Living the WELL Life


Dairy-Free For All - by Christina Pirello

June is National Dairy Month and I can’t help but cringe every time I see the “Got Milk” ads and hear nutritionists talk about the health “benefits” of milk and other dairy products.  Research shows that dairy is hazardous to our health.  If milk is so great for us why is 75% of the world population estimated to be lactose intolerant?  In addition to digestive issues, dairy consumption has also been linked to acne, allergies, Type I diabetes, and even cancer!  You heard me, cancer.    Read more


Meatless Monday: Take it Easy - by Christy Morgan

Studying plant-based nutrition for many years, with many different doctors and experts, reading different books, and experimenting with my own diet and lifestyle has shown me many things. And it's confirmed how drastically our health in this country has declined.  A diet full of chemicals and fake food, an animal-centered diet high in fat, our complete lack of exercise, an over-consumption of sugar and processed food are just some of the offenders. But there isn’t one culprit that we can pinpoint as the bad guy.  Read more


Curmudgeons Unite! - by Bill Tara

I have always liked the word curmudgeon; it has a sort of gritty gravitas to it. Much to my surprise I think I have become one. In fact, I may have been one for years and just didn’t know it. No one ever called me that to my face but I have a feeling that might change. I am definitely becoming a party-pooper. It’s not that I don’t like a party; it’s just that some parties don’t know when to call it quits.   Read more


Don’t Buy Me Those Peanuts and Cracker Jack! - by Frances Abrams

It’s a full time job taking care of myself.  Although being a healthy person can be time consuming, it’s worth the time and effort because it feels so great.  It is very important to feel balanced in all areas of your life.  Nothing that is important to me gets neglected, from making the bed in the morning to cooking three delicious meals daily, and everything else in between.  It all works well for a variety of reasons, and, as a result, I have lots of energy.  Finding enough time in a day is the result of being in control of my choices, decisions and actions.  Read more


Don’t Buy Me Those Peanuts and Cracker Jack! - by Frances Abrams

It’s a full time job taking care of myself.  Although being a healthy person can be time consuming, it’s worth the time and effort because it feels so great.  It is very important to feel balanced in all areas of your life.  Nothing that is important to me gets neglected, from making the bed in the morning to cooking three delicious meals daily, and everything else in between.  It all works well for a variety of reasons, and, as a result, I have lots of energy.  Finding enough time in a day is the result of being in control of my choices, decisions and actions.  Read more


Why Choose Health When You Can Have Dinner in a Bucket? - by Christina Pirello

Walk into a fast food restaurant and look at the menu closely. Your head will spin at the sheer number of options available to wreck your health and accelerate your arrival at the Pearly Gates. They may call it convenient and even more criminally…food, but what they’re really doing is robbing you of your health…and giving you a big, fat gut in the process.  Read more


Ladies Night - by Christina Pirello

Busy work schedules and family obligations oftentimes leave few opportunities for me and my girlfriends to catch up.  But when we do actually get together it feels like we’re picking up, seamlessly, right where we left off.  Mark your calendars to dish with your girlfriends and feast on these Ladies Night treats!

 

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Red, White and Blue - by Christina Pirello


Memorial Day weekend is upon us and it has put me in the mood for a kick-off to summer food fixins.  It’s a great time of year to plan outdoor get-togethers with family and friends, bask in the sunshine, and savor the tastes of summer.  I’ve put together some healthy versions of my family’s recipes celebrating the Memorial Day weekend.  Enjoy!


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Grilled Soy Sausage with Carmelized Onions
Quinoa Salad
Baked Beans
Warm Potato, Soybean, and Cucumber Salad
Apple Pie  Read more


Returning to Basics - by Frances Abrams

It upsets me to hear the words “good” and “bad” when we talk about food.  In our society we tend to give what we eat enormous power and control.  I have always believed that judging our weight and our food stems from dieting and the restrictions we impose upon ourselves. When we go on a diet, we are setting ourselves up for failure. It doesn’t matter why we are on a diet.  If we feel we are depriving ourselves, then eating is going to be a struggle.  Read more


No Choice but to Be Fat? - by Christina Pirello

‘Sometimes I have no choice but to eat heavy, greasy food…’ goes the opening line in a television ad for ‘Activia,’ the yogurt enriched with ‘bifidus regularis’ (an invented marketing name for Dannon’s exclusively used probiotic) to normalize digestion. A professional-looking woman runs through her day, grabbing a hot dog, cake at a party to illustrate the point.

But it’s not Dannon and their manufactured bacteria that got me thinking about the health of this country. No, it was the opening line of the ad that got me.

Really? There’s no choice but to eat food that we know is robbing us of our health and making us fat?   Read more



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