Recommended Book – Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting

If you are a foodist-to-be, like me, you’ll love this book.

In Foodist, Darya Pino Rose, a neuroscientist, food writer, and the creator of, delivers a savvy, practical guide to ending the diet cycle and discovering lasting weight-loss through the love of food and the fundamentals of science.

A foodist simply has a different way of looking at food, and makes decisions with a clear understanding of how to optimize health and happiness. Foodist is a new approach to healthy eating that focuses on what you like to eat, rather than what you should or shouldn’t eat, while teaching you how to make good decisions, backed up by an understanding of what it means to live a healthy lifestyle.

Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting is filled with tips on food shopping, food prep, cooking, and how to pick the right restaurants and make smart menu choices.

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My Hunger For The Best Cookware Set

9ba35f65f7729f6df345d409104aa68aWe all know that a house is incomplete without a functional kitchen. For people who don’t consider ordering take-out an option, a kitchen that doesn’t have good cookware is a nightmare. Being one of those people who would rather cook than order food from a restaurant, I have to pay attention to my kitchen needs. That’s why I set out to get the best cookware set for my kitchen.

Buying cookware is never a matter of just picking any pots and pans in the sizes you need. It takes more than that. It’s not a matter of selecting the cheap stuff either. Cheap is, after all, expensive. Sometimes you need to dig deeper into your pocket because the cookware you buy will determine if you make good meals or not. If I purchased a pan made of thin-gauge material, it would make me susceptible to eating burned food as opposed to a pan made of heavy-gauge material.

In my quest for the best, I considered the small details that would make my life easier when cooking. I chose pots and pans that have handles and lids, both heatproof, so that I don’t burn my hands when cooking. Same for the wooden and plastic cooking spoons. I considered the pan sizes, both width and depth, keeping in mind the type of food I was likely to cook often, and the quantity. The last thing I wanted was to carry home a small pan for cooking pasta that would result in spillage all over my oven.

Lastly, and this was very important to me, I ensured that each pan I bought was non-stick. I’ve been trying to lose weight and therefore, don’t use a lot of oil in my cooking. With nonstick cookware, I’m able to use a little oil and not worry about the food sticking to the pan. What’s more, it’s always a good thing to know that I’m getting the support I need from all quarters, even my cookware.

Barbecue Pork in North Carolina at Grady’s Bar-B-Q

It was during our drive through North Carolina that we came to this little place claiming it serves BBQ pork cooked on the hot pit.

Bert was sick of the long journey and wanted to stop, and we were all rather famished so I pulled over and we got off to check out the place.


Chopped pork seemed to be the superstar, so we ordered that with a mix of sides. Bert wanted a hamburger so we got that too.


Over the meal, we talked to the owner, a lady with a nice smile, as there didn’t seem to be a lot of customers at that hour. It was said that the place is famous for their butter beans, which was admittedly too good to be missed. Fatty ham hock was the secret.

From that short meal, we also learned that people in North Carolina love barbecued pork. Sliced pork, pulled pork burgers, you name it, North Carolina has it.


After the mains, we had a slice of their sweet potato pie. As you can see from the photo, the filling is a creamy bright orange from fresh sweet potatoes. The crust is thin, which is how I like it. I’d come back again for the pie alone, but who’d want to miss the barbecue?