Holiday Aneurism

Dinner Diva Holiday Aneurism By: Leanne Ely, CNC Dear Friends, In the aftermath of Christmas, lie credit card bills in waiting, messes to be cleaned up both figuratively and literally, and most spectacularly, a gigantic hole in the heart for so many people. Why is this? In this joyous of all seasons, these moments captured […]

Water, Water Everywhere

Healthy Foods Water, Water Everywhere by Leanne Ely, C.N.C. I need at least one time a year when I can pontificate about the benefits of water for your health. I mentioned it last week, but this week I’m going to give it you with both hoses–you really need this stuff! It may be the best […]

Hungry, Thirsty or Bored?

Dinner Diva Hungry, Thirsty or Bored? By Leanne Ely, CNC Have you ever said these words, “I’m hungry!”? I’m going to bet 100% of us have uttered those words, and probably most of us said it today! The deal is though– are you really? How do you know when you’re truly hungry? That’s an excellent […]

Healthy Foods: Leave the Jelly Belly to Santa

“He had a broad face and round little belly, that shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly!” Now I don’t know about you, but I know that’s Santa when I read those familiar lines of verse from ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Now Santa may have had a belly, it’s just plain […]

Weight Loss During the Holidays

Healthy Foods Weight Loss During the Holidays by Leanne Ely, CNC Weight loss during the holidays? Really? How do I love the holidays? Let me count the ways. First there is the decorating… tinsel, ribbons, wreaths and beautiful ornaments. Then there is the crackling fireplace, festooned in evergreens with traditional stockings “hung with care”. And […]

Get Fit as a Family

Dinner Diva Get Fit as a Family By: Leanne Ely, CNC One of the best ways to reinforce a strong sense of community within your family is to encourage and take initiative to keep the family physically fit as a unit. It’s amazing how much you do in the physical realm can be translated into […]

So What’s Wrong with Soda?

Dinner Diva So What’s Wrong with Soda? By Leanne Ely, CNC Did you know that soda consumption among American children has increased by 500% in the last 50 years? It’s the biggest single source of sugar in the diet today. And after the age of 10, sodas are the most consumed beverage drunk daily—over water, […]

Gluten Free – Is It Just A Fad?

Healthy Foods Gluten Free – Is It Just A Fad? by Leanne Ely, CNC Those two words “gluten free” seem to be popping up all over the place. Grocery stores in particular have started posting color-coded labels underneath gluten free foods so they’ll stand out and be instantly recognizable. So what’s the big deal with […]

Healthy Foods: Breakfast in a Glass

If you want to lose weight, try eating breakfast. Oh I know, you’re going to tell me you aren’t hungry—just give me some coffee and all will be right in my world. Or so you think. The problem is that nothing will be right in our world if we perpetually do this. Not eating breakfast […]

Is Brown Better?

Dinner Diva Is Brown Better? By Leanne Ely, CNC   I remember eating Weber white sandwich bread when I was a kid. I’d come home from school, grab a slice, yank out the middle and squish it into a small, firm white “bread” cube and eat it with relish. I think back now on those […]