Cool Your Pitta Fire

Cool your Pitta fire by favoring cooling foods that are sweet, bitter or astringent Good food choices are: Sweet Fruits: melon, mangoes, pineapple (only if sweet), apples, watermelon, cucumber (yes, it’s a fruit!), etc. Milk (drink it alone with Pitta-pacifying spices like saffron and turmeric). Raw milk or at the very least un-homogenized milk has the most […]

Pitta Season How to Keep Your Cool

Pitta Season How to Keep Your Cool Pitta Season has officially arrived here in the Northeastern US. When I returned from relatively cool Scotland I was greeted with a blast of heat and humidity. My Vata-Pitta body said, “Oh boy, here we go.” Of course, it’s back down in the 50’s right now and more […]

The Ancient Ayurvedic Practice of Oil Pulling

I’ve had many requests lately for information on the ancient Ayurvedic practice known as oil pulling. Below is a short video which explains how and why the practice is so beneficial. The video demonstrator uses sesame oil which is considered the best choice by Ayurvedic practitioners, but you can also use unrefined virgin coconut oil (my personal choice) or unrefined sunflower […]

Coconuts Cool! Coconuts Rule!

I know that all of a sudden, BAM, it’s going to get hot here in NYC. Other places in the US are already experiencing scorching temperatures. I am going to be ready this year. And at the top of my list of must-haves to get me through it. Coconuts Cool! Coconuts Rule! I love coconuts!  […]

Coconuts to Cool Your Pitta Fire

I love coconuts, especially during the summer months. From coconut water to coconut ice cream, there’s something about them that’s synonymous with hot weather. As always, Mother Nature has provided a good reason. Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes and low on the glycemic index. I have had a few unlucky incidences of […]

Pitta Season: It’s Finally Here!

Today is the Summer Solstice for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in New York City where I live, the weather bounced back and forth like a ping-pong ball for several weeks. I love ping-pong, but my body had a really hard time adjusting to all of the weather fluctuations. In the […]

Pitta Season The Heat is On!

“Pitta is the biological fire humor, also translated as bile. Its meaning is ‘that which digests things’. Pitta dosha is responsible for all chemical and metabolic transformations in the body. It also governs our mental digestion, our capacity to perceive reality and understand things as they are.” – Dr. David Frawley It’s that Pitta time […]

Be Your Own Drugstore Recipes for Homemade Skincare

I’m always excited when I can share safe, clean and effective personal care tips. You would be surprised at how un-natural many products marked “natural” really are. Even soaps, lotions and makeup marked organic are not always pure. Unless the label says 100% organic, it’s good to do a web search and check the ingredients in […]

Eat your Healthy Fats!

One of the silliest trends to come out of the 1990’s was the low-fat, no-fat craze and I bought into it hook, line and sinker. I drank skimmed milk by the gallon and ate low-fat potato chips (together, I might add) and thought that anyone who didn’t was crazy. Although much has been written regarding […]

Change is Just a Six-Letter Word

 I recently spent a week at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY where, in addition to spending time in nature away from the city, I was enrolled in a workshop entitled “Coaching the Artist Within” with creativity coach Eric Maisel.  Becoming a health counselor and all that it entails had become just one more reason […]

Keep Your Cool!

I’ll never forget a particularly frigid NYC winter day when I was walking with my friend “R” and marveling that she had on a short, thin jacket, no boots, hat or scarf while I was layered and bundled from head to toe. Well, I smugly chalked it up to her youth (early twenties) while mature, […]

Butternut Squash Soup in Half an Hour!

My stomach was growling this afternoon and as I was mulling over places to stop to get a bowl of soup, I decided to practice what I preach about home cooking. I stopped to pick up a butternut squash (the only ingredient I was missing in the soup I was conjuring up in my mind) […]

Recipe of the Month: Chicken Soup with Autumn Squash Muffins

Two recipes for the Recipe of the Month: Chicken Soup with Autumn Squash Muffins. I like the flavors of cinnamon in the autumn squash muffins with the chicken soup. Bernie was a great chef who cooked fast and his chopping of the vegetables for the chicken soup was hilarious! Super fast and chunky veggies that soaked […]

Healthy Drink Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

Coconut oil makes a great addition to smoothies, adding healthy fats and a smooth move. This Healthy Drink Pineapple Coconut Smoothie is a refreshing recipe for a yummy breakfast or nutritious afternoon snack. No dairy is used here and you will be surprised how fluffy and creamy this cooling vegan drink is. Coconuts are high […]

Healthy Fun in The Sun

When did the sun, the source of life itself, become a symbol of fear? For me, it was the late 80s when I was faced with malignant melanoma and became a poster child for sunscreen. Little did I know that 20 years of slathering on chemical laden sunscreens, and depriving my body of vitamin D, […]