My $25 good food challenge: Who says I can’t have a sweet potato for breakfast?

baked-sweet-potato-x-main_Full No one. Where is it written that eggs are breakfast food, that french toast can only be eaten in the morning and that oatmeal is the breakfast of champions? Nowhere. So I was feeling very mavericky yesterday morning when I woke up thinking “I want a sweet potato for breakfast!” I purchased a couple of them during week two of my challenge and still had a couple left over. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, are a great source of beta carotene and most importantly for me this week, are NOT oatmeal.

On Wednesday morning as I sat down to eat yet another bowl of oatmeal, I thought, “I can NOTeat another bowl of oatmeal.” You see, sadly, unlike my longstanding relationship with chicken, I have no addiction to, or affinity for, oatmeal. Especially when it’s not drowning in brown sugar, cinnamon or the fake little chunks of apple or peach they add to those handy pre-packaged individual-serving size- bags.  No, now that I’m getting my oatmeal au naturale, it’s become an acquired taste I have yet to acquire. Continue reading My $25 good food challenge: Who says I can’t have a sweet potato for breakfast?

Kalin’s Chronicles: Visiting Women Warriors

rosa20parks1 With 10 days left in Black History Month, I thought I’d discuss a destination associated with Civil Rights icon, Rosa Parks.  I had the pleasure of meeting her years ago, while on assignment for CNN. I interviewed her in Montgomery, Alabama during the 40th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. When I imagined her saying “NO!” as she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger in 1955, I thought she’d have this big, powerful voice. However when I met her, she was extremely soft-spoken. It confirmed to me that you don’t have to scream to leave your mark in this world.

After interviewing Ms. Parks about her role in the Civil Rights Movement, I was able to tour the actual bus where, at 42, she made her powerful stand by staying seated. I can’t begin to tell you the emotions I felt sitting in the actual seat where Parks sat. A few years later, I traveled to Montgomery again to tour the new Rosa Parks Museum. It’s constructed on the site of the old Empire Theatre where the bus was stopped when Parks was arrested. The museum takes visitors back to the Jim Crow era with interactive exhibits that include: a replica of the bus Parks sat on, original photos of Parks being arrested and finger-printed, and film of church meetings planning the boycott. For more information visit the Rosa Parks Museum website.

And for more female inspiration during your travels, visit monuments and museums to the following women warriors…

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Esther Kane on: Celebrating our authentic bodies

j0433335 I want to cover a topic that I’ve wanted to speak to for a long time – plastic surgery. I must confess that this is an area I gave little attention to in the past as I have been in my ‘prime’ for a good number of years being young with good skin and a curvaceous body. However, I have just turned 38 and with the increase of years have also come some things I hate to admit have shocked me to the core. These include:

My $25 good food challenge: Why did the chicken cross the road?

j0441050 To get away from me. Determined to get out of my bean daze this week,  I bought some chicken from the farmers market. The plan was to spread what turned out to be six very small chicken thighs over the course of my third week on the challenge. Sadly, they never made it past the weekend.

The easiest way to explain my obsession affinity for chicken is to quote my (vegetarian) sister, “It’s in your system.” I like it stir fried, baked, stuffed, grilled, stewed, curried, browned…basically, if you cook it, I’ll eat it. You know how they talk about people being carbohydrate addicts, why don’t they ever mention the protein addicts? I know they exist because I am one. I went years without eating red meat, and could live without it now. The same goes for most other meat, but anyone who knows me knows how much I enjoy cooking and eating chicken. So when I baked my six very small chicken thighs (did I mention they were very small) and told myself they’d last the entire week, not even the dog believed me.

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In for a penny, in for a pound

simplyforties Editor’s Note: In the age of social networking, “meeting” people often means finding them on Facebook, Twitter or somewhere in the blogoshpere. That’s how we “met” Mary. She commented on one of our earliest posts and we checked out (and loved) her website, SimplyForties.  We read her story about making a dramatic life change in her early 40’s and were intrigued. Imagine wanting to do something major, making the decision to do it and then just doing it, all within the span of a month? That’s just what Mary did…

Four or five years ago I started down the path to a different sort of life. I had a nice house, a good job, lots of friends and an active social life. In spite of all that, I realized I was just coasting along, no longer leading the life I wanted. I started reading, watching, listening and being open to change and the conscious lifestyle movement resonated with me.

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