Living the WELL Life

Who Has Time for That?

Watching a cooking show the other day, I saw an ad for Marie Callendar pot pies talking about how the crust is made from scratch and the ingredients simmered with love and care. And then the ad said “who has time for that? Marie Callendar, that’s who.” Seriously? Are we going to fall for this yet again?   Read more

Roundup Rip Off

Whenever the episode on GMO’s runs on public television, my office phone rings off the hook and my website blows up with irate people telling me that I don’t know what I am talking about…that glyphosate is an herbicide, not a pesticide; that it won’t harm our guts like it harms the bugs and I should get my facts straight.  Read more

Why We Cook

Why do we cook?

Anthropologists tell us that cooking is what ultimately makes us human, differentiating us from other species in that cooking created community. We gathered around the fire…cooking and eating together.

They also tell us that cooking helped us to pre-digest food, fueling our brains more efficiently, allowing us to evolve into having larger brains with a capacity for creativity and smaller guts since we could spend less time (actual hours) chewing. Once our brains evolved, we became the community of humans we are today, for better or for worse.  Read more

Workout Your Heart

I know what you're thinking. This is the one where she gives us that tired old advice of exercising daily.

And while that is essential to heart health (really essential...), I am thinking about working out your heart in another way...    Read more

Why Does the Food Industry Want to Block GMO Label Laws?

An article appeared in Bloomberg Business Week on February 6 that should have us nervous about the future of our food…and asking a lot of questions.

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food includes twenty-nine members representing companies like PepsiCo, the world’s largest manufacturer of snack food and Monsanto, as well as the National Corn Growers Association, the National Restaurant Association and the American Beverage Association.  Read more

Chocolate Is Good for Our Hearts?

Oh, happy day! Research done by the Cleveland Clinic tells a pretty cool story (and a very happy one for chocolate lovers everywhere). Plant nutrients known as flavonoids, help protect plants and help repair cell damage. When we eat foods rich in these nutrients (fruits and veggies, specifically), we benefit from this ‘antioxidant’ power just like the plants.  Read more

The Beat Goes On…

It’s National Heart Health month! Throw the confetti; start the parade! This is the month where we place the focus on our hearts, keeping them healthy, strong and vital. Wooo-hooooooo! Let’s get this party started!
Oh…wait…isn’t heart disease the leading killer of both men and women? Hasn’t it been so since the 1970’s?  Read more

Just When You Think Monsanto Can’t Be More Subversive

“The motto of the world's largest youth organization is “To Make the Best Better.” This is honored by Monsanto as we are proud to share and support the motto of 6.8 million youth, aged 5-21, who are involved in 4-H programs annually.”  Read more

Happy Christmas!
The parties, the shopping, the decorating, the wrapping, the family, the friends…even the healthy feasts pale in comparison to the true meaning of the season…whatever that is for you. If it’s a spiritual time to reflect, a time to reconnect with family and friends or just a fun chill-out time, we at Christina Cooks wish you a healthy and joyful holiday season.  Read more
Chill ...and Reflect

It’s finally here…Christmas Eve. Time to end the season as it began…chillin.’  Read more

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