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Cinco de Mayo un-Refried Bean Dip

Every time I hear the word “beans,” I giggle. I’m like a five year old with that word. My mother, my aunt Rozzie and my cousin Dana and I went to The Pritikin institute in Venice, California when I was in my 20s.They were super big on beans and raw veggies, and I am pretty sure the whole laughter thing started then. Dana hated it so much—feeling like she was in an institution (which she was), so she escaped after […]

Juices, smoothies and how to tell the difference

I want everyone to juice and to drink smoothies. If everyone did, I feel like the world would be filled with happy,bouncy people with glowing skin, sparkling white of their eyes, and shiny hair—not to mention the enormous health benefits they would receive! But there is a misconception in the juicing-smoothie world. A smoothie is not a juice even if it’s thin or green. I know I know, I hear it all the time . . . “I love green […]

The key to losing the weight you want

They key to losing the weight you want is this one subtle shift.

Why you should get out of your own way and just try it already

Eat Like a French Girl

I did! Yay, me. I finally took a giant step and gave my first public workshop for “Eat Like a French Girl.” Contrary to popular opinion, I’m a closet shy girl. I know—I look fearless on the outside, but inside I am as scared as the little bug-eyed girl sitting in the back of the room  who never raises her hand, and freezes up when asked if she has any questions—even though she has a boatload of them. “Me? Questions? […]

Willpower. It may not be your fault.

Does this sound familiar? You were “PERFECT” all day. You had your green smoothie for breakfast, packed your healthy lunch, sat happily and ate it outside—not even at your desk!—enjoyed a healthy snack that you bought at the market on the weekend, AND you even got up a bit early and got in a yoga class before work. Then BAM! You walk in the house from your day SO tired and hungry that you head straight to the fridge and […]

What is a GMO?

Good Morning Oregon? General Motors Ohio? Absolutely none of the above—but I sort of wish it was. GMOs are Genetically Modified Organisms, and unless you see a seal on the package stating otherwise, chances are what you are buying has GMO ingredients in it. But what is it? A GMO is a hybrid food created in a lab. You may or may not remember the movie The Island of Dr. Moreau, but if you do, remember when he took all […]

Vegetable-Centric and Flipping the Ratio

Herbivore, omnivore, pescetarian, vegetarian, vegan—there are so many labels and hats out there in the “eat more vegetables” world. I prefer the term “vegetable-centric,” because if we focus on that, it puts our mind at ease and we don’t have to worry about what we are NOT eating and we can focus on what we ARE eating. I don’t know about you, but I’m not so good with feeling deprived. FLIPPING THE RATIO: HOW to make the transition to a […]

Food Is Not Love

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been through the experience of eating her (or his) feelingsor perhaps the opposite; starving them.
As children, we celebrate wins with ice cream and soothe cuts and bruises with cupcakes and hot cocoa. It makes perfect sense that as adults we would comfort our discomfort with chocolate or soothe relationship woes with peanut butter cookies (gluten-free, of course).

A Well Stocked Pantry

Much like how we arrange our closets, certain staples and base foods are essential to make cooking easier. They are needed to enable a kitchen to function smoothly. Everyone should have a well stocked pantry complete with veggies in order to cook lunch or dinner on the fly. I don’t often use the term “stocked pantry,” because I never had one. A pantry is technically a room to put food in and as a New Yorker, I was lucky to […]

Why you should embrace the sandwich

I think it had been a good solid 10 years since I had a sandwich. Ironically, when I was growing up, my mother sent me off to school every morning with a sandwich for lunch. I loved it. Peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread. I stopped eating the sandwich in the late 90’s when an iridologist  told me that I should avoid wheat and dairy due to intolerance. It seemed a natural progression to eliminate the sandwich and […]