September 2015

Women’s Health and Fitness Day

It’s a big day in my world--bigger than a lot of the days on which we celebrate various conditions and causes. We’re celebrating women’s health and fitness. Today we ask women to take care of themselves.

Women work hard to create a warm, nurturing home life. We work outside of the home in corner stores and corner offices. We cook, clean, raise kids and change the world.

Selling Us a Bill of Health

If words like ‘pesticides,’ GMOs,’ ‘artificial colors and flavors,’ ‘growth hormones,’ antibiotics,’ ‘high-fructose

Eating with the Seasons

We live in a great country where we can get any fruit or vegetable at any time of the year. That’s good news and bad news for us. It’s good because it’s a sign of abundance. It’s not so good because in all that abundance, we have lost touch with what’s in season—and how foods change and shift from cold to warm weather. We eat strawberries at Christmas and beef stew in the summer and wonder why our bodies are uncomfortable in the weather of any particular season.

Organic or Non Organic, That Is the Question

My friend and colleague David Steinman generously offered to help me explain the importance of organic foods. David is a journalist, environmentalist, and consumer advocate. His book Diet for a Poisoned Planet grew out of his own personal concern for what was really in the food he was eating. What began as an investigation into contaminants found in the fish in the Santa Monica Bay has grown into a lifelong mission to educate consumers and fight for cleaner, more nutritious foods.

A Grain of Truth

The word “grain” resonates deeply with me. It evokes images of simplicity, elegance, beauty and humility. Simply stated, whole grains and grain products are the cornerstone of any healthy, whole foods diet. There is an old saying; “Man cannot live by bread alone.” Well, he (and she) sure can live well on grain! Yes, we need to supplement whole grains with fresh fruits and vegetables, beans,

Eating Well on a Budget: Series Post 2 of 2

Let's continue our conversation of what seems like an impossible mission of stretching your dollar to get healthy food on a budget.

This is a no-brainer. Veggies are inexpensive and nutrient-dense so you win all around. You fill up, fast and at a low cost.

Wait…what? You don’t like vegetables? Um, let me think how to respond.

Eating Well on a Budget: Series Post 1 of 2

There’s a reason that healthy eating seems unattainable. The recipes can seem complicated (translation: lots of prep time) with ingredients that sound unfamiliar and when you seek them out, are expensive and outside your realm of what’s possible. Stretching your dollar to get healthy food on a budget can seem like an impossible mission.

So are you doomed to a life of junk food or less than healthy ingredients? Must you compromise your health in order to make ends meet?

Nah! I got this.

Back to School-for the Big Kids

It’s true-70% of non-athlete college students gain between 10-15 pounds their first semester, and it just grows from there.


While my days as a college student are long behind me, I have lots of kids in my life either going back to school or beginning their college years. All are worried about success and are anxious about fitting in, and many of them are wondering how they will stay fit and healthy in their new lives.

Label.ology: General Tips for Reading Labels

How to Read a Label
10 Tips

1. Ingredients are listed in order of their proportion in the product. So for me, the first three ingredients are the most important. They’re what make up the majority of the product you’re eating.

2. If the ingredient panel contains long words you don’t recognize, do some research and discover what the ingredient is (or does) before considering whether or not to put it in or on your body.