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February 2019, The Food Issue

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The Editor | A Letter from Liz Green

Dear Readers:

Welcome to our annual Food & Wine Issue – only there’s not actually any wine. Just Bloody Marys.

We live in a food-obsessed culture. As I have spent this past month winding down after the holidays, I am reminded of that now more than ever.

I don’t know about you, but for me, the end of 2018 felt like a non-stop food (and wine) fest. And not healthy food. In fact I think most days there was hardly a vegetable in sight, unless it was wrapped in a puffed pastry or smothered in cheese or dip. And the sugar – oh the sugar. Christmas cookies, chocolates, caramel corn, cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream, cookies, sweet breads and pastries…Did I mention cookies? They were everywhere.

With each passing day of the holiday season, my energy levels dipped lower and lower. Perhaps you felt the same? We were all so busy, after all. The holidays are a hectic time of year. It’s a lot of extra stuff to fit into our already busy day-to-day lives. And when you add kids into the mix – I have two boys, ages 6 and (terrible) 2 going on (even more terrible) 3 – the holiday season is even more hectic. Fun, yes, but hectic. It’s so easy to blame our exhaustion on everything we have going on.

But if I’m being honest with myself, it wasn’t the kids and it wasn’t our schedule that was draining me of all my energy over the holidays. It was what I was eating.

You see, I spent the better part of 2018 cleaning up my diet. Not dieting. I just cleaned up my diet, the foods I eat day in and day out. I still indulged plenty. I love pizza, cheeseburgers and chocolate as much as the next person. But, on a daily basis, I began fully embracing what I had been told time and time again: food is fuel. I focused my eating on the foods that would properly fuel me and keep me satisfied throughout the day. And suddenly I felt like a new person, physically and mentally. Until the holidays came – and all the food came with them.

So, when I was researching potential stories for this issue, I was thrilled to learn about Tania Garcia, a licensed clinical therapist with a private practice in Deep Creek, and her Eat 4 Life – Flavor Adventure Program, which teaches young and old alike about the benefits of a diet rich in whole, nutritious foods. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about her food and cooking classes as much as I did. If nothing else, I hope her story makes you pause for a moment to think about how your quality of life might be improved by making a few simple changes to your diet. It really could make a world of difference.

And, because life is all about balance, why not treat yourself to the grande dame of adult beverages, a Bloody Mary. Sue Wade selflessly sacrificed her time to seek out and sample the best Bloody Marys in town for our readers’ benefit. As she told me when she submitted her story, “It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it.”

Read up, eat up and drink up. We hope you enjoy the issue.


Liz Green

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