Living the WELL Life


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


Feel Great Now - by Christina Pirello

If I had a nickel for every time I heard people say they want to get healthy but don't know how I'd be a very rich woman.  I think sometimes we view getting healthy as a destination point and not a journey.  But the truth is that if you want to get healthy today...right now, you can do just that!  You change one meal, you change your body.  Have you ever noticed how great you feel after you eat a healthy meal?  The proof is in the pudding (well, you know what I mean).  And that, my friend, is change you can believe in.  It all starts here and you can start your health journey right now!    Read more


Living a Healthy and Peaceful Life

I am a cooking teacher and get asked a lot of questions as a result. The questions I get reinforce that we have lost our way when it comes to food. People are so confused. Each day we hear statistics that are scarier than anything that Stephen King could imagine. So now we’re not only confused, we’re scared witless about what to eat!  Read more


Good Morning Macro - by Christina Pirello

A lot of viewers, knowing that I follow a macrobiotic diet, often ask me what I eat for breakfast.  It's definitely not a "typical" breakfast.  No eggs, meat, dairy or sugary cereal...just lots of veggies and grains.  While it might take extra time to prepare and a little getting used to palate-wise, you will notice a big difference in how you feel after a macrobiotic breakfast.  My husband and I prepare the following menu regularly (we do add variety with different grains and vegetables) and try to get the recommended servings of vegetables in at breakfast.  It's a great way to start the day!  Read more


Tasting Good - by Frances Abrams

Why do I love tomatoes but hate okra?  How come cannellini beans are my favorite go-to bean while I ignore the pinto?  What is it about fennel and cilantro that make my mouth feel strange?  How come my taste buds explode with joy every time I eat a piece of chocolate?  I began to wonder about our tastes after cooking a lunch for some friends.  In addition to the gazpacho and potato salad, I had made cold eggplant caponata, which, by the way, was delicious.  Unfortunately, they told me that they never eat eggplant and wouldn’t even give it a try.  So, why am I a lover of eggplant while others can’t bear it?   Read more



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