Living the WELL Life


Palm Oil-Free Vegan Butter

Just when we got used to non-dairy butter, now we are hearing we shouldn't buy anything that contains palm oil. Why? Isn't it vegan? Here's the short story : "the increased demand for palm oil, which is grown only in tropical environments, is fuelling destruction of the rainforest habitat of Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, pushing those endangered species even closer to extinction.  Read more


Starting Your Engine

From the many different courses I have designed and teach, my favourite of all time is entitled Ladies Start your Engines. When I started to study TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) many moons ago, I took to it like a duck to water.   Read more


Demo Class- The Beat Goes On!

November 17, 2012 – 10:AM to 1:PM - $30.00 
With heart disease consistently in the lead as the number one killer of both men and women, can there ever be enough education on how to keep our tickers ticking healthfully?   Read more


A Right to Know—and the Freedom of Choice

As managing editor of Healthy Living magazine, I stay fairly informed about health and nutrition. As an author, while conducting research for 50 Simple Steps to Save the World’s Rainforests, I read many disturbing reports of negligent practices by governments and agribusiness around the world. Sadly, it has become as clear as day to me that the government, food manufacturers—especially the larger ones—and agribusiness do not place enough value on health, safety and the environment. Profit motives too often prevail. So it is largely up to us consumers to educate ourselves about the origin of our food and how its production affects workers, the planet and our health. And that’s why Proposition 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, is incredibly important.   Read more


Caught Napping - Invasion of the Body Snatchers Redux

I've seen how people have allowed their humanity to drain away. Only it happened
slowly instead of all at once. They didn't seem to mind.  All of us - a little bit – we
harden our hearts, grow callous. Only when we have to fight to stay human do
we realize how precious it is to us, how dear.

                                – Invasion of the Body Snatchers


In last month’s Caught Napping entitled “GMOedipus Rex,” I note how GMO is steadily infiltrating all areas of our lives from our jeans to our genes. Low and behold, not a month later and we are talking about Aspartame, an artificial sweetener, as a GMO product. The very idea that everyday consumables from the cotton in our clothes to artificial sweeteners may contain GMO underscores how pervasive and insidious this phenomenon really is.  We don’t even know where to look.   Read more


Coffee: Choose Organic, Shade-grown and Fair Trade

Opportunities to save rainforests are at our fingertips every day—and sometimes they are as simple as a cup of coffee. 

Modern farming techniques designed to maximize coffee yields have taken a toll on tropical rainforests over the past forty years. As coffee consumers, we can help reverse this trend by supporting the types of coffee cultivation that make a minimal impact on tropical ecosystems and provide a good income for workers. Each person’s coffee choice matters. In the U.S. alone, we drink approximately 400 million cups of coffee per day, or the equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year. Think of the collective impact we could make if we all chose for the rainforest! We make a difference when we choose organic, shade-grown and fair trade brands of coffees.  Read more


Brown Rice and Arsenic…Here We Go Again

Brown Rice and Arsenic…Here We Go Again
Just when I think things are returning to some form of normalcy, there is more panic around food…some for good cause and some, as Jon Stewart says, not so much.

This article is about the latter.

Here we are again discussing arsenic in brown rice and while I am weary of having this same discussion every few years, I am also committed to health and to the health of my readers and viewers and do not take their concerns lightly.

Here is what my latest research has shown me.  Read more


Demo Class-How Sweet It Is!

December 8, 2012 – 10AM to 1PM - $30.00
Ah, sugar. How do we love thee? Let me count the ways. And how do you love us back? With obesity, lack of focus, Type 2 diabetes, elevated triglycerides and more. Are to live a bitter life with no sweet seductions? Of course not. We'll discuss sweet alternatives to sugar, balancing our bodies so sweets are lovely treats, but not craved addictions and how to cook to satisfy our needy sweet tooth.  Read more


Demo Class - Again With the New Year, New You Thing?

January 19, 2013 - 10am to 1pm  $30
Every year it’s the same thing. You’ll get fit and healthy; lose weight, get organized and change your life. And every year, you don’t do it. It’s exhausting. Why can’t you make the changes you need to live a healthy life? Find the answer in this fun and informative class. Hint: it involves growing up…just a little.  Read more


Demo Class - Staying Big and Strong for Life

February 10, 2013 - 10am to 1pm  $30
We struggle with our health more than just about any other country. We know more about health and what it takes to achieve it than just about any country. In this class, we’ll talk about ways to create a strong immune system…which contributes to overall health and well-being.  Read more



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