Crossed over into the new year with a sense of obligation to myself. Although I brought with me zeal and excitement for the things ahead – new adventures, thoughts, finally tapping into my creative juices…I also brought the reality of hyperthyroidism, with its accompanying fatigue, weight loss, and discomfort because of a metabolism gone haywire. You see, with hopes for a new year and new beginnings, we also bring some of the things that we wished stayed behind at the stroke of midnight. While I anticipate great things for “The Prepared Table,” my first focus will always be on making sure the woman behind the brand is prepared – and for me that starts with my health. I embark this year taking a good hard look at what I can do to give my body what it needs to heal itself, to nurture itself, so that it can give me the optimum quality of life that all my hopes and dreams deserve. So as I look forward to preparing your table, I will first use my wisdom and insight I have about food to build a prepared and healthy woman, one bite at a time, at my own table. Happy New Year!