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What to Know When Making A Cheese Board (and Why it’s Perfect for a Party)

Food for Grownups, Hospitality and Entertaining
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I know I’ve been singing the praises of the Weight Watchers Freestyle Plan for a while now, so temporarily ignore everything I said about that so we can have a real, honest discussion about one of life’s greatest joys: cheese.

Now we aren’t talking Velveeta. Or string cheese. Or queso. I’m talking about fancy cheese—the kind that gets its own stage when its served. The type that’s displayed with a little fanfare on a cheese board. Hungry yet? continue reading

How to Improve Memory and Boost your Brain After Fifty, According to Science

Health and Fitness
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Our brains have been with us for the long-haul. Think of all they have been through! They’ve put up with a lot. They’ve worked really hard. And more importantly, they need to keep working for obvious reasons!

As women over fifty, we all find ourselves losing our glasses. Or our cars. Or our credit card (don’t tell my husband!).

I’ve got good news for you. There are things we can do to sharpen our minds. And no, it doesn’t involve magic.

Here’s how to improve memory and boost your brain, according to yours truly and science. continue reading

What To Eat for Brain Fog, Gut Health, and Mental Sharpness over Fifty

Health and Fitness
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I had a light bulb moment last week. Not a bright, electric flash of brilliance but more of a foggy, faint glow.

While I was rummaging around my purse looking for my reading glasses for the tenth time that day, I started thinking to myself. I normally blame my missing glasses or car keys or forgotten passwords on my husband, but I have been on book tour. That means he isn’t around to blame.

I gasped.

Maybe it’s me after all. Maybe it’s my brain. Or my age. continue reading

Lemony Gremolata Crostini with Ricotta

Food for Grownups
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Italian food has been on my mind for months. Why? Because one of the unsung heroes in my latest novel, JUST IN TIME, is Italian food. It resurges in every chapter of the book from Monica’s little Italian restaurant, Cafe Allegro. Food is a character. It’s a setting. It’s a theme. It basically has its own storyline.

Cannoli. Bolognese. Manicotti. Peppercorn fettuccine. Eggplant parmesan. Hungry yet?  continue reading

Slimmed down comfort food: Healthy Tamale Pie (only 6 WW Freestyle Points Per Serving!)

Food for Grownups
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If you’re old enough to remember life before one hundred and fifty channels of cable TV, chances are you remember the days of the big family movie specials – Hallmark Hall of Fame and the like. Remember?

And do you also remember how the big food manufacturers that sponsored those specials – Kraft Cheese, Hellman’s Mayonnaise, Campbell’s Soup, etc. – would have these beautifully filmed commercials featuring gooey, creamy, cheesey recipes that just happened to be made with their products?

A whole generation of kids grew up eating those recipes, including me. They were devastatingly delicious and utterly unhealthy. continue reading

Health Over Fifty: 6 Tips on Eating Healthy for Women in their Fifties and Beyond 

Health and Fitness, Love Your Body
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When my eldest son got married, not only did I add an exceptional daughter-in-love to my tribe, I also welcomed some wonderful in-laws that I am happy to call my friends! My daughter-in-law’s mother, Suzanne, is a woman who enthusiastically embraces this wonderful age we are in; she is a Master Gardener, a snappy dresser, and a registered dietitian!

In other words, she is fierce. Trust me, you’d like her.

I decided to pick her brain on what we can do as women in our fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond, to stay healthy when it comes to our diets.

After all, it’s no secret that our bodies are changing and the nutrients we need on a daily basis continue to shift with age.

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DIY Spa Gifts Baskets, DIY Bath Bombs, and DIY Body Scrub

Creativity and Crafts, Love Your Body
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You’ve probably heard about “love languages,” haven’t you?  The different ways people express their love for others?   My primary love language is gift giving. I’m always on the lookout for that perfect little present to surprise a special friend or family member.

These easy, totally adorable spa gifts and baskets are a fun way to show a little homemade love to the people you love.  Or even as a treat for yourself. After all, everybody deserves a little love and kindness, including you. continue reading

The Pants Fit! Now What? How to Keep Weight Off After Losing It.

Health and Fitness, Love Your Body
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Guess what, guys! I reached my goal weight!  Yay, me!

As you can imagine, I was VERY excited when I stepped on that scale last week.

It was such a great feeling to reach my goal, after several months of training for my first marathon and being diligent about my diet on the Weight Watchers Freestyle plan!

But it wasn’t long before my ebullience was replace by anxiety. continue reading

Healthy Body Image After 50: How To Love The Body You Have Now

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Many years ago, I spent a week at a spa with two girlfriends. That week changed my life.

As I explained in a previous post, until I started working toward my first triathlon, I’d never thought of myself as an athlete.  Nor did I think of myself as a spa person. But, thanks to my friends, there I was at this spa, where people worked out for eight hours a day.

Looking for something to do that didn’t involve sweating, I wandered into a writers workshop, liked it, and ended up going back every day that week. On the last day, the workshop teacher pulled me aside, told me I was born to write.  Though I couldn’t have known it at the time, that conversation altered the entire course of my life.  Fourteen novels later, I am so glad my girlfriends talked me into going! (And so glad I played hooky from tennis!)

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Fast Food Makeover: Healthy Hawaiian Pizza (Just 7 points on the WW Freestyle plan!)

Food for Grownups

Ask just about anybody in the US to name their two fast food favorites and chances are pretty good that one of them will be pizza.

How a dish with Italian origins came to be so popular with red-blooded Americans in every part of the country is something of a mystery but there’s no doubt about it, most Americans love pizza.

I’m no exception. Lately, however, I have been skipping the pizza, trying to make healthier choices and stick to my WW Freestyle plan.  The results have been worth it. As I write this, I am oh-so close to my goal weight.

Still…I miss pizza. I really do. continue reading