Secrets of a Private Chef

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In a Q+A article in the summer 2007 issue, I talk about my family’s passion for food and how I managed my weight gain without giving up the thing I love most – cooking!

How to Fight Fat

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Obesity is such a serious problem in America that it has turned into an epidemic. For me ‘skinny’ or ‘beautiful’ is not about the insane rail-thin standards we see in the press so often, it’s about being a healthy weight for the quality of life, pure and simple.

Back to School Lunches

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When it comes to doing well at school, sending your kids off to class with a healthy lunch is one of the best ways to help them. Kids who have excellent nutrition are better able to focus, have more energy, and sleep better at night, and are less prone to being overweight.

What Causes Children to Become Overweight?

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Though I have never been morbidly obese, as a pre-teen and teenager, I always struggled with being overweight. Now that we know so much more about nutrition, we’re finding out what I wished I would have known in the 80’s!

Orange Spiced Tea

Orange Spiced Tea

During cold winter evenings, my granny would gather a knitted blanket onto to her lap and sip her favorite tea. The odor of orange punctutated by the dark musk of cloves would fill our small living room as she siped, slowly turning the pages of her latest travel book. My version of her favorite tea has cinnamon for added spice and flavor.

Salt Scrub

Salt Scrub

Salt scrubs mixed with fragrant oil exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time! My version can be quite inexpensive compared to some store bought brands, though it is just as fragrant and keeps in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Bean Tofu Quesadilla

Bean Tofu Quesadilla

Ivy, my friend’s teenage daughter, is smart, witty, and outspoken. She’s also a vegetarian. I wrote this recipe for her, and packed it with three non-meat forms of protein, tofu, beans, and cheese to be sure she’ll get what a growing girl needs!

Low-Carb Lasagna

Low-Carb Lasagna

I developed this recipe to entice my husband into eating more vegetables and less processed carbohydrates. It still has the luscious flavors of traditional Italian lasagna, but I use strips of zucchini in place of pasta to create a lighter lower carb version that also uses low-fat cheese.