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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 […]

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 […]

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 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 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, […]

It was a whirlwind few weeks that just passed.  Between going home for the Passover holiday where everything either has 9 million calories or buckets of carbs, then coming back to LA, only to have a big Easter dinner with my honey’s family (not like I said NO to the delicious food or anything!) I’ve […]

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 […]

I was at my gym today, happily moving weights around and working up a sweat.    I was working my back and wanted to work the lower area a little and I really like the low back machine there.  So, I sauntered over and there, sitting on the machine and occasionally pushing herself back was […]

Everyone’s talking about health insurance.  And who can blame them?  The costs for seeing doctors, hospitalization and medicine are through the roof!  But in my opinion, the views on this hot topic are very short sighted.  Healthcare should start BEFORE there is illness and disease.  Why are we concentrating on companies when we should put […]

Well…aerobic activity does.  I’ve been reading up on how exercise affects the body.  Besides the obvious changes in muscle density and fat ratio, it seems that high intensity aerobic exercise increases blood flow to the muscles and more importantly, helps to create new neurons and connections in the brain! A recent study done at the […]

I recently made a speech with this name and it got such a rowsing response, I thought I’d share it with you.  Now, realize this is the original written speech.  Any good orator goes “off book” once they memorize it and goes with the flow, but the jist of it is here.  Let me know […]

I”m working with my branding coach, Wendy Newman and my publicist, Jill Daniel, to organize a gathering of Los Angeles Moms who want to learn some new recipes and ideas for feeding their kids. Now, giving a cooking lesson to a group of 10 or a group of 1000 isn’t my problem.  As you all […]

My boyfriend, Bobby, and I like to go out for a treat every so often. We both love frozen yogurt and these shops seem to be popping up everywhere! First the excitement was about Pinkberry, which to me seems like frozen sour cream.  Then all these others followed suit…Yogurtland, Penguins, Frogo,  Frogurt,  Froplay, Twist, and […]

Eating pasta might seem impossible on a low carb diet. But there are ways to enjoy this carbohydrate-rich food that will keep blood sugar from spiking, keep full and give the taste satisfaction that only pasta can. I will show how and when to eat it and which type of pasta is best when choosing […]

I got back from San Francisco last night.  Bobby drove both ways, the sweetheart, so I could relax, make sure I knew what points I wanted to make and just take in the scenery.  It was Route 5, so there wasn’t much to see besides the occasional cow, oil pump and fast food joint.  BUT, […]

It’s a holiday weekend.  I actually have clients each day, but it’s not nearly as busy as usual, as everyone wants to be done before it gets hot and before their company gets there.  I’m happy about that! It gives me a chance to catch up on some writing and house cleaning. I’m not a […]