America’s Healthy
Cooking Teacher

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... 
Volunteering has a long history in the United States. We have a rich history of people giving of themselves, their time and their resources with no expectation of compensation.
But as it turns out, all volunteers may be getting 'paid back' in ways they could not imagine.

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.

Again with the Resolutions?

Are you as sick of New Year’s Resolutions as I am? Every year, we hear the same things: make this the year you get fit; slim down; make healthy lifestyle choices; eat real food.

And by February 1, the gyms are once again quiet and most of us are back on the sofa with a bag of chips wondering how the year went south so fast.

You know it doesn’t have to be that way, right?

A few simple disciplines (yes, there’s that awful word…) and you might just get your feet on the path to a healthy and fit body once and for all.

Why We Eat

Thirty years ago, I changed the way I eat in order to regain my health during a life-threatening illness. Obviously, it worked out well, as I am here and healthy these many years later.

In the process of discovering my way back to health, I was introduced to Japanese philosopher, Georges Oshawa, considered to be the father of modern macrobiotics and its accompanying lifestyle. Oshawa has penned many books and in my reading, I was enchanted (and sometimes shocked) by many of his very black and white statements.

Is Healthy Living the Privilege of a Few?

In these hard economic times, people are watching their dwindling money do less and less. We also continuously hear about living well, eating naturally and preventing disease. These three basic concepts of a healthy life have taken on the aura of out-of-reach luxury. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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.

Where Has All the Compassion Gone?

I wanted to talk about something that seriously bugs me. I have lived a plant-centric lifestyle for more than 25 years and people rarely knew it. I always told myself it was because I disliked labels, so ‘macrobiotic,’ ‘vegan…’whatever was off my list of things to call myself.

A Day in D.C. (A Retrospective)

On a crisp Thuirsday in January of 2012, I had the privilege to testify before the USDA with my friend and colleague, Dr. Neal Barnard, president and founder of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine. I presented the following comments on the first draft of the USDA dietary guidelines, to be released this December.

I am honored to be here to comment on such an important topic.

Why Choose HEALTH When You Can Choose Dinner in a Bucket?

Walk into a fast food restaurant and look at the menu closely. Your head will spin at the sheer number of options available to wreck your health and accelerate your arrival at the Pearly Gates. They may call it convenient and even more criminally…food, but what they’re really doing is robbing you of your health…and giving you a big, fat gut in the process.