• How much food is in your food?

    The GOOD NEWS Clean Labels are becoming a mainstay in the food and beverage industries rather than a passing trend, one in five tracked products had a clean label, up from 17% the year before. This has inspired 64% of Americans to check ingredients labels, looking for ingredients that are easy to understand and to… Continue Reading

  • RULES 4 PICKY EATERS

    Even with all the time I spend at markets and farmer’s markets, I constantly find foods I’ve never seen before. Long-gone are the days of only finding historically local ingredients, every new wave of immigrants bring new local crops of foods that I find inspiring. I ask the vendors the traditional way of cooking or… Continue Reading

  • AntiOxident Supreme: Get Your Glutathione

    The body is constantly in touch with oxidants and toxins, the better our body can deal with them the better our body will be at staying strong. This is a job for a major antioxidant, is there an antioxidant that will help prevent cancer, heart disease, aging, neurological issues and more? Drum roll please: Glutathione… Continue Reading

  • What the Hell Has Happened to Our Food?

    I get international newsletters from medical and food industry reporters to keep on top of food trends, new products and the latest discoveries in nutritional understanding. In those insider news feeds come food production scandals. As I’m an organic consumer with a basic understanding of how things grow and am certified in how to keep… Continue Reading

  • SALT

    Is salt equated to flavor in the foods we eat? Are we addicted to salt? Is salt killing us?   Many of us consume well over the daily-recommended amount of sodium, or salt, according to the American Dietetic Association. Over time, this can cause high blood pressure that leads to heart disease, stroke and kidney… Continue Reading

  • INFLAMMATION

    You bump into something – INFLAMMATION – Bug Bite – INFLAMMATION – Arthritis – INFLAMMATION – Sprained Ankle – INFLAMMATION –  Sore Throat – INFLAMMATION – Tooth Ache – INFLAMMATION – Hormone Shift – INFLAMMATION – Hives – INFLAMMATION – Infection – INFLAMMATION – Back Ache – INFLAMMATION – Head Ache – INFLAMMATION. INFLAMMATION is the body’s natural… Continue Reading

  • How often do you eat a home-made meal?

    When you have food allergies eating out can be like walking through a mine-field. I no longer feel safe when eating out, I’ve been sick too many times from a wait staff that doesn’t want to give me a straight answer or simply didn’t properly know their menu items.  I even had one waiter tell… Continue Reading

  • What children gain from learning to cook (and adults too):

    Cooking is a great life management skill, cooking is a unique opportunity to tie together skills that carry over into every aspect of your life: Being able to feed yourself develops self-confidence. Consideration of others: cooking begins with teamwork and can involve making food that is pleasing to others. Social skills are developed because children never… Continue Reading

  • Why what we eat is better.

    Eliminating items that you believe are staples is the first step in reforming your eating to a healthy diet, a diet void of gluten or over-processed grains, diary, sugar and salt. Begin by no longer buying items that advertising campaigns have convinced you of as being ‘staples’. Yes, eliminating gluten, diary, sugar and minimizing salt… Continue Reading

  • Care for Ur wooden kitchen utensils

    Take good care of your wooden kitchen items: Wooden cutting boards contain fewer bacteria than plastic boards, as proven in laboratory testing. I had assumed that because I can place my plastic resin cutting boards into a dishwasher, wash them at very high heat with products that are disinfectants, that they are easier to maintain,… Continue Reading

  • Kitchen Tools: Wood or Plastic?

    I wrote a blog about caring for wooden cutting boards and bowls, in response I was made aware of the misinformation that I had based my blog on: contrary to what I wrote, wood is not safer than plastic as far as carrying bacteria is concerned. I have been told and have read over and… Continue Reading

  • EACH PEACH

    WITH GREAT APPRECIATION OF EACH PEACH When I see people throwing out food I think of all of the labor it took to get that food into a kitchen, both commercial and home kitchen. Back-breaking labor. The kind of labor spent from sun up to sun down using every muscle of the body, the labor that… Continue Reading

  • Keeping Track

    Keeping Track Print out our ‘Daily Needs’ chart, put it up on the refrigerator and help your family keep track of their eating habits. By ticking off the servings of food groups that they’ve eaten during the day you will all see in a glance what food groups are missing that might be best served… Continue Reading

  • Bar Codes

    Bar Codes: PLU (Price Look Up) stickers, used on produce has a bar code used for the pricing of produce at the cash register, but organic and genetically modified are part of the identifying process as it affects price. The code represents origin and size as well, which also affects the price. The savvy consumer… Continue Reading

  • Magnificent Magnesium

    Magnesium is an essential mineral that the body uses for building strong bones, maintaining heart rhythm, muscle and nerve function and keeps the immune system healthy. Magnesium is also involved in at least 300 biochemical enzyme reactions in the body that result in thousands of reactions happening constantly such as: nerve transmissions; muscle contraction; nutrient… Continue Reading

  • What we eat is better period

    Gardening can be a hobby, in my family it was a competition amongst the men. It ‘inspired’ my father to grow an apple tree that had branches of yellow apples, green apples and several varieties of red apples off the same trunk. Uncle Nino had the biggest zucchini and this was before nuclear Miracle Grow,… Continue Reading

  • FEEDING THE FINICKY

    FEEDING THE FINICKY My family appreciates a ‘healthy appetite’, to my mother that meant what ever she put on the table was gobbled up. Future son-in-laws were also judged more on what and how much they ate than ….anything else. The real test was stuffed calamari with spaghetti. As we had been eating this dish… Continue Reading

  • What is a “Healthy Diet”?

    What is the definition of a ‘Healthy Diet’? Conscious eating is a big benefit of having a sensitive body or food allergy, being aware of what you’re eating is the first step of the indulgence of a healthy diet. Everyone benefits from eating with the purpose of getting the most energy for your body to run on.… Continue Reading

  • Soybeans are good2eat4U

    Some people give soybeans a bad rap, someone just told me that ‘they’re not good for men’. I love them and use organic soybeans in every form available: soy sauce, soymilk, soy flour, tofu and in their natural state in pods called Edamame in Japanese. Soybeans are versatile and adaptable, having little flavor of their… Continue Reading

  • Getting Back The Joy In Eating Out

    I had dinner with 6 girlfriends the other night and after 2 hours of discussing the menu with the waitress, who was back and forth with the kitchen to find out what was in what, I decided to do a blog about eating out and staying gluten, dairy and sugar free. I’ve been eating gluten,… Continue Reading