumption. According to the study of 6,212 children, one out of every three children eats fast food on a daily basis, and the trend “likely packs on about six extra pounds per child per year.” …

Making Calories Count: Recipe for Chicken Cacciatore—Mouth-Watering, Healthy Chicken Dish

Posted on 08/2/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthMy neighbor Richard Scammell is a wonderful cook. Cooking is Richard’s hobby, but when it comes to food preparation, Richard is a highly skilled and well-educated professional. (He’s even traveled to Europe to take cooking classes.) Richard and I share a love of creative, healthful cooking. When I asked him for ideas that I could share with readers, he sent this simple recipe for Pollo alla Cacciatora (Chicken Cacciatore): Pollo alla Cacciatora (Chicken Hunter Style, from Umbria, Italy) Serves 6 …

Our Food Supply: Are We Ready for ‘Enviropig’ and ‘Agent Orange Corn’?

Posted on 07/24/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthWhen did it get so hard to know what was healthy, wholesome food? Most Americans, roughly 90% of us, believe that genetically modified foods,  or GMO’s, should be labeled as such. Yet if you asked that same 90% to name a GMO food, could they? Would they, and are you, surprised to learn that about 80% of the processed food we eat contain GMO’s, and a significant portion of our farm crops are grown with GMO patented seed? I know …