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December 2015

Changing Your Mind

No one likes change. It’s uncomfortable and takes us into uncharted territory. It can be scary and we aren’t sure of the results…or consequences.

And sometimes, we just get tired of “growing.” I know I do.

If we are to transform our health and wellness and create the vitality we desire, we must change the way we think…about food, about eating, about exercise, about rest, about how we consume and about how we move through the world.

Happy Healthy Holidays

I spent a few weeks working in Sicily this past summer and was struck by how healthy Italian living feels with its slower pace and relaxed lifestyle. Italians approach life much differently than we do. They’re less concerned with how quickly they can get through a meal, instead savoring each bite with relish. Sure, fast food is making inroads there, but most Italians love food too much to succumb to the siren song of junk food.

The Aristocrat of Oranges, The Mandarin

I live on the East Coast. Winter sets in with dull, grey, bone-chilling cold days.  Since I can’t always jet off to a tropical paradise for a break from winter blahs, what’s a girl to do?  I take my pale-face to the market and pick up some mandarin oranges.  They’re like my own personal dose of sunshine, as well as a bit nostalgic since my mother used to put them in the toes of our stockings at Christmas.

Let Go…and Do Good

I am not a big fan of clutter or accumulating what we don’t need so the rule in our house goes like this: “Have you use this in six months?” If the answer is no, then we let whatever ‘this’ is go—to a charity, a shelter or a relative. We let go and do good.

Cranberries for A Healthy Holiday Glow

As the holiday season kicks into high gear, our thoughts turn to family gatherings and tradition.  Okay, the pressure of holiday shopping is foremost in our thoughts, but stay with me on this little ‘Currier and Ives’ vignette for just a minute. 

One of the holiday season’s greatest pleasures comes in the form of feasts…from parties to brunches to formal dinners. Gathering around the table is one of the loveliest ways to celebrate pretty much anything but at this time of year, it’s particularly sweet.

Discovering the Christmas Spirit

I grew up in a wild and crazy Italian and Irish family who 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.

The Scoop on Sugar

It's World Cancer Day, part of a 3-year project to reduce the burden of cancer on the world. It's a great idea and there are lots of ways you can work...your own life...to reduce your risks...and sugar is at the top of the list.

Sorry kids, but this one is big...and real...

According to experts, our beloved sparkly white powder is hardly the stuff of “everything nice.” In fact, it’s a key contributor to our collective decline in health and wellness.

May We Live In Interesting Times

There’s an old Chinese saying: “May you live in interesting times.” Never has that been truer. With political upheaval, fundamental extremism, violence at every turn, hatred and division, climate change that can no longer be ignored, we have all chosen to live in interesting times.

Is there really anything to celebrate at this magical time of year?

You can be sure there is. Each and every one of us has the power to change the world, beginning with ourselves and letting that change vibrate through our families, communities, cities, countries and the world.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

-Dalai Lama

Facing Down Illness

I became a vegetarian when I was 14 years old, as a way to torture my butcher father. I had no idea what it took to be a healthy plant-based person so I lived my young life enjoying diet soda (vegan…), Oreos (yep, vegan…) and all sorts of junk food that contained no animal food that wasn’t fit for human consumption.