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The Power of Cooking with LOVE

After the first week of my first Food-Stamp Challenge, I discovered that thrifty cooking had many benefits besides just saving money. I discovered the power of cooking with LOVE: Local Organic Vegetables and Engaged. Even on $5 a day, I could afford the healthy, organic meals I wanted if I focused on:

  • Local, seasonal ingredients
  • Vegetables and other plants, including fruit, whole grains, and nuts
  • Engaged and mindful cooking that reduced food waste

Local Organic Vegetables Engaged heart

My husband loves that I cook fresh food and bake from scratch. We easily reached healthy weights and found ...

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How to choose the best carrots for flavor, health, cost, and time

Investing a few minutes in considering what you want from a regular purchase such as carrots can pay off big in the long run. You can enjoy meals more, live healthier on a healthier planet, and save money. You can even save time, but that may involve a cost. You really can't go wrong. Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and other nutrients that keep your skin glowing, eyes sharp, your immune system strong, and reduce your risk of cancer and leukemia.

local carrots with carrot tops and funny shapes

Carrot Prices (Chart)

I was surprised to find that carrot prices range from 49 cents a pound to four dollars a pound. Yet even the most expensive carrots ...

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How many vegetables a day? How much fruit? New study says 10.

Research shows that eating up to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day can significantly improve your health. A new meta-analysis published in the International Journal of Epidemiology looked at up to 2 million people in 95 studies worldwide and found that:

approximately 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide could be potentially prevented every year if people ate 10 portions, or 800 g, of fruit and vegetables a day.

That's about 1 3/4 pounds a day, easy on a plant-based diet. Read on for the risks avoided and the best fruits and vegetables to eat.

fruit salad

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Is sugar dangerous? I go on a no-sugar diet to check for addiction.

After reading new reports of how dangerous added sugar is, including the possibility that it's addictive, I decided to try two months on a no-sugar diet. I'll take a few days off between the two months for Valentine's Day and as always birthday cake is exempt from the rules. Read on for why, how, and the results so far. (Sneak peek: it's been a snap!)

pouring sugar

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Two-Part Resolutions for Healthy Eating that Work

Last year, I made a New Year's resolution that I actually kept. My resolution worked for me because it combined an aspiration (why) with practical steps (how). The aspiration provided the inspiration and motivation and the practical steps let me actually do something about it.

My Resolution: Use Less Plastic

Why use less plastic

  • The chemicals that leach from plastic into food probably cause many health problems, including lower IQs, lower fertility and altered sexual development, and higher risk of cancer. Embryos and growing children are at the most risk, but the chemicals affect fish and wildlife exposed to polluted water.

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