10 Non-Healthy Blogs

In 2011, I think, I read my first healthy-living blog. My company had retained a health consultant who gave a lecture on some better-for-you workplace habits we could adopt. She encouraged us to look up some blogs for inspiration. Back at my desk, I searched for even more fitness blogs and I immediately started reading. I…

Sticking To The Diet

It’s really easy to get derailed around this time of year. Diets, made in good faith months ago suddenly seem restrictive and silly. We are the furthest possible distance away from our last New Years Resolutions and it’s so easy to abandon the goals so we can make them all over again in 2016.  Then…

The Last Fat Black Woman

In 2012, the author Alice Randall announced her decision to be the last fat black woman in her family. She told the world via an article she wrote in a little journal called the New York Times and she enlisted her daughter, Caroline Randall Williams, to join her in the quest to change the trajectory…

40 Days of Yummy – Day 26 – Whole Foods

Typical “Diet” foods don’t work for me and they probably don’t work for you either. I’ve tried those 100-calorie snack packs. You know what happens when I’ve eaten one of those 100-calorie pack of cookies? I want another bag. But if I’m hungry and I eat a little salad, if I chew on some broccoli, a…

40 Days of Yummy – Day 14 – The Fat Fast

Fasting means different things to different people but often when you hear the word fasting, you might think of abstaining from all food for a specified period – if a person says they’ve been fasting for two days, you might think no food has passed their lips in 48 consecutive hours. Sometimes, that is what…

40 Days of Yummy – Day 13 – Save The Treat

If I asked you to make a list of 10 words that say “Christmas” to you, how many of them would be about food? Christmas cake. Christmas cookies. Christmas pudding. Christmas eggnog. What else? Now that we’ve entered December, there is a lot of thinking about Christmas and all the foods that accompany the celebration….

40 Days of Yummy – Day 7

a.k.a. The Free Meal Day Happy Thanksgiving!    If your diet means you can’t eat any of the foods you absolutely enjoy, what’s the point? In Wild Diet, Abel James encourages you to keep a list of foods you crave – cookies, pizza, ice cream – foods that you would eat if you could. Designate…

40 Days of Yummy – Day 6

a.k.a If I eat candy, why does it become fat on my hips?  All carbohydrates becomes glucose, the simplest form of sugar, and enters to the bloodstream. All carbohydrates – bread, cookies, sugar in your coffee, soda, rice, fresh apples, applesauce, apple juice, apple fritters. All carbohydrates become glucose.    What’s the difference between fresh apples and…

40 Days of Yummy – Day 5

a.k.a. Less Food = More energy Frequent snacking trains your body to be constantly hungry. Fasting helps train your body to rely on your energy stores. Eating all the time signals your body that you’re living in a time of plenty so your metabolic rate can burn off what you eat – provided you exercise….

40 Days of Yummy – Day 4

a.k.a. All fat is not created equal Abel James says, “the biggest problem with fat is that it’s called fat.” There’s the fat that you eat – healthy fats like avocados, nuts and the not-so-healthy fats like margarine and bacon grease – but there’s also the fat in your body. And then there’s it’s other use…

40 Days of Yummy – Day 3

a.k.a Striking a Balance After church, we had a feast. The food was good, the company was better. I ate more than I planned but I justified it when I recalled that I hadn’t eaten breakfast – only a small yoghurt. That’s it.  I had soup, salad, rice and peas, more salads, meat, plantains. And…

40 Days of Yummy – Day 2

“a.k.a the day it really begins”    The first day of a new challenge is all about asking questions and making decisions. Do I really want to do this right now? Can it work? Is it going to work? What do I do on Thanksgiving? The answers: Yes, yes, yes and just the same –…