February 2014

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... especially during these challenging times in which we live.
Volunteering has a long history in the United States.

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

… Road Trip!

Summer means strappy sandals, t-shirts and sundresses, long weekends picnicking at the beach and… road trips!!!!

But wait… can people who eat a healthy, plant-based diet survive out there on the road and return home with our health intact?

Yup, as long as we know how to sidestep some potential landmines lurking along the way.

The FDA Says Walnuts Are Illegal Drugs?

I am an avid reader of the magazine Life Extension. I find their articles compelling, no-nonsense and their research impeccable.

In one of their issues, I read an article that made my skin crawl, my hair stand on end and my rage boil over like a too-long simmering stew.

Wait til you hear this one!

The Scoop On Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is one of the most intensely concentrated nutrients. And while it has a very strong taste, very grassy, like drinking the lawn…(kidding…) it can be a healthful addition to one’s diet.

Seeds of Life

As the earth thaws and the change in the air we know as spring embraces our winter-weary bodies, I am acutely aware of the rebirth of all life. We emerge, pale faces turned toward the warmth of the sun, feeling fresh and ready for a new world. We dig our hands in the cool, moist soil and begin the process of life that will bloom as our gardens.

The Deadly Nightshades…Or Are They?

I grew up in a big, culinarily inspiring Italian family. We cooked, ate, made and drank wine, cooked, ate, tended vegetable gardens, fought, cooked and ate. But I learned everything I know about nourishment from hanging out with these kitchen wizards. If only they knew how well they practiced macrobiotic ideals, they would laugh…and then cook and eat!

Ya Gotta Love How Special Our Special Interest Groups Are…

I have been away, working in Italy for about a month, so I have spent a few days catching up on email and other office stuff that has built up while I was gone. I tell you this because I might be a little behind the times on this rant, but I don’t think it makes it less valid.

I opened email this morning to find an e-newsletter from my friend Kris Carr of ‘Crazy Sexy’ fame. A lovely, warm and funny woman, Kris is rarely political, so it really got my attention when I saw her write in her newsletter that she was “motivated to get political.”

Napoli and Pizza

My mother’s family came to America in search of a better life. The youngest of seventeen children (yes, you read right, seventeen!), my grandmother talked often of their life in a small village outside the city of Naples in southern Italy. She talked about day-to-day things, the stuff of life in a small town. She loved America, but there was a part of her that longed for the simple life she had known in her homeland.

Brown Rice and Arsenic…Here We Go Again

Just when I think things are returning to some form of normalcy, there is more panic around food…some for good cause and some, as Jon Stewart says, not so much.

This article is about the latter.

Here we are again discussing arsenic in brown rice and while I am weary of having this same discussion every few years, I am also committed to health and to the health of my readers and viewers and do not take their concerns lightly.

Here is what my latest research has shown me.