When I first saw Julie & Julia
last year, the movie about how Julie Powell cooked and blogged her way through Julia
Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking
, I loved it. What I didn’t realize at the time was how many EatingWell
“Julies” are out there, cooking their way through our magazine and books.
I came across Angela Buraglia of Cedar Park, Texas, on Twitter last spring when she was about to hit 50. Not age 50 (the
makeup-artist-turned-software-developer is only 35), but about to make her 50th EatingWell recipe in 90 days, a challenge she
set for herself and her fiancé. She started with the
EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners
cookbook. Each recipe got a Tweet and a photo on
Facebook (now on her blog eatingwithangela.com
) has lost 14 pounds over 16 weeks and a total of 40 pounds in the past year. “When people ask what I’m
doing, I say, ‘I’m not dieting, I’m just eating well.’” That’s apparent if you look at the scores of photos she has posted of
our recipes, which range from her favorite easy dinner, Turkey & Tomato Panini
(“too good,” she complains).
Since then, I’ve heard from people around the country who share our recipes via social media or just plain old-fashioned
supper clubs. Jennifer Leal of Rhode Island started out making EatingWell dinners for friends and now posts recipes for
EatingWell Wednesdays on her blog savorthethyme.blogspot.com
. Minnesotan Virginia Corbett regularly makes our dishes and writes about
them on rootsandzest.blogspot.com
One of the most inspiring stories is from Tamie Spears (left
) of Michigan, who developed hypertension at age 32
after the birth of her first child. Twelve years later, she is still fighting it, but through diet. She blogs about our
recipes and her progress at tamiespears.vox.com
, and writes: “I had blood pressure readings of 170/120 (last November). My latest
readings are 146/93 without any medication and I’m closer to my goal of 120/80. This new way of eating is leading me in the
Summer is a time to share successes and our recipes. So bring our healthy Tomato-Corn Pie
to a potluck or
pack up Grilled Shrimp
from our “Farm-Fresh Picnic” story. Better yet, make your 10 favorite
recipes from the July/August issue
and tell us about them in the comment section. Julie? You listening?
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