Pudge

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 .  

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Mandelbrot

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).  

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Basil Pesto Meatloaf

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.  

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The Freedom You've Been Waiting For

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.  

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How I Put Off My Old Self

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.

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Transform Your Life

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.

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