It’s all about the power of Lemons!

I receive a lot of wonderful newsletters from health and wellness experts.  One particularly caught my eye because the subject is in my book, Is Gluten Free For Me– I actually offer this suggestion as the best way to start your day! When I come upon items like this it makes me feel validated.  Not that I need to be validated – but nonetheless, it lets me know my instincts are right on. This is …Read More

A great healthy gluten free cookie recipe for you. Plus, let’s take a look at fat!

  We all know that food makes us happy, right?  I am always doing research on food and its effects on our body.  We know that eating too much isn’t good for us.  And eating too little is just as bad. Here is an excerpt from a blog I found by – Organic Melt Butter that talks about fat in diet: “Low-fat diets have been erroneously recommended for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and …Read More

Inch by Inch Life’s a Cinch!

Yard by yard, life is hard!  Small changes can make big changes in your body!   After our little weekend of rain we have more beautiful weather coming our way.  The air is fresh and smells so good!  Makes you want to move your body, right?  Summer is right around the corner, guys!  We have been covered up in sweaters and sweats and now the weather is warmer and we need to not only shed …Read More

Fabulous Fiber!

I was looking over some of my older blogs and found this.  It resonated (again) with me because the doctor just told my husband he had to eat more fiber – and he asked me how to do that – so… you are my honey! I will make the soup for you – love this recipe! Fiber is filling, full of vitamins and helps fight fat!  An article from the Mayo Clinic stated that diets …Read More

The Best Muffins Ever!

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Coconut Muffins Loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals, these delicious muffins will certainly earn you a gold medal!  I have seen recipes for these muffins but I added my own twist to them.  They are moist and somewhat dense and certainly don’t have the grainy texture that some gluten free products have. This recipe makes 12 muffins. Here is what you will need: 1  cup sweet potato – baked then mashed.  …Read More

I hereby decree Wednesdays to be devoted to Wellness!

Everyday should be devoted to your wellness, but I want to make Wednesdays especially devoted to sharing tips and recipes that will enhance your lifestyle! Remember the  ‘It’s Not Meatloaf’ blog? I promised you the recipe – so here it is!  It is a little labor intensive, not difficult, but worth the time and effort.  And, it always tastes better the second time you eat it because the flavors ‘marry’ more. Prep time:  45 …Read More

It’s Not Meatloaf! Part One!

Looks like it but it is Meatless Stuffed Cabbage – European Style, and it is loaded with nutritional benefits! Being Hungarian, sometimes I yearn for the comfort dishes I grew up with.  And one of my favorites was stuffed cabbage, which is traditionally made with a combination of pork and beef.  I’ve done it with ground turkey and or chicken, but it just isn’t the same.  Plus, in an effort to eat less red meat …Read More

Cherries! Who knew they would be so good for you?

George  Gershwin said it best…..’Life is just a bowl of cherries, life’s so mysterious, don’t take it serious’ Well, one thing you need to take serious is your health.  But there are so many wonderful things you can do to help yourself.  And during the summer, one of the healthiest fruits you can eat are cherries!  I found a great article online that I think you will enjoy: ‘Cherries make for a sweet snack and …Read More

My New Year’s gift to you!

January 2014 A month filled with ideas to help you!  Be mindful of your actions Balance your protein, veggies and water.  Move your body! Every journey begins with a single step.  Let’s take this journey together. As each and every day begins we are given the opportunity to make a difference and to change what doesn’t feel right. How we treat others and how we treat ourselves reflects in our lives like a mirror. “The …Read More

Thanksgiving – what’s for dinner, plus a sneak peak at the seasonings and a thought about being thankful

  I just love Thanksgiving and all that it encompasses.  It is the opportunity to get together with my family.  Everyone is so busy, it seems that we always kind of dash in an out of each others lives.  But on this day as on Christmas, birthdays and Easter – we actually have the chance to spend a bit more time together. Now, don’t get me wrong – we talk a lot and see each …Read More

Hooray! I am in the final phase of finishing up the on-line version of my book!

The title is “ Is Gluten Free For Me”?  Not only does the book have 21 wonderful recipes that are gluten free (plus a few bonus recipes), but there is also a lot of in-depth information on how to identify foods with gluten and the impact that gluten can have on people who have that sensitivity.  Plus, I have included quite a bit of information on how to identify low glycemic foods.  The glycemic index …Read More

A great recipe for Taco Frittata – inspired by Rachel Ray!

The other day I caught a Rachel Ray show and she made a wonderful frittata ‘cake’ made with eggs and corn tortillas.  She layered it with shredded lettuce, avocados, salsa and pico de gallo.  It was amazing looking – it had two layers and was presented as a great brunch idea. Weill, I did my own little take on it – and it was scrumptious.  Instead of a two layer cake, I just made single …Read More

Out of necessity comes creativity – my hubby’s words. Here are a couple of gluten free ideas for summer fruits!

We have plum, pear, apple and peach trees that are being overly prolific this year.  My poor husband has to go outside everyday after work and pick and rake.  Bless his heart.  He feels like he lives on a farm – always has ‘chores’. The plums came first – of course we share the bounty but there are so many that we can hardly keep up.  Reminds me of growing up in Arcadia,  My stepmom …Read More

Whew! A big corner was turned this week!

Last week I shared an article with you that I planned to talk more about this week.  But claiming my right as a woman to change my mind, I would like to talk to you about what is, to me, a real milestone.  And it turned out to be a revelation.  I finished writing my book!  Some of you may know that I have been working on what started out to be a recipe book …Read More

Mary Poppins told us that ‘a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down’ Really? Mary probably didn’t know about these facts!

My assistant, Kindel Castle, introduced me to the writings of Robert Lustig, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Lustig published this article in “The Blog” in the Huffington Post on 2/27/13.  It really caught my attention and I want to share this vital information with you.  Dr. Lustig writes:  “Still Believe ‘A Calorie Is a Calorie’?  If you do, you fly in the face of mounting and incontrovertible evidence that some calories …Read More

You can clean your house, preserve food, soothe your aches and pains – and much more…with Vinegar!

I am always looking for some interesting topics to blog about.  And this week I came across a little book that I have had for years.  It contains 100 helpful hints about the use of and the benefits of using vinegar. Wanting a little background on vinegar I did some digging.  We are all familiar with the nursery rhyme….Jack and Jill.   But did you know there was a second verse? Up Jack got, and home …Read More

Thoughts about Dad from Erma Bombeck

This blog is a bit longer than most of mine.  Erma Bombeck has always been one of my favorite writers.  I love this article!  Enjoy!     When God Created Fathers Erma Bombeck   When the good Lord was creating Fathers he started with a tall frame, and a female angel nearby said, “What kind of Father is that? If you’re going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put Fathers …Read More

Some people just want to ‘forget’ their birthdays – nope, not me!

Yippee!  I’m excited.  Today is my birthday. i m a year older  but what about the wiser?  Nope.  Haven’t noticed it.      I had a lot of fun looking at humorous thoughts on getting older.    Here is an excerpt from something that made me laugh:   “I wonder what my insides might be discussing right now? Mind:  Thank God she is a year older – now she can safely blame it on her age …Read More

A few questions for you and an easy exercise to add to start your day off! Join us at class and learn more!

Can’t believe today is the first day of June, can you?  Where did the first part of the year go?  Were you able to keep your New Year’s resolution?  Did you become more mindful with your food choices?  Did you stick to your plan to exercise more often?    Some types of exercise can be a pain, both literally and figuratively. Exercising should be fun and rewarding.  Exercising should keep you motivated and wanting more. …Read More

Thoughts on Memorial Day

Tomorrow is Memorial Day.  The end of a three day weekend.  Many people will be celebrating with picnics and bar-b-ques.  It is the official beginning of summer.  But as an American, the day means so much more to me and to our country. How many of you have family members and loved ones who have or are serving in the Armed Forces?  I have and I would like to share a few precious memories with …Read More

‘Tis the season – here is a great idea for spring cleaning!

We are fully into spring and so many of my clients and students  are telling me that this time of year is conducive to cleaning their houses.  The winter is over, new energy come with spring so they want to get rid of the ‘stuff’ that has been accumulating.  Also, they want to get their bodies ready for summer.  I found this wonderful article on line and thought it was the perfect thing to share. …Read More

Want to save money on a facial and a deep conditioning treatment for your hair?

Well, I have some great ideas for you!  This month we have been talking a lot about food – the benefits of eating certain foods.  Remember Hippocrates’ saying – ‘Medicine is thy food and thy food shall be medicine’? Well, not only are fruits great for nourishing your body – but you can give yourself some luxurious beauty treatments and save money just by using mayonnaise, avocados and papayas! Here are a some tips for …Read More

T. S. Eliot said that “April is the cruelest of months”

That statement caught my attention.  Let’s think about why.   Historically, many horrible things have happened during the month of April .  We all know what happened this month on the 15th – that was a reality but Mr. Eliot had no awareness of what was to come our way.   Perhaps Mr. Eliot was referring to spring – the blooming of flowers and the increased pollen in the air that causes allergies. I subscribe to several …Read More

“Let food be thy medicine” – Did you know that Hippocrates said that?

Boy oh boy, Hippocrates was right on!  Hippocrates was an ancient Greek physician of Classical Athens and is considered the most important figure in the history of medicine. He is referred to as the father of Western medicine for his contributions to the fields.  He died in 377, BC.  His contributions to the medical field have lasted eons!  That is stunning. The Hippocratic Oath is perhaps the most widely known of Greek medical texts. It …Read More

Hope everyone is doing well with their Body Pledge – here are some helpful ideas to keep you on the path to wellness.

Well, here we are ready to start the second week of April!  It is hard to believe!  How are you all doing on your journey?  Last week I posted a challenge for you to join me in pledging to make good choices where your body is concerned.   I belong to a business networking group and was asked by their Education Coordinator to read something in his absence.  I thought it was amazing that it corresponded …Read More

Are you ready to take the journey into spring and begin truly making good choices and to love yourself into total wellness?

I hope everyone had a blessed Easter or Passover.  It is hard to believe that tomorrow is April 1st.   This is the season for renewal.  I am making a commitment to be fully engaged in bettering myself in every way.  I found this wonderful featured blog on and knew that I had to share it.  Won’t you join me in taking this pledge?  Please share it with your friends. My Body Pledge of Allegiance: …Read More

I have a lot of Jewish friends and I love making their holiday foods.

One of my favorites to make and serve is Matzo Brei – it is easy and so tasty.  It actually tastes like eggs with potatoes – it is an illusion! Ingredients to make 4 ‘pancakes’ 2 sheets of matzo crackers 2 large eggs Salt and pepper to taste Just a little grated onion – perhaps ¼ of an onion – adds a special flavor 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Preparation Break matzo into small pieces – …Read More

Sugar Free & Gluten Free Easter “Peeps” for your Easter Buffet!

Gotcha – bet you thought this was going to be the candy!  I love to have a little fun presenting my Easter Buffet.  I searched Google Images for a picture of deviled eggs and saw this.  It’s my recipe – it’s their picture! Allow about 20 minutes to hard boil eggs Preparation time approximately 15 to 20 minutes Ingredients: 1 dozen eggs 2 teaspoons mustard 1/3 cup mayonnaise Note: you may need a bit more …Read More

It’s almost Easter! Try preparing something different for your Easter Brunch.

We still have two more weeks of National Nutrition Month – and I thought I would share a couple of recipes that are perfect for an Easter Brunch. Here is a recipe I found for a Strawberry Omelet – it’s festive, delicious and really easy to prepare.  I found this online a while back and saved it.  It is from a book called Tampa Treasures by the Junior League of Tampa. I also love the …Read More

Do you know the definition of Nutrition?

Because March is National Nutrition Month, I did a little research and found a great website that provided good, solid information about nutrition.  Nutrition is defined as the process of nourishing or being nourished, especially the process by which a living organism assimilates food and uses it for growth and for replacement of tissues.  It is any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue The answer to the …Read More

My Feel Better Soup

Well, this has been a challenging week.  And in deciding what to share with you, I thought I would look up the word “challenging”.  Challenging is defined as stimulating and demanding, Well demanding it was – but stimulating, also.  Have you ever noticed that when you are faced with challenges that you are in a fight or flight mode?  Sometimes that can be a good thing. My biggest challenge was fighting a bit of a …Read More

Why all the hoopla about hooping?

Last week we had a visitor who brought hula hoops to class.  We had so much fun that I did a little research and was amazed to find that using hoops for resistance and for hooping offers many physical benefits.  I decided we would integrate hooping into our exercise program. In researching the hoops I discovered that hooping has been used for exercise and play from as early as the 5th century in Greece.  Before, …Read More

‘I am exercising a lot – why can’t I lose weight”?

This is a statement I have heard so many times, from women as well as men.  I want to say the answer is simple, but it just isn’t that simple. Your body needs to balance the food that you eat with the amount of energy you expend.  The energy your body uses must be balanced with the nutrition you take in. If you are increasing your exercise regimen and not eating enough fuel to balance …Read More

Perfect summer treat!

Treat your self to a delicious serving of low-calorie, easy to fix Gazpacho.  Serve in special glasses with some celery added for a creative flair. Ingredients: 1 hot house cucumber, cut in half and seeded; 2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded, 4 hot house tomatoes; 1 red onion; 3 garlic cloves, minced; 3 cups of tomato juice (or V8 juice); 1/4 cup white wine vinegar; 1/4 cup good olive oil; 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt; …Read More

At a stand still or plateau? Here is something that can help

(This wonderful picture is from dear Carmen Beoto) Soups, served hot or cold, can be an amazing tool to help you break that barrier.  Made with ingredients that have been proven to help boost your metabolism. 1)  In a large pot, chop then saute an onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 bell pepper,  8 oz. of mushrooms, 1 small head of cabbage (shredded) and about a cup of fresh green beans that have been cut …Read More

Recipe for nutritious Lentil Soup for power and energy!

Having healthy meal choices that provide your body with esential vitamins and minerals that will satisfy your taste buds is very doable. This meal is ‘high leverage’. It is full of super foods that will maximize your health and performance. It’s is also inexpensive to fix, easy to make and delicious. Lentils are full of protein, fiber, folic acid and contain many trace minerals. Studies have shown that eating beans or lentils two or more …Read More

Bet you didn’t know all the benefits of cucumbers!

  Bet you didn’t know…… That cucumbers contain almost all of the Vitamin B family? That if you are tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated sodas and pick up and eat some cucumber.  Nature’s little pick-me-upper! That if you want to remove cellulite try rubbing a slice or two of cucumber on your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the …Read More