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You Had Me At Raspberries

Polly Pitchford - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Anybody who knows me knows that I don't get my feathers ruffled too easily.  I have a bit of a curse in that regard.  I try to see the perspective from the other person's point of view before I get mad.  So often, it leaves me on the fence.  Not agreeing, but not irate either.  But not this time.  I am pissed.  I'm pissed at the deep pockets of the food industry for keeping us from getting back to eating healthy.  Here's what incited my inner riot:   Read More

Over The River and Through the Woods

Polly Pitchford - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

     I didn't actually cross a river but a busy intersection, and I wasn't going to Grandma's house, but a produce stand.  What started out as an eco/exercise/ grocery run turned out to be an important re-connection with my community and myself.  Read More

Childhood Memories at the Dinner Table

Polly Pitchford - Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Order and routine:  Those ruled at the dinner table of my childhood, whether it was the food, the seating chart, or the predictably spilled milk that got us predictably scolded.The four of us kids grew up in the 60's where my mom stayed at home and she was in charge.  She made dinner, my dad would come home from work and ceremoniously doff his hat and place it beside his small collection of gentlemanly hats, we'd hear the clanging of the dinner bell from various outposts of the neighborhood, wash up and sit in our assigned seats at the kitchen table.  That's how it worked.  Read More

The Best Way to Make NEW New Year's Resolutions for Health, Even in March

Polly Pitchford - Thursday, March 15, 2012

If you are like most people, your noble list of New Year's Resolutions has been gathering dust in a pile somewhere.  Might as well leave it there since it hasn't done any good inspiring you to stick with your new and improved you.  Read More

No Brainer Healthy Dinners

Polly Pitchford - Thursday, February 16, 2012

If I did the math on how many dinners I've cooked over all the years of "married with children" it would come out to over 8,500!!  Wow, now I understand why my mom said she would be happy not to cook another day in her life after raising a hungry family of 4.  But I DO like to cook and eating a healthy diet is ingrained in me so I continue to plan, shop and prep at least 5 dinners per week.    Read More

Lifestyle Challenge: Week 3 - Veggies

Polly Pitchford - Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Are you ready to ADD foods to your healthy eating lifestyle?  We associate "diets" with taking food away, and that's why diets don't last for the long haul.  We need to feel full, nourished and satisfied after a meal, not deprived!  Read More

Lifestyle Challenge Week 2: No White Flour

Polly Pitchford - Tuesday, January 10, 2012

It's everywhere you turn!  Refined, processed white flour makes up the foods we've loved our whole lives: bread, pasta, crackers, cakes, cookies, cereals, fried foods, pastries, pretzels, ice cream cones, I could go on and on!  If we are on a quest for optimum health, then it's necessary to eliminate this refined food because it is VOID of nutrients, and FULL of calories.  The only benefit we get from white flour products is that it gives us "energy" because it's a carbohydrate.  BUT very few of us are active enough during the day to burn off the calories (a.k.a. energy) that we consume from these white flour products.  So you know what the body does with extra calories, right?  Of course you do:  STORES THEM AS FAT for when you might need the extra energy!  Brilliant plan!  But guess what, we never give our bodies the chance to tap into those energy stores because we wake up the next day and start all over again with eating refined white flour bagels for breakfast, refined white flour bread for our lunch sandwich, refined white flour cracker with cheese as a snack, refined white flour pasta and bread for dinner, topped off with refined white flour cookies for dessert.  Did you run a marathon today?  I didn't. My body is going to store this day's extra carbohydrates in MORE fat cells for later use.  WE NEVER USE UP THE STORED FAT (energy)!!!  GET IT???  Read More

Lifestyle Challenge: Week 1 WATER

Polly Pitchford - Wednesday, January 04, 2012

If there was just one thing you had to choose to improve your overall health, what would it be?  Water.  Most of us are dehydrated because we don't A: drink enough water, B: eat enough fruits and veggies that also supply water and C: dehydrate from heated homes, air conditioning, and perspiring. For our best health our cells need to be, first and foremost, hydrated to perform their functions optimally.  Drinking enough water is the easiest first step to overall health so let's get started!  Read More

Food Tops the Priority List, Especially Soups!

Polly Pitchford - Saturday, December 03, 2011

It's the first week of December and I FINALLY had to put the covers over my head and tuck my knees up close this morning because my nose and my toes were chilly!  I live in beautiful Sarasota, Florida and cooler weather is here at last, at least in the early morning hours.  One of my first thoughts on a day like this is, "What soup should I make?"  I know some of you don't buy that that was at the forefront of my thinking...but it really was!  You see, I'm just a hair short of being obsessed with food.  The way I prefer to look at it is that food (healthy food, mind you) is at the top of my priority list!  There, doesn't that help to take the "crazy" out of it?  Well, it's true.  I rarely go through a day without planning when and what my next meal is going to be.  It doesn't always work out the way I expect but this method keeps me from getting ravenous and making poor food choices.  I think everyone with good healthful intentions should put food at the tippy top of their priority list and observe how their health and energy changes for the better.  Read More

Mountain vs Molehill

Polly Pitchford - Thursday, October 27, 2011

Just the way I seem to be making my first Blog into a MOUNTAIN, most people make an exercise regime into that same MOUNTAIN!  And the truth is both can actually be teensy weensy Molehills.  It's just taking that first step, isn't it?  So, just as I've taken my first step in typing these words, I'm going to share with you the easiest first step to starting any exercise program.  I call it "Best Feature Fitness" and here's how it works:  Pick the physical attribute that you are already proud of, and improve on just that one thing for starters.  We usually identify our worst feature and become defeated just thinking about how long it will take and how hard it will be to get that "thing" in shape!  Yes, it will take a while.  Defeated before we begin, right? Why not start with, say, your shoulders, (that's what I started with) and work just them for a few weeks.  Seriously, forget the bodacious booty for right now and grab some 5-10 pound weights and do some upright rows, side raises, forward raises, and overhead presses and before you know it, that feature that you already like will take on better shape, because, a: it's not a long workout and b: you're not giving up!  Now, you don't have to limit yourself exercising just body parts. Consider your natural flexibility, or your good balance, or your large aerobic capacity, or your natural rhythm for dancing...See what I mean?  All of a sudden you are giving yourself permission not to climb the whole huge mountain of "Exercise and Fitness" but allowing yourself to see quick gains with something that is already your strength...and getting it stronger!  YAY!  My experience was that by the short time it took for my shoulders to start showing definition, I was partway hooked into my time spent exercising and I was motivated to try working out in other ways.  Allow yourself the easy successes of climbing a Molehill to spur yourself on to more levels of that Mountain called fitness!   Hope this helps!  Read More

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