Living the WELL Life


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


Diner Time - by Christina Pirello

Sometimes there’s nothing better than grabbing a bite to eat at a local diner.  Ah, the pleasure of comfort foods!  In this spirit, I’ve prepared a menu of delicious ‘diner’ cuisine that you can enjoy without having to leave the house!  And guess what?  These recipes are better for you too!  So put your records (or iPod) on and start rockin’ it in the kitchen.  Read more


Need A Good Reason To NEVER EAT FISH Again? - by Robert Pirello

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La Dolce Vita
 - by Christina Pirello

Ah, the good life!  For me Italian food will always be a main ingredient in life.  After all, I am Italian!  And what’s not to love?  The flavors, aromas, fresh produce, mouth-watering pastas, and colors of la dolce vita are ever-present in Italian cuisine.  Take in the tastes of Italy in the comfort of your own home with this special menu.  And if you want to be fully immersed, consider joining me for the ultimate Italy experience with our Tuscan Harvest Feast tour, June 18-27, 2010.  (We’ve only got a few spots left!)  Read more


200 Cookbooks and Counting - by Frances Abrams

I had to buy another bookcase last week for my cookbook collection.  I have been collecting cookbooks for the past thirty years, and I had run out of space for them.  I was squirreling the books away in closets and boxes and was not able to read them.   I just love to browse through my favorite cookbooks—I don’t necessarily make any of the recipes—but I read them as I would a novel.  I love the unrealistic photographs of perfectly executed food.  I enjoy reading how spices are combined to make the consummate Moroccan stew or how zucchini and eggplant match up together into a wonderful casserole.  I find the whole experience meditative and relaxing.  Read more


I Couldn’t Possibly Do That! - by Ken Dill

I understand this “wellness lifestyle” and vegetarian eating may be working for you.  But I couldn’t possibly do that, it’s torture.  I can’t give up everything I love because you say it would make me healthier, happier, more vital and full of life.  Yes, I’ve read some (not all - there were too many) of the scientific, unbiased studies that you gave me.  But I got confused by all the references to other studies that back up their findings.  I didn’t realize there was so much documentation supporting reversal of disease and how to live a long, healthy life.  I usually get my health information from TV or newspapers headlines (I don’t even have time to read the article) or whatever magazine is in reach at the grocery checkout. Yes, I know you said some of the greatest thinkers in human history like Plato, Socrates, Einstein, and Da Vinci were vegetarian but they just had this guy on the 10 o’clock news who said…  Read more


The Dairy Myth - by Christina Pirello

Just as they successfully sold pork to us as ‘the other white meat,’ marketers are hoping to sell us on the notion that milk and dairy products are the ‘second coming’ of weight loss. You may have thought this fight was over, but read one women’s magazine and you will find a celebrity endorsement of milk as a way to achieve your ideal weight.  Read more


A Glimpse of Summer - by Christina Pirello

I don’t know what the weather was like in your neck of the woods, but Mother Nature brought a heat wave with her to Philadelphia this past weekend.  We saw record temperatures and even got an added bonus of humidity, inspiring me to create a “Glimpse of Summer” menu.  

There’s nothing better on a summer-like weekend than feel-good cookout foods: burgers, potato and greens salads, macaroni and pie.  Look no further.  My menu has you covered!  Invite friends to your backyard bash, take in the taste of what’s to come this summer, and remember to put on your sunscreen!        Read more


My Cat- by Jessica Porter

If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that I am a cat person.  I have a weird cat, named George, who does weird things like lay on my Korean massage bed like a human being .  That’s why I love cats… they’re weird.   Read more



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