What We’re Lovin for February

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What Ellen’s Lovin

Word of the Year

For the past few years, I’ve shared with my community a Word of the Year and people have shared back! It’s wonderful to learn from each other.  A World of the Year is like a new year’s resolution but not.  It’s setting a yearly intention to help guide and remind me of what I want to focus on.

My #wordoftheyear is DISCOVER  My intention is to be curious and mindful of my moments of all the things, people, books, music and places that I can DISCOVER.

What Lynn’s Lovin

Chocolate Cake

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What is not to love about Valentines Day!  It is feast day of Saint Valentine; the celebration of light and affection. The day we celebrate romantic love, friendship and admiration by sending messages of love to partners, family and friends.  I know you will love this very simple, but moist and delicious chocolate cake, my Valentines Day gift to you!

What Jenn’s Lovin

Cooking for my family + a myth busting community

Indian-Style Chickpea and Paneer Bowl

I’m going to tell you a secret, at the end of 2019 I was in a home cooking slump. Gasp. Yes, me, a Professional Home Economist who spends her days immersed in food and food topics could not find inspiration to cook at home for almost 3 months. I know right, it sounds crazy but it’s true.

We still ate at home consuming very basic meals and you know what, we survived. We ate mostly balanced meals but sure wasn’t enjoying my time in the kitchen.

Well, it’s 2020 and I’m back in action! I’ve been recipe testing from our site and the Indian-Style Chickpeas and Paneer is a new family favourite, the freezer is refilled with homemade soup; Mushroom + Roasted Tomato Bisque and a couple of new cookbooks (Dirty Food by Julie VanRosendaal and Best of Bridge Comfort Food by Emily Richards) have me dreaming of and cooking away in the kitchen. I’m back in the flow and it feels great.

What I realized during this slump is that there are many barriers to cooking for your family (or yourself) and I’m so thankful that I have amazing folks in my community that are consistently busting food myths, explaining complicated food topics and keeping my critical thinking skills sharp. I’m talking about those that are writing pieces like: The reasons I do (and don’t) eat organic or How food labels deceive us: a look at natural. I’m thankful and lovin that these folks help me maintain confidence in food choices and purchases and at the same time keep me curious and always learning.

What food myth do you want to see busted? Do food myths keep you from confidently making food choices for yourself or family?

Eat Well…Ellen, Lynn & Jenn

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221 thoughts on “What We’re Lovin for February

  1. There are lots of myths out there. One minute something is bad for you then it isn’t. I’d say one I’d like busted is that eggs are bad for you.

  2. Myth: If you pick up dropped food quickly, you reduce the risk of contamination (the 5-second rule). No matter how fast you pick up your food, you will always pick up bacteria with it.

  3. That people should go gluten free before having a celiac test from a Doctor (NOT a NP 😉 ) It was also recommended to us, once we finally cleared it all up that you not only have the blood test but a biopsy if you are actually seriously concerned.

  4. Anytime any food claims healthful benefits, that are can’t be confirmed. This type of nonsense, should be exposed everytime.

  5. Myth: Detoxes and Cleanses are Necessary.
    The kidneys and liver are generally quite effective at filtering and eliminating most ingested toxins.

  6. I would love to see the myth gone that soy is bad for women’s hormones or bad in any other way for your health. That was based on a research study with only one study- all health professionals know you need at least 2 or 3 total follow-up studies to confirm the findings.

    I don’t know if this has been talked about much but I personally think it’s a myth that you should find “one” way of eating/diet for yourself. Keto, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, low FODMAP, low carb, etc, the list goes on but I’ve tried so many and they don’t match what balanced and healthy means to me. I like to take a little from each.

  7. I’d like more research done on this whole new “beyond meat” fad claiming these highly processed “meatless” products are better for you than just eating meat or poultry.

  8. The myth I want to understand more is whether red meat is bad for you! I’ve seen a few conflicting studies and news reports.

  9. I would like to bust the health myth that there is one best way to eat for everyone: different diets work for different people’s maximal health.

  10. The myth that coconut oils are good for almost anything. Healthy for cooking, your body, including your hair. Just not so.

  11. that keto diets are the best way to lose weight and live healthier? i have heard this is the case and then recently heard it actually isnt .. not that i really wanna try myself lol. i love what i eat

  12. I would like the myth busted that it is hard to eat healthy on a plant based diet. I find it cheaper and easier without animal products in my diet and I know it is better for our planet.

  13. That people still believe it is OK health wise to heat food up in the microwave in plastic dishes.Some of the toxic chemicals in plastic can go into your food.Even that cooking food in your microwave is OK,nutritionally.I heard of a study done where plants were given only microwaved water and that they all died…When I tell people about this they just say,well I have been doing it this way for years and I ‘m still here.
    We had our microwave measured to see how much toxic energy it was giving off and it was really high,scary.I use it to heat up my wet dishcloths for 3 minutes. It is supposed to kill all the germs and bacteria.

  14. Many people still think that 0% fat milk and yogurt are better for you weight-wise than a higher fat content. We’re learning that’s not true, as the higher fat content will leave you feeling fuller longer, so you’ll end up eating less.

  15. That oil and butter are bad, so not true,Canola oil, butter all in moderation are really good for you, especially for your brain and great to use for oatmeal and chocolate cookies!!!

  16. Frankly, I am tired of people jumping on whatever new superfood, healthy food, etc, is. There has been all vegan diets, gluten free diets, Keto diets, coconut oil is the new superfood, acai next, etc, etc. So tired of it. Everyone needs to understand that moderation is best; less processed foods, more natural ingredients (real meats and fish, real vegetables, fresh vegetables and fruits)… I hate the “popular food cure” of the moment and that is the one thing I want gone!

  17. I would love to have health professionals admit that although there may be no scientific evidence that edibles containing marijuana (for example, chocolate brownies made with cannabis oil butter) can cure disease, it does not negatively affect your body if consumed.

  18. I would love to find out more about ‘natural flavour’. Why does it need to be added to food? What is it? If its natural, why is it added? Is it actually a chemical?

  19. Sugar is ultimately the worst for one’s body; carbohydrates in all forms turn to sugar.
    I didn’t start losing weight until I recognized these two facts….and it’s been gradual but effective.

  20. The price of celery shot through the roof last year largely due to poor agricultural conditions, but also due to the ‘celery juice trend’ promoted on social media where celery has been promoted, with no scientific evidence to back it up, as a superfood. Love to see this unwarranted hyping refuted (and the price of celery return to normal levels).

  21. Food Myth: Licorice increases Blood Pressure. Trust me there is more hype about what one SHOULD eat vs NOT eat. Guess my perception is: Eat what you want, reduce portion size and just BE. Less FOCUS on the don’t eat this: and just enjoy every day to the fullest.

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