Resetting My Sleep Cycle with MindBody Sessions

As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed lately. I’ve allowed a coffee habit to creep back into my life over the last two weeks or so, and yesterday was the first day I started to tamp it back down with diluted black tea. No headache yet, so I think […]

CWB-Style Carduni Fritti (Baked not “Fried” Cardoons) [RECIPE]

Born in Texas to a Sicilian-American family, my appreciation for both fried food and traditional Italian cuisine has been imprinted into my DNA. While my family has been American-born for many generations, the old-world roots remain strong and have integrated nicely with Texan culture. With family recipes passed down in hand-written cookbooks, both old-world and […]

3 Mistakes to Avoid in the Kitchen: Cooking 101

Sometimes we need more than just a good idea to make something awesome in the kitchen. Simple skills like grilling, sautéing, braising, and roasting can go a long way if you know what you’re doing. But if you don’t, or you rely on techniques you perceive to be “healthier” or “easier” (read STEAMING!), you run […]

Paleo Breakfast Tacos [RECIPE]

My recent visit to Austin reminded me just how much I appreciate a good breakfast taco. Here in California, it’s all about the breakfast burrito, and honestly, burritos aren’t my thing. I’ve never seen a giant gluten-free tortilla that didn’t break (or one that tasted great), so I couldn’t eat them even if I liked them, but really they’re just […]

Gratitude: How the Finest Nurses in Oakland Adjusted My Attitude

It’s official! I’m in full recovery mode from this seemingly never ending wrist injury! After nearly 4 months out of the gym, I’m BACK and climbing about 90% as hard as I was when I got hurt. I’m almost there! I no longer have to worry about tweaking my wrist picking something up, twisting my hand too abruptly, […]

Sprouting in the Springtime [GIVEAWAY]

Today I’m proud to be sharing another awesome product — one that I’ve been curious about for a long time. A sprouting kit! When the folks at Mercola reached out to me to share this product with you, I jumped at the chance because I’ve been wanting to grow my own sprouts to add to salads, […]

7 Foods You Think Are Healthy But Aren’t

In helping people find new, nourishing ways to eat, whether it’s for weight loss or overall health improvement, I’m often surprised to learn what people believe to be “healthy choices.” It’s not realistic to expect a layperson to decipher all of the misinformation about health and nutrition swirling around the webosphere, but even folks with medical […]

Organic vs Whole Foods: What’s Healthy?

I’m planning to start an FAQ page for all the awesome questions I get from my readers and fans, but in the meantime, they’re fantastic fodder for new posts! As soon as I get time  to organize my questions and answers in a way that makes sense, I’ll get that FAQ page started. I know lots of […]

Starting from Seed: 5 Lessons Learned from My First Garden

This year, I decided to start as many plants from seed (rather than seedlings) as possible. It’s not only less expensive to start this way, it’s also more exciting — and more work if you plan to start your seeds inside. Last year, we did a combination of both and had great successes and utter failures. […]

Losing Lisa

My cousin Lisa died suddenly on Sunday. She was my Godfather’s youngest daughter, my first cousin in my close-knit Italian family. She was 27 years old.  I wish I had the words to express the emotions welling up inside me, but there aren’t adequate words for something so tragic. For such a beautiful soul to die […]

Simplify Your Skincare: Double Cleansing with Botanic Organic [GIVEAWAY]

How do you choose your skincare products? In the sea of choices on the shelves at Ulta or even Walgreens, where do you begin?? How do you know what will work for you, what could irritate, what could trigger a breakout, what could be too drying, too oily, what could be the magic elixer? This is a […]

Mexican Stuffed Acorn Squash [RECIPE]

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a beautiful kitchen hack for preparing winter squash. For those of you who missed my post on this ground-breaking topic, the secret is … wait for it! … putting the whole thing in the oven uncut, unpeeled, un-punctured, and roasting it on 375-400 for 30 to 45 minutes. […]

A New Look at those 10 Vanity Pounds

Oh vanity — we all have a little bit, right? We all want to look our best at least some of the time, don’t we? I’ll admit that the beginning of my journey into the health and wellness field was fueled by equal parts vanity and curiosity. I wanted to know why I ate better food […]

Pesto-Making 101: The Formula for Greatness

I’ve been putting off sharing a pesto recipe forever, thinking that I’d do it in the form of a video as part of my “Why Make Your Own” video series (of which there are exactly two videos so far! Videos take a long time to put together!) It’s been too long, and I don’t see a video […]

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