Living the WELL Life

Where Has All the Compassion Gone?

I wanted to talk about something that seriously bugs me. I have lived a vegan lifestyle for more than 25 years and people rarely knew it. I always told myself it was because I disliked labels, so ‘macrobiotic,’ ‘vegan…’whatever was off my list of things to call myself.   Read more

Special Valentine’s Day Menu

Want to impress your sweetie this Valentine’s Day? Time to think outside the box…and be indulgent in a most healthy way. Oh…and you should know up front, there’s no chocolate in this menu (okay, one recipe with an option for it, but really…)  Read more

Eat To Compete: Fueled By Plants - by Matt Tucker

I strive to live a healthy, active lifestyle and eating a plant-based diet has helped me achieve and maintain my goal.  Being a vegetarian is important to me, but it does not define me as a person.  I feel that humans are better designed for meat-free digestion anyway, so I believe that I am more of a natural human and less of any other label.  I support the school of thought that believes the word “vegetarian” comes not from “vegetable” but is derived from the Latin “vegetus”, suggesting that it was coined to describe how “vigorous” and healthy a meat-free person feels.  While I initially became a vegetarian for environmental reasons, I persisted because I felt great, I felt vigorous.  Read more

Chocolate…Truly the Food of the Gods! - by Christina Pirello

The great Swedish botanist, Carolus Linnaeus christened the cacao tree…food of the gods…and boy, was he right! We’ll never know what nirvana is…well, most of us won’t anyway…maybe the Dalai Lama (but I hear he loves chocolate, too)…but chocolate is about as close to ambrosia that we mortals will ever experience. For most of us, a mere taste of chocolate on our tongue can trigger a flood of fond memories…our first Hershey Kiss, licking chocolate ice cream off our wrist during the summer, dipping our fingers into rich chocolate frosting meant for a birthday cake. But hardly any of us think of chocolate as good for us…sinful, surely…decadent, definitely…but healthy? Never…but just this once, you’ll love being wrong.  Read more

This I Believe... - by Ken Dill

We are all one.  As I sit here on the first day of 2010 (pronounced “twenty-ten;” it sounds more futuristic), I contemplate the next decade, as well as the future beyond.  Will we (the human race) advance as a species and survive on this planet…or will we become extinct like the many animals and plants before us (dinosaurs, dodo birds, and hundreds of vegetable species )?  One thing I believe is that unlike previous members of the “extinct club”, if it happens to humans, it will be our own fault.  With our brain power, we have a greater ability to adapt and control our environment than anything else on the planet ever has.  We have manipulated our world through advances in technologies, medicine, etc., but as a whole, we have failed to learn on the thing…WE ARE ALL ONE!  I believe that until our “advanced brains” learn this simple concept, we are doomed to follow the dinosaurs and become part of Earths’ evolutionary history instead of its future.   Read more

The B-12 Dilemma - by Christina Pirello

In our house, 1998 has a pet name…the year from hell.  Everyone has them…those years that you literally count the days until they end…even living a macrobiotic lifestyle does not guarantee immunity to such years.  We may like to think that it does, that living natural, whole lives makes us somehow magically immune to disease and other natural disasters.  Well, maybe not everyone thinks this, but I surely did. I thought that having had…and survived cancer through macrobiotics (trial by fire, in my case) ensured that the rest of my life would sail smoothly along.  I was ‘all in’ in the tragedy department.  Read more

Gluten-Free Cuisine

As an off-shoot of my cooking show, my husband and I own a travel business.  We organize holidays for people who want to continue their commitment to health even while on vacation.  We organize tours of Europe, scuba trips to the Caribbean and retreats in the U.S.  My staff and prepare meals to keep our guests sated and healthy.  The challenges of cooking in varying locales can be exciting and daunting.  Read more

LIFESTYLE: The Word Game - by Steve Rockstein

‘…A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou…’
–from The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam

In my last blog I wrote about wine and the one before that, bread, so now its time for thou.  As in ‘How art thou?’  Really.  Before you answer, I want you to reconsider your lifestyle.  Yes, really.
That’s what I did.  I spelled it out, one letter at a time and before I knew it, I had my very own LIFESTYLE acronym.  Sounds silly, I know.  But it focused me, very clearly, on the way I live my life and what my real priorities are.  This may seem like over thinking it to some, but both of my parents died from lifestyle diseases (Type II diabetes)… so yeah… I do think about it a lot.  Maybe you should too.  Making your own anagram is way more fun than burdening your brain with more phases like ‘…I should do more blah, blah, blah…’  Really.  Read more

What's On Your Plate? - by Christy Morgan

I don't know if you've noticed, but there has been an energy shift happening over the last few months. We are moving into a new age where having a meat-centered diet and using animals as commodities will no longer be acceptable. People are ready to take an honest look at their dinner plates and see the bigger picture staring back at them. Here's a list of things I think would be great to get on your plate this year.  Read more

5 Healthy Snacks on The Go - by Christy Morgan
While you are busy running around trying to manage your job, your family and social life, it’s a good idea to have good quality snacks available so you aren’t caught with low blood sugar and running to the vending machine. Ideally, you want a snack that has nutritional value, is low in sugar, and is easy to carry along with you. These 5 snacks fit the bill.  Read more

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