A Sort of Goodbye

Some interesting things happened to me while taking this break. Not only did I turn 41 but I was in an accident on the em . . . very day I turned 41. I was headed toward one of my favorite places in the city, Mojo Spa, for a complimentary birthday manicure. While I was... Read more »

The Value of Rest

I just realized I haven’t had a real day off since Labor Day. I also realized that I have not taken a break from blogging since I began writing in 2008 for the Examiner. I do not get paid to blog in cash per se unless my blog goes viral. I am grateful to companies... Read more »

Greens That Taste Good

I find this recipe useful after I need to talk myself back into healthy eating after I haven’t been so good. The addition of raisins make the greens taste sweeter. Sauteed Greens with Pine Nuts and Raisins Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Serves 6 Ingredients: 1/2 bunch mustard greens 1/2 bunch kale 1/2... Read more »
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Allergy Free Lincoln Square Lunches

Allergy Free Lincoln Square Lunches
Over the Halloween weekend I was too busy to cook so I opted to try out some healthy take-out. Plus I love supporting local businesses. There is something about Lincoln Square coffee shop friendliness that is just right on. They ooze cool without wearing it like a weapon as so many hipster cafes do. Drew’s... Read more »

So Delicious’s New Holiday Coconut Milks

So Delicious’s New Holiday Coconut Milks
I know it’s too early to hear about the holidays but I love So Delicious’s “Nog” and Mint Chocolate Milks. Drinking regular eggnog would put me in the hospital but I’m thankful for the So Delicious version because it really tastes good. The mint chocolate is yummy too. I like to use it in my... Read more »

Could You Use a Retreat This Winter?

Check out this lovely Terrace Room View.
A retreat is a bit different from a vacation in that you probably won’t need a vacation from your vacation. It’s a time to withdrawal from ordinary activities for a while or maybe commune with nature. In January (which is a perfect time to leave Chicago), musician and yoga teacher David Courtenay is hosting a... Read more »
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Strawesome is Awesome

Autumn Arrives Smoothie Straw
Strawesome is a family-owned and operated Michigan-based green company that produces beautiful reusable glass drinking straws. Artist Daedra Surowieca and her husband are co-founders of this unique business based in Detroit, Michigan. Daedra started out as a graduate of Architecture school, became a mom and quit her job, tried various other side jobs and finally... Read more »

Allergy-Free Halloween Candy

Allergy Friendly Halloween Candy Coffin from Natural Candy Store Exclusive. This gift basket makes it easy to send a Halloween treat to someone with food allergies. It's jam packed with allergy-free goodness including: Surf Sweets Sour Gummy Worms (1 full-size bag), Glee Gum Mini Packs (3), YummyEarth Organic Fruit Lollipops (5), Boom CHOCO Boom Rice Milk Cripsy Rice Chocolate Bar (1), YummyEarth Butterscotch, Cinnamon & Root Beer Organic Candy Drops (6). By the way this basket is free of milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. Purchase on line at http://www.naturalcandystore.com.
It’s that time of year again! Unfortunately it’s a truly scary time for children (and their parents) who have serious food allergies. Thankfully compassionate candy makers like Divvies, Amanda’s Own, Natural Candy Store and Vermont Nut Free Chocolates always have yummy and safe options for Trick or Treaters.

Geja’s Cafe: Romantic, Local, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free

Geja’s Cafe: Romantic, Local, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free
You wouldn’t think of a fondue restaurant as a place that might have allergy-free options but thankfully Geja’s Cafe does. The staff is very accustomed to serving gluten-free diners. Although Gejas does advise that diners mention their dietary restriction upon making the reservation or when first seated. Vegetarian (but not vegan) diners can savor cheese... Read more »
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Gluten Free Vegan Southern Style

One of my Twitter peeps, Germaine Gordon, also known as SouthernVegGirl asked me to contribute to her blog The Southern Vegetarian Chronicles. While I’m not vegan I like what she is about: “Discussions, healthy living information, and recipes for vegans and vegetarians with a southern flair ya’ll!” She asked me to write a post for... Read more »