Feeling Spring

This week has been a week of celebration.  Spring officially arrived on March 20th along with the first asparagus and strawberries at the farmers’ market.   I passed my qualifying exam for my doctorate in nutrition from Hawthorn University, advancing me to doctoral candidacy as I work on my dissertation.   And this is my 100th…

Eleven Ways to Get More Fermented Foods into Your Life

Why do you want to get more fermented foods into your life? In short, they are good and good for you. Fermentation increases the taste and nutritional value of food. It was the main way of preserving food up until the invention of the refrigerator. Humans more or less evolved to be eating fermented foods…

The Five Elements of Movement

Moving into the New Year, I want to take the time to write about the most important determinant of health and happiness besides food—exercise. Working with thousands of clients over the years has given me countless examples of the exercise imperative: move it or lose it!  Moving our bodies consciously and regularly is truly the…

Carrot Top Nasturtium Salsa Verde

Food waste: the idea is as old as your mother telling you to clean your plate because people are starving in _________, but now the research is in.  Americans are wasting nearly half of the food produced and imported here, and just half of that could feed the globe’s 1 billion who are starving, according to…

Nourishing Your Kidneys and Aging with Grace

Ah, winter. It seems to really hit only after the holidays, when the long nights of January march on and the credit card bills come due. The sage consolidates energy in winter, becoming more internally focused, quieter, and listening more. Cooking more, too: long simmered soups and stews, roasting, baking, even a little deep frying…

New Years Resolution: More Green Soup, Less of Everything Else

It’s as cold now as it ever gets here in sunny California. I’ve busted out the silk long underwear, never take off my new fuzzy white hat, and eat soup with breakfast, lunch and dinner to keep warm. I cheer myself up by making camping reservations for the summer. My January maintenance plan: the perfect triad…