My Bell’s Palsy Journey: From Pity Party to Really…Slow…Recovery

Posted by & filed under Bell's Palsy, Celebrating Success, Diabetes, Health, Laughter, Mystery Virus, Self-employment, Thanks & Gratitude.

It’s been a year since I was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy likely caused by whatever virus caused all my other issues last spring. In the first few weeks after onset I spent a lot of time searching for answers, treatment options, and medical professionals who had experience treating Bell’s Palsy. I didn’t have much success… Read more »

Does a Diabetes Diagnosis Mean Foregoing Favorite Foods?

Posted by & filed under Beef, Building a Balanced Diet, Diabetes, Lean Beef.

DISCLOSURE: This post is a collaboration with Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner., managed by NCBA, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, as part of my role as a member of the Beef Expert Bureau. When my best friend recently told me she’s been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, I worried about her future health. Meanwhile, she was… Read more »

A Beef Club? I Want to Join!

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While working on an olive oil project for a client, I came across information about a local tribe with a large cattle ranch offering membership in their beef club. As someone who grew up on a farm with a cow-calf operation and loved the flavor of grass-fed beef from our cattle, I wanted to join… Read more »

Better Together: Why Beef and Tomatoes Pair So Well

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DISCLOSURE: This post is a collaboration with Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner., on behalf of the Beef Checkoff, as part of my role as a member of the Beef Expert Bureau. What Grows Together Goes Together “What grows together goes together” is a sensibility shared by many cooks around the world. This notion has given… Read more »

Pork Banh Mi Burgers

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This recipe combines the classic flavors of a Banh Mi Sandwich with the comfort and ease of a burger. The patties can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to 24 hours before grilling. Yield: Makes 4 burgersPrep Time = 15 minutesTotal Time = 45 minutes For the burgers:1 lb. ground pork2 T. lemongrass… Read more »

Personality Changes

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AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is part 10 in a series of blog updates on my health status. I have had to do a lot of apologizing lately—to my favorite client for a terse email, to the lovely woman who cleans our home for a sharp text, to my husband for an insanely impatient rant. Or two…. Read more »

Side Effects

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AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is part 9 in a series of blog updates on my health status. There was a lot of Finger Danger this week as I worked my way through more medical appointments and disappointments with the ‘ologists. My ophthalmologist confirmed that my scratched cornea is slowly healing, which is good news, but he… Read more »

Finger Danger

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AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is part 8 in a series of blog updates on my health status. One morning last week while absentmindedly watching the Today Show I glanced at Al Roker and the weather map and noticed the western part of the country showed “finger danger.” I exclaimed, “Finger danger. What’s that?” to which Scott… Read more »