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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...

April 3rd, 2015
Time for the big guns. Let’s move from the herb garden and the medicine chest to the pantry and the fridge because a lot of your relief…or aggravation with allergies can be linked to what you eat…or don’t eat.
The good news is that it’s time to spice things up, add some sizzle to that sauté in the form of hot...
April 1st, 2015

As we move into spring have you noticed your appetite change? Do you want less food? Do you crave lighter fare?


Mother Nature guides us season to season with foods and weather to keep us comfortable no matter the weather. We just have to pay attention.


During allergy season, we have to really pay attention. We can use...

March 31st, 2015

We asked and you answered! As a long-time advocate of healthy eating and natural living, I sometimes feel like I live in my own little world. Living the way I do is natural to me after all my years doing so; I can’t imagine any other way.


Every day I meet people who are taking to the path of living well and thinking creatively to smooth their way. I love learning new things and discovering new ideas that can be shared and implemented by us all.


Here’s the best of the best of your tips and trick to living well!


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