When a Diet is About More than Health

About 5 1/2 years ago, I embarked on a journey to become "healthy". At the time, becoming "healthy" meant feeling healthy. I wanted to have energy to run and hike and bike and ski. I wanted to eat without doing any type of math. I wanted my food choices to benefit my health, not destroy…

Teachers, Christians, Vegans, and Health Bloggers

Each fall, as my students embark on their first narrative writing piece of the year, I am reminded of the importance of (re)teaching the art of elaboration. My students will (fingers crossed) tell you that when narrative writers elaborate, they provide the reader with a more complete picture of who they are. For instance, my…

Cheese Sauce (But Hold the Cheese)

Ever feel like something is too good to be true? See the wrap? Beautiful, isn't it? Vibrantly colored. Lots of texture. Now take note of the yellow stuff drizzled on top. That's the "too good to be true" part. See how cheesy looking it is? See how it hugs the avocado? See how it drapes over…

Sharks, Dolphins, and Nachos

Probably not seeing the connection, are you? Hold on. Let's start with sharks. You're familiar with them, yes? Aggressive, blood thirsty, dangerous... You see one, you run. Or swim. Fast. In the other direction. Dolphins on the other hand? People pay big bucks to swim with dolphins. Totally different reputation: social, playful, intelligent. People get their picture taken…

One for the Books

A friend of mine recently requested a "good first book" for someone thinking about becoming vegetarian/vegan. Well, that got me more than a little bit excited. I couldn't wait to get home and start browsing through my collection. (And for those of you who have no desire to cross over to the dark (vegan) side, no…