Author Archives: Dana

HAH! Don’t Want To Be an I-Told-You-So…

At the beginning of the year, I posted about telomeres, their importance to longevity, and the new promise of telomerase activators, which appear to be able to quite literally reverse aging. That is, of course, an alluring idea. This long-time health geek could not resist. So when my very generous father-in-law gave me a big…

How To Say This Without Being Political?

I have for nearly 20 years now resolutely kept my politics out of my writing regarding low carb diets and health. So I need to say this without taking sides. Bear with me. We in the US are currently in a huge, acrimonious debate about health care — the cost of it, how to pay…

What I’ve Learned About Pressure Cooking

I’ve been working on low carb/keto pressure cooker recipes. To be honest, I started doing this because I was getting requests for low carbohydrate, LCHF pressure cooker recipes at an increasing pace. I’d seen the infomercial about the Power Pressure Cooker XL — who hasn’t? — and I confess I was not drawn in. What…

Truth In Advertising

As you know, I am acutely aware of food ads, the weasel words and the bait-and-switch they so often use. But I just now saw an ad that told a home truth. It asked “Why do you snack? Because you have nothing better to do?” It turned out to be an ad for almonds, a…

On Sugar and Slavery

    Steeped as we are in Civil War history, not to mention Hollywood images of the Old South, when Americans think of slavery we tend to think of cotton plantations. But the majority of people stolen from Africa and enslaved were not brought to North America, but to the Caribbean and Brazil. And they…

“Clean” and Other Buzz Words

Long-time readers know that I pay close attention to food advertising, partly because I write about food, and partly because my daddy was Don Draper. (Mad Men fans: Really a cross between Don Draper and Pete Campbell.) The buzz words leap out at me, in all their meaningless grandeur. Panera is currently assuring us that…

Valentine’s Day

The longer I do this, the more I feel I write about the same things over and over. But then, so does everyone else — how many of the “women’s magazines” have had articles re Valentine’s Day this month? Anyway, there are always newbies looking for help and folks who need a little encouragement. So here goes….

STRESS!

Just recently I’ve had several queries about dealing with stress eating. Coincidentally, I’ve been coping with unusual stress recently myself. I have not resorted to eating chips or cookies; quite honestly it never occurs to me. Instead, my nightly wine ration was creeping up from 1-2 glasses a night to 3-4. Dry wine is easier…

Aldi: What’s In It For Us? Part 1

Do you shop at Aldi? I love the place. For the uninitiated, Aldi, the world’s largest grocery store chain, is what is termed a “limited selection” store — they carry only the most popular items, perhaps a tenth of the selection you would find in your big grocery store. Further, the vast majority of it…

The Vegetable I Never Thought I’d Love

Radishes. They’ve never been a favorite of mine. Okay, I’ll be honest: They’ve generally been the vegetable I picked out of my salads. They’re pretty, they make nice garnish roses, and they’re pleasantly crunchy, but the flavor has never appealed to me. On the other hand, a whole pound of radishes has only 15 grams…