I grew up in a large, extended Italian family where food meant love. The more food on the table each meal, the more love.

I carried that love of food into my adult life, experiencing more types of foods in more countries than I ever imagined I would as a kid on the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y. I had jobs writing about food and I learned to cook and create my own wonderful dishes based on my Italian heritage.

Me today, after losing about 25 pounds and shaving off my mustache.
Me today, after losing about 25 pounds and shaving off my mustache.

But my love of food, and my eating, caught up with me in 2012, at the age of 59, when chest pains sent me to the emergency room one Saturday night. An angioplasty was done the following Monday to open an artery that was 80% blocked.

So now, I’m like a baby learning to eat all over again, except this time without salt, fat or sugar. One of those is in almost everything we eat in the U.S., so navigating a healthy path, while still eating some foods I enjoy such as beef, is a difficult task. But it’s one I’ve undertaken and seem to be doing well at.

I’ve turned my cooking skills to new recipes and when it comes to eating out, I’ve studied and restudied restaurant menus to find the few healthy nuggets I can have. My goal here is to help you do the same and share with each other.

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  2. Hi John-
    I’m working with a start-up for food bloggers in Chicago called Tabelog (www.tabelog.us/chicago). They’re a subsidiary of the largest company in Japan Tabelog.com (similar to Yelp here in the US).
    We’re bringing their annual restaurant awards to the US that are judged solely by a panel of local food bloggers (all online). The winning restaurants get a framed 2014 award and the food bloggers get an ‘official judge’ icons/etc and related PR for their blog. We’re looking for bloggers from the Chicago area to invite as an official judge. Is this something that you would be interested in?
    Thanks in advance!

  3. Hi there,

    (I don’t know how to catch your attention but hopefully you could spare me a minute to read this message.)

    I am Freddy from myTaste, surfing on the net I found your blog and noticed you have a great number of tasty recipes there, that is why I am contacting you. Mytaste.com is a recipe search engine, we index recipes from food sites and blogs. I wonder if you would like join our website and receive more visitors to your blog through making your recipes available to a greater number of internet users.

    So, if this sounds like a good plan to you, please visit our website & add your blog here: http://www.mytaste.com/add-your-food-blog There you will find all the instructions you need to follow to become a part of our bloggers family.

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  4. John, happy to have run into your blog. I am making a conscious effort to be ‘low sugar, low fat, low salt’ in my intake and your journey is interesting. I will be visiting this place many time.
    Good wishes!!

  5. Hello. i find the font VERY hard to read on your webpages (small and light blue), but very interested in trying some of the recipes.

    1. Thank you for your feedback, I just switched to a new design for the site and have been trying different background colors to try to make the type more readable, would you look at it today and let me know if it’s any more readable? This new design is a work in progress, so I’m glad to get some input.

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