Raking Leaves for Core Strength….and Other Things

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Raking Leaves

          Homeowners have a love-hate relationship with Autumn.  With this season comes a welcome relief from the heat of Summer and the dreaded weekly chore of raking those pesky leaves. This past weekend I spent a few hours raking on Saturday and felt pretty good about the progress I had made.  Then overnight the wind picked up and when I woke up on Sunday it looked as if I hadn’t raked at all.  It actually seemed like there was more … Read More

The Latest in Natural Products

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Every year I attend the Natural Products Expo East (there is a West coast version as well) in Baltimore and  share the highlights with my readers. For those who don’t know, the Natural Products Expo is the largest gathering of manufacturers and distributors (more than 25,000) of health and nutrition products in the world. This is an opportunity for new companies to introduce their products to the industry and for relatively new companies to expand beyond their local marketplace.  I … Read More

Fish in Crazy Water

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Fish in Crazy Water

          Who could ever resist trying a recipe with such a great name (which is a translation of the Italian, pesce all’acqua pazza). What is truly crazy is how simple it is to make an intensely flavored, water-based poaching liquid for fish fillets.  This recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks, Marcella Cucina, by Marcella Hazan, gifted to me years ago by my friend and client, Carl Tuerk.  Marcella was introduced to the dish by her friend from Amalfi, … Read More

Detoxer’s Dilemma

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It seems that detox dieting is all the rage lately. Between the juice detox, the gluten-free detox, the dairy-free detox, the vegan detox, the raw food detox, and the no-food detox, it’s a bit overwhelming to say the least. My favorite may be the eat-whatever-the-hell-you-want detox — a sort of anti-detox detox (I just made up that last one, although it wouldn’t surprise me if it actually exists). Detoxing has essentially become the latest fad, diet craze. So the big … Read More

Tasty Tumeric Tonic

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This is an excellent anti-inflammatory concoction shared with me by Diane McClatchy. She is a loyal client and consummate student of health and fitness. So let me tell you why this is something you should do. Most of us know tumeric root as the spice that gives curry it’s rich, yellow color. But tumeric is also packed full of bioactive compounds that give it powerful medicinal qualities for both body and brain. It has been used in India for thousands … Read More