Living the WELL Life

Emotions and Choices - by Fran Abrams

I am always making choices about food—aren’t we all?  I make choices based on where I do my food marketing, what I cook for breakfast, lunch and dinner and what I am craving at the time.  Sometimes, beautiful displays of food beckon me and I end up eating something unexpected—but that, too, is a choice.  However, not all choices are consciously made. When I am tired, stressed or emotionally upset, my food choices can feel out of my control.   I stuff my face with food and don’t even remember what I’ve eaten--then feel badly about myself.  I am more at peace when I nourish my body in a healthy manner and make my food decisions consciously and wisely.   I can be an emotional eater and emotions really play havoc with my eating.  Read more

The Three Sisters of Your Health - by Christina Pirello

At first glance, a cuisine centered on corn, beans and squash may not seem all that interesting, impressive or chic, but it goes deeper than you might expect. These are no ordinary ingredients. They are the foundation of a civilization…and a very interesting story of three fascinating sisters.  Read more

4 Easy Steps to Waste (Waist) Reduction in Your Diet - by Christy Morgan

The average American throws out 2.5 pounds of trash per day (that is if you recycle, if you don’t it is closer to 4.5 pounds per day). Most of this comes from food packaging, glass and plastic containers, paper, or things that are not biodegradable and just sit in the landfill.  Read more


I dreaded it. Yes, it was my seventh time on board one of the floating palaces known as Costa Cruise lines for the Holistic Holiday at Sea. Yes, I knew the ‘big boat’ left the dock and rocked and rolled its way around the Caribbean. Yes, I am plagued by seasickness…even at the thought of the ship leaving the dock. Yikes! Am I nuts to do this again?  Read more

Changing Kids of America One Taste Bud at a Time - by David Leathers

There are many reasons why our nation is obese: convenience, type of food consumed, inactivity, but the main reason is lack of education. For a person to eat properly, they have to be taught how and unfortunately this is not being done.  Read more

Diet Coke and Women’s Heart Health, a Deadly Combination

Coca Cola should be tried for crimes against humanity. It’s that simple, really. Their latest scam plays on the vulnerability of women knowing that heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. It capitalizes on women’s obsession with staying slim. And it contributes to the ever-degenerating health of women. All in one shiny can of Diet Coke with a big red heart on it. With love, from another corporate giant out to steal your health.  Read more

What Exactly Does a Cool Ranch Taste Like, Anyway? - by Steve Rockstein

Picture this.  I’m on a slow-moving checkout line at the market… daydreaming.  This is not my favorite space to shop, a big-box warehouse with ugly lighting and uninformed help, but it’s the only place here on St Thomas where I can buy organic Italian olive oil, in real glass, at a reasonable price… so I deal with it.  Read more

Happy Spring!

Are We Feeling A Little Irritable?
According to the principles of Chinese Medicine, the spring heralds more than the arrival of tulips and daffodils. This time of year, when the earth is re-born and energy rises, the liver becomes more active, enlivened, if you will. As energy warms, it’s important to nourish the function of the liver and to honor the season by adapting your food and cooking to the season.  Read more

Ice or Heat… I’m So Confused! - by Ken Dill

You are exercising (good work by you!) when you feel a pain in your leg.  You stop for a minute to check if it’s all right.  All the while you are wondering…should I stop or continue ?…should I ice it or heat it?  Then you do what most people do and just try to ignore it and hope it goes away.  Nothing in medicine is 100% sure, but here is what I’ve learned over the past 27 years and 10’s of thousands of patients.  I hope it helps you.  Read more

Where Does Your Food Come From? - by Christina Pirello

It’s all the rage. Eating organically produced foods, supporting farm markets, CSA’s and eating locally have become as common in our language of food as food itself.  Read more

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