Food for Thought

Eating Whole30: Week 4

Praise be, the final days of our Whole30 are upon us. Victory is [about to be] ours. The team is staying motivated through this final stretch by keeping eyes on the prize(s) and remembering what we have to look forward to post-Whole30. For example, our bodies painfully rejecting the foods we’ve so been looking forward to eating for the past […]

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Eating Whole 30: Week 3

By this week, eating Whole30 feels normal. Drinking soda water + lime in bars feels normal; passing the plate of brownies right on by feels normal; ordering sandwiches without bread, cheese, or enthusiasm feels normal… The novelty of this whole shebang has worn off, and I’ve simply accepted it as my lot in life [for roughly one more week]. On […]

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Eating Whole30: Why Variety and Balance Matter

A major benefit (or pain in the tail, depending on the day) of cutting out the food groups we tend to most heavily lean on is being forced to explore new styles of cooking and new foods all together. As with most things in life, trying new and unfamiliar foodstuffs is a gamble that can lead one to jubilant victories […]

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Eating Whole30: Week 2

My comrades and I have successfully made it halfway through our Whole30 without fudging the thing up too bad. Our cravings for Talenti and Taco Bell have mellowed [sort of], we’re progressively firming up our disciplinary muscles, we’re naturally falling into healthier habits, and we are most certainly continuing to learn. Like, we’ve learned that weighing in is not the […]

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Eating Whole30: Week 1

Read why I have challenged myself to a month of Whole30 eating here. As promised yesterday, here we have a glimpse of going 8 days deep into a Whole30. Like I said, we’ve already collected some invaluable lessons in both self-control and self-awareness… Before starting into our first Whole30 week, we strived to understand the importance of adequate preparation. We quickly […]

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My Month of Whole30 Eating

In my book, the phrase “to diet” reads an awful lot like “to die.” Being that my work and play are grounded in a sincere adoration for eating, the idea of restricting what I put into my mouth can feel a smidge blasphemous. You know, because sometimes being true to yourself requires downing a second doughnut. But when a trusted […]

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Oh My! Look at These Adorable and Amazing Dishes

Mom of the year goes to Samantha Lee, an incredibly imaginative and gifted food artist who creates adorable plates of food for her young children. Her designs are truly unique, and always on trend, with designs of Disney characters, fairy tales, and adorable Einstein, Michael Jackson, and other whimsy from her imagination. Samantha started creating food art to encourage her daughter […]

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5 on Friday: We’re Talking Gluten-Free

Each Friday, we share five things that are getting buzz around the Cooking Light offices—from what we’re reading around the Web, to what’s hot on Instagram, or even our latest favorite ingredient. The gluten-free diet quickly rose from a diet necessity to a fad and now a lifestyle after research and personal testimonies showed numerous health benefits of leaving behind gluten. Though the […]

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We’d like to talk to you about Cooking Light!

I’ve asked everyone on the editorial team—the people who make the magazine, not the marketers or sellers—to talk to readers and website/mobile users. Yup: on the phone, in person. Won’t take long. What we want to know is this: In a world in which food and food information are changing by the second, what can we do at Cooking Light […]

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Teaching Moments in the Test Kitchen

I love a teaching moment. In the Cooking Light Test Kitchen we are frequently challenged with unfamiliar ingredients, different methods, and new techniques. Between the four of us in the kitchen, someone usually has a good understanding or basic knowledge of our new challenge and is more than willing to share that knowledge. I feel very fortunate to have my […]

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