Category: health

Can the French diet help your heart and your waistline?

Can the French diet help your heart and your waistline?
A couple of years back I got my family on the plant based food train (fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and the like). I still stand by this, but I’ve been intrigued lately by French cooking. I’m no stranger to French cheeses and I recently made a French vegetable soup recipe that I defrosted and ate... Read more »

My 30 day exercise challenge starts now

My 30 day exercise challenge starts now
As you may know, I love challenges. Well, certain types of challenges. For example: Not this kind: Wow, that closet really needs organizing. Let me tackle this one. Yes: Eat an entire apple, core and all! This time I’ve decided that I’m going to…drum roll…exercise every day for a month! You might be wondering, “Christine,... Read more »

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness: How Chicagoans can help

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness: How Chicagoans can help
February often brings thoughts of love, chocolates and candy hearts. However, many families in the United States and around the world have thoughts of other little hearts on their mind. February is also Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Month. Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defects and occur in 1% of births. Nearly... Read more »
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Spin class nearly killed me

Spin class nearly killed me
Spin class nearly killed me, and I loved it. I’ve been known to be a little dramatic, but I will say it killed me in a good way. After over a year of hemming and hawing, Fran finally convinced me to take a spin class. This was a recommendation coming from a man who has... Read more »

10 surprising facts about Aloe vera

10 surprising facts about Aloe vera
Most of the time we’re grocery shopping, we try to pick up something new to try. Yesterday, the store was stocked with Aloe vera leaves. Lilia wanted to know if 1. it was from a cactus and 2. if we could eat it. I wasn’t sure. I know aloe can be used for some healing... Read more »

The ultimate hearty vegetable, barley and bean soup

The ultimate hearty vegetable, barley and bean soup
I love making a hearty soup, especially when it’s as cold (5 degrees!) as it is this evening. I usually like to throw a bunch of things together and see how they turn out. Luckily, tonight’s food experiment was a success. I’ve eaten soup with barley in it before, but I’ve never actually made it... Read more »
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Healthy dark chocolate hot cocoa recipe

Healthy dark chocolate hot cocoa recipe
It’s a typical cold, Midwestern December night and we were really looking to have a treat to warm us up. At the same time, I’m trying to not eat my way through December with all of the goodies available left and right. Something relatively healthy and tasty was right up our alley. We decided on... Read more »

Move over marshmallows, try this delicious sweet potato and apple soup

Move over marshmallows, try this delicious sweet potato and apple soup
Sweet potatoes seem to come out of hiding around Thanksgiving, but I love to cook them year round. Sometimes I eat them baked, other times I put them in a stew with peanut butter and kale. I know, it sounds weird, but believe me, I got the recipe from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything... Read more »

Visiting the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, IL

Adults climb the stairs, kids can take a more adventurous route
Over the summer, I read about the 12 Best Children’s Museums in Forbes and saw the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, IL on the list. I added it to my mental catalog of places to visit, and today we finally got the chance to take a trip out there. I was a little nervous that... Read more »
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Massage your dog today to improve your health

Massage your dog today to improve your health
Our dog Vincent was the star of the show until Lilia came along. After Franky arrived, poor Vincent was definitely not getting the attention that he used to get. These days he usually gets scratches behind the ears and some belly pats at the most, but today, he was going to get a full body... Read more »