How to Survive This Post-Election Thanksgiving (While Being Gluten Free!)

How are you handling Thanksgiving this year? Or the other food-focused winter holidays? Are you plagued with fears of political arguments and mired in post-election hysteria? Wondering how you will handle the not-so delicate political disagreements table-side? I feel lucky that I am largely only surrounded by those who share my politics making frenzied and …

My Mid-Life Crisis—My Awakening—My Self

One month or so before my 40th birthday, right on time—for once not procrastinating, I was hurled head-first and with great tenacity into my impending mid-life crisis. Although transitions of identity, whenever they may come, can be liberating, fulfilling, and even joyfully amusing, mine definitely started as a crisis before it became an awakening! After …

Nourished Health Center closed on July 1

Nourished Health Center, the integrative health center I was the Founding Director of, closed on July 1–our 6 year anniversary. My private practice, cooking classes, and workshops will continue, but in new locations. The reason we closed I explained back in June via this Facebook post if you missed it: Most of the Nourished Health Center …

Sugar-Free Coconut Peppermint Patties (I mean Peppermint Paddies)

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow so I think it only fitting to share one of my favorite desserts which I’ve never considered Irish before, but I’ve been informed by my non-Irish colleagues who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green beer that it is! My take on the peppermint patty is sugar and dairy-free, but still …

Collard Burritos Save the Day and the Leftovers (with Video Tutorial)

Living in Los Angeles for some time with several Hispanic roommates created a love affair for me with tortillas. We ate tortillas with every meal—for breakfast we stuffed them with eggs or tofu and potatoes and for lunch it was usually beans, potatoes, salsa and avocado. Every meal we ate, from salad to stir-fry ended …

Celiac Disease and Nutrient Deficiencies: How are Your Zinc Levels?

Do you consume a diet high in zinc or supplement with zinc? If you have celiac disease you must know if you are deficient… and you probably are. Why it is essential for celiacs to quickly overcome zinc deficiency Zinc deficiency depletes our immune system and prevents tissue regeneration, which is uniquely problematic for celiacs. …