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Let's get healthy!!! 
Mar. 13, 2013 6:24 pm 
Updated: Mar. 14, 2013 4:47 pm
I am all about some good comfort food and yummy desserts but I have been leaning more towards the side of trying to be more healthy. I have stopped drinking pop (or soda as some of you may call it) and been working towards maintaining my weight. I have not had a pop since December 2012. Because I have chosen to drink more water, no pop, go to the gym a little more (and it was not a resolution!! I already had a membership lol) I have lost close to 20 lbs. 

Now, on to the good stuff!! I have been following sparkpeople.com and keeping track of the things I eat. They also have a TON of recipes. They begin as a good base for me and then I develop my own recipe and style. Tonight it is GUMBO and it sure smells good. I am excited to share my healthy journey with you all. 

Of course there will be some hiccups but I am ready!! Only 5-10 more pounds to get to my ideal place. 

Stay tuned for lots of healthy goodness. I am all about the veggies and healthy meals. 
Mar. 13, 2013 6:36 pm
Good job on losing that 20 pounds! Let's hope your endeavor will inspire another!
Mar. 14, 2013 4:47 pm
Great job! Many years ago I gave up sodas and lost 10 lbs without changing anything else! Then went the fries - another 10 lbs. Through giving up sodas I have developed a non-sweet tooth. Same thing with salt - gradually wean yourself away from processed foods and suddenly real food tastes great and the processed stuff tastes way too salty. Keep on your journey of healthy eating and keep us posted!
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About Me
I am a displaced military wife, finally putting down some permanent roots back in my hometown of Cincinnati, OH. In 7 years my family has moved 6 times!! In my years of moving, and all the different duty stations, it has made me a more diverse individual and eager to try new dishes. Finding authentic food items is a bit easier when you have a Jungle Jim's to frequent :) My name is Emily. I have two beautiful children and a wonderful husband. October 11, 2008, my husband was combat injured in Iraq. He was shot in the face by a sniper. We are a blessed family! He is still with us today. Because of the challenges our family has faced it has caused me to find more dishes that fit our new lifestyle and are quick to make. My husband has traveled the world and eaten many different types of food but always comes back to mine!! Nothing like some good home cooking :)
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake!! Some of my favorite things to make are pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie but I also just love to cook period. I love to create my own dishes and try them out on both my husband and my co-workers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Family traditions are a pretty new thing for my family as we are still in the process of creating our own. One thing I am big on is spending as much time with family as possible!! I think something important when having family get togethers is good food. Food always seems to bring people together. My kids, husband and I always make cookies before the holidays. One of the new traditions I want to start is going down to a local homeless shelter and helping to feed them dinner. I think it is important for my children to see humility and generosity.
My cooking triumphs
I have burnt my share of dishes over the years!! Made the smoke alarms go off and even caused us to go out for dinner when a dish didn't turn out so well.
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