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Thanksgiving Secrets and Surprises: Sicily and America

Sicilian Thanksgiving, of course, is a contradiction in terms. As you learned in grade school, the feast at Thanksgiving commemorated the good harvest the settlers supposedly had, but what are the REAL facts? American Thanksgiving How much is really factual about what we have learned. We have exactly one eye-witness […]

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Paleo Diet: Should You Eat Like a Caveman?

The Paleo diet fascinates me because of its origins. “Eat like a caveman” is the mantra of the proponents. What does this entail? I don’t know; I wasn’t there, but if I were, I would be healthier according to Paleo diet enthusiasts. The Paleolithic Era Stone Age man lived approximately […]

How To Dine Italian and Still Be Gluten-Free

Throughout my life, I am sure I ate more gluten than is healthy. The words “gluten-free” were not in my vocabulary. I remember those peanut butter and Fluff sandwiches every day of my college years. Some Marshmallow Fluff is probably still sticking to my ribs. I had never heard of […]

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Intermittent Fasting: Goodbye Fat – Hello Healthy

Intermittent fasting is a recent unique diet strategy. Dieters have had much success with this method. According to professionals, this lifestyle can cause weight loss, improved metabolic health, and even expanded life. I bet you heard the word “fast” and your eyes rolled back in your head. Mine did too […]

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Food and Mood: Does Food Affect Emotions?

Food affects mood and your mood affects the food you choose. Have you ever been “down in the dumps” after splurging on cake and ice cream? Do you feel depressed after drinking too much alcohol? Are you suddenly elated after you eat chocolate? Worry not!!! Most likely you do not […]

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Organic versus Natural: That Is the Question

I often wonder whether organic and natural are synonymous. With Mother’s Day approaching, my mind drifts to Dot cooking her famed baked rice. That recipe called for chicken broth and that took time to make because she made everything from scratch. Back then, I really did not understand the word […]

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Chocolate: 5 Reasons To Love It

I love chocolate but thin is in. Unfortunately, chocolate is my favorite food group. Like many of us, I must watch my weight. How can I possibly carry on my love affair with Godiva and Ghirardelli and not destroy my good diet intentions? First of all, let me clarify what […]

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Butter: Should We Love It or Leave It?

I remember the days when toast tasted sweet and buttery. Then butter substitutes like margarine arrived on the scene. I had to believe margarine was the answer to my butter health woes. After all, butter has saturated fats which is bad for heart health. What happened to my sweet, creamy […]