Living the WELL Life


Cruisin'

I dreaded it. Yes, it was my seventh time on board one of the floating palaces known as Costa Cruise lines for the Holistic Holiday at Sea. Yes, I knew the ‘big boat’ left the dock and rocked and rolled its way around the Caribbean. Yes, I am plagued by seasickness…even at the thought of the ship leaving the dock. Yikes! Am I nuts to do this again?  Read more


Changing Kids of America One Taste Bud at a Time - by David Leathers

There are many reasons why our nation is obese: convenience, type of food consumed, inactivity, but the main reason is lack of education. For a person to eat properly, they have to be taught how and unfortunately this is not being done.  Read more


Diet Coke and Women’s Heart Health, a Deadly Combination

Coca Cola should be tried for crimes against humanity. It’s that simple, really. Their latest scam plays on the vulnerability of women knowing that heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. It capitalizes on women’s obsession with staying slim. And it contributes to the ever-degenerating health of women. All in one shiny can of Diet Coke with a big red heart on it. With love, from another corporate giant out to steal your health.  Read more


What Exactly Does a Cool Ranch Taste Like, Anyway? - by Steve Rockstein

Picture this.  I’m on a slow-moving checkout line at the market… daydreaming.  This is not my favorite space to shop, a big-box warehouse with ugly lighting and uninformed help, but it’s the only place here on St Thomas where I can buy organic Italian olive oil, in real glass, at a reasonable price… so I deal with it.  Read more


Happy Spring!

Are We Feeling A Little Irritable?
According to the principles of Chinese Medicine, the spring heralds more than the arrival of tulips and daffodils. This time of year, when the earth is re-born and energy rises, the liver becomes more active, enlivened, if you will. As energy warms, it’s important to nourish the function of the liver and to honor the season by adapting your food and cooking to the season.  Read more


Ice or Heat… I’m So Confused! - by Ken Dill

You are exercising (good work by you!) when you feel a pain in your leg.  You stop for a minute to check if it’s all right.  All the while you are wondering…should I stop or continue ?…should I ice it or heat it?  Then you do what most people do and just try to ignore it and hope it goes away.  Nothing in medicine is 100% sure, but here is what I’ve learned over the past 27 years and 10’s of thousands of patients.  I hope it helps you.  Read more


Where Does Your Food Come From? - by Christina Pirello

It’s all the rage. Eating organically produced foods, supporting farm markets, CSA’s and eating locally have become as common in our language of food as food itself.  Read more


Transitioning to a Delicious Vegan Diet - by Jason Wyrick

Usually, I write or speak about how to successfully transition to a healthy vegan diet, but the main impetus for making that transition is to first and foremost make the transition to a delicious vegan diet.  There are, of course, those people who can eat simply for nutrition and fuel and ignore the pleasure side of food, but those people are completely alien to me.  Their way lies chaos and madness and, for most other people, failure and guilt because we all know when we fail at a healthy dietary change, there is quite a bit of guilt that accompanies said failure.  I know, I’ve been there.  And we all know that, deep down, most of us eat not necessarily because we’re hungry, but because the food tastes good.  If it doesn’t taste good, we don’t stick with it for very long.  That’s why it is vitally important to make any dietary change a delicious dietary change and with vegan cuisine, it’s not that hard.  This series of articles will cover some of the most important tips and tricks I’ve found over the last nine years that worked for both me and my students.  Speaking of which, on to your first tip!  Read more


Living As If Life Mattered - by Bill Tara

Life is precious. We all say that but the evidence often tells a different story. When I started doing health counselling in the early 1970’s one of my first clients was a man who was brought to see me by his wife; this is often the case. She had good results with a program I had given her and wanted the same benefits for her husband. He was overweight and had very high cholesterol levels so we reviewed his history and began the process of creating a health plan for him.  Read more


Our Conditioning - by Christy Morgan

I met someone at this awesome vegan restaurant in LA who is a health and fitness expert. He wasn't eating anything and I couldn't figure out why! This place had tasty food so why would you go to a restaurant and not eat? So, being the curious being that I am I went ahead and asked him why he wasn't eating anything. He said he hadn’t done much today (in the way of fitness) so he wasn’t going to eat much today. I got to thinking. That kind of makes sense! If you don’t do a lot of activity it doesn’t really warrant eating a lot of food. Then it got me thinking of how we are conditioned from childhood to get our “square 3 meals a day”, and from the USDA food pyramid to get 'x' number of servings of this or that. We are conditioned to finish our plates and not be wasteful. We are not conditioned to eat when we are hungry and take in less calories if we do not expend much energy in the day. No wonder more than half the US population is either overweight or obese.  Read more



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