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Bitter like the greens. Sweet as the beets.


It may be a slow improvement, but still. The change to my lifestyle and my eating habits since retiring has been paying off. My annual physical was yesterday. Saw much improvement by moving away from commercially prepared highly processed foods and by cooking from scratch as much as possible.

I considered naming this post “A1C is the new LDL” since decades of eating low fat, or no fat, and not cooking with basic ingredients has impacted our health. Face it, we had significantly more sugar in our diets while we worked and commuted. Too many frozen dinners, carry out meals and high carb restaurant choices like pasta, or pizza.

Now, my generation fights the battle against Type 2 Diabetes. All those low fat meals contained hidden sugars.

I am glad I made the switch. Even though it is time consuming to cook this way. I also know that my CSA is the real reason I don’t give up.

That salad up there. I made the dressing. The greens and beets and berries are from my CSA. So is the cheese.


The creamy dressing. Yogurt without added sugar. A very tiny bit of preserves. White balsamic and good olive oil. A pinch of salt and pepper.

It’s not the only thing we have added to our vegetable share. We get cheese, fruit, meat, yogurt, and bread. I have added a grain and flour share for fall.

This is the bread we now eat.


A different one each week. No dairy. No sugar. The miche is awesome with soups and stews. Comes with our CSA delivery. Made in a bakery in Brooklyn NY. This one and the polenta are my favorites.


Today I threw a whole bunch of things in the crockpot. Minimizing sodium, sugar and preservatives. Yeah, I didn’t skip the fat. Mostly the healthy fats, like olive oil. A layer of greens. A layer of beans. Some lovely beef short ribs from Boarman’s.

I admit it. If I didn’t have a year round CSA delivery, I probably wouldn’t have stuck to the “real food” diet. I would have been lazier and bought some ready made items. Having those vegetables hanging out in the fridge and on the counter reminds me daily that I need to continue this path. I don’t want my golden years to be consumed by health issues. I don’t want to take all sorts of prescriptions to combat something that I can prevent with a little effort.

Here’s to my feeling good about the progress. Here’s to getting better, while not feeling old. Here’s to that heart healthy red wine. Can’t forget that.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

7 responses »

  1. Kathleen Ann Huffman

    Congrats on the good news and numbers from your Doctor. Keep up the review and posts. They help all of us stay true to the better way of eating.

  2. Yes, yes, yes. We are about 10 years away from retirement and just started doing this last spring. It has been 6 months and a lot of work. But feel better and have dropped some pounds. Just picked up my last CSA share from TLV Tree Farm today. I need to decide what I will do now to get through the winter.

    • Our CSA starts fall season next week. Eight weeks long. Then, a four week break. Followed by a 13 week winter CSA.

      We pick up just up the road from Robinson Nature Center.

      You might want to try the 8 week medium share. It can be prorated. I get a full share, cheese share, fruit share, bread share and flour/grain share. All organic. We have over 100 farms in the cooperative so we gat a very good variety.

      Look up Lancaster Farm Fresh.

      • LFF – Still waiting for the fall prorated to open back up so I can look at it. Website says early November. I guess the morning of November 1 is too early. 🙂

        • At pick up today, a member told me she got an email response to her question about opening the CSA store (and that means prorated shares too).

          They told her Wednesday at noon.

          This first week of fall CSA is always crazy. No break between summer and fall. Lots of changes in what is offered. New routes for the drivers, new pick up days, new members. Our site host goes nuts trying to sort it all out the first week.

  3. Ok, just signed up for the fall prorated share. Medium share with fruit add on. Starts next week, hopefully at your pick up location in Columbia. I look forward to meeting you!


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