Living the WELL Life
September 30th, Cooking Spotlight: 12noon to 3pm. Christina will talk about the energy of food and prepare delicious whole food vegan dishes that harness that energy to make a difference to every aspect of your life. Read more
Meat, Nutrition, and Tradition – Part 2
When I ask clients to describe their diet, the two most common answers are “I eat a really good diet” (everything is relative) and “I was raised on a traditional diet, I like my meat and potatoes.” The former is usually the female answer and the latter comes mostly from men. Tradition gets used as a reason for a multitude of sins. If it was good enough for grandpa it is good enough for me. Two questions spring to mind – the first question is if our nostalgia for tradition is a reflection of fact; the second is the value of tradition on its own. Read more
Meat, Nutrition, and Tradition– Part 1
One of the most controversial and curious subjects in modern nutrition is the place of animal protein in a healthy diet. The evidence has been building over the past twenty years that our reliance of meat and dairy foods are a mistake. Most epidemiological studies indicate that excessive consumption of meat and dairy is a primary factor in most degenerative diseases. These studies, coupled with the fact that the economic and environmental damage of the modern meat and dairy industry far outweigh its social and nutritional value, do not seem to shake the public belief that animal fats and protein are essential for a healthy diet. That more and more people reject these foods on ethical grounds related to the animal abuse sets the stage for a food fight of epic proportions. Read more
Napoli and Pizza
My mother’s family came to America in search of a better life. The youngest of seventeen children (yes, you read right, seventeen!), my grandmother talked often of their life in a small village outside the city of Naples in southern Italy. She talked about day-to-day things, the stuff of life in a small town. She loved America, but there was a part of her that longed for the simple life she had known in her homeland.
But more than anything, my grandmother talked about the food…on and on about the fish markets, the fresh vegetables, the bread, the pasta. She loved the food of her home and cooked each day, recreating the most delicious family recipes. She talked of the pizza wistfully as she kneaded the dough for our weekly Friday night dinners. I loved her pizza, but never really understood what the big deal was, until… Read more
It is more than an honor to be a new addition to Christina Pirello’s extended family. When I first met Christina, I knew the Universe was talking to me. True, I hadn’t taken my medication in several days. But something told me this wasn’t just another one of my usual cosmic hallucinations, as I call them. No, something special was happening. That moment when I crossed the threshold, stepping foot into Christina’s living room/office/playroom/energy hub, I recognized the distinctive, scintillating sound of two old souls meeting up again. When her husband, Robert, popped in and stuck a double espresso in my hand, I knew it was kismet. Read more
Food IS Power
I was traveling this past week, and met up with a long-time friend. Her work and dedication is in the medical profession, committed to improving and saving the lives of many. As we caught up on the happenings of our lives and we were about to part, she gave me the news. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, about to undergo accelerated treatments, and recovering from surgery. Those words are life-changing. The record begins to play in our minds and we ask ourselves, ‘Where and how do we begin to face the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges? Read more
Down-and-Dirty Easy Truffles
These are not totally quick, but they are so easy to make and so delicious. And since most of your time is simply spent waiting for them to set in the fridge, I advise you make them the night before you plan to enjoy them. Read more
Making a Difference When Buying Tea
English playwright Arthur W. Pinero once wrote, “Where there’s tea, there’s hope.” And that’s certainly true when it comes to the world’s tropical rainforests. Your simple choice of tea can make a positive impact on tropical rainforests around the globe. Our consumer choices are more powerful than we know. Read more
The Truth about Hemp
You’ve all heard the jokes…or made them yourself. You have likely seen the hemp vendors at various fairs and festivals, with their pot leaf patterns covering everything in sight. You might wonder if hemp is a legitimate food source or a gimmick that has a bit of naughty fun attached to it. The answer would be that it’s food…a valuable source of nutrients not to be ignored.
Of course, hemp as food is not a new idea. For thousands of years, it has staved off hunger for peasants whose hard work required strong nutrition or endurance. Widely used to this day in Asia and Europe, hempseeds still bear the stigma of being illicit here in the U.S. because of misunderstandings, politics and special interests.
Hemp seeds, in my view, should be as valued by today’s health enthusiasts as any other ‘super food’ because it is more than 30% complete protein, with all the essential amino acids needed for digestion and assimilation of nutrients. It is a rich source of the elusive essential fatty acid, omega-3, vital to human health, and in the perfect proportion with omega-6 to keep us vital.
On top of that, the use of hemp as food is good for the planet as it helps to re-invigorate soil where it grows. The natural fibers that exist in hemp have proven to be invaluable to us in manufacturing (George HW Bush’s life was saved by a parachute made from hemp…just sayin.’). Read more
Ya Gotta Love How Special Our Special Interest Groups Are…
I have been away, working in Italy for about a month, so I have spent a few days catching up on email and other office stuff that has built up while I was gone. I tell you this because I might be a little behind the times on this rant, but I don’t think it makes it less valid. Read more