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The Vegan Tipping Point?

Just five years ago, veganism was still so far from mainstream that it would require a lengthy explanation and a slew of apologies, especially when seeking out vegan foods in a restaurant.  Meatless was one thing but no eggs and cheese?  Fuggedahbout it, as they say in Brooklyn.How things have changed.  More and more people  are waking up to a diet sans animal products.  According to some sources, the number of vegans in America has doubled since 2009.  In fact, like probiotic and ...

Spring is Coming: Cabbage Soup Detox Time

Months of staying indoors watching the snow fall and the trees ice up has led to dark days of constant eating to create some internal warmth.  Spring is almost here! Unfortunately, even as it is still snowing, the pudge has built up and either our clothes have shrunk or it's time to clean up and shed the winter fat layer.Prime time to detox! Fortunately, it's cabbage to the rescue with this delicious low-calorie, low-fat and nutrient dense cabbage soup, chock full of cancer-fighting ...

Conscious Cookery: Savoring Our Attention

In the last few decades, meditation has undergone a media makeover.  Once the province of Eastern mystics, oddballs, hippies and woo-woo adherents, it’s now mainstream, touted as a treatment for high blood pressure, auto-immune diseases, cancer, PTSD, depression and more.  Top universities and scientists are hooking up long time meditators to discover what’s going on as practitioners engage in the simplest of acts – simply paying attention to their own minds.  No matter the specific ...

Watch: Why Go Vegan? Ellen DeGeneres Has An Opinion

We often wonder just what it is that wakes people up and causes them to shift what they eat in a radical manner.  In this clip, Ellen explains herself and gives us more food for thought:Check out her blog too: Going Vegan With Ellen, which is worthwhile even for non-vegans!

Get Down! (On the Floor Once A Day)

We usually go on and on about food and eating - that's our core mission.   This article is not about eating but about the body that eats.  A well-functioning body is healthier, digests food better and supports clear thinking.  How do we make it happen?  Connect with the ground every day.It doesn't take long and it certainly doesn't take any special equipment.  Just like down on the floor (or earth) beneath your feet.   Or at least sit down.  Remember when this was second nature? ...

What’s Your Problem? Facing your Food Demons.

Confronting our problem foods - How to wake up and embrace the foods that haunt usWe all have them - those foods that are our personal "problems." Maybe we can't help ourselves from wolfing down a few slices of cake or a muffin every morning or a plate of fries or bag of chips.  How do we know a food is a problem?  Because we say it is! We know when our pants are so tight that we have that nasty red line when we disrobe at night and know that last weekend's fry and ...

Five Ways to Create New Food Patterns Now

Climb out of the food rut with easy changes in what and how you eat.1.  Try a new food (something you’ve never had before).Whether it’s curry or kohlrabi, pick something and explore it, even before you try it.  Read some recipes or thoughts about it on the Internet or the library.  Ask the folks where you buy it how they prepare it.  Look at restaurant menus.  See what appeals to you.  Once you figure out what is most appealing to you, give it a try, ideally by making it ...

The Unhappy Face of Today’s Feast and What to Do

Today's New York Times had a piece by its City Critic about the "humane" slaughtering that certain privileged turkeys get.   Apparently, fancy Hudson Valley birds (as opposed to the gazillion others that are killed without the "special treatment") get a one-two blessing of a higher authority and a swift chop-n'slice.  The idea is it's a better way to go.  Or so we tell ourselves.  Ariel Kaminer describes her experience as "gross" and  said it made her feel "crummy."   Yet, it ...

Gut Feelings: Listening to the Messages

We've all heard about gut feelings -- those incomparable physical feelings that can feel like a definite knock-knock in the pit of our stomachs when we have "a-ha" moments (good or  bad).  These feelings are distinct from  the purely physical (and bad) sensations of slouching over the toilet because we've eaten something rotten. We are firm believers that our guts bring us valuable info -- news we should use.  Called our second brain by some (Michael Gershon wrote a ...

Creating At-Risk Kids with At-Risk Foods

The typical image of "at-risk" children is of semi-starved poor children, lacking the basics of life -- shelter, clothing, and medical care. Yet, we are all becoming keenly aware that all of our children are "at risk" of succumbing to the "obesity epidemic." Of course, it's not really an actual epidemic, strictly speaking, but its undeniable that the kids are getting very fat and increasingly unhealthy.We may all scratch our heads and wonder, "How did this happen?" The answer is not ...