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I made my first smoothie this summer: Spinach, cucumber, kiwi, protein powder, celery  and almond milk

I made my first smoothie this summer: Spinach, cucumber, kiwi, protein powder, celery and almond milk

Last week I reached a major milestone on my Facebook page. I reached 1000 followers.

Thank you to all the followers who are helping my FB page and blog slowly grow and gain momentum. It has been a challenging and fun experience. This seems like a good time to remind people that “The 80 Percent Solution” is a reference to the number of African American women who are overweight and obese in this country. I started The 80 Percent Solution as the beginning of what will become a weight loss site aimed at African American women. (and whoever else might be interested. I’m thankful for all my followers!)

If you follow this blog at all, you know about my husband’s heart issues including his recent transplant and how we have worked to reduce sodium and fat in our diets.

You also know about my chronic weight struggles. (Last week my sister bought me a Fitbit fitness device and it has helped tremendously. More on that at a later date.) I got my own wakeup call almost 10 years ago when the doctor wanted me to start taking cholesterol medication. I was terrified (both of the meds and what they represented) and asked for a few months to get it together. I got the time and was doing well for quite a while; years, in fact.

But over the last three years, with various illnesses in my family, I’ve gained 30 pounds of the weight back. Now that my life has slowed down a little bit, I’m working at getting back on track, both with my life and my budding business.

Please share this site with your friends. We need to get the word out that eating the way we eat is not OK. My primary audience comprises Boomer and Gen X African American women, but I welcome anyone who is interested in changing the way they eat. I know we like spicier, more robust food, probably more than the general population. So, I try to cater to that…but I also try to just create healthier recipies from the old high fat, high salt, low-fiber foods we are so used to eating. There are other ways to flavor food besides with salt and fat.

I do it by swapping out healthier ingredients for the less healthy ones. I do it by looking for new ingredients. This week I made a White Bean Soup with Kale (little fat, lots of flavor); and green beans with shallots and garlic (some olive oil and only a little butter). Eating healthier food doesn’t mean it has to taste bad or be difficult to make. It can be a gradual switch that doesn’t leave you feeling deprived. Over time, you’ll be using healthier ingredients and loving them.

And I try not to be a slave to healthy eating. Periodically I’ll post something that is less healthy and just tastes good.

So stick with me and let’s try together to get on a path toward healthier eating. If we don’t, we’ll all be dying young because we refuse to change our bad food habits. Think of all the African Americans you know who have died too young. Consider how many of them died because of bad food choices they made over many years. Life is short enough; let’s not make it any shorter.

Most weeks I post two recipes on Sunday nights and a column on Monday mornings. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. Feedback is welcome. I am using what I learn on this site to help me and my website grow.

One thing I’ve learned: Exercise posts don’t seem to get much interest. I’ll have to work on that because exercise is part of successful weight loss, and it should go hand-in-hand with healthier eating.  Is there something you’d like to see?

Check out this week’s #SundayCookingAdventures and tell me what you think.

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