Food and Friends

Today is Wednesday June 4th (Happy Birthday Lindsay!)

 Meet my friend today:

Friend # 3 “What I learned from Jill Farquhar”          

Jill is the most organized person I know. She knows where to locate everything in her house, and budgets very carefully.

Lesson: “You can do amazingly fun things and eat at great restaurants when you research and budget”

I met Jill through her daughter Colleen who was in my gymnastics class. Together we clipped coupons, wrote our grocery lists and took turns driving to the Shop Rite grocery store 20 minutes away where groceries were cheaper. Jill is a master of budgeting. We learned to travel to Florida via minimum expense with 5 kids by packing roadside lunches, piling into a motel room, planning dinners at unique restaurants and by researching travel books for bargains. Educating our children during travel and finding the Pirate’s House for dinner are times I will never forget.  Jill has also taught me the importance of birthdays.  After 20 years, Jill continues to remember each person in my family on their birthday with a thoughtful card.

Tips or Quote of the Day:

  • Plan vacations carefully and eat a picnic lunches.
  • Shop weekly, writing menus and grocery lists to save money.
  • Don’t forget the coupons.

Take Action Today:

  • Pack your lunch
  • Use your coupons
  • Surprise someone and send a birthday card to them on their special day!



Feeding the Fluff

Feeding the Fluff





Today is Friday, May 16th   (Happy Anniversary to my husband, Ron!)

The topic or question of the day:

Are you feeding yourself fluff?

     When my daughter and I have ‘one of those days’… we will text each other and say, “I feel fluffy today”. After talking a little about it, we decided both of us ate too many “fluffy” type carbs that day. We did not heed what we know and did not eat those foods that mak us feel better. We were not thinking intelligently.

     Fluffy carbs are those carbs that contain practically zero nutrition. A person can eat calories, but not receive any good nutrients. A few “empties” here and there are not so bad, but a day full of fluffy carbs can really drag you down. Examples of fluffy carbs that are often found in offices or homes are: donuts, bagels, cereal, refined crackers, Doritos, pop, flavored coffee creamers, chocolate kisses, flour tortillas, cookies, and birthday cake. When you have one of those days, the very next day you ought to plan your day and stick with it.   Commit to a day full of nutritious foods, avoiding all those you ate when you felt fluffy.

Tip or quote of the day:

Stay away from an abundance of fluffy carbs!

Take Action Today:

I’ll say it again. Plan, plan, plan.

Have protein foods available at all times such as:

  • hard boiled or devilled eggs
  • nuts (any kind)
  • mini cottage cheese
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • beef jerky
  • mini container of tuna or chicken salad
  • hummus and carrots