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Introducing Talk Thursday

In Health Thoughts, Talk Thursday on October 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Talk Thursday Interview Series

“Talk Thursday” is a new series on the blog. I am starting this series as a way to highlight great information from trusted resources. Each person will answer six questions focused on food and health with a local perspective.

This week’s featured guest is Tara B. I’ve known Tara since college at the University of Arkansas, but we have become closer friends in the last couple of years, thanks to Facebook and alumni reunions. She is a lovely person with a warm spirit. It was a pleasure having her be a part of the series. Let’s get started. Her answers are below.
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Motivation Monday: Fitness, or the Lack Thereof

In Health Thoughts, Thoughts on October 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Motivation Monday, Fitness or the Lack Thereof

Okay, truth be told, I haven’t worked out in over a month. I have fallen off the wagon. I need to get back on. I’ve been busy lately – working and volunteering on a project with my sorority. This leaves little time for exercise. There have been random days where I park in a remote (read “far away”) parking space. However, this is not by choice but by fact that I arrived at the wrong time. Those are the days I get the most [air quote] exercise [end air quote].

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Five Minutes of Me, Volume 1 Issue 4

In Five Minutes, Health Thoughts on August 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM
bethenny frankel, yoga, paleo diet

photo by ramona collins

What’s on my mind this week? I need to get more active. I recently purchased a group personal training package through LivingSocial. This week I called to get started. The other day I pulled out my Bethenny Frankel “Body by Bethenny” DVD. I popped it in the DVD player and then the phone rang. You know what that means: I told myself the yoga could wait and I talked to my mother << read, I will do yoga tomorrow>>.
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Five Minutes of Me – Volume 1, Issue 3

In Five Minutes, Health Thoughts, Thoughts on August 4, 2013 at 9:05 PM

So, here we are again. Today, I am thinking about clean eating and exercising. I know that thinking and “doing” are two different things. For me, the first step is to think about. I like to call it visualization (smile). I’m really interested in kettlebells. I actually have a set, and I’m researching workouts on YouTube and Pinterest. My favorite “Pins” right now are:

As for clean eating, I made dinner tonight. I’m learning to cook and making dinner gets me closer to being a great cook. For dinner I made my version of cilantro-lime brown rice with black beans and taco ground beef topped with pico de gallo. It was tasty!

Five Minutes of Me, Clean Eating

Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice topped with Black Beans, Taco Ground Beef, Cheese and Pico de Gallo

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{Motivation Monday} You Are What You Eat

In Health Thoughts, Weight Loss on July 29, 2013 at 9:22 PM


So, I’ve been thinking…that I need to do a better job with the food choices that I make. Part of me eats for comfort (popcorn, cupcakes, hot dogs). Another part eats as busy work (salsa, cheese dip, apple slices). And, of course I eat to survive. But, the quote above is true...your body reflects what you eat and don’t eat. In my quest to eat better, today I participated in Meatless Monday. No meat…but lots of dairy.

“Am I giving up one food group to heavy-up on another?”

Let Me Eat Cake…Lemon Cake!

In Health Thoughts, Weight Loss on September 8, 2010 at 1:22 AM

Okay, this is getting a bit out of hand. I’ve realized that cake is consuming my life. You see, it’s my favorite dessert…and it makes me feel good. To be more specific LEMON CAKE loves me and I love it back. This leads me to my question for today:

Is it bad that someone has their cake and eats it too, literally?

lemon cake

Hmm. Hmm. Good. (photo courtesy of

My first thought is that yes, hell yes, you can have your cake and it it too. Cake is my favorite [in my best Will Ferrell in Elf, The Movie voice]! But, herein lies the problem…eating the whole cake is a problem. A slice of cake can be comforting and a nice complement to a fantastic dinner. However, overindulgence is the enemy.Think gluttony.

In the spirit of weight loss, I would like to mention moderation. This co-signature on moderation is more for me than for you, my readers. I have to constantly remind myself that just because it’s on your plate doesn’t mean you have to eat it all. Now, if I could train myself, as Bethenny Frankel suggests, to taste everything and eat nothing.

Her book, Naturally Thin, talks about the “taste everything, eat nothing” as her mantra. It’s basically the idea that a few bites of a lot of decadent things is the best way to eat rich, delicious food without feeling deprived.

I have this book and am reading it sparingly. However, I kind of understand her logic. It’s not based on depriving your body but satisfying it with small tastes of all the great food before you. As you can see I’m totally Team Bethenny [take that Jill Zarin]. I have all three of her books and the workout DVD. I can see how her yoga regimen keeps the body in shape.

There you have it…How often do you have your cake and eat it too? What is your must-have food? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Can You Have Too Much of a Good Thing?

In Health Thoughts on August 31, 2010 at 3:51 AM
Happiness with a smile

Too much of a good thing?!

The simple answer is YES. “Good Things” are all relative. What is good TO you may not be good FOR you. However, there are a few things that are good for you AND good to you. A friend of mine [that I met on Twitter and subsequently in real life] invited me to a potluck dinner last night. She is part of a natural health program through a local chiropractor. The gathering was very interesting and informative. Each person was responsible for a dish. As the crowd assembled I met new people and learned about their experience in the program which combines natural/healthy eating practices with burst exercise training. It was nice to see people talking about positive things and making positive changes in their lives.

Well, to be honest, it was refreshing and inspiring to be a part of the party. The dishes I chose to taste included:

  • Curry Chicken
  • Meatloaf
  • Broccoli Casserole with nuts on top
  • Black Bean Hummus with Celery Sticks
  • Chicken Salad
  • Garlic Green Beans
  • Chocolate Granola Item (not sure if it was a cookie, brownie or neither)
  • Chocolate Pudding-esque dessert

Each item was delicious (okay, the pudding was my least favorite). The Black Bean Hummus was the BEST; and I’m not really a hummus fan. Only after I finished eating did I learn that all the food prepared was gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free. WOW! I had no idea. Quite frankly, I didn’t miss what most people consider normal parts of everyday meals.

Attending this party got me thinking…what are we eating in our everyday lives? Processed food is everywhere. How many of your meals include processed items? How long could you live without gluten, dairy or added sugar? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

I’m off to schedule my complimentary consultation with the chiropractor. I will post the results when I get them.

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