Archive for April 2013

Is dairy-free macaroni and cheese possible?

Is dairy-free macaroni and cheese possible?
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve really been missing cheese lately. What I don’t understand about eliminating dairy from my diet is what happens if I were to eat a piece of pizza?  Would I ruin all the work of the past six months passing on countless desserts and cheese trays?  Would I notice my body feeling worse... Read more »

Natural deodorant: Does it work?

Natural deodorant: Does it work?
Recently, I saw this Is Your Deodorant Toxic post on Facebook and it scared me.  Can our deodorant be damaging our immune system and causing diseases?  The chemical laden stick we are rubbing under our arms can be causing cancer, alzheimer’s, birth defects and damage to our liver and heart. Logically, it makes sense not... Read more »

Crazy Good Fish Tacos from Gwyneth Paltrow's New Cookbook

Crazy Good Fish Tacos from Gwyneth Paltrow's New Cookbook
My mother-in-law thoughtfully sent me Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, It’s All Good.  I’m grateful she recognized I would appreciate a book with family friendly recipes labeled with icons to represent Vegan, Elimination Diet and Protein Packed. Apparently many people have gripes with GP. I’m not sure if it is how she chooses to feed her kids... Read more »
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Meatless Monday: Sweet Cabbage Pineapple Stir Fry

Meatless Monday: Sweet Cabbage Pineapple Stir Fry
Do you own a wok? I lived 35 years without a wok.  I tried to substitute a large saute pan, but veggies always fell over the edges and created a mess.  After I complained enough, my husband gifted me a beautiful wok. There are so many options with a wok.  Pretty much any vegetable and... Read more »

It is never a bad idea to go to yoga class

It is never a bad idea to go to yoga class
Over 10 years ago I had a regular yoga class that I attended every Sunday religiously. One morning I woke up unable to move my neck, despite the discomfort and out of habit, I headed to yoga and told my teacher I wasn’t sure what I would be able to do that morning because of... Read more »

Green Zebra: Eating Meatless in Chicago

Green Zebra: Eating Meatless in Chicago
Friday I had the opportunity to escape from everyday chaos to the spa followed by a tasty vegetarian dinner at Green Zebra.  The small, minimalist restaurant filled up quickly as the night happened. My sister-in-law and mother-in-law and I shared about nine small dishes served in a progression from Chilled Somen Noodles, Hawaiian Hearts of... Read more »
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Mom Brain Versus MS Brain

Mom Brain Versus MS Brain
One of the many symptoms of multiple sclerosis includes fogginess, memory loss and confusion.  I have noticed those qualities recently.  When I share my new forgetfulness with my friends, they unanimously tell me those are qualities that we all experience as busy, sleep-deprived moms. Maybe they are trying to make me feel better, or maybe... Read more »

Lifeline Theatre's The Emperor's New Threads Impresses First Graders

Lifeline Theatre's The Emperor's New Threads Impresses First Graders
Most days are the same, but once in awhile it is important to do something different.  Accompanying 28 first graders to Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries The Emperor’s New Threads: A Fashion Statement, a children’s musical based on the folktale The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen was anything but a normal day for me. The... Read more »

Mana Food Bar: Eating Meatless in Chicago

Mana Food Bar: Eating Meatless in Chicago
Lately I’ve realized that I’m not enjoying all our awesome city of Chicago has to offer.  My family has been stuck in this little bubble of our north side neighborhood and often forget the hundreds of restaurants on every corner. Some Mondays (or days for that matter) cooking is not an option.  There are so... Read more »
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Are metal fillings causing multiple sclerosis?

Are metal fillings causing multiple sclerosis?
Apparently back in the day dentists inserted dangerous metal fillings into our mouths.  Sometime in between then and now it has been discovered that those fillings are harmful to our bodies and they have since created a safe alternative.  I didn’t get a call from my former dentist informing me that they may have permanently... Read more »