Living the WELL Life


Olive Oil in Skincare? Really. - by Mario Di'Martino

In March of 2007, I read a book by my now good friend Dr. Maher Abbas called "Olive Oil Cookery." Not only did it have amazing Mediterranean style food recipes using extra virgin olive oil, but I also found a wealth of information from a doctor’s perspective as to why consuming olive oil is great for your health. 

That same year at a family reunion, my Aunt Lena bragged on about how she had been rubbing olive oil on her skin for 50 years, and at age 88 she looked great! It was at that point that I decided to take all of the years of nutritional knowledge my parents had given me along with this new love for extra virgin olive oil to create a skincare system that was unique and espoused the benefits of ancient therapeutic treatments. In 2010, my company Vita Bella created the world’s first organic olive oil plant-based phytonutrient skincare system.  Read more


Demo Class - Live Like You’re an Italian

March 17, 2013 - 10am to 1pm  $30
No, I don’t mean moving back in with your mother. I mean live your life choosing whole fresh, seasonal foods, elegantly and simply cooked and so satisfying…because they are nutrient dense as well as delicious. They don’t call it La Dolce Vita for nothing!  Read more


Demo Class - Your Inner Health

April 6, 2013 - 10am to 1pm
We worry about the planet and the environment in which we live. But what about the environment inside us? My teacher used to say if we took care of our inner environment the one in which we lived would naturally be cleaned as we would not be able to tolerate it any other way. Join me as we cook to keep our inner workings working well.  Read more


We Have the Right to Know What’s in Our Food

A recent survey conducted by Reuters and National Public Radio in October 2010 states that more than 90 percent of Americans think genetically modified organisms (GMOs) should be labeled. Come November, California may join the more than 40 countries of the world that label GMOs with the passage of a ballot initiative called the California Right to Know. If California wins a labeling victory, then it could pave the way for the rest of the country.  Read more


Holy GMO’s, Batman! In Artificial Sweeteners, Too?

GMO’s are complex and often confusing. They are ingredients derived from plants whose DNA has been altered with genes from other plants, animals, bacteria or viruses. 
Yuck, right?
If you didn’t think artificial sweeteners were bad enough, aspartame, considered by many to be the most widely used sweetener in the world, is found in soda, sweets, diet foods and a host of other processed foods. And by virtue of the fact that it’s an artificial sweetener (and with that comes a laundry list of troubles), now it has been discovered that it’s being made using a secret genetic engineering process…a fact that has some scientists saying further testing is needed to discover the impact on human health.  Read more


Kale Power!

As hearty dark leafy greens come into season, they are at their most tender, sweetly flavored and oh, so yummy. Incorporating them into your daily eating will make you big and strong as they provide us with most of the vitamins, minerals (and fiber) we need to nourish our vitality.  Read more


Fear, Ambivalence, and Raising a Vegan Family

“Propaganda.”  “Brainwashing.”  “Dangerous!”  Who knew that a children’s book about veganism could provoke these charges? While my first picture book, That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, was welcomed by veg populations around the world, it also caused such controversy—garnering attacks online, in animal agriculture trade magazines, and even from Farm Bureau CEOs. My recently released picture book Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action also caused an uproar in the media. I admit—I loved it. I’ve always been interested in the underbelly of things, and each case of opposition to my books provides me the opportunity to study the invisible forces that shape public thinking about children, food, health, and animals.  Read more


Demo Class- Soy Vey!

October 20, 2012 – 10:AM to 1:PM - $30.00
Is soy good for us? Bad? Will soy make you healthy or aggravate your condition? How much should we eat? Is it true that tofu can shrink our brains and our men’s…well…you know?   Read more


Clean Your House!

As the weather turns cold and we begin to close the windows to ward off the winter chill, take the time to ensure your home is clean and orderly…but skip the cleaners that leave behind a chemical haze and clean your home with products that are kind to people and the planet and clean as well as any chemical you can buy.  Read more


Election 2012: California’s Prop 37 Could Affect The Whole Nation

Why we should have the right to know which foods are genetically modified…
Although Prop 37, also known as the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, is a California initiative, it has national implications. Prop 37 would require food manufacturers to label any foods containing genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. This is a major win for consumers and a setback for companies like Monsanto Read more



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