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

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

Avocado: Weight-Loss Friendly or Fattening?

What a unique and delicious fruit!  I grew up with an avocado tree in our yard in California , so it was easy to grab one at will and enjoy it. The trouble was that I didn’t really like avocados. Now, however, with my diet more refined than it’s ever been, avocados are staples in… Read more

Mushrooms and Their Many Healing Abilities

I’m not going to lie. For most of my life I didn’t want anything to do with mushrooms. I didn’t like their taste, their texture, their color – anything. Then, I’m not even sure when, I began to try them, perhaps all pretty and stuffed at a cocktail party or something, and then began to like them…. Read more

3 Favorite Fall Fruits – Get Them While You Can

As seasons go, Autumn is not my favorite. As much as love the fall colors nature gives us, and the mostly moderate temperatures, and I do, I am already dreading the months of cold ahead. I am only momentarily charmed by snow, fear the ice, dislike having to wear so many extra clothes, and would… Read more

How to Add More Raw Foods to Your Diet  

In my last newsletter blog I wrote again about the benefits of a diet rich in raw foods, particularly fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.  If you missed that one, or need to refresh your memory, click here. Today I want to address some of the “how” and “what, exactly” issues that sometimes hold people back… Read more

Raw Food Diet Revisited

Lots of water has flowed under the bridge of my life since I first dove into a very high raw food diet in 2006. Now, well into my 12th year of learning and living and experimenting with what works best for me, I am still a very high raw vegan eater, and not 100% either…. Read more

7 Ways to Spruce up Your Salads

Summer is definitely the time to take advantage of all salad-making opportunities! I eat salads all year long. One of the benefits of modern life is that we can get most of the foods we like to have at any time of the year.  In the summer, though, we can get many of our salad… Read more

Balancing Blood Sugar – Part I

Good health is all about balance, especially when it comes to blood sugar. Our brain relies on glucose (sugar) for fuel, and it is important to keep blood sugar balanced to feel good, have energy, and think clearly. Glucose requires insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas, to carry it to the cells. While other… Read more