Living the WELL Life

Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving - by Frances Abrams

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year—and it has nothing at all to do with the turkey.  For me it is all about family traditions.  Thanksgiving has always signified a time for family and loved ones.  It’s  about gathering around the living room and reconnecting with kids and people you love.  It’s about watching the Macy’s parade and the football games and going for a long walk on a cool, brisk November afternoon.   Read more

Why Must Corporations Sell Lies? - by Christy Morgan

Living in Los Angeles, I’m constantly bombarded with billboards trying to sell me stuff. It’s one of the most annoying things I face living here, next to traffic, where I sit with nothing to do but look at all the billboards. Most of the billboards selling a product are selling lies. For instance, the newest Coca Cola campaign says to “Open Happiness.”  As if drinking Coke is going to make you happy. What a joke! Drinking Coke is going to send you into a spiral of depression, obesity, and diabetes. Sodas in general are known for their high sugar content, high fructose corn syrup to be exact, which is linked to all kinds of health problems.

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So Much to Be Thankful For - by Christina Pirello

It’s that time of year…the harvest is in; the abundance of the planet never more in evidence.  As summer days fade into memory, the cool crisp days remind us that the holiday season is close at hand.  Read more

The Perfect Chocolate Cupcake

Picture a dreary Monday. I am working like crazy on a new cookbook, as it’s on a serious deadline and I get a sudden craving for…cupcakes. I try to put it out of my mind. I drink a tall glass of water. I take a walk. I work some more.  Read more

Warm Me Up - by Christina Pirello

It's fall in Philadelphia and today it feels a bit more like winter!  The weather definitely influences my food choices as I look to cool down in the summer with light entrees and embrace rich, warm and creamy food in the fall or winter.  Here's a menu of dishes inspired for those rainy or cool days of autumn.  They go well with a comfy couch, cozy blanket and a good movie.   Read more

Just Do It

I know; I know; I’m discouraged, too. We all thought we would see more change and less strife. I know that I really believed that everyone in Washington would magically begin to play well together after the last election.  Read more

Cook Your Way to the Life You Want - by Christina Pirello

That's what we did on and 60 Our Bodies in Balance cooking course.  We started cooking our way to a healthier tomorrow.  The smells and flavors of these dishes can't be beat and they'll do wonders for your body too!  More great dishes are in the making at my November and December classes Read more

'Tis the Season

You survived it…the summer of beach time, barbecues, block parties, late nights. ‘Tis a new season as we face the reality of head colds and flu…and surviving that!  Read more

Memories of My Grandmother - by Frances Abrams

I have many happy childhood memories around food.  There’s my father’s spaghetti sauce and chop suey and my mother’s cold pickled salmon and meatball soup.  But I will always have the fondest memories of the food my Jewish grandmother made.  My bubbie (Yiddish for “grandmother”) emigrated from Eastern Europe at the end of the 19th century.  She brought with her recipes of the foods of her culture and heritage.  Every Friday evening, climbing the stairs to her apartment, I would be welcomed with the aromas of noodle kugel, chicken soup and apple babka.  Upon entering her kitchen I was immediately embraced with the smells of brisket and potato knishes.  And, of course, every good Jewish cook would have a pot of rendered chicken fat sitting on the stove.    Read more

HR.5504 - An Ode to Childhood Nutrition

The bill under consideration by our esteemed Congress is interesting to me. It's important to understand that not one piece of nutritional legislation passed in this country is without influence by special interest groups.  We never get the real or whole truth, but the truth as spun by various lobby groups from meat to dairy and all the processed and unhealthful foods in between.  Read more

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