Category for health

5 Reasons to Give up Coffee

Posted on November 11, 2014

I drink homemade Dandelion Root Coffee many times per week. Every time I happen to mention this, or post a photo of my morning joe on Instagram I get the same questions, “Why give up coffee? What’s wrong with coffee? Why do you use a coffee substitute?”

Of course, giving up coffee is not for everyone. It’s what works best for me and my nervous system. If coffee agrees with you I see no reason to give it up. But take […]

Is Store Bought Chicken Broth Unhealthy?

Posted on November 3, 2014

Around the holidays I’m frequently asked if there is a brand of store bought chicken broth that I use. Although I rarely purchased it, several years ago I would have said that anything organic would be fine on occasion. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for me anymore.

I now realize that even though it is labeled “organic” store bought chicken broth can contain one insidious ingredient. That would be yeast extract, aka MSG, or mono sodium glutamate. For people such as […]

Start the Day with Hot Water and Lemon

Posted on September 17, 2014

How do you get yourself going each day? Do you drink coffee first thing in the morning? Do you eat food shortly after you wake up? Do you workout right away?

Since my Ayurvedic training in the early 1990’s I have made sure to start the day with hot water and lemon. I thought this ritual was something that most people did until I started asking around. One person told me that she drank green tea first thing, another said he […]

5 Tips for Healthy Travel

Posted on August 7, 2014

Traveling is fun. Jet lag? Not so much. Leaving one’s native habitat to go on the road for business, and even pleasure can be stressful and exhausting. That’s why I’m sharing my 5 Tips for Healthy Travel with you.

All types of travel can be intense and particularly brutal when vacation and business schedules don’t jibe with the needs of our body clock. Adjustments to different time zones are no fun. Here’s how to make the best out of things when […]

Slow Food

Posted on May 3, 2013

Access to clean food is a basic human rights issue; hence my passion for the Slow Food movement.

I like food. You may have guessed as much by perusing the 700 recipes on my website. You may also notice that it is gluten-free, grain-free recipes that have appeared here since 2006, the year I launched this site. In fact, I have been on a grain-free diet for more than a decade. Not because I think it’s the “right” way to eat; […]

Is Agave Good or Bad?

Posted on April 29, 2010

Recently there has been a storm of controversy surrounding agave nectar, an ingredient that I use frequently in my dessert recipes.  This controversy seems to have been kicked up by Dr. Mercola, who is generally ahead of the curve when it comes to medical and dietary information.  I didn’t say he is always right, I did say “ahead of the curve.”

People such as Dr. Mercola often promote things I heartily believe in such as the consumption of fish oils, large […]

The Great Agave Debate

Posted on June 26, 2009

“Why do you use agave? I’ve heard that it’s very unhealthy”  I’m asked this question about my “go to” sweetener on at least a daily basis.

First off, there really is no perfect sweetener, so I recommend everything in moderation.

We often take sugar and other sweeteners for granted, forgetting that they were not widely available to humans until the modern era (excluding of course, those living in the tropical regions feasting on mangoes and pineapple). Processed sugar was invented between […]