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What’s Your Food Story?

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We all have a story. We especially have a story when it comes to food. Many of us were raised on diets, striving for a skinny body at the forefront of our life goals. Toss in when you grew up, your culture, and your parents and you certainly have a …

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Make Food Fun Again

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I totally get the pressure to “perform” this time of year. The weather is getting warmer, spring catalogs are dropping in your mailbox, cute shorts and sundresses… Take a deep breath. It’s all going to be okay. This has not been an easy two years and we need to be …

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Is Your Inner Critic Bullying You?

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I have an inner critic who lives with me. Her name is Esmerelda. She came up to me the other day to remind me that I probably don’t want to be eating that new brand of Skinny Pop I found, the one with the dark chocolate drizzled on it. Popcorn …

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Five Reasons Your Last Diet Failed You

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Before you jump into your next punishing cleanse, I want to give you a heads up. Diets. Do. Not. Work. You might be thinking that diets are how you lose weight. Come to think of it, your whole life has been a diet. On the diet, off the diet. Lose …

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Next Year Won’t Work Without You

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Just when we thought we could put 2021 behind us and happily ring in the new year, we’re in another Covid scare. I know how you feel. I don’t know about you, but I’m at an end. I’m tired of the news yet can’t stop reading. I joked with my …

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Carbs Are Not Your Problem

Summer is winding down and, for so many women, I hear the same mantras: I need to seriously stop eating sugar. I have to take a break from alcohol. I can’t wait for fall, then I can really eat better and stop eating so many carbs. Carbs. That elusive word …

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How I Plan My Meals For Success

Happy 2019! Does the thought of New Year’s fill you with excitement, or fill you with dread? For years, the pressure to change on Jan. 1 was paramount (and I have to admit, years later, I still am conditioned to feel a bit this way). Some kind of drastic weight …

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So, You Really Think You’re Getting Enough Calcium?

  I think that I am a pretty healthy eater, and I imagine you might think you are too. So why aren’t you getting enough calcium? As a healthy eater, I always want to get my nutrients from food rather than supplements. Supplements, which can be really useful for filling …

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Rating the Plant-Based Yogurts

Let’s talk yogurt, a good for you, “living” food. Traditional yogurt is made from milk and a variety of bacteria that not only helps thicken and give the milk its traditional sour taste but that are also beneficial for our intestines. They basically feed the good bugs already living in …

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Are Red Wine and Chocolate Healthy Choices?

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Four Real Food Myths You Should Ignore

When it comes to eating real food, forging a path can feel like a trip through the wild wild west. We all know what to eat, right? How to put it into practice in our everyday lives? That’s another story. The internet is full of stories and testimonials of  “real …

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How To Eat Clean, When Busy Is Your Middle Name

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” background_size=”initial”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.0.51″ background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” border_style=”solid”] It has been a busy, distracting summer for me. I am about to send off the first of two kids (I have twins) to college in a few days. All I want to do is spend time …

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A Surprising Missing Ingredient In Your Health

I’m in a bit of overwhelm. I’m a week away from officially calling my two oldest kids seniors in high school (yes, twins). Throw in a brand new sophomore to boot. My “children” are not exactly kids anymore. My two boys hover over me by almost a foot and my …

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Five Ways To Chill Out Without Having To Meditate

It seems that mediating is all the rage these days. Everyone’s doing it: Oprah, Paul McCartney, Jerry Seinfeld, even Howard Stern (according to this list). They seem to have cornered the market on this mysterious combination of uber success and chilling out. While there is something incredibly worthwhile in sitting …

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Go Ahead, Drink Your Coffee

First, full disclosure. I don’t drink coffee. Ever. I just never really gravitated towards it, even in college. Too much caffeine in one shot makes me really jittery. I’m a tea drinker. I see you, my coffee drinking friends, double rolling your eyes at me right now, calling me a …

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New Recipe: Roasted Lemon Chicken

Happy New Year! I hope your last few weeks were relaxing, healthy and happy.  Every December I make a pact with  myself to try my best to leave stress at the back door, eat as few cookies as possible  and, most important, keep up with my healthy cooking and meal …

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Eating Under Holiday Duress

I don’t know a single person who is immune from holiday stress. About a month ago I wrote about starting the holidays with a healthy bang (see Turkey Tips and Secrets if you didn’t get to it) so you would be armed with a few thoughtful words of wisdom to take …

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Mediterranean Salmon Bake

I am a big fan of the one pot meal, especially during the busy holiday season, or on nights when I am teaching a workshop. Like my class the other night, for example. I made this Mediterranean Salmon Bake in advance and there was almost no instructions for the kids …

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Five Things I Learned From Living With MS

As I was walking my dog the other day it dawned on me that I was having an anniversary of sorts.  It has been 20 years since I was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  I will never forget the day, especially because, looking back, I realize how young and naive …

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Five Healthy Eating Rules You Can Actually Live By

I don’t like rules when it comes to my eating. At least the kind of rules that remind me of school, diets, or restrictions. When I eat, I want my food to be healthy, yes, but also creative and delicious. Yet, if we had no rules in life chaos and …

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Taming Your Picky Husband (In Three Easy Recipes)

I get this from clients all the time, and you might even relate: they want to lose weight, they want to eat better and introduce more foods into their everyday – if only for the picky eaters in the house. And I’m not talking about their five year olds. Many …

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Cucumber Watermelon Agua Fresca

It has hot as the blazes outside today. A steamy, humid 90 degrees.  Hydration is in order. I am first to admit that I do not love to drink plain water and I am not very consistent with it if it is sitting all lonely in a bottle or glass. …

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Your Beautiful Skin Starts From Within

There are a seemingly endless amount of beauty products on the market, all claiming to restore your skin to its youthful self. What you put on your skin certainly can help, and companies like Beautycounter (my new favorite line), made with only ingredients that are considered to be ultrasafe for …

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Learning From The Dirt

I am practicing patience this week.  Today a sunny, early spring day (we are off to a slow start in the notheast!),  I headed straight to my garden.  See, I have big plans for my micro farm this year: new greenhouse, new raised beds, a real, productive system for growing my …

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Calling All Doers (Not Dreamers)

I just returned from a week on the Emerald Isle – or Ireland as we call it. After this winter, the need to escape my surroundings and regroup was very strong. I have said this before, spring is always best for me to get my wheels turning, do a 180 …

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Teenage Snack Attack

My three teenagers are like eating machines. And sometimes turn into monsters when they get too hungry. I didn’t grow up with boys in my family.  We were a family of girls (my  mom, my two sisters and myself), all  teenagers grappling with various issues surrounding our body image and …

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Deep Winter Journal: A Day Of Noticing

I have had winters where I have resisted this season fiercely. Dark days, little sunlight. Not for me. But the other day  I took a slow walk around my place. And simply  noticed. The white snow against the brown, restful trees taking a long needed rest. The tall grasses gone …

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Can Food Really Boost Your Immune System?

I am a person who rarely gets sick.  I like to think it is because of the way I eat: little to no processed foods, lots of seasonal vegetables and fruits, whole grains, etc.  Almost all my meals come out of my kitchen which means they use a minimal amount …

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Say Goodbye To These 2014 Diet Trends

I understand, I really do.  Sometimes we just want the magic bullet, the one diet that will finally save us, allowing us to effortlessly lose weight and feel great.  Especially during this time of year, when right about now, some of you are feeling like you’ve taken the holiday revelry …

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Know Your “Why”

I have been contemplating this statement for years because knowing your why helps set your intention and gives you purpose.  It’s like a calling and I believe that we need a “why” when we are beginning a journey to change our health for the better, lose weight, gain energy or …

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What In The World Am I Supposed To Eat Anyway?

If you surf around the internet, or read the latest newspaper or monthly Oprah magazine, it becomes pretty clear that there is no consensus on what to eat.  The other day I saw an article about a new study on low carb diets versus low fat diets (and the winner …

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Are You Afraid Of Losing Weight?

What are you holding on to? I have been asking myself this question a lot this summer. First, it was nudging my very reluctant younger son to sleep away camp (and feeling like an incredibly guilty mom). Then it was getting on the boat during my trip to Maine (I …

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It’s Not About The Food, It’s About The Love

I have to admit something. My summer, though busy, has been leaving me feeling a bit frazzled.  Months ago my husband and I planned a trip to Maine, to be taken when my kids were at sleep away camp (a rare occurrence for all three kids to be away at …

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Five Ways To Be Less Dependent On Sugar

It happens to all of us. You are curled up on the couch watching TV and suddenly your brain starts nagging you for something sweet.  Without even giving it a thought, you walk into the kitchen to grab a couple of cookies, or some ice cream you’ve hidden in the …

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How To Pick The Best Olive Oil

As is the case with most food products that get the green light for health, there seems to be an overwhelming variety of olive oils these days.  A trip to Whole Foods the other day revealed about a dozen different kinds of extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil …

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With Exercise, Do Something You Love

I was so excited to read a New York Times article this week (“Losing Weight Might Require Some Serious Fun“, click HERE to read it) that showed the importance of making exercise fun.  The article talks about a study done with two groups of women.  In the first group the …

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Handing Down Healthy Habits To Our Teenage Daughters

Tis’ the season for the college kids (maybe yours included) to come home for the summer.  I usually get a lot of calls from mom’s at this time of year, looking to help their daughters get back on track and undo any minor damage that was done from their first …

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The Self Sabotage Game We Play

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It’s finally spring and you’re charged up.  After another Covid winter, you decide that this is the year you’re going to lose the twenty pounds that have been slowly creeping up. Good for you for making the commitment. So why does making healthy changes often feel like a failure before …

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Winter Weight Loss Survival Tips

I live in Connecticut where winter is still rearing its ugly head with such full force it feels like we may never see a warm sunny day.  If you live anywhere south of here (and I hope you do!) these tips might not apply to you – you are able …

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How I Lost 20 Pounds And Kept It Off

Here is a true confession that I don’t include in my bio on my website.  In the not so long ago past I had been carrying an extra 20 pounds on my not so large 5’4″ frame.  How much I weighed doesn’t matter. It was too much for me, my …

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Take Care of Your Healthy Heart

It is February (six weeks until Spring!) and it is also  American Heart Month. Before we get into the chocolate (dark chocolate please!) and flowers you will receive from your sweetie, let’s talk about something many women don’t know about: heart attacks don’t just belong to men. Heart disease is …

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Is Inflammation Helpful or Harmful?

Inflammation is the 2013 buzz word of the year (okay, that’s my interpretation!)  Some catchphrases in the world of nutrition come and go (remember “fat-free” of the 80’s?) but if you haven’t heard of the word inflammation yet, it’s about time to listen up. What is Inflammation? We usually think …

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Which Diet To Choose? Chances Are It’s None.

I  walked into Barnes and Noble the other day to buy a gift and was immediately assaulted by the front kiosk of books trying to swallow me up. This picture made me laugh and irked me all at the same time because it says so much.  The diet industry, a …

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20 Snacks That Don’t Come In A Package

The subject of snacking comes up quite a bit with my clients.  Is it okay to snack?  Should we be snacking and if so, how much?  What type of snacks are “allowed”? Snacking is not decadent or indulgent.  Snacking should be considered an essential part of your day, but not in …

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2014: Create A Vision of Your True Self

It’s resolution time!  How many of you have resolved to finally lose ten pounds this January or go to the boot camp class (that you secretly dread) five times a week?  Or how about no longer eating sugar, wheat, gluten or dairy – only to have it all fall apart …

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Stress And Weight Gain Are Related

I know this is a happy time of the year, what, with not just one, but at least four holidays piling up on each other (depending on what holidays you choose to  recognize).  With all those holidays, the travel, the spending, the parties, the eating, I want to remind you …

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Cooking Class: Turkey Wild Rice Soup

You’re stuffed.  You’re bloated.  Okay, you ate more than you promised yourself.  It’s understandable, we all do it.  The important thing to remember is when you fall down, brush yourself off and get back up! I always say that it’s not about the food..except when the food counts for something …

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Five Ways To Avoid Holiday Regret

You’ve been doing so well this fall.  Summer was behind us and it was time to turn your priorities back to you – exercise, less wine, more healthy food, more time for you.  And now, ugh, the holidays are coming up and you are afraid all your good intentions are …

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Is Organic The Way To Eat?

I gave a talk yesterday on eating with the seasons and naturally the conversation turned towards what kind of food,  exactly, should we be eating: the organic kind that is shipped across the country?  The kind that is grown on the local farm but sprayed with pesticides?  The local organic …

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Three Whole Grains You Haven’t Tried

Grains don’t seem to be anyone’s friend lately, what with the gluten-free frenzy coming out with two gloves swinging (making the food industry about 7 billion dollars this year).  Gluten seems to be blamed for everything these days from digestive issues, to ADHD to memory problems.  That’s a bad rap. …

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The Five Phases: Fall

Fall is always an bittersweet time of the year for me.  Although I welcome the cooler weather and the thought of slowing down for the winter, I already miss the carefree summer and mild weather.  And of course being a foodie, I will miss watermelon, light salads, corn on the …

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The Five Phases: Indian Summer

Hello Fall! Or as we say right now where I live, Indian Summer.  These are some the best days in the Northeast, high 70’s, dry and sunny almost everyday.  I see it as a chance to ease out of summer and into the colder months of autumn – cold, dark, …

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Dying Of Thirst

We are a water obsessed society. Everywhere you turn, the health gurus, coaches and quacks profess the vital importance of drinking as much water as possible, mainly with the argument that we are flushing out the dirty toxins from our bodies and getting ourselves clean.  There are even water fasts …

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Is Your Lack of Sleep Making You Gain Weight?

How much sleep did you get last night? If you are like most people, not enough.  Many adults, and children for that matter, subsist on too little sleep and this is proving to have a direct connection between slower metabolism and overeating and weight gain.  A study done from UC …

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Five Ways To Tell You Are Eating Your Best

We all have good days and bad days when it comes to healthy eating.  Sometimes it’s a beans, brown rice and a green smoothie day. Other days you find yourself digging your fork into your kids macaroni and cheese and finishing off their ice cream cone, only to be sneaking …

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Don’t Blow It All On Your Next Vacation

Finally, the day has arrived: your summer vacation.  One whole week of easy, breezy carefree days, long afternoons spent at the beach with fruity cocktails and sunset appetizers. Finish that off with a big dinner out and waking up late in the morning.  Rewind, repeat. Sounds great doesn’t it? If …

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Is Food Affecting Your Mood? Three Ways It Might Be

Is your brain a product of what you eat?  Is it really a big deal that we start our day with a doughnut and coffee in the morning rather than a bowl of oatmeal and berries?  I would argue (and so would a large number of competent researchers) that diet …

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The Five Phases of Food: Fire

Happy Summer!  It is hot and humid in Connecticut today, and a very appropriate time to talk about the Summer phase of the Five Seasons. What are the Five Seasons? The Chinese believe that the seasons are surrounded by five energy fields: wood, fire, earth, metal and water.  These energy …

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Swap This! Better Choices For Everyday Foods

When you see the words “all natural” or “organic” on a food label what else comes to mind besides being really good for you?  Well, it tuns out there is plenty to think about.  If you don’t know this by now, food marketing is BIG business, and the words “natural” …

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3 Mistakes Women Make When Trying To Lose Weight

We all make mistakes.  And when it comes to losing weight, some of us are the worst offenders.  It’s no mystery that many women lose weight, only to regain it all (or more) back, and stories abound with tales of celebrity misfortunes (think Oprah).  We seem to start strong, so …

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Three Ways To Cut Ties With Your Inner Sugar Addict

There are many things to love about sugar. It tastes great, it gives you instant energy, it…okay, that’s about it.  Sugar reminds me of the bad boyfriend we had in college. Charming at first, then leaving you with nothing but heartbreak.  When they come around again, you instantly take them …

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Three Reasons You Might Want To Rethink Your Detox

The subject of detoxing is very hot right now and spring is the perfect time to think about cleansing, renewal and making changes in our health.  After all, we are just shedding our heavier eating habits from winter and most of us are likely looking for fresher, lighter way of …

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The Five Phases of Food – Spring

I wrote in a blog post back in February about the Five Phases of food and how this ancient theory of Chinese medicine has really influenced how I eat and plan my meals (read that blog post here).  The Five Phases follows closely with the seasons and adds in another …

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Take That Paleo, The Mediterranean Diet Wins Again!

Did you hear the news?  A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the Mediterranean diet has once again been shown to help stave off heart disease and stroke – two major causes of death for men AND women (many of you women think only men …

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How To Create The Perfect Meal

As a culinary nutritionist, I get plenty of “what are you making for dinner tonight?” from friends, family and clients. I cook, a lot, because making and eating my own food matters to me, much more than ordering takeout or eating something processed and packaged. Of course there are times …

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The Best Resolution You Can Promise Yourself

The holidays have come and gone, and I imagine that most of you feel a bit drained and melancholy.  Gone are the parties, the celebrations, the togetherness and here to stay are the dark days of winter, the few extra pounds you might have gained and the lull of the …

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A Food Diary Is The Key To Weight Loss

A nibble of this, a bite of that.  Just a small glass of wine, or a few handfuls of potato chips.  What’s the big deal, how many calories can that add up to anyway? Well, a lot, especially if you are trying to lose weight.  When it comes to losing …

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Keeping Your Eye On The Prize

Welcome to my new Green Palette blog, I am so glad you are here! I have been sending out newsletters for a couple of years and finally have gotten up to speed with a brand new website and blog to house all my thoughts, tips and nutritious recipes. I have …

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