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June 2, 2017

This week we have arrived at the height of late spring.  I love this week, each year, when the peonies, rhododendrons and early hydrangeas are in bloom simultaneously, all competing for our attention with their generous flower-heads.  There are carpets of roses climbing as high as they can, on fences, trellises and trees, showing off every one of their blooms.  The c...

April 1, 2017

March lived up to its reputation this year as a month of chaotic transition.  Vaulting past a few weeks of false spring that the North East savored in February, it returned us to the depth of winter with a blizzard mid-month.  It was a season full of changes, drops of temperature back to the single digits, howling wind storms, blowing snowstorms and finally, on the v...

March 14, 2017

I woke up this morning with a song of happiness in my heart, grateful again for the glorious sunshiny days of early March and the quality of the light piercing through the leafless trees.  Indeed, during the last two weeks, as February transitioned into March, and New York State enjoyed the refreshing weather of a false spring, the outdoor world has been beckoning ha...

January 15, 2017

Another spur of the moment healthy soup idea.  

1 Cauliflower, cut up into florets

1 Shallot, minced

4 garlic cloves, peeled

1 lemon, squeezed

1 TB olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

4-6 slices of bacon

2 leeks or 1 large onion

Several kale leaves, stripped and roughly chopped. 

1 TB chicken or beef fat

1/4 cucumber

A large handful of fresh basil

Fresh mint leaves

1 cup of broth, chicken...

January 13, 2017

One of the great things about spending so much time in Riverside Park, NYC, walking my dog, Starling, in mid-January is that the park is a drop off point for all of the Christmas Tree corpses left over on the Upper West Side of Manhattan after the holidays have finished. 

And once they have sufficient piles of them, the Park Authority begins to mulch the whole lo...

January 11, 2017

It's been a bear of a week, weather-wise, with temperatures in the North East USA dipping into the single digits and lots of snowfall everywhere.  

Sometimes, on days like this, that ancestral urge to huddle around the hearth and eat meat can overwhelm balanced meal preparation.  Particularly if we are busy and on the run, when convenience wins out and we can all too...

January 6, 2017

I love early January weather in Northern Westchester, NY, where I live.  Though on this morning there is a scattering of snow, a minimum cover that is already beginning to melt, we have been short on snow filled vistas so far this winter.  But when they do arrive in January, inches and inches of the stuff in piles and snow drifts, the white expanses magnify the stron...

November 16, 2016

The two year gladiatorial contest otherwise known as Election 2016 has been over for two days now, hopefully with no added complications as in Election 2000.  As I am writing this beforehand, I don’t yet know who the next President will be.  However, I think we all should be mindful that whoever wins, whether the Blue team or the Red team, and however much their supp...

June 29, 2016

Hippocrates — the ancient Greek father of medicine — famously said that “all diseases begin in the gut.”  Modern medicine continues to prove him largely correct.  There is now evidence pointing to gut health as a causative factor in Diabetes, Parkinsons, Alzheimer's, Cancer and Auto-Immune diseases.  Brain health and Mood are also linked to keeping a h...

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My Journey Back to Extraordinary Health

My own health journey started ten years back when, with a great deal of compassion, my gastro-enterologist told me that since the medications he had used up until then were not helping to heal my gut, we were out of options and the next course of treatment would be prednisone.  

 

I did not know much about health back then, but one thing I did know was that I did not want to go on prednisone.  I knew it caused weight gain and misery.  

 

So I began to think for the first time I needed to address my situation by changing my diet.  I was still in the thinking stage then.  However, shortly afterwards, something amazing happened.  My father handed me an article, from the Wall Street Journal, about people who were gluten sensitive.  

 

I already knew that wheat had a bad effect on me and had been trying to avoid it for a while, not always successfully, but I hadn't known the problem was more widespread than just wheat, which, in an instant, made me realize the mistakes I had been making...  

 

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