A little over a year and a half ago I began writing on a regular basis as an outlet for the new material I was learning in the nutrition world as I was taking classes to become a Nutritional Therapy Consultant (NTC). I have written on a variety of topics, trying to teach people about how their body works, good food choices and some lifestyle management pointers. On occasion, mostly during a holiday season, I have addressed deeper topics like, how our minds work, our purpose on the planet and our eternal destiny.
We all love our sweets. For some, it’s a daily fight – that urge to consume sweet things. It can be so hard to limit these items in our everyday eating plan. Throw in carefree summer days, holidays and special occasions and our sweet-tooth can become so strong we give in regularly. Who can resist ice cream cones on hot summer days… donuts fresh from the bakery… iced coffees, lattes or frappes just because they are so good!
But the over-consumption of sugar is not to be taken lightly.
I am more than 25 years out from High School, yet I still have nightmares about it. Is that weird? It’s usually the same themes… caught wearing my pjs at the bus stop- again, can’t get my locker open, late to class, must give a presentation and I’m not prepared or I’m just stark naked and everyone is looking at me! Says a lot about my Type A personality, doesn’t it?
Bacon has gotten a bad rap. In all foods there are good, better and best choices. In the world of bacon there is cured commercial bacon full of nitrites, nitrates and growth hormones; there is uncured commercial bacon with no nitrites, nitrates or growth hormone; and there is locally grown, pasture raised bacon naturally cured by a farmer.
Right now, I shoot for the second or third option.
Whether it’s the neon colored Peeps, the egg hunt, Aunt Gertrude or the celebratory meal itself, Easter can present difficult terrain to navigate. If you are trying to make better food choices for yourself or family looking ahead to an Easter gathering can be just plain overwhelming. Many of us throw up our hands in surrender because we simply can’t imagine better options to the old favorites.