Healthy Group

The Second Group

I held a crash course of 5 meetings in my home in the spring of 2013. Here are links to the write-ups that made it on the blog:

Healthy Eating Primer

The Best Gadgets for Healthy Cooking

Keeping Produce Fresh Longer

Stocking a Pantry to Save Time, Money, and Your Health – Part 1: Why and What

Stocking a Pantry to Save Time, Money, and Your Health – Part 2: Buying Healthy Staples at Good Prices

Stocking a Pantry to Save Time, Money, and Your Health – Part 3: Storing Staples

Homemade Whole Wheat Tortilla Recipe

The First Group

Over the course of two years (2008-2009), I met with women in my area who were interested in living healthier lives. These women are fantastic sources of ideas and wisdom and we really generated a lot of useful information.

Here are meeting recaps from our Healthy Minds and Bodies Group meetings:

Making Dirt – Worm composting you can do in your house. It doesn’t stink, promise!

Make Any Recipe Healthier

Achieving and Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight – Discussion led by my hottie of a husband, Scott, who lost 120lbs before I met him and has maintained that loss for 5 years edit 2014: now 10!

Make Your Own Baby Food – So easy, cheap, and satisfying. Do it and you’ll wonder why you ever considered shelling out money for jarred bananas.

Dinner Prep – Tips for getting dinner on the table.

Reading Food Labels – Millions of marketing dollars are spent each year trying to coax us into buying certain products at the grocery store. We discussed how to tell if something is truly healthy.

Staying Active Indoors – Columbus is cold and we have long, grey winters. Many of us are stay-at-home moms and we swapped tips on staying fit during our season of hibernation.

Raising Healthy Eaters – Prevent picky eating, or if it’s too late for that… get your picky eaters loving healthy foods. Angie shares her secrets. šŸ™‚

Healthy Recipe Exchange – Pretty much every person alive has a different view of what “healthy” is, but I put out some guidelines for the purposes of this meeting, we all came together to sample yumminess and came home with new recipes to try.

Go Organic Or Go Home? – Answer: No, not really. Carolee did a great analysis of what organic means and whether it make sense to invest in organic food. As always, I added my two cents.

Soy soy soy – Andrea presented on this much-lauded bean and whether the hype is justified. We tasted soymilk too, mmmm.

No-recipe healthy eating – quick ideas for snacks and boosting the health content of a meal. Also included a trip to my favorite store: Trader Joes. Here’s the pre-cap.

Veggie gardening and grains – Since this post, I’ve acquired a neighbor with a green thumb and a propensity for planting a zillion veggies in her small backyard. I think I sense another group meeting on this topic…

Healthy Foods: Media vs. Reality – Our inaugural meeting, in which I tried to shake things up. šŸ™‚

3 Responses to Healthy Group

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  2. Leslee says:

    Does the Healthy Minds and Bodies Group still meet? I always wanted to come but the timing never worked out for me. Now that I’m somewhat obsessed with this blog šŸ˜‰ I think I would just MAKE my schedule work in order to be there.

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  3. beanland says:

    Hey Leslee,

    Yay! I’m glad you’ve found my posts helpful. The group doesn’t meet anymore. So many of our regulars moved away and I got a bit burned out, to be honest.

    There were some requests to start it up again but our first new meeting wasn’t well attended at all (1 person besides myself) so I decided to hold off on future meetings. šŸ˜¦

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