All posts tagged: health

What Can I Eat With All This Coffee?

I often enjoy coffee, but sometimes I have to drink it more than I would like to and it clashes with my meals and snacks. Most food that goes well with coffee (i.e. sugar-crusted donuts) is NOT GOOD FOR YOU. I don’t want my cholesterol to spike and my jeans to get tight because I needed more caffeine this week, so I made a list of go-to foods for us to solve the dilemma….

The Gastritis Diet

This past September, I found out that I had acquired “a little gastritis in the stomach.” That is a direct quote from my gastroenterologist’s nurse (nope, didn’t talk to the doctor). What is it? It is an inflammation of the stomach lining. Okay, so how do we resolve making it go away? I was told to take an acid reflux medicine by him AND my general practitioner. I did this for about a month and knew it was not helping. Soooooo, if you don’t know me by now, you will! I said to my husband, “Well, that’s not happenin’!” I, also, have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and diverticulitis, where pockets in your intestines have had food particles drop in them and get infected. To avoid another infection, I have to stay away from seeds, nuts, tomato skins, and corn. Navigating all of these different digestive issues was going to be very interesting! So onto the internet I went to research. I want to tell you, though… is a VERY slow-learning process! BUT, I’ve done it for you and now I can share what I’ve learned…

The Gluten-Free Diet

Our wellness contributor, Tara Felice, is a genius health expert. She knows exactly what to eat, why to eat it, AND she loves to talk about it! When I asked her to share the gluten-free diet she created because of her Celiac Disease, she immediately replied with, “Oh how FUN!” She’s so adorable!

New Year’s Resolution: Healthy Hair!

Winter in NYC sounds so beautiful when you picture Central Park under a light blanket of snow….but for most of us this is not the reality of the situation! We are most likely trekking single file through barely shoveled sidewalks that feel like wind tunnels. Each gust drying out our skin and whipping our hair into knots, only to step into an office building blowing compressed heat on us drying us out even more! How do we win the battle against the environmental winter effects on our hair? A half hour steam shower sounds great on a frigid morning, but when it comes to washing your hair use cool to room temperature water. This will keep more moisture in your hair. Shampoo strips moisture from the scalp and hair, so try to go longer in between washing your locks. Use a good Dry Shampoo to use on days you are not shampooing. Also, use a good Hydrating Conditioner and Hair Mask. Use the mask on the ends of your hair for about 15 minutes once a …

Going Green with Natural Air Purifiers!  

I was sitting on my porch swing, breathing in the fresh air and basking in the warmth of the sun, soaking up as much of it as I could before winter realizes that it was supposed to be a happening thing at this time of year! (It was Christmas Eve day and 72 degrees in upstate New York!). Then my mind drifted off to the inevitable….it will come!   Bitter cold, that cringe-worthy weather that will force us to spend most of our time cooped up inside, breathing in toxic, stale air in our poorly ventilated, airtight homes and windowless work places.   Research shows that toxic chemicals called VOCs, volatile organic compounds, can be harmful to our health at high levels. One of these toxins is formaldehyde, which is found in everything from new carpets to paints.    But research also shows that “going green” with potted plants, can help improve indoor air quality. They filter and refresh, by reducing and absorbing these toxic pollutants.     Here’s a proven list of some of those hardworking, air purifying plants. And don’t worry about having a green thumb, these are …

Coconut Oil: The Benefits Explained!

I’m constantly hearing people talk about coconut oil ( and how “amazing” it is. But, I always found it so overwhelming to get to the bottom of how exactly to use it and why. So, I have enlisted our brilliant health expert, Tara Felice, to explain to us just how we should be using it right now!

“Healthy” Salt?!

Ok.  Just the name of this salt, ALONE, sounded rather intriguing: Himalayan Pink Salt (!  I ran across this when my niece sent me a cookie recipe.  This ingredient was in the recipe…I mean, the name of the salt was actually IN the title of the recipe……REALLY? !?!?!?  How special could salt be?  I have not used salt in MY recipes in over 40 years! Well, I LOVE (yeah, there I go again with the caps) to research, and some very interesting facts came of it. This salt has 84 minerals in addition to sodium.  84!!   It is high in iron, magnesium, iodine, zinc, selenium, and copper, which is necessary for your body’s health.  Big note here: Himalayan salt has all these minerals, and is NOT chemically processed or refined (as table salt is).  Himalayan Salt is naturally harvested. I just did a taste test.  Table salt has a tinny, and yes, a chemical taste to it.  The Himalayan salt tastes much better, and it may be a little stronger flavor.  So, use a little …

Puree Away: BBK Smoothie!

I absolutely adore smoothies!  Any type of smoothie—fruit or veggie, or fruit AND veggie!  It occurred to me recently, when my husband and I were on our cross-country road trip (something we talked about doing for over 30 years), that I could actually have “smoothie withdrawal”!   Yep, you heard  it here.  Who knew, that the United States of America restaurants were not as smoothie savvy as I!!  What?!?!?!  Really!!!!  They are a quick and healthy way to get your protein and fiber….AND it’s fun!!!!  You can add ANYTHING you want.  My fave is the Banana Blueberry Kale Smoothie. Recipe follows.  However, you can always change it up…Just throw all the ingredients in your blender at once and puree away! So, go ahead, mix it up a little (get it?!) BBK Smoothie ½ cup non-fat Greek yogurt ¼ cup water (more if smoothie comes out thicker than you would like) ½ banana 2/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 1 cup kale 1 packet of stevia 1 squirt of lime juice (1/8 tsp) sprinkle of turmeric and ginger powders 3 …