Tips for Healthy Eating and Healthy Cooking

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Tips for Healthy Eating and Healthy Cooking

By: Carol Giambri

Most people believe they do healthy eating and healthy cooking. Does it have to be done only in the oven, on the stove or barbeque grill?  I am going to share with ideas on this subject below.  It takes a few minutes, some creativity that can be developed and fun playing in the kitchen.  Call it "playing with food." All this on a budget too saving money to spend on the organics that I call the highest way to eat. 

"Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food." – Hippocrates

Forget the stove...

Now I am not going to imply I never use my stove, but my oven is dead for over a year.  I don't miss using it.  For what? Right now I am going to give you a few ideas to wet your lips for my upcoming membership site that I see as healthy eating, living, less cooking, a smear of gardening tossed in.  Being budget wise and eating organics is my goal included.  

Healthy cooking means…


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Blueberries for the eyes

For some healthy cooking may be steaming your foods and not frying.  For others just eating it fresh and raw.  However, here we are talking about plant based eating. I would never suggest eating raw meats. Although I remember my mother preparing hamburgers with what she called "chopped meat."  It was ground up meat for making burgers.  So when she put together the salt, pepper and garlic power I loved it.  I ate it raw. Eating fresh produce and preparing a beautiful colorful salad is my ideal way of eating. It takes very little time but it all begins with the first step which is begin. Ideally this is my best way of describing healthy cooking.

Our special girl, Molly…

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Meat Eater Fighting Lupus three times now

2 Healthy Cooking Tips from the Kitchen

Tip 1. How about steaming instead of frying. It is much healthier and I believe faster too.  When I do cook vegetables I add a little water, cover the pot and cook the vegetables. Now watch the vegetables as they are making. I am allergic too cooking.  How do I know? I burn pots regardless of how low the flame is or the timer is put on. 

Tip 2. Brown versus white.  Brown is healthier and when it come to rice it is delicious too.  I like to soak it if I remember for faster making.  However if you are going to do healthy cooking it is better to go with brown than white rice.  It is even tastier.  Gotta try experimenting with your dishes and meals.

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Brown Rice


Anything can be hard if it is your first time making it.  It gets easier once you practice. 

Thomas A. Edison said…

"The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." 

Reflecting and Acting…

It is really easier than you think, but it can you start with one meal or thing a day to improve on.  Maybe baked potatoes instead of fried for a meal.  This can improve your healthy eating and healthy cooking today.  It all adds up to days, weeks, months and years of adding better health into your body. Ready?  Please share that one thing.

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Carol Giambri is a gardening and health food expert living as a health and green lifestyle specialist for over 35 years.  She sees beauty around her and has her camera always ready as a photo addict.  It can be a dog, fruit, vegetable, cloud or whatever catches her eyes.  She loves saving money and coaching people how to embrace health cooking.  Look for upcoming ebooks and programs.

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Anita April 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

I rarely use the oven as well. I am a one pot girl though and love the crock pot! I will try to incorporate steaming more and I eat blueberries every morning in my shake!

Dr. Daisy Sutherland April 11, 2012 at 9:43 am

Love all your tips…with 4 meat eaters, 2 vegetarians and 1 vegan in my home its always interesting when we are in the kitchen…thankfully my children all love fruits and veggies so we always have plenty of those on hand:)

Mandy Edwards April 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

Great tips!  I too am allergic to cooking – LOL!  I love eating fresh fruits and veggies!

Alexandra McAllister April 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

You always provide such great tips, Carol! Love all your pics as well!  I rarely cook so your recipes are made just for me! I love eating healthy and you make it look so easy!  Hugs to Molly! Praying she will continue to recover!

elizabeth April 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I have never tried brown rice and I need to. I know O would live it. Thanks for all the healthy eating tips. I am trying to do better.

Gretchen April 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Great tips Carol! Love your site and the ideas on quick, but healthy. Love, love, love the blueberry pic – yummy!

Elise Adams @AdamsOrganizing April 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Love your 'brown vs white' tip. We only use Brown Rice at our house.  I make it in a Rice Cooker with extra water and the kids don't know any different!

Sherie April 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Carol, great tips for healthy eating and healthy cooking. I appreciate you saying that it gets better with practice. Molly looks great! I make  food for my dog Dax, he loves his home made food!

Patricia Ogilvie April 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

especially love blueberries!  each them now daily – because of your posts!!! great job!

Theresa Cifali April 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Great healthy tips!  I happen to love to cook.  I use my stovetop more than my oven though.  I don't make much that is raw…except veggies.  I can't get enough!

Suzanne Jones April 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I only steam my veggies. That or bbq them. Great reminders for healthy choices!

Lorrie April 12, 2012 at 5:31 am

I grew up on processed food, but quickly turned away from most packaged foods when I became a mother. It really took me into my 40s before I gave up many other things I never questioned like soda, non-organic vegetables, Utz potato chips…you the standards of the American diet. I feel like there is a legacy of chemicals in my body that I can slowly detox out by making choices like the ones you've listed above.
I especially like your blog because it is not judgemental, just lovingly helpful. Thanks!

Joyce M Washington April 12, 2012 at 5:42 am

I wouldn't say that I'm allergic to cooking… Actually, I love to cook and bake but I have other things to do so I have found ways to eat well, eat healthy… and get in and out of the kitchen in a flash.  This post just goes to show me that I'm on the right path.  
Great post, Carol! :)

Tony Taylor April 12, 2012 at 10:06 am

Great tips Carol. Admittedly I am not too big a fan of brown rice. I just stay away from rice completely. The consistency of it I can not get on board with. Good option for those who want to continue to eat rice though.

Sue Glashower April 12, 2012 at 10:09 am

Great tips for healthier living! I love to cook and bake and I am trying to make many of our favorites in healthier ways.

Linda Jenkins April 14, 2012 at 1:43 am

Thanks carol love the tips!! I love to cook–and try new recipes with lots of fresh veggies!

Susan Myers April 14, 2012 at 8:01 am

Thanks Carol, I am not the cook in my family! :)  Great tips here!

Beth Heilman April 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Great tips Carol, as always. I grew up with a mother who cooked everything "out of a box" and I did too…for years. Lucky for me, my Honey is a fabulous cook and makes everything from fresh ingredients and from scratch. Lovin' it. Keep up the great work on the virtues of cooking fresh!!

Suzanne Jones April 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I don't like rice myself but my kids do, so I do buy brown as I also buy brown bread. My mom was a great cook and cooked from scratch although she got me hooked on sweets….from home and from a box :(

Susan Preston April 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I love this article, Carol! I do everything that you suggested, but I am sure that by visiting your blog on a regular basis I can learn some new things in regards to eating even healthier. I love how you put your heart into your writing to get your message out in wanting to help others to eat healthy. Thank you :)

Gina Parris April 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Awesome!! My husband and I are fortunate in a way because we both grew up on health food way before it was "cool." Im getting more blueberries today after looking at that photo. I love blueberries and greek yogurt. yum. I'll be visiting your blog regularly for all your updates.

Sue April 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Love your tips, Carol.  My kids gave me a "steamer" for Mother's Day last year… and I absolutely love doing my veggies this way… Appreciate what you do to help all of us be more healthy!

Lori April 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Thanks for the tips. I love eating steamed vegetables and brown rice! Yummy! Thanks Carol!

Carol Giambri April 17, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Thanks Lori for sharing. I too love steamed veggies, but tons of raw too, as well as brown rice. Surely fits my simply fast lifestyle.

Carol Giambri April 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Sue you are welcome. Wow, a steamer. I’ve only used a steam basket. Glad it is working out well for you. It doesn’t have to be expensive to enjoy healthy eating. Excited you appreciate my tips to being or becoming healthier by eating closer to the garden. Yeah.

Carol Giambri April 17, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Ah Gina aren’t blueberries the bomb–delicious that is. Organic is the best. Greek yogurt my dog is going to start eating as she has been dealing with Lupus for her 3rd round. Holistic vet. Thanks for compliment about my blog. May it bring you higher up towards a greater health journey.

Carol Giambri April 17, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Susan, that is so sweet to read. You are right. My heart is for all to eat and be healthier supporting the garden vs. the medical doctor for a sickness visit. Let me know how I can help you!! You are a rock star. Keep up the reading and one of these days it will all click. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri April 18, 2012 at 12:00 am

Suzanne, Wow what a mom. I love making things from scratch. My mother wasn’t like this but I adopted this lifestyle way back when and never regretted it. I even advanced to becoming a vegan which was a radical change from a full fledged meat eater and cheese lover. Oh the sweets. In my mother’s house we had not one pie but 3 of the same kind. My father would shop and then my mother both coming home with the same kind. Oh well.

Carol Giambri April 18, 2012 at 12:03 am

Beth, glad you found a Honey that embraces fresh ingredients and from scratch. He’s my kind of man too. I grew up with tons of boxed foods, but I decided to change and did that. My husband decided he would change over 35 years back when he had his first and only seizure. He got healed in 6 weeks. He adopted change and it worked. Amazing how eating healthier affects our entire life. Health is wealth in its true sense of the word.

Carol Giambri April 18, 2012 at 12:04 am

Maybe one day Susan you will be the cook in the family. Really I hardly cook either, but eat mainly fresh. Glad you liked the tips!

Carol Giambri April 18, 2012 at 12:05 am

Linda, awesome. You are my kind of gal. I play mainly with fresh, organic raw veggies and however it turns out I am surprised. Always delicious. How? Lucky I suppose.

Carol Giambri April 18, 2012 at 12:06 am

Sue, that is what I did. I learned how to cook the unhealthy way and then when hubby got sick he was ready to eat the healthy way. With lots of classes and practice I feel like I am there. Good for you trying to make many of your favorites more healthy.

Carol Giambri April 18, 2012 at 12:08 am

Tony, for you maybe not brown rice but quinoa? How about spelt? I bet that would work too. See there is always another way around brown rice Tony.

Carol Giambri April 18, 2012 at 12:09 am

Joyce, you sure are on the right path. No reason to be a slave to the kitchen while eating healthy. It can be done fast as we both agree. Yeah for you. Thanks for comment Joyce.

Carol Giambri April 18, 2012 at 12:12 am

Lorrie, Aw thanks for that compliment. I hate when people judge others. I don’t know what they have been through, where they have come from so I am not about to judge anyone. I grew up with tons of processed foods but then a lot of fresh fruits and some veggies. Salads were cucumbers, tomatoes and iceberg lettuce. I have progressed in time and embrace tons of produce.

Carol Giambri April 18, 2012 at 12:17 am

Theresa, Glad you love my healthy tips. I love cooking too, but for a long time now I have converted to eating more fresh, organic, plant based foods. It is super fast to make too. I know how it feels to eat raw veggies…..I eat tons of salads nightly. I just play and however it turns out it is called “done.”

Carol Giambri April 18, 2012 at 12:18 am

Patricia, Blueberries are amazing and beautiful. Happy eyes for sure. Sadly the organic ones here are very expensive, but I won’t buy but organic berries so I pay the price. Thanks for compliment about posts.

Carol Giambri April 18, 2012 at 12:20 am

Sherie, Wow you are make your dog’s food. I’m impressed. Molly looks great considering the battle she is in now: 3rd time round with Lupus. What a mess to deal with. She’s losing all her furry coat and has been there before. Hoping she will lick this battle too. Yes, practice makes perfect in anything foreign to us.

Carol Giambri April 18, 2012 at 12:21 am

Elise, love that you can trick the kiddos. Cool. Never had a rice cooker but do have a pressure cooker. These days with little cooking if I can remember to soak the rice I do; but hardly eat it so if it takes longer in a pot that works for me too.

Carol Giambri April 18, 2012 at 12:22 am

Gretchen, I too love the blueberry picture. It is truly amazing to see the colors. Thanks for commenting about my site and quick, healthy ideas. If not quick count me out!

Carol Giambri April 18, 2012 at 12:33 am

Liz, Actually brown rice is very tasty. It can go with your side dish of vegetables, in soup at the very end of its making, in Chinese food or….how about as tomato soup and rice. My mother used to buy that in the can by Campbell’s Tomato Soup. Having a flashback as I am typing. Surely it was white rice with lots of stuff in it. More than I would put in mine.

Carol Giambri April 18, 2012 at 12:34 am

Alexandra, Glad to share with a special friend healthier eating tips. I love playing massively with my camera so you always get the “camera” version. It’s really easy. Sure wish you could come over for a meal. Praying for our dog Molly too. Doing our best as you great dog mommy would do too.

Jennifer April 19, 2012 at 9:05 am

These are great tips Carol, thanks.  I agree with the way you eat!  Blueberries and brown rice are two of the most popular foods in my house.

Carol Giambri April 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Jennifer, Thanks for comments. You surely are my type of eater. Love both too. Not much in fruits/veggies I don’t love. Brown rice is yummy.

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