Gung Hay Fat Choy! Three Ways to Avoid Causing an International Incident

It’s Chinese New Year and we are welcoming the Year of the Rabbit. Every aspect of this holiday is filled with tradition and meaning. And, as my friend Joanne pointed out to me, most of it involves food and eating.

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Wishing you prosperity!

It’s Chinese New Year and we are welcoming the Year of the Rabbit. Every aspect of this holiday is filled with tradition and meaning. And, as my friend Joanne pointed out to me, most of it involves food and eating.

The first sign of celebration is when the lion dancers invade the office. A cacophony of drums, cymbals and gongs announce the lion who winds his way through the cubicles. All work stops. Along the way the lion “eats the green.” Be sure to feed the lion some green (i.e., money) to insure prosperity in the new year.

During New Years gifts of food are exchanged. And families gather for feasts. Each food brings its own good wishes for the new year. Oranges are for good luck and wealth. Noodles are for long life—the longer the better. A whole fish is for abundance. Gao symbolizes reaching new heights. Sweets bring a sweet life.

Gao? What’s that? Sweets? Uh oh.

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Thankful Thoughts

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. As we worked on the menu I felt frustration. So many traditional Thanksgiving dishes are full of carbs and fat.

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. As we worked on the menu I felt frustration. So many traditional Thanksgiving dishes are full of carbs and fat. Stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, pie, candied this and that. In short, this is a meal that can be a nightmare for people with diabetes.

As I grumbled and sorted through recipes there came a point when I stopped. Continue reading “Thankful Thoughts”

Potluck Favorites That Require Little or No Effort

No time to cook or bake for tonight’s potluck? No need to panic. You can still get something healthful from the club store, grocery store, or in a real pinch the drug store. Here’s some ideas…

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No time to cook or bake for tonight’s potluck? No need to panic.

We’ve all been there. Got to get something on the run for the office/ school/ church/ neighborhood holiday potluck. No time to do much more than pick something up and get it to the table. You can still get something healthful from the club store, grocery store, or in a real pinch the drug store. Here’s some ideas I’ve used when caught in this pinch. Continue reading “Potluck Favorites That Require Little or No Effort”