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.
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.