Discovering the Christmas Spirit

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. Never was this more evident than during the Christmas season. My mother began baking dozens of varieties of Christmas cookies the day after Thanksgiving. The decorative tins piled higher and higher on our breakfront as the days of Advent wore on. She baked, decorated, shopped, hosted every family dinner and was completely expert at all of it. She loved drama and the holiday season gave her plenty of it.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

-Dalai Lama

Facing Down Illness

I became a vegetarian when I was 14 years old, as a way to torture my butcher father. I had no idea what it took to be a healthy plant-based person so I lived my young life enjoying diet soda (vegan…), Oreos (yep, vegan…) and all sorts of junk food that contained no animal food that wasn’t fit for human consumption.

Eating with the Seasons: Winter

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.

It’s Diabetes Awareness Month

If you watch television for more than 30 seconds, you’ll see an ad for a diabetes drug, with discouraging language for people trying to manage this lifestyle disease on their own. The implication is clear. You can’t manage Type 2 diabetes with diet and lifestyle alone. You need whatever drug is being featured to regain control.

The Salt of the Earth

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Tis the Season for Squash

With colder weather just about here (and the holiday season already looming), people naturally begin to think more and more about cooking.  We see article after article, advertisement after advertisement, talking about the joy of the feast, from preparation to table setting to serving. 

An Apple A Day

As the cold weather continues to march toward us and autumn is in full blush, is there anything that lifts your spirits quite like crisp, juicy apples spilling out of the bins of the local markets?  Apple pies, turnovers, or cobblers, baked, stuffed, sautéed or simply enjoyed in their simple exquisiteness, apples are the epitome of autumn.

A Week of Lunches

I know what you’re thinking. How boring. Brown bagging lunch every day to the office and sitting at your desk while you eat it.

No way, baby. Homemade is far from ho-hum. Look at it this way. If you work outside your home, as many of us do, you’re also eating lunch outside the home several days a week. That can get expensive and pack on unwanted pounds because you don’t actually know what’s in your food.


I love (she said, her voice dripping with sarcasm) reading all the “healthy Halloween” tips that flood our inboxes and magazine covers this time of year. Not only impractical and hard to pull off, many of these articles imply that this one day of the year, dedicated to excessive candy eating, is the culprit for all of our wellbeing woes. If we could just keep our kids (and us) away from this “evil” holiday, all would be well.


Happy Halloween, right?