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Illness, Trauma and Special Considerations

Whole foods cooking expands into whole living, especially when we are faced with difficult events such as illness, trauma, extreme stress and other challenges. This section will included discussions, suggestions and resources for individuals and families facing these types of circumstances.

In the Aftermath of Prop 37: How to Avoid GMO Foods?
Prop 37, California’s initiative requiring labeling of genetically modified foods, was cast down in an almost split vote on Election Day. What happened and how can we protect ourselves?

Detoxing, Alkalizing, Bone Building and Anti-Inflammatory Protocols:
Are you ready for a clean start? Feeling like you need a reset after a holiday or in general? You can support your body by gently cleansing your energetic pathways. Blood, digestion, and elimination all need attention, much in the same way we tune up our cars, change the oil, and ensure that all the fluids are adequate. Cleansing protocols can make a huge difference in how we feel, and range from juice fasts to green smoothies to one of the gentler protocols listed below, which include food.

To Supplement or Not to Supplement: Navigating A Trillion Dollar Industry
Clients often ask what I recommend in terms of vitamins and supplements, and there is no quick and easy answer to that question. Most of us can really benefit from a boost now and again, and some of us need extra support if we are dealing with particular health challenges, exceptional stress levels or an inadequate food supply.

David Wolfe and the Longevity Now Conference
Living foods educator David Wolfe is a dedicated advocate for health information and empowerment. His biannual Longevity Now Conference in Costa Mesa, California is an exciting opportunity for newcomers and professionals alike to gain cutting edge information on advances in the field of longevity, peak performance and anti-aging. Read on for a...

Seasonal Cleansing: Preparing Our Bodies for Transition
As each season shifts into the next, we can support our bodies by gently cleansing our energetic pathways. Blood, digestion, elimination all need attention, much in the same way we tune up our cars, change the oil, and ensure that all the fluids are adequate.

Bone Density 101: A Primer for Women of All Ages
Osteopenia (thinning bones) and osteoporosis (porous bones) are on the rise. Modern lifestyles, diet, and undue amounts of stress are all contributing to pushing us out of our naturally alkaline states into low-grade chronic acidosis, and our bones are taking the hit. There are several steps women can take to ensure bone health across the lifespan.

The Food Hangover
One of the challenges of cleaning up your diet is the increased sensitivity you experience when you eat the wrong thing. The more oriented towards a whole foods diet we become, the more we will notice a reaction when we eat commercial, chemically altered food.

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Cooling the Fires Within
Inflammation is one of the big buzzwords in the holistic medical community, and evidence is mounting that chronic inflammation is at the root of many, if not most, disease states.Americans' diets are increasingly made up of processed and genetically modified foods, excess sugars and fats. This is a recipe for chronic inflammation. An anti-inflammatory diet can quiet symptoms, and turn back the ti…

BPA: Bisphenol A, The Plastic Poison
BPA is a toxic chemical contained in plastics used to line aluminum cans and in hard clear polycarbonate plastic containers. Polycarbonate plastics and most cans leach BPA into food and water, and as such represent potential serious health threats to humans. Plastic containers marked on the bottom with PC and/or #7 should be avoided if at all...

Care Giving, Nurturing, and Everything in Between:
Seriously ill patients are in need of competent caretaking, but the equally important and often complex question of Nurture cannot be disregarded for either patients or the family members, spouses and partners who take care of them.

The 5 Elements: The Wood or Liver Element
Spring marks a miraculous bursting of energy and carries with it the energy of wood. Sap, which is nature’s lifeblood, courses through the trees; new life pushes its way up from the depths of the earth, and we are surrounded by a bright sense of renewal and creativity.

The Face of Cancer: It’s a Family Affair
Dealing with the serious illness of a loved one is one of the most spiritually and emotionally challenging experiences imaginable.

Genetically Modified Organisms: What is GMO Food Doing to Us?
As a holistic nutritionist I have been struck by the radical increase in immune, gastrointestinal, and fertility issues that seemingly healthy people are presenting in my office. Over and over again I have educated clients that “convenience” in food has a very high price tag attached to it, and that ultimately the cost of local and organic food...

Liver Loving Recipes
The following recipes are nourishing to the wood element, or liver, in five element cooking. The liver is a remarkable organ with tremendous regenerative properties. It stores and nourishes our blood, assists digestion, and carries qi into our muscles and joints. The liver, along with our kidneys, is a major filtration system for toxins. Liver...

The GMO Maelstrom of 2011
In the maelstrom of activity surrounding the Organic Consumer Alliance’s (OCA) incendiary accusation that the CEOs of Whole Foods (WF), Stonyfield Farm and Organic Valley (OV) collectively caved in to Monsanto, I received communications from both Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farms asking for fair airtime on their side of the story.

The Alkaline Diet
The medical community has established that an alkaline diet rich in plant foods is key to longevity, but maintaining an alkaline diet is increasingly difficult in modern western culture. Complex alkalizing minerals are contained in abundance in vegetables and a selection of fruits, yet convenience foods, soda, and excess proteins have replaced...

Kitchari Recipe: Ayurvedic Mung Bean or Lentil and Rice Stew
This recipe for kitchari is a soupy Ayurvedic mung bean and rice stew. Kitchari (“mish-mash” in Hindi) is traditionally used as a restorative food after illness or childbirth, but also as part of the Ayurvedic cleansing protocol called Panchakarma. This simple dish is composed of rice and mung or lentil dal cooked with spices. It is great to...

Cheap Eats: How to Make the Most of Your Whole Food Dollar on A Tight Budget
There’s no question that eating well can be more expensive than eating poorly. My clients often ask how they can eat well without breaking the piggy bank, and there are a number of things we can do to offset our food costs.

Kidney Strengthening Recipes
According to 5-element theory, our kidneys govern our vital life force energy. They regulate water metabolism, our sex organs and fertility, bones, teeth, hair and hearing. In other words, kidney energy is incredibly important to our health. We have some wonderful recipes that can nourish and strengthen our kidney 'essence' any time of year.

The Mobile Guide to Healthy Eats
We live in a mobile world, and eating well in our travel-oriented universe can be really hard unless you plan ahead. For all of you who struggle to maintain balance on the road, we've got some great suggestions. And no, you don't have to pack an extra suitcase full of food!

The Five Elements: The Water or Kidney Element
Winter governs the water element, or Zhi. It is the dormant season, when all life force burrows deep in the bosom of the earth. It is a gestational time of replenishing the wellspring of life so that when spring comes, the gathering energy will burst forth with new growth.

The Weight of the Nation: The Obesity Crisis in America
On May 14th, 15th, and 16th, HBO is hosting The Weight of the Nation, a dramatic and compelling documentary series on the obesity epidemic in America. HBO created an unparalleled partnership with the National Institutes of Health, the CDC, the Institute of Medicine, Kaiser and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation to bring this health campaign...

The Five Elements: The Fire or Heart Element
During the summer months, nature is at its most expansive, abundant manifestation. The sun is at its highest, food is plentiful, and all plant life is full of vital life force. Taoist five element theory teaches us that the element of summer is fire.

The Five Elements: Earth or Yi
The Earth Element or Yi falls in late summer, and lasts from August 21 until the fall equinox of September 21. It is the shortest season, and is a moment of suspension between the high energies of the Fire Season and the descending energies of autumn, when light inevitably recedes, and life pulls back towards the earth. Earth time is a brief...

Stanford University Study: Organic vs Conventional
This week the NY Times, along with a number of other newspapers, published an article referencing a Stanford University Department of Medicine study which states that organic food has “no obvious health benefits” over conventional produce and meats. By presenting conventional produce as a safe and equal brother to organic, Stanford is...

Whole Foods, Big Organic and Big Business
The question of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) is reaching a fevered pitch, as Election Day –and a vote on Prop 37- approach. While large corporations invest millions to keep GMOs in our food supply, citizens and organic foods advocates push back, demanding our right to know what is in our food. As I wrote last year in my editorial...

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