Living the WELL Life

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

A Consumer's Guide to the Goji Berry - by Will Klevos

Endeavoring to be your consumer guide when making health-enhancing decisions, I will focus my blogs on current consumer lifestyle health concerns and issues. With this information you will be empowered to make well-informed decisions when faced with the marketing hypes, which pervade our social economy.  As we become a global economy, plant foods once considered exotic and mystical are becoming more available and better understood by science. With this rising interest, however, unscrupulous marketing enthusiasts are seizing the opportunity in the name of health and wellness to capitalize on the potential dollars to be gained.

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So Much Zucchini, So Little Time

It’s that time of summer…long, hot days; the garden thriving and the zucchini taking over…everything!  With all my zucchini recipes exhausted (and then some), from zucchini soup to stews to thinly sliced and grilled to perfection…and more zucchini to use, what could be next?   Read more

Year-Round Beach Body - by Christina Pirello

Summer is on her way out and the bikinis will soon be tucked away.  But that doesn't mean you have to give up your beach body!  Staying in shape never tasted so good.  In addition to regular exercise and a meditative or spiritual practice, plant-based nutrition will keep you looking (and feeling) like a million bucks!  Check out these dishes and those around you will be checking you out.  And don't worry, eating right doesn't mean skimping on dessert.  You can make the cake and eat it too!
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Watch and Wait - by Ken Dill

What are three words you don’t want to hear and three words you don’t want to do? “Watch and wait.”  Three of the most ridiculous words used by medical professionals today (or anyone else from whom you seek health advice.) Many of my family and friends have been given this advice and it never works out well.  Waiting for something to happen so you can then treat it is quite frankly the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard!  Read more

Ditch the Manwich - by Christina Pirello

A few days ago I saw a new commercial that really got me going.  The makers of meat-in-a-can Manwich are selling consumers the idea that they now offer a full serving of vegetables!  I don't know about you but high fructose corn syrup and tomato paste don't count as vegetables in my book!  So I've created a menu that includes a tasty burger and lots of vegetable goodness to go with it.  Take a pass at the canned "convenience" food that will surely inconvenience your health and well-being and get your real veggie-eating on!  Read more

Tackling Diabetes: Vegan Because It Works - by Neal Barnard, M.D.

Twenty-four million people in the United States have diabetes. Another 57 million people have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Many suffer nerve damage, amputation, blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and stroke. And since 1987, the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45 percent. Today, 70,000 people die from diabetes each year.  Read more

The "Me" Diet - by Frances Abrams

I hate weight loss diets.  I really dislike what they do to me mentally and emotionally.  I've been on many diets and I have never enjoyed the experience.  They make me feel deprived, depressed, and fatigued.   When I'm dieting, I'm always thinking about food (especially the food I can't have) and my next meal.  It doesn’t feel good to be controlled by food like this.  When I stop obsessing about food, I stop overeating.  Read more

Bone Appétit - by Christina Pirello

Looking to build stronger bones?  The answer isn't dairy.  Steer clear of the milk and the cheese (for more on that, read The China Study of any books from Dr. Neal Barnard).  I've created a menu of recipes with ingredients chock full of calcium - greens, broccoli, chickpeas, black beans and hiziki (a sea vegetable).  They'll help your bones while your taste buds enjoy every bite.  And what's a good dinner without a little sweetness at the end?  Enjoy!  Read more

Turn "Bikini Season" into "Loving Me on the Inside and Out" Season - by Christy Morgan

Eating healthy and living your bliss is not about being thin and losing weight. That can be an additional perk, but I eat a healthy plant-based diet so I can be my most radiant, sexy, authentic self. Living in Los Angeles, I'm surrounded by anorexic Hollywood stars and regular people are consumed with dieting and starvation. It isn't psychologically or physically healthy to put so much concern and energy into the way we look. We create toxicity in our entire life when we become obsessed with the physical. I know firsthand what toxic thoughts can do. Even though I've been pretty thin my whole life, I would break down in tears looking at my thighs in the mirror. Our society, advertising, fashion magazines, and culture have allowed this to happen to both the women and men of my generation.  Read more

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