Problems with Overeating? What Kind of Cookware do you Use?

A new study published in Nature Communication in August by Cedars-Sinai investigators details the endocrine disrupting dangers of certain chemicals including Butylhydroxytoluene (BHT), a commonly added preservative to packaged foods and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a polymer found in non-stick (or teflon) cookware. Specifically, these chemicals have been found to disrupt gut-brain communication, interfering with signals sent from …

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 …