All About Mary Curry
I am a wife, mother, teacher and writer and I'm learning to become a healthy eater. Replacing baked goods and salty snacks with fruits and vegetables is a challenge best not undertaken alone, so I've been grateful for the support of the other healthy writers. They’ve been such good role models that I''ve lost ten pounds in the last year.

I figure vegetables have played a vital role in my development as a writer. I needed someone to keep me company for all those hours I spent as a child, sitting alone at the table until I finished my peas. Back then, I made up stories based on the Happy Hollisters series. (You can be sure my mother heard that Mrs. Hollister never made her children stay at the table to finish their peas.) These days, playing with my characters is a reward I enjoy after school and during vacations.

I've always written contemporary and historical romance, but lately I've been inspired by my students to try my hand at middle grade and YA fiction.
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Mary's News & Fun Facts
  • I am the mother of 2 grown daughters and a recently acquired dog and cat.
  • I’m a three-time finalist in Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Contest.
  • I took time away from fiction writing to complete a double masters degree in Childhood Education and Special Education.
  • I’m the kind of reader who will read cereal boxes or grocery store flyers rather than be without printed words.
  • My husband and I celebrate our version of date night with weekly trips to our local Barnes and Noble.
Blog Posts from Mary

Hemp History Week

June 3 – 9 is  Hemp History Week

You might wonder, why do we have a week to celebrate the history of hemp?

I promise, it’s not what you’re probably thinking.

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For information on what exactly Hemp History Week is all about, check out the official website. Hemp: Our Heritage, Our Future. Basically, the goal is to allow U.S. farmers to grow hemp.

Here’s the text:

Every day, more and more Americans discover the benefits of hemp. This ever-expanding market includes healthy food and body care products, as well as eco-friendly textiles, clothing, auto-parts, and building materials. But despite hemp’s growing popularity, an outdated and misguided Federal policy – created in the 1930’s – currently prevents U.S. farmers from growing this nutritious, versatile, and eco-friendly crop.

It is time for Federal policy on industrial hemp to reflect today’s reality and ensure a better tomorrow for America’s families and farmers, the economy and our planet.

As more Americans recognize the health and environmental benefits of hemp products, hemp farming promises job creation and economic opportunity for farmers and manufacturers, and ensures that nutritious foods are more accessible and affordable for consumers. In turn this means healthier lifestyles, a stronger economy, and a more sustainable world.

Back in July of last year I wrote a post on Hemp Hearts.  Since then I’ve become really fond of this food. They’re an incredibly healthy source of Omega 3s and they taste great. I sprinkle the hemp seeds in my yogurt, dip banana slices in them, or add them to a smoothie (like the one I’m drinking as I type this). The hemp seeds give it a nice nutty flavor.

If you’re curious about the health benefits of hemp seeds, check out one of these sites:

Healing Source

Eating Well

7 Health benefits of hemp  Read the article for details but these are the 7: 1. A Healthy Heart  2. A Healthy Mind  3. Healthy Skin  4. Weight Loss  5. Help Digestive Disorders  6. Prevent Cancer  7. Fight Diabetes

 

If that’s not enough – according to Pure Healing Foods:

Hemp Seeds are a gift of nature. They are the most nutritious seed in the world. Hemp Seeds are a complete protein. They have the most concentrated balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins and enzymes combined with a relative absence of sugar, starches and saturated fats. Hemp Seeds are one of nature’s perfect foods – a Super Food. This is one of the most potent foods available, supporting optimal health and well being, for life. Raw hemp provides a broad spectrum of health benefits, including: weight loss, increased and sustained energy, rapid recovery from disease or injury, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced inflammation, improvement in circulation and immune system as well as natural blood sugar control.

The site has a load more information.

If you’re a doubter, check out Livestrong: Hemp Seeds: Health Benefit or Hype?

So, go forth and celebrate Hemp History Week.  And check out the page on Facebook.

 

 

Ugli Fruit

I don’t usually feel sorry for my food, but lately I’ve been seeing signs in my market for Ugli Fruit. Every time I see them, my anti-bullying training kicks in and I actually feel sorry for the fruit. Are you laughing at me yet? I’ve also been wondering what exactly Ugli Fruit is (and of […]

The Big Salad? Or any salad?

For weeks I’ve been seeing a sign outside out local Starbucks announcing their spring salads. Since I don’t ever go to Starbucks for lunch, I didn’t really pay much attention. Then today I saw this news blurb. Starbucks recently released a list of new menu items, and one of the offerings is the meat-free Hearty […]

Great Greens

For most of us, this year has been kind of different weather-wise.   Blizzards in April, snow storms in May. We have a freeze warning tonight! All of which is just an excuse for why it’s taking me so long to get into my spring/summer healthy mentality. The allure of soups has worn thin as […]

Magnesium revisited

I’m in the midst of insane state testing and scoring so this week I’m flashing back to an older post I did on Magnesium My local health food store has a free magazine called Better Nutrition.  Every once in awhile, if I’m in there when it comes out, I pick up a copy. This month […]

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