Living the WELL Life
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
Greens and Lettuces to Add to Your Diet
Bibb, delicate leaves and flavor
Black Seeded Simpson, crisp, loose leaves
Deer Tongue, triangular delicate green leaves
Four Seasons, French burgundy butterhead
Freckles, burgundy freckled loose leaves
Read Oakleaf, buttery flavored loose leaves
Rouge D-Hiver, red romaine leaves that turn redder in the cold weather
Salad Bowl, sweet, loose leaf with deep lobed leaves
Tom Thumb, tiny 3-inch heads Read more
It’s Easy Being Green
Shakespeare coined the phrase ‘salad days’ in ‘Antony and Cleopatra,’ referring to a time of youth and innocence. In modern days, this same phrase indicates the peak of life, regardless of age. I wonder if The Bard really knew what he was saying, if he knew the value of greens in keeping us youthful and vital.
Leafy green vegetables (often known as winter greens because of their viability in cold weather) are the greatest powerhouses of nutrition we can imagine. Loaded with antioxidants to slow down aging, vitamin C and D for strong bones; vitamin K for proper clotting of blood and liver synthesizing of protein; fiber for digestion; chlorophyll for strong red blood cells, protein (yes, protein…), calcium, iron and other essential minerals and buckets of moisture to keep us hydrated. And did I mention that they are rich in compounds that battle cancer? Whew! Read more
GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)…Playing Roulette with Our Lives
G-M-what’s? GMOs are genetically modified organisms that are engineered in a lab, in petri dishes, without any influence from Mother Nature, and then used to create new breeds of foods (and other living things). DNA and other compounds, like pesticides, are incorporated into organisms for an end purpose. We know little about the long-term effects of these foods on us and the planet.
“Round-Up Ready” is the name given to soy and corn that was developed by Monsanto and involves the pesticide Round Up being integrated right into the seeds before they are planted. The theory they are trying to sell is that this will require less pesticides to be sprayed, but according to experts at Cornell University, this practice has ended up requiring a more intense use of pesticides as the plants around the corn and soy (and the corn and soy themselves) grow resistant to the Round Up. Mistake? Read more
Olive Oil in Skincare? Really. - by Mario Di'Martino
In March of 2007, I read a book by my now good friend Dr. Maher Abbas called "Olive Oil Cookery." Not only did it have amazing Mediterranean style food recipes using extra virgin olive oil, but I also found a wealth of information from a doctor’s perspective as to why consuming olive oil is great for your health.
That same year at a family reunion, my Aunt Lena bragged on about how she had been rubbing olive oil on her skin for 50 years, and at age 88 she looked great! It was at that point that I decided to take all of the years of nutritional knowledge my parents had given me along with this new love for extra virgin olive oil to create a skincare system that was unique and espoused the benefits of ancient therapeutic treatments. In 2010, my company Vita Bella created the world’s first organic olive oil plant-based phytonutrient skincare system. Read more
Demo Class - Live Like You’re an Italian
March 17, 2013 - 10am to 1pm $30
No, I don’t mean moving back in with your mother. I mean live your life choosing whole fresh, seasonal foods, elegantly and simply cooked and so satisfying…because they are nutrient dense as well as delicious. They don’t call it La Dolce Vita for nothing! Read more