7-Day Eliminate Processed Food Challenge-Follow Up

Eliminate Processed Foods

On May 12, I started a 7-day challenge to eliminate processed foods from my daily caloric intake. Read the challenge info here On the letter grade scale   – I would give myself a C. If you recall…my challenge rules were as follows:  No refined grains, only 100% whole grain…


Should We Worry About Lycopene in Our Food?

joanns food bites - lycopene - tomatoes

At a loyal reader’s request, I am taking a look at Lycopene in our food and if it can benefit a healthy lifestyle. Subscriber, Renee G said, “LYCOPENE: I would love to know what foods have it, how the body uses it, and if there is research showing effects on…


7 Ideas to Reduce Food Waste

Reducing food waste

As a food enthusiasts, it breaks my heart to know food goes to waste.  According to Feeding America, a non-profit organization aimed at ending hunger, an estimated 40% of food grown, processed and transported in the United States will never be consumed. More food reaches our landfills than plastic, paper…


End of Summer Salad

End of Summer Salad

Although the calendar indicates it is the end of summer, Mother Nature in South Carolina is not paying attention. Yesterday it was 92º and today it will be the same, nevertheless, most farmers markets are closing down or will be in the next two weeks.  This end of summer celebration,…


Burlington, North Carolina Approves Produce Stands

As an avid supporter of sustainable living, I try to frequent my local Travelers Rest Farmer’s Market  to buy locally grown vegetables and products made by other local residents.  This not only helps the local community but also provides a healthier meal plan for my family. Burlington, North Carolina has…


Top 5: Fiber Options To Remedy Your Deficiency

The United States Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have written, the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet and improve their overall eating habits.  It offers key recommendations with specific nutritional targets and dietary limits.  Americans’ social and economical…


Getting your spring plants ready…..

Planting season is almost here.  Right now, you should be thinking about what food you may want to grow and where, in your landscape you will put them. First, determine which growing zone you live in…here is a chart to help you…. Determine your zone……         Once…