Get Moving

Ab crunches, 5 mile runs, kettlebells, zumba……I have never been very interested in exercise. I’ve enjoyed taking walks during nice weather, and I feel great after a long session of yoga; but I’ve never been one to get excited about going to the gym. As a kid with asthma, I was discouraged from exercising and got used to the idea that it just wasn’t for me; luckily, these days they encourage asthmatic kids to exercise within limits. At 45, I can no longer... Read More

What You Eat Can Heal or Kill You – Part 1

I’ve been thinking about writing a long post on the benefits of a plant-based/vegan diet as a means for disease (plural) prevention. I’ve decided to break it up into several parts so it’s not too long, there’s way too much to cover, and because I wanted to share Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN documentary on “The Last Heart Attack” that just aired this past Saturday night. The video is a great introduction to the power of eliminating all animal... Read More

Creating Community

There are times when I just get so excited that I’ve chosen to become vegan. Last Saturday was one of those times. We headed down to the Whole Foods in Devon, PA to see our favorite vegan pastry chef (Chef Fran Costigan), who had scheduled a demonstration at the store. We had also planned to interview Fran, so we wanted to make sure that we had plenty of time to both watch the demo and to do the interview. Between us, we are rarely late and ended up arriving a whole half hour... Read More

The Ripple Effect

There is a road, no simple highway, Between the dawn and the dark of night, And if you go no one may follow, That path is for your steps alone~The Grateful Dead, Ripple   I spoke to my mom recently on the phone. She told me some wonderful news—after just a few months, she’s lost 4 dress sizes by giving up meat and walking regularly. I couldn’t be more elated for her. She’s been severely overweight for much of my life, and has tried so many ineffective diets. Today,... Read More

Why I Became a Vegetarian and, now, a Vegan

Like most people I grew up in a meat eating household. My mother is a good cook and made most of our meals lovingly from scratch. She even made her own pizza dough and some homemade breads and my father loved making his own potato perogies. We hardly ate out or had any frozen or prepared meals. We had well balanced meals with fruits and vegetable, rice and beans or pasta and there was always some sort of meat. I was a city girl, I grew up in Philly and then São Paulo, Brazil,... Read More

Why I Eat My Vegetables

I was lucky enough to grow up in New Jersey, the garden state. There are many people who think New Jersey is just the home of the Sopranos, Bon Jovi, and the Cake Boss. Sure, that’s definitely a part of the state; but what those folks don’t see are the beautiful pastures and farmland. We lived in central Jersey, outside of Princeton, which is horse country. Dairy products and eggs are also an important agricultural industry in the state. There were farms pretty much everywhere. My... Read More