#1 New Years Resolution

According to Wikipedia, the definition of a “New Year’s resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments… Keep Reading »

Ten Commandments of Healthy Holiday Eating

“Indulgence vs. gluttony does not = deprivation” – the Jewels theory.
Navigating the holidays without gaining weight is difficult, but doable when you know how to make healthy eating choices. Contrary to popular belief, Thanksgiving does not mean you have to stuff your face full of absurd amounts of fat,… Keep Reading »

New Years Resolutions & Fad Dieting

Many of you have started your New Years Resolutions, and the number one resolution is to lose those excess holiday pounds or simply eat healthier. Problem is, many of us tend to go from one extreme of over-indulging to the other end of the spectrum… Keep Reading »

Guide to Reading Labels For Healthier Meals

Looking to put a delicious and healthy meal on the table, but don’t know where to start? It can be daunting, especially when – in the past – people associated healthy eating with bland, boring meals. It’s important to embrace a healthier way of life while… Keep Reading »

What’s Your Definition of Healthy Eating?

Oops, it’s only Tuesday and my week has already gotten away from me! I’ll be traveling today, so I thought I’d highlight a post that I think you might find useful. Click here to read Jewels’s Ten Commandments for Healthy Eating. Then leave me  your definition… Keep Reading »

Prop 37: Vote for Your Right to Choose!

I’ll be honest – I’m not crazy about politics in food, because politics usually confuse the consumer further, rather than clarify the truth in a bid to protect hidden agendas. Look no further than prop 37. Big business wants you to believe genetically modified food… Keep Reading »

Making Up is Not Hard To Do: Make-Up Tips

Julie Anne and Nick Rhodes by Norman Parkinson

When you grow up watching mom and dad share lipstick, I guess you long to wear make-up yourself. My daughter, Tatjana, requested I write some make-up tips occasionally after I stopped her from purchasing some concealer that a… Keep Reading »

The Next Frontier in the Food Revolution

It is time to get smart, I’m so last century! I do not own a smart phone. Until now I have rationalized this decision for a number of reasons:

Still so old skool

a). I don’t like cell phones period. I find them intrusive, and I do… Keep Reading »

“What Have You Got to Lose?” Love Affair

I certainly found the last few lessons of A Course in Weight Loss much smoother sailing. The letters to and from “Thin Me” really opened my eyes to why I carry the excess weight, and I’m not entirely sure a part of me isn’t still… Keep Reading »

What Have You Got to Lose? Digging Deeper

Model days
Regardless to whether you’re someone struggling over those stubborn 5-10 pounds, or someone with much more to lose – you’re most likely lugging around a lot of pain with the excess pounds. In fact, during the years I managed to stay rail thin as… Keep Reading »

What Have You Got to Lose? Getting Started

I’m not a compulsive over-eater when it comes to cooking savory food, so it doesn’t effect the majority of my work as a personal chef. My thing is sweets. One bite and the “off switch” just disappears.

Personal Chef Julie Anne Rhodes
Two days into reading A… Keep Reading »

How to Stay Social Without Food

I know this is an odd post for a food blog, avoiding food (not all food, just the triggers that sometimes make us eat the wrong things, or eat when we’re not really hungry). I’m trying to lose a few pounds, and many of you… Keep Reading »

Model Behavior: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Fashion Show at Bill Wyman’s ‘Sticky Fingers’ restaurant, London

Jamie Oliver deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for Food. He is attempting to do more for health reform than any bill President Obama can sign into action with his campaign for healthy school lunches. Sure Tyler Florence… Keep Reading »