Happy 2018! I invite you to read our magazine. Enjoy, Maryann
Read Our Simply Delicious Living Magazine Winter 2017-2018 Below!
–By Maryann Ridini Spencer, Author of “Lady in the Window” (May 9, 2017, SelectBooks)
Avoid Foods that are Processed, Preserved, Refined, and Sodium Heavy
When you eat lots of processed, preserved and refined foods loaded with sugar such as store bought cookies, cakes and candy, salty foods like potato chips and pretzels, packaged foods with lists of chemicals you can barely pronounce and drink soft drinks and liquor in excess, how do you usually feel afterwards? Think about it.
While eating these foods may cause momentary bliss while they’re being consumed — which is very tempting when you’re grieving — they can ultimately wreak havoc on your waistline and your mood as well as contribute to serious health consequences if you indulge in excess over time.
In fact, research shows that regular consumption of these types of foods can lead to elevated blood sugar levels (putting offenders at a higher risk for diabetes) and contribute to myriad other negative health effects like an impaired immune system and vulnerability to chronic disease.
Be Good To Yourself and Your Body: It Feeds the Soul!
Healing after the death of a loved one is a time where you need to be extra cognizant of what you consume. While you may feel the need to sooth yourself with those sugary, fatty and ever-so-tempting No-no’s, what you really need to do is to take care of yourself and comfort yourself in a way that will benefit you and heal you — inside and out. This will not only help you, but those you love.
In addition to daily exercise and surrounding yourself with positive people and activities, eating well by upping your intake of lots of USDA Certified Organic fresh fruits and vegetables, hormone free and sustainable meats and fishes, Non-GMO Project Verified grains and whole foods, will make you feel and look better. You have one life to live, so make the most of it — physically, mentally and spiritually.
“Clean Eating” has become a popular term that means eating “whole” or “real” foods. Foods that are minimally processed and handled, in other words — as close to their natural form found in nature as possible, which provides your body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs from real sources.
Five Tips for Clean Eating
The Healing Power of Clean Eating
Medical studies are continuing to prove the link between mental health and diet. When we eat more of the “right stuff,” we generally find that we have more balanced moods and feelings of overall well-being.
After a few months of clean eating you’ll most likely make some wonderful finds. Here are some of the things you can anticipate:
The conclusion? When you’re taking conscious, positive action for your body and your overall health, it contributes to a quality of life and peace of mind that just makes sense.
Maryann Ridini Spencer, award-winning screenwriter (“The Lost Valentine”/CBS-TV Hallmark Hall of Fame starring Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt), novelist (“Lady in the Window” in bookstores May 9, 2017 from SelectBooks) and TV/Print lifestyle journalist (“Simply Delicious Living” on PBS-TV and “Sustainable Ventura News” at VenturaCountyStar.com). Visit Maryann at: maryannridinispencer.com
As a little bonus, check out this great recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Winter Beets.
For a recipe print out, visit Maryann’s blog at simplydeliciousliving.com.
With great pleasure, I’m announcing the
NEW Simply Delicious Living Magazine
May 2016 issue
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Did you know that Americans throw away approximately 165 million dollars of food a year? This costs the average family about$1600 annually! Here’s some helpful tips to prevent food waste and keep your food fresh.
Before you shop:
When you get home:
When you keep food fresher for longer periods of time, you’re more likely to eat it rather than toss it. The less you throw out, the more money you can save and the better it is for the environment.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 🙂
Thanksgiving is a joyous time of year when we express our appreciation and love by sharing a memorable meal with family and friends.
In fact, food takes center stage not only on Thanksgiving Day, but during the other winter holidays as well. It’s during this celebratory time of year however, that there is a considerable amount of food waste. Considering the fact that according to the USDA, Americans waste 96 billion pounds of food each year (translating to a loss of $100 billion annually), and that food loss at holiday time is a big culprit of such waste, what can you do to green the waste?
Here are some simple green tips:
Make A List and Check it Twice
Always plan your weekly menu before you shop. Calculate what you’ll need to purchase by making a shopping list.
Protect Your Produce
If you have leftovers, make sure to store the food in recyclable containers. If you’re able to freeze the food for later use, great!
Find Your Inner Gourmet
Leftovers can sometimes taste better the next day vs. the main event. If you’re at a loss of how to repurpose your food, Google how you can creatively create recipes from Thanksgiving Day leftovers.
Put all those food scraps in a compost bin (minus meat, bones and fish scraps)
Invite friends and family over to “share the wealth” – perhaps enjoying a “pot luck” dinner where everyone can bring their favorite leftover dish.
Food banks and shelters welcome canned and dried food donations. Check with your local area what organizations take donations.
The second annual Women Today Expo returns to Ventura County to celebrate all aspects of a woman’s life — Career, Shopping, Cooking, Family, Health & more! Presented by the Ventura County Star and taking place on the Ventura County Fairgrounds (Harbor Boulevard), this year’s event features over 100 exhibitor booths and such celebrity guests as Chef Fabio Viviani (Bravo’s “Top Chef”), Master Chef Adrien Nieto (Fox’s “Master Chef”), “Project Runway” Fashion Designer Santino Rice and Singer/Songwriter Casey Weston (NBC’s “The Voice”). READ MORE.