Chef Ann Cooper, school-food advocate and coauthor of Lunch Lessons, discusses her work in improving nutrition in school meals — and ways you can help.
Today is my 31st birthday, and we are just returning from Colorado today, so I’ll keep this brief. Historically, I’ve treated birthdays like Mondays or New Year’s: a clean slate and platform to refine my goals. Since I’m officially rooted in my 30s now, and not “dipping a toe in” as my friend deemed our... Read more »
Autumn Sundays in my house growing up were filled with the sounds of John Madden, cheering crowds and whistles blowing. My dad is an unusually quiet fan — I don't remember him yelling at the TV — and multiple upsets by his team generally meant he'd throw up his hands and head outside to rake leaves.
The last time I rode a horse was in fifth or sixth grade. We’d go horseback riding near our cabin in Hayward, Wis., and I always enjoyed it — usually because my brother got the gassy horse, and, being the child I was, would suggest the horse’s flatulence was somehow my brother’s fault. Ah, kids.... Read more »
Most of the hiking I do in the Twin Cities is on trails and fairly flat ground in local parks. On our trip to Colorado, we planned to be active every day, and Sunday’s plan included driving and hiking. And hiking here means elevations of 5,400 feet. (Our next stop is Estes Park, where elevations... Read more »
In celebration of my 31st birthday on the 12th and our six-year anniversary on the 9th, my husband planned a trip for us to Colorado. We haven't flown anywhere together since our Florida trip in March 2011, so I was excited for this vacation — and to visit someplace new.
Right around the time I hit my heaviest weight, I started having horrible back issues. If I stood too long, if I wasn’t sitting up straight at my desk, I’d feel this deep ache in my lower back. I’d rotate my hips forward and the pressure in my lower back would grow intense, as if... Read more »
This year, I’m in two wedding parties: for my friend, Jessie, who married Kyle’s cousin in July, and in October, I’ll be a bridesmaid in Kyle’s youngest sister’s wedding. It’s an honor to be asked, but, as someone working on weight loss, one of the first thoughts that crossed my mind was the challenge of... Read more »
Something really cool has started happening in my family: We’re planning potlucks in terms of healthy eating. Who’s bringing the salad? Can the dressing be on the side? How about two options: one creamy and one olive-oil based? How about a nice fruit salad? Now, mind you, my family has always (luckily) been good about... Read more »
We spent Labor Day weekend at Kyle’s family’s cabin, so I would once again miss my Saturday Boot Camp class. I had several conflicts and travel in August, and thus pretty inconsistent last month. But with fall in the air, the season of back-to-school and return of schedules and routines, I wanted to make sure... Read more »
I haven’t been a very good blogger. I’m admitting it, and apologizing, both to you and myself. I’m re-committing to regular blogging this fall, and I have a lot to share. Over the two years I’ve been blogging, I’ve learned a lot about myself, some of which I’ve shared and some that I’ve withheld. But... Read more »