Getting into the Habits

  • The Importance of Creating Habits
  • Is Routine Enslaving or Is It Freeing?
  • Tenacity…but What Should I Eat?
  • The Elephant in the Room—Stress

Living in the Convent

  • A Midcentury Slice of Convent Life
  • Entrance Day and a Day in the Life of a Novice
  • Priests’ Kitchen
  • Marian Hall and the Singing Nun
  • Fired from the Sacristy and Promoted to Day and Night Kitchen Duty
  • Sister Mary Alma and the Celery Caper

Reflections from the Convent Today

  • Learning from the Past
  • Changing with the Times
  • Choices You Can Make
  • Living in the Moment
  • Being Centered and Balance
  • Positive Self Talk
  • Why I Left the Convent
always eat dessert by mary lou reid
Kitchen of Tomorrow

Sister St. Clara, home economics teacher at Clarke College, broadcast radio shows from her “kitchen of tomorrow” in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

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About the Author of Always Eat Dessert

Mary Lou Reid entered the convent 50 years ago. While there she lost 50 pounds and has kept the weight off for 50 years.

After leaving the convent Mary Lou headed to New York where she worked in the arts and media business. She attended NYU business school and then relocated to Los Angeles where she completed her education in finance. Mary Lou has worked as a Certified Financial Planner for the past 30+ years. She has given many seminars, written articles and has appeared as a financial expert on TV.