One Healthy Thing

"The greeting cards have all been sent
The Christmas rush is through
But I still have one wish to make
A special one for you"
Get your act together.
So many of us wake on January 2 filled with...the glow of Christmas past?

Why I Love Kettlebells and You Should, Too

I am a gym rat. It’s my one true vice. Not chocolate or

Happy Holiday Season

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.

Workout Your Heart

I know what you're thinking. This is the one where she gives us that tired old advice of exercising daily.
And while that is essential to heart health (really essential...), I am thinking about working out your heart in another way... especially during these challenging times in which we live.
Volunteering has a long history in the United States.

The B-12 Dilemma

In our house, 1998 has a pet name…the year from hell. Everyone has them…those years that you literally count the days until they end…even living a macrobiotic lifestyle does not guarantee immunity to such years. We may like to think that it does, that living natural, whole lives makes us somehow magically immune to disease and other natural disasters. Well, maybe not everyone thinks this, but I surely did. I thought that having had…and survived cancer through macrobiotics (trial by fire, in my case) ensured that the rest of my life would sail smoothly along.

They Don't Call Them Essential Fatty Acids for Nothin'

The year was 2003. Living a plant-centric lifestyle for more than twenty years and teaching healthy cooking and eating macrobiotically for more than fifteen years, I thought I had it all handled…nutrient-wise anyway. I ate well, lots of seasonal, organic vegetables, beans, tofu and

Get the Glow

It’s that time of year again…time to start spring-cleaning! And I’m not talking about the usual scrubbing, dusting and mopping, though I do enjoy a tidy nest! It’s no secret that good food is integral to health and vitality and spring is a great time to start cleaning things up. I’ve created a menu of delicious dishes that will help to detoxify and nourish the body and set you on the path to more radiant skin. So what are you waiting for? Grab your beauty products (hint: they are in the produce aisle) and get glowing!

Eat Your Way to Better Sleep

We all want a great night’s sleep. Just about every expert will tell you that many of the ills plaguing modern society have some roots in sleep deprivation. Study after study tells us that not getting enough sleep impairs us in the most dramatic ways. New thinking even refers to fatigue as a modern illness. Our 24/7 connected lifestyle might just be increasing our risks for various diseases including cancer and heart disease, not to mention increasing the risk of obesity. So much for all that Facebook time we spend!

An Ode to the Long Lunch

I have been traveling to Italy for both business and pleasure for years. I have often said that I feel more myself there than I do here in my own country. I was never sure why. It’s completely true for me, but I could not put my finger on the reason. Until now.

The three hour ‘riposta.’

Living a Healthy and Peaceful Life

As a cooking teacher I get asked a lot of questions about food and health. My conclusion? People are so confused. Each day we hear statistics that are scarier than anything that Stephen King could imagine. So now we’re not only confused, we’re scared witless about what to eat!

Organic, non-organic, local, commercial, GMO’s, farm fresh, natural…it feels as though you need to be a rocket scientist to grocery shop. And then, after all that, the food will still not taste good and you’ve given up all the ‘fun stuff.’