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Display Name: SarahBerneche
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This house is super cute. I love the wallpaper! And that backyard! Where is the tiny "Today" print from? That affirmation sounds perfect.


Beth & Jeff's Whimsical Vintage-Inspired Home House Tour
5/28/13 04:37 PM

I'm partial to Slater's books myself, but the Chez Panisse books are also fantastic. If possible, try borrowing them from your local library first and use them to see which ones you prefer.


Help Me Pick the Best Fruit & Vegetable Reference Books! Good Questions
4/3/13 09:24 AM

This is wonderful. I'd totally live here, happily, especially with so many books! Nicely done.


Johanna and Mike's Bright Brooklyn Home House Tour
3/22/13 02:46 PM

I live in Toronto and my rent, including utilities and Internet, is under 30%. However, I had to really hunt for my current place and live with two other people (+1 for the next 1.5 months.) While I dreaded giving up my former beautiful 1-bedroom apartment, I've never regretted my decision to live below my means. I was able to quit my second part-time job (!) -- a huge deal for me -- and now have more savings and more money to spend on experiences and travel.


Life Lessons: Smart Tips for Determining the Rent You Can Really Afford Renters Solutions
3/20/13 02:36 PM

To those who are maligning the paleo plan, please note that you will find quite a lot of variance in opinion and practice among health and nutrition "experts". Many nutrition studies are funded by large corporations and are skewed at best and, at worst, dangerous. Some nutritionists tout a whole foods, plant-based diet while others include more animal foods. It depends on the perspective taken by the person as well as the client's genetic history and physical condition. The paleo plan, for instance, can work really well for a Type II Diabetic.

Pseudo or made-over desserts or junk foods are still junk foods and treats regardless of whether they're paleo, vegan or omnivorous, but the paleo diet in essence -- meat, eggs, fish, produce, seeds, nuts -- is healthy. Reduced sodium and nitrate/nitrite/sugar-free bacon can be part of a healthy diet. There's absolutely no clinical evidence to show saturated fat contributes to disease (most of what we know is based on lofty research.) Inuits and those who live in extremely cold climates consume a lot of saturated fat and little fibre. Surprisingly, Western diseases (heart disease, heart attacks, etc) are nearly non-existent within those groups.

In the same breath, you'd be hard-pressed to convince me that refined and heavily processed vegan substitutes are a healthier alternative to the originals.

I feel this list mostly stresses real foods and cooking over alternatives, and that I'm totally for.


Best Healthy Cooking Blog The Homies 2013
2/12/13 09:39 AM

I agree with the previous comments in that this question does not belong on this site. However, as a student of holistic nutrition, I'll offer some guidance based on my personal experience and knowledge.

A few things to note:

1. Muscle does not weigh more than fat. A pound of feathers and a pound of bricks both weigh a pound. Muscle is denser than fat, which explains why you can gain muscle but lose inches from your body.

2. You mention that you've been limiting your fat intake. Don't do this. You need enough fat to properly assimilate essential vitamins -- vitamins that help you to metabolize fats and carbohydrates. This seems counter-intuitive, but it's true. You need fat to burn fat. So-called "good" fats (monounsaturated) are often recommended (think nuts, avocado, extra virgin olive oil), but I say saturated fats have their place in moderate amounts. Coconut oil is a (medium-chain) GREAT saturated fat. In fact, some recent studies have shown that it actually metabolizes like a carbohydrate, keeping you full AND giving you a lot of energy. Egg yolks from free-range hens are fantastically nourishing. (Wild, sustainably caught) Salmon is wonderful.

3. It sounds like you're eating far too few calories and overexercising. As previously stated, you've put your body into starvation mode. Exercise on a regular basis, eat sensibly, and relax. Stressing about it will not help you to lose weight. In fact, stress will keep weight on.

4. The calories in/calories out model is not a complete story. Google "calories in/calories out theory debunked" to see the number of articles written about this. It would be really valuable to know the kinds of calories you're consuming. Processed, low-fat "diet" foods do not qualify as quality calories. If you're looking to lose weight, many women, particularly as they get older, benefit from a lower carbohydrate, higher protein diet with a moderate fat intake.

Keep a food journal and track how many carbohydrate servings (particularly grains, potatoes, corn) you're getting per day. I personally believe most of our carbohydrates should come from vegetables (sweet potatoes, squash) with some from whole grain sources -- actual whole grain sources, like oats, buckwheat groats, brown rice, wild rice -- rather than exclusively from items "made from" whole grain sources.

5. Try not to focus so much on calories. I know it's tricky because it's what we've been taught to believe, but it's so much more important to focus on eating real food in appropriate portion sizes than it is to count calories.


Help! I Eat Sensibly & Exercise, But I'm Not Losing Weight Good Questions
1/10/13 12:13 PM

I usually come out ahead on bulk food vs packaged goods. I never want the packaging anyway and the prices are usually significantly better (even for nuts and dried fruit.) I also appreciate the variety.


Buying From the Bulk Bin: Why It's Not Always the Cheaper Option NPR
4/22/12 12:10 PM

When I hit the gym before work, I make a green smoothie -- spinach, unsweetened non-dairy milk, banana, maybe a few berries, ground flax seed, ice cubes, and chia seed. Afterwards I'll have some cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, oatmeal, or hardboiled eggs. If I'm going after work I typically have a snack around 3pm (raw vegetables and hummus) and eat a small dinner around 7pm. I have the snack at 3pm because otherwise I'm ravenous when I leave the gym and more apt to overeat when I get home.

I say see how it goes and determine what's right for you.


What Should I Eat Before a Workout?Health Questions
4/22/12 12:01 PM

@ Sarah@ Two-Tarts -- Ruth Reichl suggests using dry chickpeas and simmering them with baking soda to help soften them. Remove the skins. Used cooled chickpeas, not hot or warm or lukewarm. I've tried all of these tips and they've certainly helped substantially. I suspect the brand of food processor (or efficient blender) also makes a difference.


Beyond Hummus: 5 Deliciously Creamy Bean Dip Recipes
4/17/12 06:11 PM

Just watch that you re-heat the jar slowly. I've had jars crack on me before when they get too hot too quickly.

As for the bacteria issue, yes, it exists. In canning, contents need to reach a certain acidity level to be considered shelf stable. Grains aren't shelf stable once they're no longer dry.


Oatmeal in Jars: Make a Week of Breakfast in 5 Minutes
3/25/12 11:06 AM

Bookmarked! I love Vinegar Hill House. I had their pork chop once...delicious. Very good food, very friendly service, lovely atmosphere. So happy to see it featured here.


Recipe: Thai-Style Brussels Sprouts
12/2/11 11:07 AM

I've been blanching or roasting and freezing local vegetables now (peppers $.66/lb, broccoli 2/$1.50, etc.) and freezing fresh fruit. More money upfront, but your bill in the winter will be a lot lower and you'll have so much prepped food at your disposal.


How Can I Save Money or Find Coupons for Healthy Foods?
Good Questions

9/20/11 11:49 AM

I'm spoiled because almost everything is within walking distance from my apartment, including my workplace, several grocery stores, several pubs and restaurants, several drugstores, my bank, a park (down the street), the public library, bookstores, clothing stores, and transit (streetcar at the end of my street, bus at the other end, subway a 6 minute walk.) My absolute must-haves include a grocery store, gym and a pub, though.


Apartment Must Haves: Within Walking Distance
Reader Survey

8/22/11 06:54 PM

I love chickpea piccatta. So good! I love the chickpea parmesan idea -- I'll have to try it.


Yummy & Healthy: Chickpeas as the Main Ingredient
8/18/11 07:00 PM

My advice is to look around the area and see what types of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, etc. are around there. It'll give you a good idea of what the neighbourhood is like.


Insider Advice: 5 Tips on Finding the Right Neighborhood
8/11/11 06:17 PM

I think all of the suggestions here are fabulous.

A few of my friends and I get together for bi-weekly, potluck-style dinner parties. We haven't run into problems yet. The host usually puts on the main and everyone else contibutes dessert, salad/appetizer, or wine. We always have plenty of food and wine to go around.


Potluck Etiquette: What Are Your Rules?
8/10/11 12:19 PM

Wow - his aesthetic is so much like my own (rustic + Southern charm) it's crazy! I love so many of the choices here. Feels very warm and cozy. I can especially appreciate the beautiful shoes and the linens! Lovely. Also, History of Love is one of my favourite books.


Ryan's Georgetown Vintage Americana
House Tour

7/26/11 11:32 PM

I made this and it was delicious. Maybe a little dry, but tasty nonetheless. I gave some to someone else, who adored it.


Recipe: Chickpea Casserole with Lemon, Herbs & Shallots
Cookbook Recipe

7/20/11 04:02 PM

I second socca. I love it.

I'd search through Laura Calder's recipes. They're mostly French or French-inspired, all are simple and many are light (for summer.)


Help Me Plan a Bastille Day Menu
Good Questions

7/14/11 03:57 PM

I make most sauces (tomato, BBQ, peanut), most baked goods (I'm gluten-free; sometimes I'll purchase from a local bakery), salad dressings, pie fillings, icing, granola, and beans from scratch. I've never purchased prepared polenta because it's easy to make. I want to try making yogurt this year. I suppose I make and/or enjoy making most things from scratch, but no, it isn't for everyone, and yes, it is very time consuming. It's easier for me as a single person to prepare my own foods from scratch...though at the same time you can just double batch it (like granola). I find a lot of home cooking is more about planning and time than energy or resources, about making the hours count. If you start getting too busy (I work a full-time job, a part-time job, and volunteer), planning becomes a lot harder to do.


Make or Buy: What Do You Say?
7/11/11 02:47 PM