All posts by Mary Ann

How Low-Fat Foods Led to a Fatter America

Hello all, this week’s blog post is coming from my husband, Dave. (He was complaining about being stuck in the shipping department, so I figured I would let him have a turn at doing a blog post.) With the onset of World War II, the rates of heart disease in America suddenly dropped.  Then, when the war was over, the rate of heart disease immediately jumped back up again.  Doctors and nutritional scientists searched hard to try and understand what was causing this. Epidemiologists also noted Continue reading >>

Apple Butternut Squash Soup

I recently had a wonderful time serving lunch to some dear friends from my high school years,  Beccy and Judy. Both Judy and I were bridesmaids for Beccy when she got married nearly 37 years ago. It had been over 30 years since I last saw Judy,  but thanks to Facebook, we were able to reconnect. It was so good to be together again and get caught up on what's happened over the years. Since this was a pretty special occasion, I wanted to share one of my favorite winter time soups with them: Continue reading >>

Common Myths About Skin Care Products

Before I started to do my own research on skin care products and their ingredients, I think I would have believed all 9 of the myths listed below.  Even after I started to look into this space I was at first skeptical about some of these claims.  But the deeper I dug, the more I realized that these really are just myths, and that it's vital that consumers learn the truth.  One organization that I have learned to trust and whose material I frequently consult is the Environmental Working Group or Continue reading >>

13 ways to reduce your garbage

I am really into simplifying my life so for the past few years I have been constantly on the lookout for ways to reduce the amount of garbage we produce at our home.  I've found a number of different ways that make quite a difference for us.  Read on to learn about 13 of the best ways to minimize the amount of trash your family creates. Many shoppers now bring their own bags to the grocery store, but over time, they do tend to get pretty dirty.  (And who wants to put their groceries into a Continue reading >>

Salt Sugar Fat

If you have an inquisitive mind about food like I do, then you will find this book Salt Sugar Fat by Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter Michael Moss very informative. He tells how the Food Giants have us hooked on their processed packaged foods. Moss explains how the food scientists who work for these companies have carefully calculated  our "bliss" point for sugar, our "mouth-feel" for fat, and how they can "pump" up the salt level to make sure we can't eat just one of their chips. Even Continue reading >>