CJ - Food Stories Blog


My name is C.J. I am a 40 something, married female that lives on the west coast of the United States. I love food and all things food related. Being a nurse, I especially like the food science/nutritional aspect, as well as, typical food preparation, recipes and eating (of course).

Consuming fresh, natural, whole and unprocessed food is probably the way that most people should be eating. Unfortunately, I’m a Type II Diabetic so I have to use some processed items to make my diet even half way palatable. I did have bariatric surgery (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) which helped my blood sugar levels so I am able to eat more carbs than my body could previously tolerate. Because of my surgery and my metabolic issues, I do try to balance a Low Carb Diet along with whole foods. This is a delicate balance indeed.

Before I became diagnosed with diabetes, I was a vegan which is the consumption of only plant based foods. Recently, I have began a vegan experiment to see if my body will tolerate this type of diet without sending my blood glucose levels through the roof. Can’t wait to see the results and I hope you’ll follow along.

Food is fascinating on a number of levels. The emphasis that we place on food is incredible when you think about culture and traditions such as birthdays, holidays, religious, etc. What food can do for us is incredibly amazing and sometimes takes my breath away. Hippocrates said, “Let they food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” He knew the power of proper nutrition well before current science became aware of this fact.

Grab a chair and join the conversation about all things food related.

Carol Ludlow, MBA, RN
Food Stories, LLC

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  1. Arna Gilkes says:

    I empathize with you and dangling diabetes. I have 7 siblings 4 of which are diabetics. So far I am non-diabetic and feel there is no food stuff more important than Whole Plant Foods, prepared in as simply and natural a manner as possible, eaten at regular intervals, not closer than 5 hours apart, only enough quantity to keep an ideal weight and BMI. 2 of my diabetic siblings eat only two times a day. All this without minimizing regular sleeping hours, exercise of course out of doors with much deep breathing and expressing gratitude and complete confidence to/in our Loving, Eternal, Life-Giver and Creator. Blessings, Arna

  2. Hi love the blog and also the Food Foto Gallery. Keep up the good work and we will share our Indian food photos with you (all with Spice!).

  3. Hi, CJ! I love your site and would love to chat with you and see how we could feature you on our site that caters to food enthusiasts. Let’s chat!

  4. It was nice to read about you.
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  5. Nice to “meet” you, C.J. — you’ve got some exciting things going on here! I love reading food stories, too. :)
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  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your story is very inspiring. I look forward to reading more!

  7. Hi! It’s nice to see a fellow weight loss surgery person blogging. I’m just getting my blog started and yours is a great way for me to see that it might actually get me somewhere, lol. It takes everything I’ve got to keep from posting 10 posts per day!
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    • Theresa … That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging. I truly had to moderate myself and I’m so glad I did because now it’s tough sometimes to get posts up on a daily basis which is one of my goals. Heading over to check out your site :-)

  8. Hi CJ -I’ve seen your name pop up “here and there” and had to check things out :) Glad I stumbled across your blog again!
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  9. Interesting thinking nice:)

  10. Hi C.J.!
    I’m so glad you stumbled across my blog, and that you liked it!! I’m new to blogging, and I’m kind of “all over the place” right now. One day I’m posting about beautiful Architecture and Interior Design, the next day I’m posting about our beautiful Wisteria tree, and the next day I’m posting a story about how 7 baby ducklings fell in our street sewer as they were following behind their mother, and my daughter helped rescue them! I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing for a blogger to be “all over the place” like me. It’s just that I find so many things beautiful and inspiring…I can’t seem to narrow my topics down!! Anyways, I appreciate you taking the time to check out my blog. I hope you visit me again!!!
    And what a great website you have here! I will be sure to follow along!
    Take care,
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    • Maureen … Thanks for stopping by the site :-) I don’t think you have to narrow your topic, blogging should be first and foremost and enjoyable activity. If something inspires you, then write about it … I know exactly what you mean! So glad we met & I can’t wait to see what your next post will be :-)

  11. Great web site. Thank you for connecting with me on food buzz. I will follow your site.

  12. Dear CJ,

    THANK YOU so much for the IBA award. I am so excited and happy to have received this honor from you. Love the fact that you like my blog. The idea of an award is such a wonderful way to recognize and acknowledge each other. Thank you once again!

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  13. Thanks so much for nominating my blog (http://3dhealthforlife.wordpress.com/) for the Illuminating Blogger Award! I see we have something in common – we’re both nurses with an interest in healthy foods and healthy living! It’s nice to meet you and I plan on checking your new posts regularly. Have a great day!
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  14. Wow!
    Nothing pleases writers as much as hearing that someone enjoyed some bit of something or other that they wrote. Nominating my blog (http://justserved.onthetable.us) for “Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling” is completely over-the-top — thank you!

  15. hey, just found you courtesy of “Whatever!” on WordPress (http://lisasff.wordpress.com/) — she nominated me for the Illuminated Blogger award, so I thought I would stop by and check you out… I likey! I be backy!

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