Living the WELL Life

Oh Them Bones! - by Christina Pirello

May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. This epidemic, affecting both men and women, is largely preventable…and reversible. Did you know you get a brand new skeleton every 3-4 years? Cooking for your bones is delicious, rich and exciting…and you will stand tall and straight from your youth to your golden years!  Here's a tasty menu to get you started.

Mexican Black Bean Soup
Quinoa Salad with Almonds and Chia
Miso Braised Tofu with Garlic Sautéed Kale
Bitter Green Salad with Dulse Sprinkle
Sesame Hiziki Salad
Zeppole with Orange Glaze  Read more

Changing with the Seasons - by Frances Abrams

We finally have some spring-like weather in the northeast.  Although the calendar indicated that spring arrived weeks ago, the climate has remained cold and rainy here.  It has been difficult to shift to a lighter way of eating this spring when my body has been craving heavier foods to deal with the cold weather.  Read more

Connected to Everything - by Simon Brown

It is interesting to explore how connected we all are. Sometimes I feel so connected it is hard to know where my boundaries are. This usually happens when I feel happy, loving or accepting. Negative emotions bring back those feelings of having a boundary. When I think about it we are literally connected to everything.  Read more

My Story of Growing up Italian and Where It Got Me to Today - by Christina Pirello

My life began when I was 14. Okay, I was born fourteen years before that, but…   Read more

What's the Susan G. Komen Foundation Thinking? by Christina Pirello

As I write, I am trying to keep my all-too-famous ranting in check. May is upon us and with it, here in sunny Philadelphia, the May ‘Race for the Cure.’ My heart breaks for women struggling with breast cancer…and for their families, friends and loved ones. I pray every single woman finds her way back to health and that one of these days, we find the cure for this plague that is so cavalierly dangled in front of us.  Read more

Time for a New Standard - by Kenneth Dill

Why are we so fat? In America especially, but also in most of the more affluent western nations we have been getting bigger, heavier, and yes, FATTER! WHY? This phenomenon has been pondered for many decades and many many people have tried to answer this burning question. Even more have tried to capitalize financially on the lack of a definitive answer. The most common of these ‘answers’ have included in some way  too much fat, too much sugar, too much dairy, too many ‘carbs, too much meat, etc. A wide variety of those looking for “the answer” are trying to narrow it to something they can sell you in a pill or a diet or a super-food, even a psychoanalysis tape. Well here’s my two cents on the subject. We eat more (often way more) and move less (often way less) than previous generations. This statement is very true, but may be a tad over-simplified. So let explain in a little more detail.   Read more

A Newbie's Guide to Seasonal Eating and Cooking - by Christy Morgan

I recently contributed to JL's Vegan 101 Seriesand I wanted to share it with you all at Christina Cooks! For me, being vegan isn’t just about saving the animals (though that is the most important piece of the puzzle for me). When I make food choices, I consider the global impact and how it’s going to affect my mind, body, and spirit.  Read more

Agar Agar, Kuzu and Arrowroot, Oh My! - by Alicia Silverstone

If you’ve ever cooked a sauce or gravy from scratch, you’ve likely used a thickener. Perhaps the best-known and most easily accessible thickening agent is cornstarch. Derived from the endosperm of corn and then fermented, cornstarch is highly processed and not particularly nutritious. Arrowroot, agar agar (or kanten), and kuzu are all more natural thickening agents that you can substitute for cornstarch. Which one you choose depends on what you’d like to make! Read on for a breakdown of where each of these starches comes from, what they’re best used for, and what health benefits they offer.  Read more

Spring Cleaning Time! - by Christina Pirello

It's that time of year again!  Time to clean our houses and prepare for spring.  Did you know you can spring clean your body too?  I've got some recipes that can help.   Read more

Freedom From Within - by Simon Brown

This is my first blog on this site and I want to introduce myself with a blog that best describes my approach to life and will put all of my future blogs into context. I love to feel free and the easiest place to do this is in my own mind. I feel I have the choice to either shackle myself to certain beliefs or choose to give myself the freedom to have thoughts, knowing that they are part of my own journey through life and as such they will change and evolve.  Read more

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