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October 2nd, 2015

Could it be that the key to minimizing our risk of breast cancer begins in the kitchen?

While I have talked about this for years, research is beginning to prove just that. We can eat our way to the lowest risk of breast cancer, deliciously. Remembering that genetics play a role in our risk, we can take matters into our own hands and protect our breasts with the foods we choose to eat.

A small study done in Spain, on women who consumed a Mediterranean diet...

October 1st, 2015

We hear about it every day. Women are diagnosed with a cancer that attacks the very symbol of our womanhood. From Robin Roberts to Sandra Lee and Angelina, the message is clear. No matter who you are--famous or not so much, it seems no one is immune or safe from breast cancer. The numbers are staggering.

According to, about 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2015, and about 62,290 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the breast will be found (CIS is non-...

September 29th, 2015

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.

It’s about time we took the time to encourage women to take control of their health and learn the facts they need to make smart...

September 24th, 2015

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

September 20th, 2015

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. Mother Nature has blessed us with a great variety of foods that are constantly changing,...

September 18th, 2015

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.

In this world of chemically grown and genetically modified crops, there are big differences in the way...

September 14th, 2015

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,...

September 11th, 2015

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.

Too bad. You need veggies to live well and stay healthy....

September 8th, 2015

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.

What I’m going to do is break it all down...

September 3rd, 2015

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.

Here are some great tips for surviving at college and emerging-not only prepared for your career, but fit...