Getting Into Exercise after the Holidays? Eat Well! – Part I

I am definitely not a cold weather person. Don’t get me wrong about that! What I do love about January is that it’s a relatively quiet month compared to the busyness, added social engagements, and too much food – healthy or otherwise January offers us a big invitation lined in glitter to get back to… Read more

Seasonal and Local Eating – Enjoy the Autumn Fare

I know many, many people for whom Fall is their favorite time of year. I was raised in California, so had to learn as an adult to appreciate the seasons – all of them. After 40 years in the Midwest, I still have to work at it, to get past the dread of facing the… Read more

Summer Favorites – Melons and Berries

There are plenty of reasons to love the months of June through August, from the opportunities to enjoy some vacation air away from home, to the quiet evenings on the lawn enjoying slurpy fruits, with little worry about their dripping juices. At home or away, melons and berries can’t be beat, with their vibrant colors,… Read more

Summer Vegetables – Some ABCs

I am not a gardener. I worked at becoming one off and on for years before yielding to the fact that gardening in anything larger than patio pots does not give me pleasure, or enough good harvest to keep me engaged and enthused. I am a strong proponent, however, of a diet laden with fresh,… Read more

Another Look At Protein

As long as I have been a plant-based eater, (vegetarian since 1994), then raw vegan, (since 2006), and now mostly raw vegan, and as for long as I have been a Health Coach, (almost 10 years), questions about protein have circled through my life. Lately, since  I have been more seriously engaged in strength and… Read more

Enzymes Part II – Digestion Drivers, Gut Healers

The digestive system is an enormously sophisticated and complex operation made up of many organs. A north to south process, it begins in the brain where it is triggered by the sight, sound, and smell of food. This begins the production of saliva in the mouth which is the first place that food begins to… Read more

Cauliflower – White is a Color!

You’ve heard it before – that the more colorful a fruit or vegetable, the more nutrients it contains.  Then you come to cauliflower, which is very white, yet supplies more than 77% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, in just a cup of it.  Like other cruciferous vegetables, cauliflower is rich in anti-inflammatory… Read more

Thinking about Vegetarianism?  Consider Meatless Mondays!

I talk to a lot of people these days who say they are eating less meat and feel better for making the making the effort as they enjoy the adventure of switching things up. It is true that a vegetarian diet has several benefits when it is properly balanced and nutrient-dense.  However, just because a… Read more

8 Good Reasons to be a Plant-Based Eater

A diet high in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and whole grains has several benefits when it is nutrient dense, which means that processing is kept to a minimum. Conversely, a diet that is “meat-free” doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s healthy. Benefits can be negated when the diet isn’t paired with an otherwise healthy lifestyle which… Read more

The Where and How of Organic Foods

Recently I wrote about the importance of consuming mostly organic foods. If you missed that piece, you can catch up with it right here. Organic food is more expensive than conventionally grown food, for sure. Hopefully, that will change as more and more people opt for really clean food for their bodies. For now, here… Read more