Diet, health and fitness tips for average women. Site created and maintained by Ann Chihak Poff.

Archive for the ‘diet’ Category

Enjoying vacation

Since the end of 2006 I have been a fairly healthy person. In October 2006 I joined Weight Watchers and started on the venture to lose about 30 pounds. In March of 2007 I started regularly exercising, which still continues to this day. (And now I teach other people to exercise and practice yoga.) I […]


Is Guinness good for you?

A couple of years ago I wrote a post on St. Patrick’s Day after doing some research on Guinness. I have heard rumors that Guinness is high in iron and better for you than most beers. I also heard that pregnant women have been advised to drink Guinness because of the high iron and low […]


Getting ready to Spring Forward

Twice a year I write about time change. (Read last year’s Spring Forward post here.) It’s that time again to Spring Forward (Sunday at 2 a.m.). I am not a fan of time change. I seriously don’t get the point of it. I grew up somewhere (Arizona) where time change doesn’t occur. So to my Arizona […]


Keeping the peppermint in my cocoa

Once it starts to get chilly I enjoy warm drinks in the evening. When I was still working full-time a warm drink helped to get me sleepy and ready for bed. I needed all the help I could get for a good night’s sleep. I will drink hot water with lemon, tea, hot apple cider […]


My version of bibimbap (“hot pot”)

When I worked in South San Francisco there was a restaurant my co-workers and I frequented, Mom’s Tofu House. It was good and cheap (service isn’t great). We nicknamed it hot pot, as the food we ordered came in a hot pot (really a hot stone pot). I decided to recreate my favorite dish, tofu […]


Seeing results with healthy choices

I know that there are so many things challenging about the holidays. There is stress, overeating, over drinking … etc. But we can overcome a lot of that and stay on a healthy track. When I quit my job a little more than two months ago I thought the weight would fall off and I […]


Understanding hunting

Just about every year Curt and I go back to his hometown of Albany, Mo., to visit his parents and for deer season. I know a lot of people have issues with hunting. And, it’s fine if you do. But if you eat meat, you should read more. (If you don’t. Feel free to skip. I […]


Spicy cooking

Most weeks I try to explore at least one “new” recipe. I was looking at Hungry Girl’s website and found spicy Thai-style no-cook stir-fry. It sounded yummy so I decided to give it a try. I added the ingredients I didn’t already have to my grocery list. I decided to add a few other ingredients […]


It’s peanut butter time!

Have you seen the 40-year-old Virgin? Remember FRENCH TOAST? (Here’s a clip of that scene. Swearing is involved. So you’ve been warned.) Ha ha! Anyway, years ago Curt and I were watching some diner or cooking show and someone made peanut butter and banana French toast. It sounded amazing. The version they made was super […]


Cookin’ chicken in the kitchen

There was a lot of chicken making and eating in the house so far this week. OK, well not a lot, but more than the norm. One recipe I made for dinner one night was new and super simple and quite delicious. The other recipe was one that I have been making for years. And it […]