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April 27th, 2015

I always say that your mother was right, at least about this one. Nothing gets your day off to a great start like a healthy breakfast. Skipping breakfast sets you up for a rollercoaster of a day with your blood sugars all over the place trying to keep you nourished and balanced.

 

According to WedMD: “Skipping meals, especially breakfast, can actually make weight control more difficult. Breakfast skippers tend to eat more food than usual at the next meal, or nibble on high-calorie snacks to stave off hunger.

 

Some studies suggest that people tend to add more body...

April 21st, 2015

This is one of my favorite recipes for strength and endurance. I love how it makes me feel: strong and relaxed at the same time. Perfect for a tough workout.

 

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April 20th, 2015

I began my plant-based macrobiotic practice 32 years ago when I was terminally ill. Given about nine months to live, all my attention moved to healing and what I had to do in order to well…live. I was committed to doing what needed doing, what needed changing.

 

Training and fitness were some of the last things on my mind, which was odd for me as I had always been fit…and thought it was a healthy part of my life (in hindsight, maybe the only healthy part). You see, as a teenager, my father got me into competitive swimming and other sports. It seems I was in the gym for most of...

April 14th, 2015

In this feature, we’re taking labels, products…and ingredients apart.

It’s important to understand all the stuff that’s in what you buy. Then and only then can you can decide if you want it in your food, on your body or in your home.

So I decided to put all my years of label reading to good use.

Why label.ology? Well, the definition of ‘-ology’, that’s why: “the scientific study of a particular subject.”

It’s amazing to me how ingredients we might not want to consume are cloaked in complicated names; and with nutrition panels that read like a Russian novel, you...

April 13th, 2015

Ya’ know, I never really liked avocados…too soft and mushy. The flavor was okay, but the mouth-feel was just not for me. And then one day, my husband convinced me (after much pleading and cajoling) to try his guacamole…and I was hooked forever. What I had considered soft and mushy was actually smooth, creamy and oh, so sensual. I can’t get enough of them.

The avocado is the pear-shaped fruit of a tree that’s native to Central and South...

April 13th, 2015

I told you these days would come. The birds are chirping; the sun shines brighter each day; buds are popping everywhere!

We’re thinking about planting, signing on with a CSA to ensure we have fresh food all summer long, right from the farm to your table.

We smile easier; we feel relaxed. Our shoulders aren’t up around our ears as we brace against the cold. We open, like flowers to the sun and warm our winter-weary bodies.

We all lose our minds just a little in the spring, as we imagine our summer days to come. At least I do.

But before we get lost in the...

April 13th, 2015

I love this simple to make multi-surface cleaner. I use it for just about every surface in my house, from the dining table to granite counters to wooden cabinets. It smells great, disinfects and cleans like nobody’s business. And there’s no need for a boatload of different products!

 

2 teaspoons borax

1 teaspoon washing soda (not...

April 13th, 2015

My husband and I are both athletes. Robert is a distance runner and gym devotee and I am a gym rat through and through. We also work hard, on our feet most of the day, resulting in what I call “The Always Full and Thoroughly Stinky’ laundry basket.

 

Sweaty gym clothes, day to day work clothes, towels, sheets and linens mean that I do a lot of laundry…and the cost of detergent (and the dicey ingredients in a lot of them…) was making me crazy.

 

There had to be a better way to have clean clothes! Enter Eric Russo, dear friend and innovative thinker (not to mention...

April 13th, 2015

Spring cleaning. It’s that gorgeous time of year when we throw open the windows and air out our homes after a long winter. Just like our bodies want to hit the refresh button (and we have been doing that…right?), we also want to refresh our living space.

 

We clean and scrub, polish and dust until floors, surfaces and windows sparkle and shine.

 

But what are you cleaning with? If you’re leaving behind a chemical haze, what have you achieved? Your home may look and smell fresh, but with...

April 6th, 2015

Depending on where you live, it’s still on the early side to trek to the weekly farm market in your town. But it’s certainly the time to get your hands on share of the yield. If you live in California, Miami or other warm locales, you are in farm market heaven year-round!

 

CSA or Community Supported Agriculture gives us the chance to support a local family farm, ensuring its survival. With fewer than 1 million people claiming farming as their primary occupation, the small rural farm is in danger of becoming a thing of the past. And that would be very bad for us! More than 5...