Living the WELL Life

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

Transitioning to a Delicious Vegan Diet - by Jason Wyrick

Usually, I write or speak about how to successfully transition to a healthy vegan diet, but the main impetus for making that transition is to first and foremost make the transition to a delicious vegan diet.  There are, of course, those people who can eat simply for nutrition and fuel and ignore the pleasure side of food, but those people are completely alien to me.  Their way lies chaos and madness and, for most other people, failure and guilt because we all know when we fail at a healthy dietary change, there is quite a bit of guilt that accompanies said failure.  I know, I’ve been there.  And we all know that, deep down, most of us eat not necessarily because we’re hungry, but because the food tastes good.  If it doesn’t taste good, we don’t stick with it for very long.  That’s why it is vitally important to make any dietary change a delicious dietary change and with vegan cuisine, it’s not that hard.  This series of articles will cover some of the most important tips and tricks I’ve found over the last nine years that worked for both me and my students.  Speaking of which, on to your first tip!  Read more

Living As If Life Mattered - by Bill Tara

Life is precious. We all say that but the evidence often tells a different story. When I started doing health counselling in the early 1970’s one of my first clients was a man who was brought to see me by his wife; this is often the case. She had good results with a program I had given her and wanted the same benefits for her husband. He was overweight and had very high cholesterol levels so we reviewed his history and began the process of creating a health plan for him.  Read more

Our Conditioning - by Christy Morgan

I met someone at this awesome vegan restaurant in LA who is a health and fitness expert. He wasn't eating anything and I couldn't figure out why! This place had tasty food so why would you go to a restaurant and not eat? So, being the curious being that I am I went ahead and asked him why he wasn't eating anything. He said he hadn’t done much today (in the way of fitness) so he wasn’t going to eat much today. I got to thinking. That kind of makes sense! If you don’t do a lot of activity it doesn’t really warrant eating a lot of food. Then it got me thinking of how we are conditioned from childhood to get our “square 3 meals a day”, and from the USDA food pyramid to get 'x' number of servings of this or that. We are conditioned to finish our plates and not be wasteful. We are not conditioned to eat when we are hungry and take in less calories if we do not expend much energy in the day. No wonder more than half the US population is either overweight or obese.  Read more

Lift With Your Legs….It’s Not That Simple - by Ken Dill

Everyone knows to lift with your legs.  Most people don’t do it, but most of us have heard that phrase somewhere, sometime.  I’m here to tell you (again) that lifting with your legs is extremely important.  However, it’s only half the battle to avoid injury.  You must also “protect with the abs”!  That means you must contract the abdominal muscles and stabilize the lumbar spine in the neutral position.  Those of you who have been “lifting with the legs” may have actually been putting yourselves more at risk of injury if you weren’t also protecting with your abdominal muscles.  This is because you can lift more weight with your legs than your back muscles.  But now you have more weight on an unprotected spine and thus, a greater chance of straining a ligament or blowing out a disc.  Read more

The Greatest Cleaning Tool Ever!!!!!

I know; I know, it sounds crazy, but it’s true. As a genetically wired to clean Italian, I love a sparklingly shiny house. But I hate what most products do to our environment.  Read more

A Cold Weather Brunch - by Christina Pirello

There’s nothing like cold weather to create the desire to get together, cook and enjoy the company of friends and loved ones…I love this menu!  Read more

Living the Life - by Steve Rockstein

    It happens a lot, often after one of our signature ‘Dinner-on-the-Deck’ extravaganzas. As the wine flows and the artful bounty of whole foods slowly disappears, one of our guests at Chef’s House, my little guest house on St. Thomas, will take a deep breath in, turn to me and say, “You know…this has always been my dream… to live on an island… and open a Bed & Breakfast…”  Read more

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