Blog

admin's blog

Light, Bright Italian Fare

I am always inspired by my travels in and around Italy…all of the Med, really, but Italy is where my heart lives. I feel my best there, the most natural, the most…me.

 

The Sensual Nature of Strawberries

Here on the East Coast, during that brief period of paradise known as early summer (or late spring), strawberries rule…as they should. There is nothing quite like them in the plant kingdom. I can think of no other fruit that inspires thoughts of sensuality and romance like these lush berries. Slightly sweet, with just enough tart flavor to sparkle on our tongue, strawberries seduce us…and we willingly submit for every minute that they are in season.

Spring Sneezing

As April showers are replaced with May flowers, many of us rejoice at the thought of spring being fully sprung.

And then there are the more than 50 million Americans who dread the blossoms on the trees, the pollen in the air because for them, spring doesn’t bring flights of fancy, but rather boxes of tissues for their runny eyes and noses.

Seasonal allergies are no joke. According to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation, allergies cost more than $14 billion each year. That’s a lot of sneezing!

Is there any relief that doesn’t involve you feeling like the walking dead?

The DARK Act

With all the talk about the DARK Act (HR1599)seeing the light of day in the Senate after easily passing in the House, I thought it might be time for us to become educated on this potentially game-changing legislation. We need to fully comprehend what is at stake here and why it’s so important to let your representatives know that you want food labeled with or without GMO ingredients so you can decide for yourself if you want to consume them.

Get Your Glow On

How do you maintain a demeanor of calm, serenity in the world we live in? Phones, text messages, constantly being plugged in and connected; we’re never out of reach or unplugged. Politics, climate change, special interest groups trying to take over our food…it’s enough to make us crazy? So how do you keep your glow going?

As spring warms us and we expose more skin to the sun, let’s use tools at our fingertips to put our best face forward.

Saturated Fat

As we celebrate our tickers, I thought I would take a look at one of the ingredients that seems to cause us so much grief.
 
We are told that eating foods containing saturated fats raises cholesterol levels in your blood. We know that high levels of LDL cholesterol, along with elevated triglycerides (fats in the blood) increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
 
What exactly are saturated fats? A bit of chemistry for you.

Dysfunctional Foods

(A Note from me: I found this article online. I adore the work of Dr. Katz. I just had to share it with you. David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, is a specialist in internal medicine and preventive medicine, with particular expertise in nutrition, weight management, and chronic-disease prevention. He is the founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, and principal inventor of the NuVal nutrition guidance system.

Is Fruit Juice Healthy?

We seem to tend toward over-indulgence...the holidays, the summer, graduation, weddings...because it's Tuesday and then we want to get back on track. Is juice the answer? Maybe; maybe not.

The average American drinks about 30 quarts of fruit juice every year. It’s a healthy way to start your day or a seriously convenient method of increasing your consumption of fruits, vegetables, right?  Not so fast. Even though 100% juice has some benefits, it also has drawbacks you just might want to consider before pouring your next glass.

The Scoop on Sugar

It's World Cancer Day, part of a 3-year project to reduce the burden of cancer on the world. It's a great idea and there are lots of ways you can work...your own life...to reduce your risks...and sugar is at the top of the list.

Sorry kids, but this one is big...and real...

According to experts, our beloved sparkly white powder is hardly the stuff of “everything nice.” In fact, it’s a key contributor to our collective decline in health and wellness.

May We Live In Interesting Times

There’s an old Chinese saying: “May you live in interesting times.” Never has that been truer. With political upheaval, fundamental extremism, violence at every turn, hatred and division, climate change that can no longer be ignored, we have all chosen to live in interesting times.

Is there really anything to celebrate at this magical time of year?

You can be sure there is. Each and every one of us has the power to change the world, beginning with ourselves and letting that change vibrate through our families, communities, cities, countries and the world.