the things i love: my family, tennis, swimming, jogging, hiking, photography, my family, camping, COOKING of course (especially with my parents), picnics, and watching a good baseball game i just love to keep healthy, happy, fit, and active!

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  • Favorite foods: oatmeal, grilled corn on the cob, raw nuts, apples, all berries, peaches, carrots, snap peas, hummus, bell pepper, anything pumpkin Guilty pleasure: smores and mint chocolate ice cream sandwiches
  • Last bite on earth: a perfectly ripe peach picked right off the tree

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Advice: A vegan at a meat eaters Thanksgiving table

Thanks for all the help and support you guys! It is comforting to know not everyone thinks I am some kinda of foodie-freak. Hopefully this years meal will go down a little differently! I have high hopes.

Advice: A vegan at a meat eaters Thanksgiving table

I had NEVER thought about that before! I will make enough of my entree to go around, and just pass it off as a side dish .. genius! Thank you!

Advice: A vegan at a meat eaters Thanksgiving table

Very interesting insights ecca31 and smsingram! I can't imagine what would make them feel like I am silently judging them though. I never make any comments about it because I do believe it is extremely personal. There is no sense in arguing over something that is such a personal choice. I do acknowledge people will reprieve situations however they choose though.

My parents have more or less accepted my veganism, but my extended family .. I just think it is too "different" for them to accept. I has been many years, and they still don't seem to get it.

Maybe this year I will sub out butter for a vegan buttery spread and just hope no one notices. That way I can eat a few of the sides, and just hope I don't get too much flack for not eating the turkey.

Man Vs. Food: Gluttony or just good TV?

you want to talk about wasteful?? I just watched gordon ramsey toss out 20 fillets because they were not warm enough ...

why pick on this ONE GUY. the show might be a little glutinous, okay VERY, but it is certainly not the most WASTEFUL show

Man Vs. Food: Gluttony or just good TV?

i think it is gross, but i still watch it with my dad. it is entertaining.
i am SO sick of people pulling the "there are starving people in -insert 3rd world country here-" bull honkey. like people not eating stuff here will do anything for those people. It is sad, but food gets tossed at the end of the day in most restaurants and buffets whether people eat it or not.

we are a wasteful country overall, and that sucks. but no more contrived comparison tactics PLEASE

Subway Fiery Footlongs: Hot Stuff?

i hate subway. so much bread, so little veg

Cakespy: Pop-Tarts Ice Cream Sandwiches

this is like a 650 calorie sugar bomb. No thanks. I want to keep my teeth / figure

What's Your Favorite Topping for Ice Cream?

ice cream? nothing.
for froyo though, I love a mix of strawberries, blueberries, and honey

Cinco de Mayo Poll: Mild, Medium, or Hot Salsa?

most mediums you buy in the store are SUPER WEAK SAUCE! they taste like tomato paste and sugar. GOTTA GO for the FIRE! Though, flavor is more important than scorch value of course.

homemade salsa is best. mmmm cilantro and habenaros ... garlic, onions tomatoes, sweet peppers ... and the secret, a little enchilada sauce ... mmm mmm MMMM

The Best and Worst of Dean & Deluca's 15 Licorice Varieties

the original kookaburra is my favorite. I love "relieving" people of the black jelly bellies (they think they are the gross ones, I think they are the only good ones!)

double salt is pretty bad. Tastes like a hard disc of salt. Like something you would feed a horse.

flavored licorice / "red" licorice doesn't even count as licorice in my opinion. Licorice is black, and tastes of anise or fennel. Nothing else

Are There Foods You Can't Keep In The House?

oh man, cereal is the culprit for me too. and dried fruit. but i keep both around anyways haha. but I go through AT LEAST 5 boxes of cereal a week. I eat it for breakfast, snack by the handfuls, and for dessert or with lunch everyday. It is quite sad. I just never get sick of it. There are so many different kinds, and the combo of the cold milk with crunchy cereal just cannot be beat.

Also I am addicted to apples. Eat at least 2 a day.

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 116: A Bite-by-Bite Rundown of My Calorie Intake

I volunteer as a nutritional consultant and I help people to loose weight and stay active for fun. I can tell you right now you need a diet REVAMP. Bigger breakfasts, more variety in your lunches. You seem to eat very heavy, fat laden items for lunch .. lots of salt too. Would definitely explain the weight gain.

The Pillsbury Bake-Off makes me sad...

i think it is a REQUIREMENT to use a pre made pilsbury product in the recipes developed.

Macadamia Nut Butter

PB is my fav, when I eat almond butter, I just end up wanting it to taste like peanut butter haha. It is hard to look at other nut butters as something completely separate from PB. With that being said, I have tried TONS of nut butters.

Walnut, macadamia, almond, hazelnut, brazilnut, etc.

I always just go back to PB. I think it is because I use it on bread mostly, and the other nut butters just taste weird on bread.

I would say mac butter is not worth the calories. The kind I tried was not very flavorful, and it is tons more caloric than PB

My preference goes: Peanut Butter, Walnut butter, Almond butter.

Walmart's Exclusive Ben & Jerry's Flavor: Flourless Chocolate Cake Ice Cream

Eh, I don't like chocolate ice cream, no matter how chocolaty it is. It always ends up tasting like chalky chocolate milk to me bleh. I would much rather have vanilla with chocolate chunks on the inside.

And also...

15 miles? Big whoop. The closest grocery store to me is 20 miles away, the closest DECENT grocery, about 55 ... your 15 mile trip seems not so bad ... haha sorry. No sympathy.

What is your processed/junk food weakness?

black jelly beans, pretzels, brown rice crackers, and gold fish.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Hits America

love the idea, love the show, and gotta love jamie for taking this on. he is one brave man. the ONLY thing that bugged me is that he was on their case for serving foods with additives and unnatural stuff, and milk with crap added to it, then in his "better" lunch, he served light and fit yogurt, which contains artificial sweeteners and other crap I would never feed a child. The rest of it looked 100x better, but to me, that yogurt is no different than their colored milks ...

Yoplait Greek: Not Fage, But Not Bad At All

are you kidding me? this stuff isnt even real greek yogurt. they use gelatin to thicken it up and then have to add in additional protien to give it some of the same nutrition as REAL greek yogurt. this stuff is like jello pudding yogurt .... product. and the strawberry was no flavor what so ever

What Are Your Favorite Matzo Recipes for Passover?

i like making peanut butter and jam sandwiches out of the matzo crackers haha. not my "best recipe" but I really enjoy it for some reason. I don't really eat matzo in any other way. Maybe this year I will have to try something with it :)

Dreyer's/Edy's Limited Edition Girl Scout Cookie Ice Cream Flavors

yeah. i was way too excited for these. the ice cream just mellows any cookie flavor that might be hidden in there. After eating a bowl of the thin mint, I just wanted some cookies. Seemed like a massive waste of calories. But now i know to just go for the cookies!

Kombucha: The Acquired Taste for Funky-Tasting Fermented Tea

first time I tasted it I spat it out, and within a few minutes, I found myself wanting more. Spat it out again. What was I thinking. 5 minutes later, another sip ... okay not so bad ... now I CRAVE it maybe once a month. It is different. Takes getting used to.

Cook the Book: 'My New Orleans'

apples and fresh corn - always taste best fresh from the farm

Attention Peeps Haters: You May Actually Like the New Chocolate-Covered Peeps

If I hate something, why would I want it covered in calories and fat, just to make it palatable? NO THANKS to chocolate covered hate.

Cook the Book: Veal and Peppers

Sounds good, but I could NEVER eat veal. Too cruel.
Maybe I could sub it out with some local grass fed bison meat? Wonder if that would work ...