One of my favorite parts of summer is getting out on the deck and grilling. It just feels so good to be outside!
Now I don’t cook meat that often, but one of my favorite cuts of beef to grill is flank steak. Lean, affordable, and tender (if cooked right), flank steak is a great option, especially for grilling. And my teriyaki marinade adds SO MUCH flavor that these tender slices of steak will just melt in your mouth with savory deliciousness! (more…)
Interested in eating healthier? Well, there sure are a lot of different pieces of advice out there. Unfortunately most of it is served up by people trying to sell you something.
And have you ever noticed all the contradicting opinions? It’s really hard to know what to believe!
Well, I’m not a health professional, but I used to market processed foods for a living. And if there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that processed foods are bad news. To hit that point home I’ve been sharing my real food journey over the past several weeks—first sharing why I quit processed foods and then details on how I made my break. To round out this story I thought I’d assemble my Top Ten Tips on How to Quit Processed Foods. Hopefully you’ll find them helpful no matter where you are on your goal to eat healthier! (more…)
This past month while I was writing about my real food journey and how I quit processed food, I thought a lot about how to navigate challenging situations with real food. You see, I was experiencing one of these times firsthand.
This June my son graduated from high school, so my ex-wife and I decided to celebrate by throwing a grad party for him. She has the bigger home with more open spaces, so she hosted the party. But she has no issues with processed foods, and to top things off, my son requested a food truck from a chicken fingers and fries place (sigh). Yes, this whole celebration was one huge lesson in letting go of control, while somehow bringing my food values to life.
We all face situations like this. Whether it be a block party, a cookout, or just going over to a friend’s house—there are plenty of places where we can’t control what’s being served. And what do we do? We can either be “that person” and make a fuss, or we can get creative and figure something out. (more…)
A couple of weeks ago I shared my story about why I decided to stop eating processed foods. I often call it my junk food “break-up” because in many ways we all have a complex relationship with food.
Personally, culturally, and physically food plays a powerful role in our lives. And as anyone who has tried making changes to their diet knows, breaking away from your routine can be challenging to say the least. In fact, it’s a lot like a divorce—something else with which I unfortunately have some firsthand experience.
My history with healthy eating
My path to eating and living a healthier life started years before real food entered the picture. In my early thirties I found myself out of shape, gaining weight, and stressed. My health was going in the wrong direction, and it finally got to the point where I was ready to do something about it.
Running and working out were my saviors. In the process of getting in better shape, I started listening to my body more. Food-wise that meant eating more fruits and vegetables, less snack foods, and minimizing sweets. That said, I had totally bitten the hook about “healthy” processed foods, so plenty of leanwashed foods were still in my diet.
How I quit processed foods
It wasn’t until my forties hit that I realized I wasn’t doing enough. (more…)
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I’m a big fan of frittatas. Not only are they a great way to use up whatever veggies you have in your fridge, but the leftovers also work well for quick weekday breakfasts! (more…)