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A few weeks ago, my friend Donna and I were planning a small get together to watch some movies. There were going to be 5 of us. Donna is also a fantastic cook (She’s Italian-it’s in the genes), but we wanted to do something healthy. The Today Show happened to be on and they showed […]

One of the best things about Fall is that it’s PUMPKIN season! I adore pumpkin. Pretty much anything that has pumpkin in it, I’ll try (except if it has licorice or coconut in it). I can’t tell you how disappointed I was that most of the pumpkin products from Trader Joe’s were discontinued after Thanksgiving. […]

Last night was one of my “First Saturday” monthly potluck dinners in Manhattan Beach. It’s hosted by my friends, Diane and Paul Basile. They’re wonderfully generous, holding this fantastic dinner. Paul is the gourmet cook, choosing the main course. We happily suggest side dishes, appetizers, salads and desserts for him to choose for us to […]

How to keep motivated when you’re tired, stressed and cranky Yes, this happens to me. It’s OK to admit you don’t feel like exercising. There are days when I have clients, articles to write, companies to visit and a dog to walk. I get up at 5 am and don’t finish until 8pm. Would YOU […]

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 […]

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 […]

Many people look upon massage as an indulgence that is simply not necessary, I have to admit that I enjoy getting a massage every few weeks and I feel it when I don’t. Most massage styles have miraculous healing powers and a good massage can have a plethora of benefits for the body-relaxation not withstanding. […]

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 […]

I was at my monthly Saturday dinner this past weekend.  This is a gathering of friends who all cook dishes related to the theme that the hosts think up.  This past month was Favorite Dishes Your Mom Made in honor of Mother’s Day.  If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll see my comments […]

There was a “chef’s challenge” this past week on View From The Bay, the afternoon TV show in San Francisco on which  I do the occasional segment.  We had to cook a main dish that was $3 or less per serving.   Michael Stevens, my wonderful friend and segment producer, LOVES Chicken Pot Pie.  So, when […]

I finished doing the nutritional breakdowns for the over 100 recipes I have in my new, as yet to be published, cookbook.  This is a labor of love, as it’s incredibly tedious.  Like looking in a pile of bubbles for a contact lens.   Writing a cookbook, for me, is so much fun.  Experimenting with food, […]

At least food-wise, you can’t.  I just got back from a trip to New York.  Long Island, actually.  I grew up there and my parents still live in the same house.  THAT is a story in and of itself.  My Mom, as many of you know, is a very good cook.  However, the challenge I […]

I was watching the Today Show this morning and the subject of exercise for women came up.  It seems there was a new study (Great…YET another one!) that tells us that women, especially over 40, need to exercise for an hour EVERY SINGLE DAY! I’m sure there was a collective “Gasp!” from every woman in […]

I got an email the other day from a friend of mine from Toastmasters.  Attached was a small “e-book” touting secrets to getting in shape and never having to diet again.   “Wow,” I thought.  This guy’s gonna put all the health experts, fitness trainers and nutritionists out of business!  Why even bother having a website […]

Not all personal trainers are alike.  OK, that’s not really a secret, but I’ll tell you something that is.  You can become a certified personal trainer in one weekend.  Yup.  Take a weekend course, pass a test and you’re in! Frightening thought, isn’t it? I was talking to my big brother, Mark, today and we […]

I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while.  It’s been a subject of discussion for years.  The famous book, Sugar Blues, came out in 1975 and was at the forefront of nutrition.  Sugar has been found to be more addicting than cocaine and is even more deadly than fat when it comes to […]