Living the WELL Life

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

A Spectacular Saturday - by Christina Pirello

Last weekend we had a full house at my cooking demo in Philadelphia!  We talked a lot about how a whole foods plant-based diet can keep you looking and feeling oh-so-young and sexy.  I want to share some of the recipes from that day with you, my readers, so you can reap the benefits too.  Enjoy!  Read more

Redirect Self-Sabotaging Behavior, (re)Discover Yourself - by Joe Wheeler

When the book “Eat, Pray, Love” came out, the meditations it offered on life—layered with humor, wry wit and an intriguing travelogue—contained enough richness and depth that it was a hit with readers because it not only entertained but offered insights into life in modern times. The story shed light, in several ways over a yearlong period, on the pauses we may need to take in order to discover new ways of being, to always be a conscious creator of things in our lives. (Whether Julia Roberts and the movie do those insights justice, well, I will leave that to the reviewers!)  Read more

Ode to Autumn - by Christina Pirello

Fall is one of my favorite times of year.  The air is crisp and breezy, the foliage is a sight to see, the earthy tastes and warm dishes that come from the fruits of the season cannot be beat.  I've created a menu that brings out all the flavors of fall.  Your taste buds will be singing an Ode to Autumn.     Read more

Here We Go Again!

While Dr. Mercola's response to Angelina Jolie's assertion that being a vegan nearly killed her makes some valid points...very valid points about the differences in each and every human, he clearly has his own agenda, made clear by his own words talking about vegans and the choices they make:     Read more

Back to School - by Frances Abrams

The week of Labor Day has always signified to me the beginning of a new year.  It’s when kids go back to school, when summer vacation ends, and when college classes start. It is also the time when many celebrate Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year.  It is also the beginning of a new school year for me as I begin to prepare for the cooking classes I will be teaching this fall.  Every year there are new things to learn, new skills to develop and new friends to meet.  Read more

Eat, Live and Be Well - by Cynthia Goch

Growing up in my Italian family, dinners began with a “SALUTE!” from my grandfather as he poured his homemade wine, a “MANGIA!” from my grandmother as she spent countless hours preparing wonderful dishes from her kitchen, and their garden of abundance.  Lucky for us, we reaped the benefits.  And…yes… the red and white checkered tablecloth was on the table!  Read more

Meat Lover's Makeover - by Christina Pirello

My husband and I are the vegans of our big family and we hear from people all over the country who are vegan or vegetarian and living with meat-eaters.  Newsflash: the two can peacefully coexist!  But it is easier if all can partake in the same meal.  So I've created a menu of casual eats to satisfy the meat-eaters and the veggie lovers alike.  Enjoy!   Read more

Fighting Obesity with Food - by Dr. Neal Barnard

The president recently signed an executive order calling for a new assault on childhood obesity. Headed by the first lady, the program aims to focus the efforts of government and the private sector on helping kids get healthy.  Read more

They Don't Call Them Essential Fatty Acids for Nothin'

The year was 2003. Living a vegan lifestyle for more than twenty years and teaching healthy cooking and eating macrobiotically for more than fifteen years, I thought I had it all handled…nutrient-wise anyway. I ate well, lots of seasonal, organic vegetables, beans, tofu and tempeh, with a smattering of whole grains, pasta and breads to round out my diet. Not shy about fat, either, I cooked with olive oil…liberally.    Read more

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