We eat a lot of leftovers in our home. When developing most of my recipes, I usually measure the ingredient portions to make enough for future meals, so it’s important to have a healthy way to save and preserve all those extras. After experimenting with other storage options, I soon discovered one size does not fit all …Read More
Author: Jill Reid
We meet them every day—people who are unhappy, unfriendly, rude, and sometimes, downright mean. Approaching others from a perch of arrogance and entitlement, they view life with a dismal perspective, often living a distorted sense of reality. We tend to avoid these unpleasant souls, stepping away from a conversation, leaving the room, or inventing a reason to end a phone call …Read More
Some friends of ours had spent a weekend at the beach. They shared stories of their walks along the shore, snacks in the open air restaurants, and a visit to an ice cream shop for a “sampling” of the 40+ flavors offered. My mouth began to water at the choices …Read More
Surprise! There isn’t one—a code I mean. Certainly, happiness exists. It’s a real emotion, and many of us believe it’s what we experience when we achieve a milestone, accomplish a goal, or acquire something we’ve had our heart set on for a long time.
That’s one kind of happiness—the transitory, fleeting kind. It lasts for a few hours, or days, or even weeks. But that’s not what I’m talking about …
They were fresh, beautiful, and just the right size. I couldn’t take my eyes off them, so into my shopping cart they went for dinner.
Here’s my Kitchen Spirit Recipe for Seared Tuna Fillets with Cabbage & Beets – hope you enjoy it!
A few years ago, my husband and I took an extended vacation to the West coast. Since we live in a tropical climate, our suitcases were jammed with cold weather wear we’d retrieved from the attic—and a previous life. After spending two unplanned nights in a Portland hotel waiting for our luggage to catch up to us, our bags finally arrived and we were able to continue our trip via rental car …Read More
Here’s a simple recipe that makes it easy to add those important veggies in a fun and colorful way. These kabobs are so easy to make and delicious on their own. Add a side of veggie quinoa or serve on a bed of butter lettuce leaves, sprinkle with fresh parsley or basil and enjoy!Read More
Every day you make a choice. The result will make your health better . . . or worse. Ignoring the ingredients in a candy bar or box of crackers doesn’t make it any less harmful to your body. And believing those extra calories, sugar, or fat won’t affect you doesn’t make it true. Moments of weakness happen. Too many of them will add up …Read More
There are plenty of excuses for not making healthy lifestyle choices. You’ve probably used a few of them yourself—we all have. Our natural instinct is to resist any suggestion that could disrupt our deeply-entrenched routines. So we cling to our biases and excuses like a shield, deflecting change – good or bad – that could intrude on our comfort zones. Do any of these sound familiar?Read More
You’ve made up your mind: Today is going to be different. This is the day you’ll begin focusing on the important priorities, the ones you never seem to have time to take care of. So you organize your schedule, plan a menu for the week, make a grocery list, pack your gym bag, and then. . .Read More
Words most of us find difficult to live by.
Why? Because more often than not, the alternative is so much easier. It doesn’t take as much effort. We can coast along through life, avoiding a lot of the difficult challenges and problems. It’s an easy choice to make, especially with others encouraging us to follow the crowd like, to fall in line and simply do what we’re told. No effort, no thinking, no decisions. Just follow the leader like lemmings to the sea, and let someone else deal with the hard stuff.Read More
When I was 13, it seemed like an eternity until I’d be old enough to get a drivers license. Time moved much slower back then (at least to me), and the next three years crawled by as I waited for that magical sixteenth birthday that would finally put me behind the wheel …Read More
Fair Warning: Some of you may not like this post, but I’m hoping you’ll read the entire article first and consider the importance of what you eat and how it can impact your health—and then decide. My husband and I just returned from the local grocery store. We don’t usually go to this particular one, but I needed a few fresh veggies to round out the stir-fry I had planned for dinner.Read More
Recently, I found organic gold beets in the store. Beets are a favorite of mine. Packed with essential mineral, vitamins, and plant compounds including protein, iodine, phosphorus, iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper …Read More
Everyone thinks getting healthy is hard to do. I asked a few friends to tell me what comes to mind when they read a fitness or exercise article about improving their overall health. Most of the time, they say it seems overwhelming, because they’d have to change everything …Read More
It’s a common phrase. Children hear it from their parents and elders. “Do as I say, not as I do.” Typically used to curtail inappropriate behavior, this mantra of youth was stamped into our subconscious in an attempt to train our young minds and instill obedience.
But some of us wondered why there were two sets of rules, especially when they seemed to be determined solely by age . . . “I’m older, I know better. So do as I say.”
It happens almost every time I’m in the gym. Someone walks by the window and peeks inside. A few brave souls will even open the door and step inside, glancing around as if looking for someone they know. Inevitably, after a few awkward moments, they turn around and leave …Read More
My husband and I had dinner with friends last week, the kind of friends who open their hearts when they open their arms. We’ve known this couple for over nine years, meeting by chance when they returned our friendly wave with smiles as they walked past us on a beautiful Caribbean beach. Sometimes you just know . . .Read More
I ran into a good friend of mine at the store last week. We chatted for a while about her change of hairstyle (spectacular!), an upcoming vacation she was planning, and her new grandson. Then she told me she was headed to a local gym that had just opened. She said she’d started a couple weeks ago, signing up for an exercise program she thought was perfect for her—group classes under the guidance of an instructor who, in her words, “told them exactly what to do.” What she said next surprised me …Read More
Thank you for visiting my website! I’m Jill Reid, curator of Kitchen Spirit, a health and fitness blog dedicated to living longer and stronger through healthy food and lifestyle choices. Join me on a path to discovering new ways to improve quality of life through healthy diet, exercise, and self-care. Enjoy the journey . . .