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…

Did anyone catch the preview of  Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution this past Sunday?  Has anyone heard of Jamie Oliver?  I have alot in common with Jamie Oliver and you’ll see why.  Jamie became a chef in England after growing up cooking in his Dad’s pub.  He had a successful TV series called the Naked Chef but may be better known for trying to change the school food programs in the UK.  After leaving the Naked Chef he started a program to teach individuals how to cook simple, nutritious food every day.  That led him to challenge the government to improve the school lunches, even getting thousands of parents concerned enough to sign petitions.  The government has spent thousands but change has been slow.

Now Jamie Oliver has a new TV series here in the U.S. designed to educate Americans on the sorry state of the food we eat.  If you missed the preview Sunday, the series starts this Friday on ABC at 7 p.m. till 9 p.m.  On Sunday’s episode, Jamie has traveled to Huntington, West Virginia which was named the unhealthiest city in the U.S. based on obesity, disease and death statistics.  The twelve year old boy who probably  weighed around 300 lbs., broke my heart.  He desperately wants to change as he is tired of being called names.  Then there was the child who didn’t even know what whole ripe tomatoes were.  He thought they were potatoes!  But hey, I frequently encounter checkers at Krogers who have to ask me to identify vegetables so they can ring them up. 

If you are concerned, like me, that this generation of children may be the first to die at an earlier age than their parents, watch this show.  Encourage everyone you know to watch it.  It is time we faced the fact that we are killing ourselves and our children with the food we eat.  I find it appalling that most children don’t eat any vegetables at all on any given day.  And no, french fries don’t count.

We’ve also got to get off our butts and get moving!  Kids need to get outside and get fresh air and exercise every day, weather permitting.  I took my daughter and two of her friends on a 4+ mile bike ride this morning and survived.  The kids have the week off for spring break and today is lovely with temperatures in the 60′s.  We rode through the rolling countryside, listening to birds sing and admiring daffodils blooming.  Grace was grateful I took the time to do this with her.  I am too.

This evening, shoot some hoops with your children or go for a walk.  Set an example for a lifetime of good health.

Upadated on March 23, 2010

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