My No-Car Challenge: Maybe Permanent?

My October challenge for myself was not to use a car. For at least 30 days, I could only walk, ride my bike, or take Metro or the bus. This Honda CR-V was perfect for our 3-year assignment on the…

The Whole30: Changing Your Relationship with Food

For my monthly challenge in September, I chose to do a Whole30, which I had never done all the way through before. Our older son Alex got married in August, which meant riotous celebration and vigorous dancing to Latin music…

Real Food on the Road

You're hungry, and you exit the highway toward the usual lineup of gas stations and fast-food chains. Or you're stopping with friends or family at a popular restaurant. How can you find nourishing, satisfying food that will contribute to your…

Social Connection: It’s a Health Goal

"Write about loneliness," suggested a blog follower and old friend (thank you!). Loneliness -- a feeling that you lack sufficient social support and connection with others -- is considered an epidemic these days, with health consequences compared to smoking 15…

Easy Batch-Cooked Vegetables 2: Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squash, Beets and Brussels Sprouts

More vegetables -- thanks for all the suggestions! Like last week, I'm offering what I think are the simplest ways to prepare vegetables all at once, so you can easily throw them into a range of meals with different flavors.…

Batch-Cook Your Veggies: Fast, Easy (Lazy?) Ways to Prepare Cabbage, Eggplant, Peppers, Asparagus and Broccoli

After work, the gym, or driving kids around, you probably don't feel like washing, chopping and cooking vegetables. The answer (I think) is batch cooking one or two days a week, after a trip to the grocery store or farmer's…

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