Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Surviving Easter Weekend With The Inlaws

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on April 21, 2011 ][ In Diet Tips and Better Eating Ideas ]

Does that title sound like your weekend?  If you are about to entertain half of Memphis and a contingent from Mississippi this weekend or from other exotic places, read on for some survival tips.  As I said earlier this week, Easter is another excuse for a feast.  Right now I feel like I’m burning plenty of calories just getting everything ready from clean bedding to groceries to a clean house.  All that in addition to all the things I usually do and I’m getting tired.  I bought so many carrots that the checkout lady and the bagger kept giving me strange looks.

The first tip is that you don’t have to do it all, especially if  it’s your spouse’s family that is coming.  Give assignments to the whole family.  Split up the cleaning chores and your house will sparkle in no time plus your mother in law will be impressed that you got your husband to vacuum.  Let someone else go to the grocery.  Get some barbecue from a local restaurant instead of doing it yourself.  Use paper plates for at least one meal.

How do you stay on your healthy diet plan during a holiday?  This is a very troublesome question but here is what I’m doing.  I’ve lost 6 lbs. on my part time diet and I don’t want to gain it back by Monday morning.  So, serve plenty of vegetables.  I’m serving a fruit salad and a slaw that isn’t made with mayo on Sat.  We are having smoked chicken as well as barbecued pork for a less fattening choice.  Then Saturday night I’m serving a minestrone soup which I’m making ahead.  It’s full of vegetables and lean protein while very low in fat.  As always, keep the portions small, especially on those fattening foods.

I admit it will be hard to get any exercise other than cooking and cleaning up after every meal.  Still if the weather is nice, I’ll try to coax others to take a walk or play some ping pong.  So relax and enjoy your company and remember the reason for the weekend.  Oh, did I mention that prom is Saturday night?  Did I say relax?  That’s for the rest of you.

Happy Easter!      

Upadated on April 21, 2011

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