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Building Blocks of Good Health: Protein

There are 7 building blocks to good health: protein, calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and Omega 3 fatty acids. I’d like to focus this week on the most controversial and often talked about building block, protein. Protein is an essential nutrient that is responsible for the building, maintenance and repair of almost all […]


Food of the Month: Watermelon

Watermelon is thought to contain few nutrients and be high in sugar. However, watermelon is packed with lots of vitamins all for very minimal calories. Watermelon has been cultivated for many years dating back to the ancient Egyptians. In the United States, Florida is the top producer of watermelon China wins the prize world-wide. What […]


Barbecue Anyone?

I personally love this time of year for a backyard barbecue.  The weather is warm but not too hot yet, all the flowers are in bloom (unfortunately so are my allergies but you can’t have everything) and the days are getting longer!  Invite a few good friends, open a good bottle of wine and cook […]


Healthy Eating on the Go Series: Ginger Juice

I’m always on the lookout for healthy but delicious food that I don’t have to prepare. Sometimes you need a quick meal and there just isn’t time to shop and cook! Recently I was given a gift card to a local place called Ginger Juice in Richmond, Virginia. I had heard the name before and […]

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Food of the Month: Asparagus

Many of us associate asparagus with the unpleasant aroma you smell when urinating after eating asparagus. This odor comes from a chemical called asparagusic acid which is only found in asparagus as you might have surmised. When our bodies break down this chemical it produces a sulfur containing chemical that results in the unpleasant smell. […]


A Spring Dessert That Won’t Sabotage Your Diet!

I think we might be skipping spring and heading right into summer this week in Virginia. This kind of weather makes me think of cook-outs, time outdoors and of course the dreaded swim suit! I recently came across a recipe in a magazine that looked healthy and fancy enough to serve to guests. I liked […]


Finding Balance

I was listening to an interview with Kris Carr who is a plant-based author and filmmaker the other day and found myself very inspired by her words. The interviewer asked her,  What is the most important thing to healing and well-being?”  He gave her many choices like diet, exercise, meditation, lifestyle, and sleep. Her answer was so […]


The Sticky Truth

Most of us know that in order to maintain a healthy diet we need to limit sugar. However, it is important to differentiate between natural and added sugar. Sugar that occurs naturally in a whole food such as fruit has fiber attached to it. As a result, the absorption of this sugar is much slower […]

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Food of the Month: Pistachios

What Are They? The Pistachio is a member of the cashew family. It’s a tree nut that originated in Central Asia and the Middle East, and is now largely produced in California and Mexico by over a dozen first, second, and third generation families. Pistachios provide health and wellness benefits that can be incorporated into meals […]


Healthy Eating on the Go Series: Jason’s Deli

It can be very hard to find chain restaurants that have healthy options. Jason’s Deli may be one that you have overlooked thinking they serve the typical deli fare that is meat heavy and vegetable lite. However, you can easily find healthy options at Jason’s Deli if you ask them to modify your order. Here […]