Archive for July, 2013

Babbling Blogger – 700 Posts Strong

July 5th, 2013 6 Comments

Today marks T & T’s 700th blog post, yet another milestone. It’s been quite a journey. Truth be told, blogging is like my writing callisthenics, my warm up for when I write “real” material, my therapy.

It’s been a rewarding hobby that I procrastinated over a year prior to beginning by over thinking and worrying that I would run out of material to write about…. as if….

My commitment to writing a few posts a week keeps me mindful of trends, happenings and what’s on people’s minds on food, nutrition and life. I try to ponder more deeply the world of food and nutrition being an RD for almost 26 years now. It’s enriching to find something in life that keeps you engaged with the boob tube off….

What started in March 2010 has blossomed from all of the soul searching. Blogging is a form of journalling, really which has flourished into article ideas and morphed into puzzle pieces of my e-book Skinny on Slim . I vowed at my 600th blog post that I would have it published by the 700th post….. Gotta love goal-making and public proclamations!

I occasionally review the blog metrics. I have followers from the beginning of T & T time and many newby’s in-between. Whether you’re new or whether you know a bit too much about me by now, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to follow. We’re in this together after all, Through Thick and Thin!

Take advantage of my summer promo of Skinny on Slim and rate it won’t you on Kobo, i-Books, Barnes & Noble, Sony &/or Smashwords?

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Say Ciao to The Mediterranean Diet’s Synergy

July 3rd, 2013 6 Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

I’ve been thinking more about the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet recently while my nephews and niece are frolicking in bella Tuscany Italy. I’ve been doing reading about saturated fats and they might not be as “bad” as we originally thought, hmmmmm. I have never believed that any one food can solve our dietary dilemmas despite how “super” it might be. Whether it’s blueberries, olive oil, pomegranate, acai, salmon, walnuts and more. I do believe in this age-old diet regimen though.

The most profound fact about The Mediterranean Diet is not about any one part of it, but the synergy between all of the foods within the lifestyle context. When you take a 40 thousand foot view – it accounts for what you eat, how and when, how long and how much you eat and your relationship with food. How’s that for a diet in 3-D?

When I think about fab food I’ve eaten from that part of the world, I don’t only recall the food itself but the enriching context of the meals including the connections during the meals. Here are some examples of the natural nutrient rich combinations:

  • Spaghetti vongole in Venice, Italy
  • Beef Goulash and rye bread in Budapest, Hungary
  • Roasted duck, potatoes and red cabbage in Berlin, Germany
  • Freshly caught trout and roasted potatoes in Tigur Mures, Romania
  • Seafood paella in Barcelona, Spain
  • Cheese fondu with meat and bread in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sole menuere with rice in Paris, France
  • Gravlax with vegetables and rice in Copenhagen, Denmark

All meals were accompanied with local wine in great company over each lingering meal. Often ended with a sweet of some sort. Many meals were routinely consumed after 8 or 9pm, sometimes later. Talk about breaking many of the conventional diet rules! Many of the days were spent walking to and fro seeing sights, meandering through markets then getting enough rest including an afternoon cat-nap siesta if needed.

There was no rushing of meals, no skipping of meals, no gobbling of meals, no drive-throughs with eating on the run of meals, no arguments or stress at meals and no “forbidden” foods of any kind at meals. All foods fit. You would eat until you’ve had enough and move on with your day. You see, there are no tricks, no gimmicks, no catches, no special products or potions, no surgeries and no being “on” then “off” of this diet regimen. Some days you eat more. Some days you eat less. The overall eating experience fills you up. How profound is that? Very!

I will write about aspects of the Mediterranean Diet in the weeks to come.

Until then Ciao & Chow Bella!!

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Happy Canada Day!

July 1st, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , ,

Time to celebrate!
That our country is great
There’s so much more
To be thankful for

From coast to coast
It’s easy to boast
About diversity
Living in harmony…. mostly

A mosaic of cultures
We have much that allures
Those from afar
Who want to be a part of

From sea to sea
Opportunity
That can’t be obtained
From just any terrain

It’s easy to squawk
And sometimes to knock
That the system’s not fair
Well then go over there!

Be part of the solution
Start a peaceful revolution
To help make things right
We have those freedoms if you might

Take a moment to ponder
Other countries over yonder
Love the freedoms we share
So appreciate and care

Represented by a beaver or leaf
A moose, canola or wheat sheaf
Give thanks and then say
Happy Canada Day!

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