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July 30th, 2015

I was traveling through Sicily when I heard the news. What has been dubbed as The DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know) or HR 1599 (Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015) passed with a majority of votes, backed largely by House Republicans. The vote is discouraging: 250-150, not exactly what might be called close.

For those of you unaware of this legislation, the bill seeks to codify a voluntary labeling system, blocking the USDA from ever implementing mandatory GMO food labeling which will...

July 25th, 2015

I thought, since I am in Sicily where the summers simmer, I would do some investigating into natural ways to beat the heat. As many of you know, Italians are not really into air conditioning; at least not like Americans. It’s an expensive proposition and uses tremendous precious resources. And yet, they are cheerful and sunny all summer long.

What’s the secret?

I can tell you that in most of the cities I have visited in Italy, you will find lots of shaded parks and fountains. The air in the shade is so much cooler and oxygen more...

July 18th, 2015

There’s a lot of talk these days about...

July 13th, 2015

The summer is hot. We all want ice cream. It’s a treat synonymous with the season. But isn’t it unhealthy for us? Not these recipes! Enjoy!

Simple Vanilla Gelato
This easy to make gelato has all the creaminess we love about this treat without the fat and sugar we don’t.

Makes 6-8 servings

1, 13-ounce cans coconut milk
½ cup unsweetened oat, almond or soy milk
¼ cup...

July 6th, 2015

I admit it. I am completely obsessed with lentils...

July 3rd, 2015

I learned this recipe when I was traveling in Puglia. Loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients like folate, this dish will be on your table all the time and you’ll rest easy knowing everyone is well-fed…and they will love every bite.

July 1st, 2015

It’s that time of year. We hop in the car or head to the airport to enjoy some well-earned downtime to chill with friends and loved ones…a time to refresh our bodies, minds and souls so we can take on the adventures of life with serenity and grace.

We talked last about healthy road trips and the best ways I know to ensure your health and vitality when you’re driving around this great country of ours…or any other country.

But what about the trips where you’re jetting off to another locale with limited ability to prepare and travel with...

June 22nd, 2015

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

But wait. Can those of us dedicated to healthy living 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 road.

I’m talking fast food…plant-based or not. I have read article after article about the ‘vegan’ options available to us at fast food joints, like vegan burritos at Chipotle Grill (proudly going GMO-free…sort of…) or vegan pizza at Pizza Hut and Papa John’...

June 15th, 2015

Do you remember when we first heard about the sinister Avian Flu in 2003? We panicked. The news covered this new bird disease incessantly. China and its Avian Flu became synonymous with illness and fear.


Now this disease (in a morphed form) is affecting poultry in about 20 states, forcing the slaughter of more than 45 million birds, according to the US Department of Agriculture. The disease’s expansion across our country has caused more than 200 outbreaks among chickens, turkeys and other birds.

June 8th, 2015

It’s that time of year. As I type this, I am looking out my window into my little city garden just overflowing with life. A couple of days of unseasonable warmth followed by some soaking rain has created a haven of green lushness…my mint is poised to overtake the space with my heirloom grape tomato plants shooting to 5 feet in height, heavy with blossoms. My eggplant,...