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UGottaEat is Here!

We Officially have 14 local chefs signed up and selling fresh food on the UGottaEat (UGE) app in the Cleveland Ohio area.  These UGE Certified chefs have restaurants, or are independent chefs that use a certified kitchen, have food safety training, and are committed to providing only fresh-made meals! It’s been a long journey.  The timing has taken a lot longer than anticipated, but we’ve done it the right way.  We have been deliberate and stayed true to the mission to feed the world by providing access to delicious, unprocessed local foods to eaters who desire it.  Simple.  We have been maniacal about food safety assurances from our chefs, creating…
You Are What You Eat!


I eat fresh made food.  That’s today’s affirmation and this year’s rallying cry.  Fressshhhh.  Feels good, doesn’t it?  Like a fresh new day when you breathe in clean, crisp air.  A freshly starched shirt.  A brand new dress.  Fresh new sheets and towels, and a cleeeeean house.  Oh yes, you know the feeling! When the countertops are clear, you smell the clean air and can still see the vacuum lines in the carpet. When It comes to food, what do you think of?  Fresh fruit.  Fresh seafood.  Crisp apples, juicy plums, vine-ripened tomatoes. Deep green vegetables. Fresh is best, and you are what you eat.  So let’s connect the dots. …
Grace in Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating is More Than Meets the Eye

Let’s contemplate our food for a minute… Whatever You had for your last meal… see it in your mind. Consider each ingredient. Don’t do a mental calorie count please!  Just take a minute to appreciate that each element, and then each ingredient had a path before it reached your plate. Consider that the meat and vegetables also were seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic and whatever else.  Then it was likely cooked, or at least stored and arranged… baked, boiled, roasted, refrigerated, diced, cubed chopped and presented.  It is a lot more than simply meets the eye. Then take time to focus on 1 or 2 ingredients and then consider what…
Be Mindful. Shed the weight.

Shedding the Weight

Right now, there is a Free 21 Day meditation offered by Oprah and Deepak titled Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit.  The point is that weight is not only an issue for our bodies, but we are weighed down by emotional and mental boundaries.  This is soooo true!  I can totally vouch for this.  If you’re not into the meditating thing, you can still do some key things that will help you shed the weight in your body with 4 Mindful Tips.  Here’s how…. There’s one thing that everyone can agree on, from the dock worker to the doctor…we all want to be happy.  At the most basic level…

Support Wellness? Actively or Passively?

Are you a Wellness Seeker? Soon, whenever you are hungry, you will be able to pull out your phone, open the UGottaEat app and find something to eat.  For over a year now, my vision is that when you are coming home from work, travel or where ever, and you’re hungry and don’t know what to eat, that you will say, “Let me see what’s on UGottaEat.” Just like you say, “Let’ see what’s on TV, or Who’s playing on Sunday?”  And you will find a variety of foods that fit your mood.  Fresh made and homemade foods that satisfy you, feed your families and share with the world. Wherever…
my mom’s Million Dollar Pound Cake

THE 1 Key Ingredient for Better Health

5 Steps to Mindful Eating. I just had a great visit back home in DC with my parents. I try not to be too preachy, yet give them some pointers for better health.  Mom asked me with that wonderful sincere motherly curiosity…what is this Mindful Eating?  JUST the opening I’ve been waiting for.  And I sang weellllll, if you really want to know…. Now for the record, I’ve been a mindful eater all my adult life, before it was a thing or a hashtag. I stopped eating most meat when I was 16 years old. Since then, I’ve done all types of eating.  The Atkins Diet, Weight Watchers, the 7-Day…
All Is Well

Beat the Monday Morning Blues

All is Well. Why are Mondays so hard??? Especially when it’s your first day back to work after a vacation. There’s an anxiety that happens even if you love your job.  Why is that?!?  It’s a looming feeling of–What did I miss, and what do I need to do next?  There’s only one way to beat this… Last week I took some time off to visit my aunt and enjoy family.  I went back to my roots in Arkansas–reconnecting in the space where my people come from. I spent summers in the country. Just to paint a picture, we drove 40 minutes just to get to the movie theater on a 2-lane highway…
Leap Year

Think Differently

Like February 29th!?!?? That’s different.  The shortest month of the year also has variable days.  Sometimes there are 28 days and sometimes there are 29, but NEVER 30 or 31 like the rest of the months.  February is different.  Unique, but with a specific purpose.  Sound familiar? Well I know I beat this horse to death every year, but February 29th is my birthday!  It makes me so happy, and it makes me take time to consider the variability in the world.  In my book, I share 366 daily affirmations to show some respect for Leap Year.  Some have asked me why 366 days and not 365? They are totally oblivious to…
Happy Birthday Tonya!

Happy Birthday to Me!

It’s my birthday, It’s my birthday!  Well it’s my birthday season.  As you may know, I turn 50 this year! My favorite Aunt says 50 is the new 30, and 70 is the new 50.  I love it!  Aside from the occasional aches and pains, I’m loving the growth and want to share. So I’m celebrating for the rest of 2018.  If you haven’t heard, this is A YEAR OF ME! I am asking each of you, and all of your friends to give me a Birthday gift that will not cost you anything, and will brighten someone’s day.  IT WILL instantly make the world a better place. I haven’t…
Affirmations from A Year of ME

Is Love a Platitude?

Affirmations from A Year of ME On Valentine’s Day, people take time to be extra kind to that special someone with gifts, cards, candy and nice dinners. Kids give out little cute cards at school and pink and red are splashed everywhere.  There’s a lot of commercialism around this sweet holiday which got me to thinking…Is love a Platitude? Ok so first, exactly what is a Platitude?  Platitude, like attitude with a plat. 🙂 It’s a remark that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful; a statement that may be true but is considered boring or meaningless because of overuse. Synonyms: cliché, truism, commonplace. (Google) Love, love, love,…