The Lifestyle Blog

Maintaining healthy eating habits, cooking from scratch, and sourcing high-quality ingredients can seem daunting. However, when it becomes a lifestyle, it is natural and provides invaluable rewards. These blogs provide tips on how to create the lifestyle and stay motivated to make the effort because it's worth it.

The topics I write about apply to anyone, but families raising children face unique challenges when it comes to mealtimes, such as fussy eaters, varying dietary preferences within the family, and working parents who struggle to find time to cook. You will find blogs that speak to problems that are unique to families, so you can enjoy cooking and bring your family together at the table.
August 9, 2023
The French Paradox 

The Secret to Eating Well and Balancing Your Health and Weight Maybe you’ve heard of the French Paradox. It’s an age-old question, “How can the French routinely eat bread, cheese, butter, cream, and croissants and stay thin?” Since many people believe these foods cause weight gain, how the French can consume these foods and stay […]

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July 7, 2023
No Milk With Dinner

Serving milk with dinner is filling and can ruin a child’s appetite for the meal. In addition, the taste of milk conflicts with and overshadows the flavor of the food, making the food less attractive. Instead of serving milk with dinner, do like the French and Italians and serve calcium-rich foods after dinner as a course.  

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July 5, 2023
Healthy Food: What to Watch Out For

Food companies are savvy at marketing processed foods as wholesome and healthy. Read this post to learn three questions to ask to assure you are buying the quality food you think you are.

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June 29, 2023
Easy Tomato Sauce

With San Marzano Canned Tomatoes Tomato sauce is an essential ingredient for quick and easy home-cooked meals. Homemade tomato sauce has a fresh, rich taste that jarred sauce cannot match, and it's incredibly simple to make. There's no need to buy jarred sauce. Once you try homemade sauce and taste the difference, the jarred sauce […]

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June 19, 2023
The Unexpected Dinner Guest

Who Brought the Unexpected Gift A friend of ours called this morning and asked if he could come over for dinner. He is one of our ex-pat friends from France who used to live near us in Michigan. A year ago, he moved with his wife and three children to their dream city, Chicago. Although […]

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June 14, 2023
What is Good Food?

Understanding the Ingredients and Flavors That Define Healthy Eating During a recent conversation with a participant in my "Transform How You Eat" program, a woman expressed uncertainty about what constitutes good food. She explained that she didn't grow up eating many of the foods I teach about, like fresh garlic, basil, and homemade salad dressing. […]

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March 15, 2023
The French Cheese Course

A Delicious and Easy Dinner Idea The French are renowned for their love of cheese and their mastery of cheese-making. Besides using cheese for cooking, the French have a custom of serving an assortment of cheeses with bread after dinner, known as a cheese course. In this article, I will share with you why a […]

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February 4, 2023
Fresh Nuts

A Healthy, Delicious, and Fun Dessert I know the idea of serving fresh nuts at dinner may not sound very exciting because often when I mention it to someone, they give me a blank stare. But every time I serve fresh nuts to guests, they say, "Wow, what a fantastic idea!" Then they ask me, […]

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January 29, 2023
Make Dinners to Please Your Whole Family

It’s Easier Than You May Think: The key is to serve dinner in courses—just like when you go out to a nice restaurant and order a first course, then a main dish, and treat yourself to dessert. Or if you’ve ever been to dinner at a French or Italian home, chances are they served you […]

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January 25, 2023
The Ultimate Way To Serve Dinner

You can improve your health and make mealtimes more meaningful by serving dinner in courses rather than a one-plate meal. Read the post to learn about the other benefits of eating in courses.

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January 16, 2023
The Best Conversation Starters for Kids

A nutritious meal nourishes your family's bodies, and a meaningful conversation nourishes their minds and spirits. To keep your family dinners from being devoured quickly and everyone scurrying away from the table in five minutes, try this conversation starter. Tell a story. And watch the magic unfold at your table. Kids are accustomed to being […]

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January 12, 2023
A Conversation Starter That’s Remarkable

If you're stuck for ideas on how to start an engaging and meaningful conversation at the table, tell a story. People are used to being asked questions like "How was your day?" or "What are your plans for the weekend?" But telling a story is a real attention grabber. Read this blog for story starters to get a meaningful conversation flowing.

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