3 B Green Smoothie

(Banana, Beet Greens, Blueberries) Bitter greens, such as dandelion, mustard greens, beet greens, turnip greens, etc., are excellent bases for smoothies.  They are particularly detoxifying and digestion stimulating.  Include them periodically, even if you add more fruit to balance the bitter. Blend well: 1 cup beet greens 1 cup chard or spinach (or skip and… Read more

Annoying Belly Fat and What to Do About It

Men call it a “beer belly” or a”middle-aged-spread.” Women call it the “blessing of menopause” or the “reminder of child-bearing,” or the “result of lessened amounts of estrogen.”  Gender-specific issues aside, as people go through their middle years, the rate at  which our body uses calories decreases, making it more of a challenge to maintain… Read more

Smart Summer Sustainers

How I love the long, hassle-free, fun-in-the-sun days of summer.  When the mercury rises to numbers that seem unthinkable levels, summer can drain us all. Those long, sunny days for which we craved I February are seemingly never-ending. We can change some of the difficulties of too much heat and too much sun. By making… Read more

Simple Mango Gazpacho

2 cups diced fresh mangoes 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice 1 cup chopped cucumber, peeled and seeded 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional) 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (basil or mint would also be nice)… Read more

Weight Training: Better Fitness, Better Health – Part II

“Every decade, starting in your mid 30s, you lose a percentage of muscle, which affects your metabolism, balance, and ability to brace yourself in the event of an injury.”                            – Larysa DiDio, certified personal trainer and contributing fitness editor to Prevention Magazine…. Read more

Weight Training: Better Fitness, Better Health – Part I

I’ve been physically very active since 1978. I quit smoking then, and took up regular running, or jogging, as we called it in those days. In 1994 a couple of my grown daughters talked me into joining a masters swimming group. “You’ll love this, Mom!” one of them said. I still swim regularly, though both… Read more

Berries, Berries, Berries!

I contend that there are many reasons why May is the best month of the year. It’s my birthday month, after all, and the whole month has rather a festive, playful atmosphere about it. There are all manner of green trees, lawns, and shrubs, blossoms carrying the promise of more flowers to come, and, in… Read more