Midlife Spare Tire & The Glycemic Index Part II – Understanding the Glycemic Index & How It Affects You

In part I of Midlife Spare Tire & The Glycemic Index, you learned that consuming High Glycemic Index (GI) foods over time causes many internal and external adverse effects, in particular insulin insensitivity which can lead to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and the most puzzling physical manifestation, your spare tire around your middle that won’t deflate. […]

Midlife Spare Tire & The Glycemic Index Part 1 – How Did You Get Here?

You wake up in your 40s or 50s to a spare tire around your middle. Welcome to the physical manifestation of the midlife crisis. It’s a mystery how your spare tire got there because you haven’t changed your eating habits in decades and you thought you were eating healthy foods. For years you’ve had your […]

Quinoa Cakes and Vegetable Ratatouille

Eat these scrumptious vegan cakes on their own, with a fall salad, or with a fish dish (like mahi mahi or cod) topped with a vegetable ratatouille. They are not only delicious, but very easy on your budget even when using organic ingredients. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa not kwin-o-a) is one of my favorite grains with […]

A Full Nest Again – Adult Children Living at Home

The return of your adult children to the nest is a mixed blessing. There are times of great challenge, as well as times of great joy. I know that many of my baby boomer friends share these feelings. And we are not alone. A recent Ohio State University study reported that 24% of our children […]

Cook Healthy – Use the Right Oils

When the seasons change our foods often change with them. To be healthy, make sure that the oils you use to prepare your food are healthy. As we move from summer through autumn to winter, we tend to hunker down to stay warm, and start eating warmer foods. My plate went from being mostly full […]

Lest We Forget

With overwhelming emotions – gratitude, pride and love – I stood beside my father today, November 11th, during the Veteran’s Day ceremony. I was not alone; with me were my son, daughter and husband. At 19 years of age my father, Jack Hagan, made a voluntary choice to serve his country. This decision defined who […]