Living the WELL Life
You do have choices on the one day of the year dedicated to eating candy. My cookies will win you raves with the little ones (we actually have the kids trade one piece of candy for a cookie…works every time!) and the soup and braised apples will keep the adults out of the trick or treat bags, too. Read more
Tis the Season to Do Some Good
We all love the feeling of the holiday season (no, not the bargains…although they are nice…). We love the energy, if you will, of the season. Everyone seems a bit lighter, happier…kinder, more generous. We even have a day dedicated to service: Giving Tuesday, a day where we give of ourselves and/or our resources to help those less fortunate than we are.
Here at Christina Cooks, we have teamed up with TD Bank. I know; I know; who likes banks these days? Aren’t they the Darth Vadar of our lives; the Snidely Whiplash villain darkening our doors?
Not TD Bank.
I have banked with this fine institution for more than twenty years and have loved my relationship with them. So when they told me that they had a program that could help the work of The Christina Pirello Health Education Initiative, I was all ears. Read more
Holiday Feasting, Vegan Style
Holidays can be challenging on many levels, but if you really want to throw your family into a tailspin, tell them that a vegetarian, or worse, a vegan, will be joining you for your holiday feast. My most amusing conversations have come from the panicked inquiries of hosts wondering what in the world to cook for me during the one season of the year seemingly dedicated to stuffing things, including ourselves.
Well, the truth is that the holiday season is my favorite time to host get-togethers and dinners. The harvest is in; the abundance of our fields is in full, lush ripeness and the weather has cooled enough to inspire me to light the oven once again. And I suppose I like a challenge. I love putting a yummy and elegant meal on the table and watching my guests enjoy it and not realize…until the very end…that they haven’t missed the meat…or dairy…or poultry…or sugar. Read more
Move It – Or Lose It!
Exercise is an important part of what I do. Regardless of what kind of a problem a person has, if they can move any part of their body, exercise will make them feel better. Why? Because exercise gives you happy hormones! A lack of exercise makes us more tired. Energy creates energy! I am not talking about pounding your body to the point of exhaustion which is unproductive. There is no reason that extreme punishing workouts have to be experienced for good health; this is true in both exercise and diet. But you do have to move your body. Read more
It’s that time of year…to be grateful for all of our blessings and to feast with the ones we love.
Here are some great recipes to add to your holiday meal that are so yummy and different, everyone will love them!
Whole Poached Artichokes (finished dish to be made by kitchenettes)
Millet-Cauliflower ‘Mashed Potatoes’ (finish to be made by kitchenettes)
Italian Biscotti (Christina to make and bring) Read more
The Big Three
There are many factors that will determine your health through the years, including but not limited to: genetics, environment, attitude/outlook, risk taking, stress, chemical consumption (medications or otherwise,) smoking, sleep (or lack there of,) food, “food like substances”, movement ( exercise, etc...) and many others. Boy, that’s a lot of stuff. So which one is most important? Which one should I focus on and really pay attention to the most so that I can be healthy, live long, and prosper? Although all these things will surely impact your health as you attempt to age gracefully, I believe the things that we can control and do everyday will have the most long term impact on your health maintenance through the years. Namely: eating, sleeping and moving!!! Read more
10 TIPS FOR VEGAN PARENTS AND SCHOOL KIDS
Now that summer is officially over, as are the first few rude awakenings by alarm clock, we’re settling back in to school-centered life. My step-daughter, Akira, born and raised vegan, is almost 8—the youngest in her 3rd grade class—and bizarrely, the only girl. She’s got plenty to adjust to—but thankfully being “out” about her veganism isn’t one of them. Akira is confident, committed, and so far, shrugs off any pushback. But it’s not like this for everyone. We know that being a young vegan in a classroom can be tough. Written with Akira’s help, here is a list of ten tips for vegan parents and school kids to help normalize veganism and make the school year easier! Read more
You won't believe who doesn't care about your wellness.
Seriously, you won't believe who doesn't care about your wellness but rather PROFIT MARGINS and NOT QUALITY are their main interests. Take a look at this... Read more
A Time to Give
Autumn was moving along quite nicely when Mother Nature slapped the East Coast silly with Hurricane Sandy and the Jersey Shore, where I spent every summer of my youth was forever changed. As of this writing, the coast and its resilient residents struggle to regain their footing and recreate their lives. And while everyone talks about how tough people from New Jersey are (and we are), this still sucks…for them and for our brothers and sisters in New York, Delaware, parts of Pennsylvania…and well, anywhere else that storm hit so hard. Read more
Palm Oil-Free Vegan Butter
Just when we got used to non-dairy butter, now we are hearing we shouldn't buy anything that contains palm oil. Why? Isn't it vegan? Here's the short story : "the increased demand for palm oil, which is grown only in tropical environments, is fuelling destruction of the rainforest habitat of Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, pushing those endangered species even closer to extinction. Read more