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Thai Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Thai Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I’d heard about this dreadful condition, but I never thought it would happen to me. I’m usually very competent at making decisions at restaurants. But I guess no one is immune. When the waiters came with our food, and I saw what was on my friend’s plate, I knew I had made a mistake. IContinue Reading

How Much Willpower Do You Really Need?

In the Trauma ICU, 3 PM was the time that all hell broke loose. Every. Single. Day. No, the patients didn’t start crashing, and there was not a rush of new patients. In fact, on the outside, the trauma unit seemed completely calm. But inside my head, it was a whirlwind of chaos.  3 PMContinue Reading

Red Raspberry Grilled Chicken Salad with Creamy Raspberry Vinaigrette

Red Raspberry Grilled Chicken Salad with Creamy Raspberry Vinaigrette

Variety is the spice of life, right? I’ve always thought so, and I’m the kind of person that will load up on a little bit of everything when I go to the salad bar. Same holds true when I make salads at home. I throw a little of everything in. Yet somehow, those salads neverContinue Reading

Raspberry Chipotle Grilled Chicken

Raspberry Chipotle Grilled Chicken

I’m not an online quiz type person. But one that a friend posted on Facebook the other day really intrigued me. It was called “how awesome is your husband?” Knowing I have an awesome husband, I thought: ok, I’ll bite, and took the quiz. All the answers were lining up, and I was certain IContinue Reading

Help! I’m addicted to sugar!!!

It’s a question people ask me all the time: “How do I overcome my sugar addiction?” (Or for some people, food addiction in general.) I know how frustrating it can be. The pull of food seems irresistible to you. You vow to do better, eat better, and cut out the sugar. Yet you find yourselfContinue Reading

Red White & Blue Greek Yogurt & Fruit Popsicles

Red White & Blue Greek Yogurt & Fruit Popsicles

I’m sorry friends, I’ve been holding out on you. I’ve been making these Greek yogurt, honey and fruit popsicles for two years. TWO YEARS! And yet, I’ve never shared the recipe. Maybe it’s because I never get a seem to get a chance to photograph them before they get gobbled up, or maybe it’s becauseContinue Reading

Creamy Chilled Avocado & Cucumber Soup

Creamy Chilled Avocado & Cucumber Soup

I’m pretty sure I’m going to cry next time I check the mail. The electricity bill is coming, and I am not excited to see what that looks like. Let me tell you, being 8 months pregnant in the summer heat is tough, but without air conditioning I would be dying. Fortunately my only concernContinue Reading

California Quinoa Salad

California Quinoa Salad

From my experience, marriage has an incredibly long learning curve. I’ve been happily married for four and a half years, and still I feel like I’m learning new things every day. One lesson that has taken me longer than most to learn is that I will never be able to predict how much food myContinue Reading

Why the Dr Oz Approach to Weight Loss Won’t Work

Yesterday, Dr Oz was questioned interrogated in front of a senate committee on his endorsement of dubious weight loss products. Senator Claire McCaskill, a former prosecutor, did a great job of calling him out on his “miracle cures.” It definitely irked me to hear Dr. Oz rattle on about how he actually believes the claimsContinue Reading

My Confession on Carbs + Summer Veggie and Sausage Pasta Salad

My Confession on Carbs + Summer Veggie and Sausage Pasta Salad

This is it. I’m coming clean. I have a confession to make. I, Ashley Palmer, eat pasta. (GASP!) If you know anything about my philosophies on nutrition (If not you should read my book Never Diet Again), this may not come as a surprise to you. Yet it seems that whenever I post a pictureContinue Reading