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Sell by Dates

February 21, 2017 by Joyce Bunderson

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the Food and Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Associations (GMA), the two largest trade groups for the grocery industry, announced that they’ve adopted standardized, voluntary regulations to clear up what product date labels mean. The target date for the change is by July 2018. As far as I’m concerned […]

Providing Nutritious Meals on a Budget

February 14, 2017 by Joyce Bunderson

Last week I wrote a bit about the complexities of food budgeting as related to marketing and organic produce. In addition to checking deeper into the price and ingredient list there are other things that you can do. I find that buying good quality whole foods and having them on hand, not only helps to […]

The Super Bowl Fruit

February 7, 2017 by Joyce Bunderson

Whether you watched the Super Bowl or not you’ve probably heard some of the firsts that happened yesterday: first quarterback to win five times; first head coach to win five trophies; first time Super Bowl ever went to overtime; first team to come back by such a huge deficit and on and on. Football is […]

Orange Nostalgia

January 3, 2017 by Joyce Bunderson

Looking out of the window onto New Year brings the sight of snow clouds right smack up to the window. Our house was built to take advantage of the Wasatch front and Utah Lake views. Most days, all year long, we see beautiful sights …. canyons; clouds; brilliant red and orange sunsets and pink sunrises. […]

Grinch and Sugar

December 27, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

On December 20, 2016, an article was published at www.annals.org that concluded that the: “Guidelines on dietary sugar do not meet criteria for trustworthy recommendations and are based on low-quality evidence. Public health officials (when promulgating these recommendations) and their public audience (when considering dietary behavior) should be aware of these limitations.” Let me just […]

Old-Fashioned Raisins

December 20, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

For me, one of the consequences of the Christmas holiday season seems to be a serious case of recurring annual nostalgia. It’s a little crazy, but something as simple as a bag of Craisins can do it to me. This is my most recent experience: I had raisins, but I was just realizing that I […]

Thoughts on the Food Budget

November 29, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

This is the time of year when many families are juggling gift buying and ordinary demands – like the food budget. Because of this challenge, I decided to write about a not so holiday-like issue – the food budget. I guess that I should proclaim my bias from the get-go. I’m writing about how the […]

Gratitude and Striving for Healthy Behaviors

November 22, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

Because Thanksgiving is all about gratitude, it has become my favorite holiday. But if you’ve read last week’s post, you probably figured out that, for me, it can be a day of daunting challenges with food temptations. I know I’m not alone; but I’ve spent some time thinking about ways to defuse the stress; and […]

Keep Reading the Ingredient Lists

October 18, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

My questions and in all honesty, my wrath often start when I pick up a container in the market. This time it was an intriguing new product, tzatziki by Cedar, a company that focuses on making traditional Mediterranean recipes. The product was Cedar’s Tzatziki; it says right on the main label, “made with Greek yogurt, […]

Beef and Dairy Using Tobacco’s Playbook

October 4, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

It seems as though we are going to have to recognize and combat the “tobacco industry playbook” for each and every Big Food Industry. Sugar, processed foods, dairy, beef and other red meat, processed meat all seem to be using THE playbook. It worked like magic for tobacco; many extra decades of disability and early […]