The Cult of Organics: Is It Worth the Extra Money?

At a playdate with a group of mothers, I once horrified an impossibly hip, young mom by telling her I refused to eat organic food because it was too expensive and that I felt I wouldn't be buying a better product. The look of shock on her face made me wonder if I had suddenly experienced a Janet Jackson-esque wardrobe malfunction. After glancing down to make sure I wasn't flashing anyone (and to check that Justin Timberlake wasn't lurking behind a bush), I tried to calmly explain my position on organic versus conventionally grown food. ...more
BRAV-O!!! This just showed up as a related article to something I just posted and I could not ...more

A Brief Introduction to this New Blog, Which is about Coming out of the Darkness

Hello wonderful people,This is my second time writing a blog. The first time was a travel blog, about backpacking in India. That was 5 years ago now. Since then, I have always kept thinking about blogging, because I have learned a lot and wish to share what I learn, and how I learn it, with others....more

Cheating on Your Gluten-Free Diet is Cheating on Your Health

Cheating on Your Gluten-Free Diet is Cheating on ...more

A Dangerous Trend in Social Media and Online

 Happy 2014. This is a time when we’re usually tired of all the holiday food, when we start talking about how we're going to stick to our New Year’s resolutions. Eating healthier and exercising more probably tops those lists. And in these first few weeks of January, my local YMCA has been teeming with cars, the exercise classes filled with eager adults wanting to shave off some of their holiday weight gain. ...more
Thank you. I felt rather naïve when I discovered this stuff. I was almost afraid to write about ...more

Lazy Saturday Fitness Rules

Often we use the weekends as an excuse to fall off of our diet and exercise routine.  Having lost 53 pounds this year I have found some reliable ways to keep your progress going even on the weekends!...more

How to Buy and Why Soak Legumes or Pulses (Beans)

But First, What Are Legumes or Pulses? To start, I had to look up the difference between a legume and a pulse… pulses are the edible seeds that grow on a legume. Legumes are shrubs, herbs, and trees that produce pod-shaped fruit. The pods are what hold the pulses (such as peas). ...more

Taking My Body Back: Part 2 – Making Changes

I never considered myself to have an “unhealthy” relationship with food.  I guess because I always equated that to emotional eating (eating when depressed, or stressed), snacking profusely, binging and purging etc.  It wasn’t really until I started Body Back that I noticed that my habits WERE unhealthy, not because I did any of those things…it was quite the opposite.  When I was stressed, I DIDN’T eat and as a matter of fact, I did eat emotionally, I liked to eat and drink when I was happy or celebrating.  Things like bagels, chips, French fries, desserts were my down fa...more

Red amaranth sunflower curry

  Every food-shopping trip here is a real-life game of roulette.Wait a minute, why are the limes I bought, uh, orange inside?...more

Taking my Body Back: The Beginning, Part 1

All my life, I have always been in awe of the human body.  Its ability to heal from disease, the way it communicates to us that something is wrong, how much the mental and physical are connected.  Having grown up with parents in the medical field, I was even more in tune to things.  Stories ran rampant at the dinner table, and at a young age I knew what it meant to defibrillate a patient, or what type of drug to administer to someone who has Od’d on heroin.  I was also raised in a household where there was always an emphasis on nutrition – no sugar cereals, no sodas, not...more