Living the WELL Life


Slim Pickins' - by Christina Pirello

There are times, especially in the summer, when I want to keep things light for dinner.  My husband and I always make a point to start our day with a big and balanced macrobiotic breakfast - lots of veggies and some grains for energy.  So a lighter dinner tends to be just what we need to end our day!  Here's just one direction you can take it - a pairing of a nice green salad with a vegetable dish and some finger foods.  Lighten up!   Read more


A New Green State of Mind

This sad tragedy with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico shows what always happens: the human error and an ideology of no regulations along with money and influence entrenched in our political system with politicians and judges.  Read more


Take-Out Turnaround - by Christina Pirello

Who knew there were healthy replacements for take-out foods and, more importantly, that they could taste great?  I've created this turnaround menu to satisfy your cravings for a fun and (bonus!) nutritious feast.  Get your chopsticks ready!       Read more


Balancing Act - by Christina Pirello

I had the incredible opportunity to testify before the U.S. Department of Agriculture last Thursday and share my story and passion for healthy eating.  I asked the committee responsible for the dietary guidelines (you know, that food pyramid!) to consider the overwhelming research and results that show we can reverse chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes with a plant-based diet.   Read more


A Day in D.C.

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Ode to the Three Hour Lunch

I have been traveling to Italy for both business and pleasure for years. I have often said that I feel more myself there than I do here in my own country. I was never sure why. It’s completely true for me, but I could not put my finger on the reason. Until now.  Read more


Score at the Shore - by Christina Pirello

Yes, it's that time of year again...time to get out the bathing suit, grab the hubby, and head to the shore!  But don't forget the food!  Here are a few dishes I made for the trip.  While they seem a little uncharacteristic when compared to traditional beach eats, these treats will satisfy tastebuds and leave you nourished all day.  Read more


Feel the Heat - by Christina Pirello

Even in the heat of summer I love to spice things up for some hot and heavy action…in the kitchen.  This menu is perfect for a festive dinner party with friends or, better yet, a couples’ night.  Your taste buds will do the tango as you and your partner bring on the salsa dancing.  I kept these dishes on the light side because, who knows, you might need some energy for later

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Food, Glorious Food - by Frances Abrams

I was really angry at myself last week for enjoying the aromas of the food court at the mall and fascinated by the way I responded to those smells.  Is there a physiological or psychological trigger in those smells that ignited my olfactory and gustatory senses?  Will I always be affected or influenced by those smells…especially freshly brewed coffee, whose smell l enjoy more than its taste?  Or, will years of not eating those foods eventually make me immune to their allure?  I began to wonder why we eat, not just why we eat fried or greasy foods, but why we eat and when and how we begin to develop our eating patterns.   Read more


Can We Cut Crime by Changing Cafeteria Menus?

I know; I know. It’s controversial. Some say crazy, but what if we could reduce crime and violence by simply changing cafeteria menus?  A high school in Appleton, Wisconsin tried an experiment under the enlightened guidance of their principal, LuAnn Coenen. She wanted to see if she could positively affect the fighting, weapons-carrying and general lack of focus and discipline in the school by changing the food the kids ate.   Read more



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