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Every so often, I get a wonderful perk from a company that would like me to “test-drive” their products. Last week it was some great chocolate. (I’ll tell you about that in my next post). A while ago, Larry Kandarian from Kandarian Organic Farms sent me a whole big box of his amazing organic ancient […]

What the HECK are FODMAPs?! The acronym FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. (Aren’t you glad you asked?) These short-chain carbohydrates are incompletely absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and can be easily fermented by gut bacteria. These sugars also exert an osmotic effect, increasing fluid movement into the large bowel. The fermentation […]

Supplements that improve mood I’ve never been considered a pessimist. Or a downer. But there are days where I wake up cranky. I don’t know why, it just happens. It might be hormones, it might be gas. There’s no telling. The good news is that I can take one of many naturally occurring supplements that […]

A condition like high blood pressure is sneaky. You don’t feel it, and it generally doesn’t cause any outward signs or symptoms. Yet it silently damages blood vessels, the heart, kidneys, and other organs. High blood pressure — also known as hypertension — isn’t a disease. It is a sign that something is wrong in […]

When you eat starchy carbs and refined sugar, are you aware of what happens inside your body? These foods enter the bloodstream quickly, causing a sugar spike. Your body then produces the hormone insulin to drive that sugar from your bloodstream into cells. But over time, high levels of insulin can make your muscle cells […]

Yes, it’s true! My brother, Mark, just sent me an article from one of his hospital periodicals and I want to share the information with you. For years, you’ve been hearing how fish oil (specifically Omega 3s) is great for your heart. According to a study that was just published in the May 9th edition […]

Why do some people get fat even when they eat relatively little? What creates that irresistible urge for a bag of potato chips or a hunk of chocolate cake, as opposed to a nice crisp apple? Can food urges be irresistible? Physiologists are unraveling the role that your hormones and brain play in urging you […]

With the plethora of different methods available claiming to be able to help you lose weight, its no wonder that people are generally confused as to which is the best method for them. It’s also no wonder that so many people throw away so much money on so called revolutionary programs only to find that […]

Overeating isn’t just a holiday season worry. Although there are an abundance of occasions for eating celebratory meals and treats from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, many of us face the same dietary pitfalls all year long. It’s helpful to know that you can take charge of the social and environmental influences that may lead you […]

Too often, women and their healthcare practitioners think weight loss is all about cutting calories and exercising more. But I know several women who’ve tried these avenues with no success. The majority of women are genuinely trying to do everything “right” for their health. They exercise regularly, eat well, take their supplements, and so on. […]

A new study published by the National Institute of Health that gathered info from numerous studies, makes it clear that the over 40 crowd should be doing anaerobic exercise – high-intensity running, cycling or swimming rather than standard, long, slow cardio. Granted, those over 65 might not be able to do heavy duty sprinting or […]

I’ve had my share of crab cakes in my life. I really love them. They’re versatile. You can get them as an appetizer or main course. Some of the best I’ve had were in Maryland. These were succulent because they were mostly crab meat with very little filling and they had that legendary taste of […]

By Rona Lewis Photos by Cathy Arkle Now this week’s focus was my kind of food! With last week’s arterial clutter finally out of my veins (dairy and eggs), I was really excited for these next two weeks of class time. Fruits, vegetables and herbs! Being a large portion of my daily diet, I was […]

Calves are the bane of my existence. Actually, lots of women are concerned with their calves. Mine are skinny. I work them like crazy and they’re still skinny. I ran track in High School AND in college. They never grew any bigger. Whenever I try on boots, it looks like I’m trying on my mother’s […]

I had to take this week off because once again, my knees were acting up. I don’t know about you, but as an athlete, I expect my body to respond the way I want it to–to lift what I want to lift, run how far I want to run and NOT break down. Unfortunately, I’ve […]

I don’t know how to cook for small amounts of people.  If it’s just Bobby and I, I have leftovers for 3 more days.   So, for Thanksgiving, there were 8 people to cook for, so I made a 20 lb turkey and a 4 pound brisket.  Needless to say, I have some leftovers. Now, being […]

I get food and wine emails up the wazoo every single day.  I love reading them and figuring how to re-engineer them.  this one stuck out and I saved it.  I think I got the original from Snooth, but don’t quote me on that.  Wait.  I just quoted myself.  Never mind… 🙂 The original calls […]

I looked at the last recipe I posted here, and it contained carbs.  Of course, it was about 3 weeks ago, so that shows you how often I eat them….but at least the Paella recipe was a healthier version-just like this Chocolate Bread Pudding recipe is much healthier than the original, which I found in […]

Guilt comes in many forms, doesn’t it?  Health-wise, you can cheat on your workouts, cheat on your mileage and the biggest one….cheating on your food. (notice I didn’t say “diet?”  I HATE that word!) As an advocate of the lower carb lifestyle, I only have the occasional dinner that includes starchy carbs.  When I don’t […]

I was asked about soy vs almond milk by a dear friend of mine the other day.  (Hey Paola, is it OK if I use your name?)  She asked me which was better to use as a substitute for regular “dairy” milk.   After all, milk from cows has calcium and all that, but it causes […]

I love a good pasta sauce.  Not that I have pasta a lot, but when I DO have it (usually with a whole grain noodle), I want something substantial on it.  Now, this dish has a few variations on it, as it’s a traditional staple in Italy, but most use guanciale (pig cheeks-Oy!) or pancetta.  […]

I had some friends visiting LA last week.  At dinner, we were discussing how they had been losing and gaining weight and what worked for them.  They’re both very pretty women over 50.  What I heard was, besides keeping their physical training up,  when they truly  concentrated on what they ate, they lost weight!   Gee….REALLY?! […]

I’m just about finished with my second cookbook…writing it, that is.  Actually, MY part is done.  I”m waiting for my friend, Barry Wilner, who’s been kind enough to do my wine pairings for the main courses.  After that, it goes to Spencer Christian, former Good Morning America weatherman and current host of View From The […]

Try saying THAT 5 times fast!  This is a dish that my friend, Jeff, made for our First Saturday dinner last month.  It’s an incredibly rich concoction akin to Moussaka and Spanikopita (but with meat).  It was delicious.  Jeff warned me beforehand, “Uhh, it’s a little rich.”  Gee, Jeff…ya THINK?! He dared me to re-engineer […]