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.

Stay Healthy This Autumn with These 10 Tips

I don’t know about you, but as much as I adore summer, I love those first cool days when I race to the kitchen, turn on the oven, and begin cooking in ways that will warm us for the cool weather ahead. The house fills with the perfumes of fall cooking, making the world a more delicious place.

These ten simple tips, ideas, and recipes will help you transition smoothly from summer to fall with your health intact.

Summer Abundance

The day I met Julia Child was amazing…awe-inspiring and I was just a little star-struck. Here she stood, the icon of all that is cooking, shaking my hand, smiling and asking about my specialty.
‘So all you eat are vegetables?’ she asked, genuinely interested and perplexed. At first, all I could think was that she did a great imitation of Julia...but she was Julia and I was dumbstruck.

The Christmas Spirit

I grew up in a wild and crazy Italian and Irish family that seemed to compete for who could yell the loudest or be the most dramatic. We were all about family, food and celebrating. Never was this more evident than during the Christmas season. My mother began baking dozens of varieties of Christmas cookies the day after Thanksgiving. The decorative tins piled higher and higher on our breakfront as the days of Advent wore on. She baked, decorated, shopped, hosted every family dinner and was completely expert at all of it. She loved drama and the holiday season gave her plenty of it.

Top Ten Farm Market Ingredients to Buy and Eat Now!

It’s the time of year more near and dear to my heart than Christmas, the season of farmers’ markets. We are especially blessed in my region of the country, surrounded by some of the lushest and abundant farm land in the country.

So why should you be shopping at a farm market? The easier question to answer is why wouldn’t you?

The Back-To-School Dilemma

It seems that summer just begins and suddenly, we are bombarded with ‘back-to-school’ ad campaigns designed to market as much stuff to our kids as they can absorb…and our kids? Well, they want it all.

Life’s A Beach

With long, languid summer days ahead, it’s time for some serious summer health talk.

I know that when I walk into my gym after any given weekend in the summer, there will be body after body suffering the after effects of too much sun (and other excesses) at the Jersey Shore.

How do we keep our bodies and our precious skin safe all summer long? Well, since I just know you will be outdoors, fit and active (you will, right?), there are a few things you should know that will keep you fresh as a daisy with skin as soft as dew (okay, I’ll stop now).

Cleaning Up For the New Year

It’s the new year. You’ve made the decision to clean up your eating habits, de-tox your body and get fit. Maybe you’ve made this resolution before, but what if it could really ‘stick’ this time? What if you re-thought the way you approached food and eating and really changed your life?