This past week my mom brought over a gift of a bag full of beautiful little orange Habanero peppers from her garden. Lucky for me, she had no idea how spicy they would be. I’m guessing that it was just about at the point of taking that first little taste that she realized how perfect they would be. For me, that is. Continue reading

The Proposed 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines

Every 5 years, representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health & Human Services work with academicians to identify “foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease.” Things have not been going very well. Continue reading

Scoop at the Coop – September 2014

The night before last, as I stepped outside to round up the girls and tuck them into the coop for the night, I saw something quite magical, something I had never seen before. Under the fading autumn light, the girls were quietly pecking at their day’s last portion of grass, and right in their midst, relaxed and apparently enjoying their company, was a young buck, contentedly munching his share. Continue reading


Have you heard of carrageenan? Carrageenan, extracted from seaweed, is used extensively in the processed food industry as a thickener and emulsifier. It is found in almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, cottage cheese, whipped cream, eggnog, and other related products. But not for long. It’s become impossible to ignore the large amount of  evidence showing that it is highly irritating to the stomach lining. Continue reading

YOUR HEALTHY PLATE: Wholly Roasted Cauliflower

Breaking apart all those hard little white florets can be a messy and time-consuming business, and I know that the contemplation of this activity has made me hesitate to purchase a cauliflower on more than one occasion.

On the other hand, another option you may not have considered is to cook your gorgeous, fresh cauliflower in one piece. Without a doubt, roasting and serving a cauliflower whole makes an impressive presentation! Continue reading

How Your Portions Take Care of Themselves

I want to speak once again about a massive misconception, namely that obesity is an overindulged state. It is not. The reason that your appetite increases right along with your waistline is that the bigger you are, the more malnourished you become. And the more malnourished you are, the hungrier you get. Continue reading

What Successful Diets All Have in Common

10604703_10154437825720532_2197759303142084385_oI gave a talk the other day in Erie, Pennsylvania, on “What Successful Popular Diets Have in Common.” We took a photo of the announcement on the easel, and posted it on Facebook, whereupon a whole bunch of people asked the obvious question: So what is it?! What do all popular diets have in common?! Continue reading