I love to cook, eat and discover new places to explore. NO matter where I go I always ask the locals the same question, “Where’s a good place to eat and where do you like to visit?”
I can remember the first time that I was in the kitchen with my mother and godmother making crepes for the family. I was 5 at the time and when one did not flip over they would hand it to me to eat! That was the beginning of my love of food. I learned how to cook from my mom and she made the most wonderful meals on Sunday that I can still taste in my mouth. Now I try to do the same for me and my husband Jeffrey. He loves food and exploring the new places.
We have now made the Washington DC area our home and love to explore all it has to offer. There is so much to do and so many restaurants with great international flavors that we try and visit on Date Night. We try to only eat out for date night, which is twice a month, the rest I cook at home for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s turns out to be a big savings every month on the grocery bill.
I follow a Low-Carb, Gluten-Free with Lots of Veggies and Fruits diet 90% of the time but you must have the 10% to cheat once in awhile! I’m a big believer in portion control and eating 5 times a day instead of eating 3 big meals a day. With being diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease for 25 years ago, it is a constant battle to keep my weight down and eat as healthy as I can to stay slim. This helps control pain and inflammation in the body. My favorite activities are walking and doing yoga to keep my body strong.
Where I shop to Save Money on Groceries
- Trader Joe’s
- Farmers Market
- Whole Food – ONLY SALE Produce
I shop for food once a week for all my fruits and vegetables the rest are purchased for the month. My recipes are always determined with what’s on sale and what’s in season. Produce are always cheaper if they are in season so it makes it SALE! Which is my favorite part.
People always ask me how I stay slim with all the food I consume and I always say the same thing. These are the things that I don’t eat and I always drink water with lemon juice. I also do some type of exercise for 45 minutes 5 times a week. Even if it just walking in the neighborhood.
What I don’t eat or drink:
- No soda
- No beer
- No box food
- No frozen section at the supermarket
- No process food – sometimes I cheat and pay for it every time!
- No food that is orange like Cheetos!
- No eating white food at night (rice, potatoes, pasta, bread, etc. but I love them all! )
Over the years I’ve gotten better in the kitchen and the best recipes are the ones that I have gotten from friends and family all over the world with a healthy twist. Which brings me to my travels of finding good food everywhere I go. My journey is to try and find a different place to eat or recipe, while I explore a new place in the quest for the perfect bite!