Archive for December 2010

Easy Ways to Be Healthy

After the holidays it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with getting back to eating healthy again (or well . . . at all). In my coaching practice I use the concept of crowding in. I put the focus on adding the good stuff while the less desirable habits seem to naturally fade away. Instead of always... Read more »

Champagne Cocktails for New Year's Eve

First of all I want to mention, if you are a vegan check out Barnivore for the ultimate guide for vegan (dairy-free) wine and beer. Champagne is generally dairy and gluten free unless cross contaminated with beer. I don’t buy Champagne often but when I do it usually comes from Trader Joe’s. Here are a... Read more »

Were You "Bad" Over the Holidays?

Now seems like a great time to ponder bad* food cravings. After Christmas a lot of us are treating ourselves like bad dogs. Then again, cravings sometime come out of wanting to be bad. Because being bad is radical, fun and interesting. Being good is tedious, boring and difficult. That’s just my opinion. Cheating on... Read more »

Helpful Holiday Links

I know right now you’re probably busy licking the gluten free frosting off of your mixing beaters but I thought I would recap some of my favorite holiday blogs from this year and my former blog Chicago Eats Allergy Free just click on one or more (or all) of these fine links: How to Party... Read more »

Milk and Cookie Pairings for Santa

I’ve been really good all year but a girl can’t be too careful. So I recently tweeted Santa and asked him what is his preferred choice for milk and cookies: I believe Santa has the ability to be at different houses at different times so I am covering all my dietary bases:

Winter Solstice: The Return of the Light (and Winter Cocktails Will Be Served)

So what is the Winter Solstice? According to Wikipedia, “The winter Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′.” Many cultures held rituals or events to mark the day with the shortest amount of sunlit hours. Winter Solstice this year is Tuesday, December... Read more »

Penny's Pastries

If you would like to hire Penny she can be reached at phone: 847-456-3100.
I first became aware of Penny’s Pastries from the fabulous Vital Juice site. The proprietress Penny is a Chicago Girl who received her Culinary Diploma at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. She has traveled all over the world to taste the best desserts and earned her Masters in Gastronomy. Penny was passionate about returning... Read more »

My Favorite Cookbooks to Give and Get

If you have been following my blogs you know that Ricki Heller is a sugar-and-allergy free genius! If you are following an anti-candida diet this book will provide you with some really yummy coping mechanisms in the form of pancakes, brownies, cookies and bread.
I’m not a fan of giving out self-improvement or diet books as gifts as I don’t think that’s very nice. Unless of course you know for sure the recipient really wants them. But cookbooks do make excellent gifts and here are some of my favorites. Patricia Biesen Nutrition Counseling Health & Wellness I offer Nutrition... Read more »

Crazy Things People Say

I think I have heard it all and I hear more of it this time of year than any other time: OMG You can’t eat anything can you! What’s wrong with you? It must be horrible to not be able to eat bread!! I would just die if I couldn’t eat pasta. Don’t ask (insert... Read more »

How a Tongue Scraper Can Eliminate Cravings

If you find cravings are getting the best of you this season you might want to consider using a tongue scraper. It could also make for a very interesting stocking stuffer. Using a tongue scraper is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that has become popular today for treating Halitosis or “bad breath”. Many dentists recommend the... Read more »