The dictionary defines Authentic as “genuine. Real. True. Worthy. Reliable. Trustworthy.” In our current culture, we should not be surprised that so many are seeking an “authentic life.” We are inundated by the “highlight reel” that is social media.Read More
Snake Handler is one of my favorite brews from Birmingham local Good People Brewing Co. I hope you enjoy this amazing brisket! It didn’t last long in the Bevil household…Read More
I spend this week the same way every year: gathering my recipes, ordering my turkey and planning my shopping. I love Thanksgiving. Growing up, I knew Thanksgiving officially started when my mother’s large, wooden bowl was stacked to overflowing with torn white bread (to sit out and grow stale, overnight, for stuffing).Read More
Ok. This is just simple, smashed red potatoes. It will forever be “Pudge” because my husband ordered meatloaf and pudge on our first date (the Flying Biscuit, ATL). He soon regretted that heavy decision as we enjoyed a concert at Chastain Park .Read More
My mom and grammy called this mandel bread, but I always heard mongrel bread which always caused snorts of laughter around the table. Whatever you want to call it, this is a cup of coffee’s and a lazy morning’s best friend. This is a terrific recipe to make with your kids. I still remember shaping the dough and getting flour everywhere! There are many versions of this recipe, but here is the one I grew up with (we didn’t add chocolate chips but an easy add if desired).Read More
In today’s program glimpse, Carol gives priceless insight into what sets the Common Sense Transformation apart.Read More
My son loves gyros and these lamb meatballs are the best substitute for traditional gyro meat (I don’t have a vertical spit. Who does?).Read More
MACROS. Yet another hot topic in the Diet Culture these days. Counting macros is a verified way to lose weight and reach your goals, but it always ends in “falling off the wagon” and sliding back into your old ways.Read More
In a recent blog post, I discussed the ONE thing to do to improve your health immediately: COOKING! The first step to becoming a competent cook is to have fresh ingredients on-hand and convenient to grab in the rush of the work week.Read More
I make meatloaf quite a bit. Partly because it has a funny family history: My Mom’s first home cooked meal for my Dad was meatloaf and it was inedible, but he smiled and CHEWED (and chewed). He told me he loved her so much she was worth a life of eating poorly (she became a great cook and her meatloaf was fabulous). On my first date with my husband, he ordered a huge dinner of meatloaf and mashed potatoes. He overate and was absolutely miserable. Mostly, I make meatloaf because its a dinner I bring to the table that everyone eats with no complaints. Praise.
Marrying a guy from a farm in north Alabama, I’ve heard a lot of “shelling peas” stories. After 21 years, this Yankee was finely brave enough to take on this storied, deeply rooted food memory!! But not without help from those who have Southern roots as well:
Classic Southern Lady PeasRead More
I’ve been thinking a lot about freedom lately as I’ve been working on our program: The Common Sense Transformation. Freedom from restrictive diets. Freedom from obsessing about when to eat, how much to eat or what am I allowed to eat. Freedom from the siren call of the latest lifestyle diet trend. Freedom from the guilt and shame connected to food. Freedom from hating our bodies. Freedom from the circus of our diet culture.Read More
If you are confused about what is good nutrition, what is good to eat, this is for you. If you have tried time and time again to lose the weight and keep it off, this is for you. If you have tried keeping up with the latest “nutrition research” and popular diet advice only to continue to run circles and fall back into your old ways, this is for you. If food, nutrition and body issues dominate your thoughts and influence your actions, this is for you. If you know you need to take a step towards living a healthier lifestyle but feel lost as to how to even begin, this is for you.Read More
Imagine waking up and not having food rule your thoughts. Imagine not feeling guilty or filled with regret about your food choices. Imagine not white-knuckling your way through a day because today is the day you will start being “good.” Imagine not fearing real food; wondering if a banana has too much sugar or if carbs are making you fat. Imagine trusting that you can eat more than just chicken and salad. Imagine living a life free from dieting.Read More
This is a real text I've gotten from a client: "I'm so frustrated. Paleo, Whole 30, keto..... VEGAN??? I don't know what is good anymore."