Archives for April 2009

Sitting Down with Andrew Tanner

I first saw Andrew’s smiling face across the room at Dharma Mittra Yoga Center when we sat down on our mats on the first day of our 200-hour teacher’s training. That day, I was convinced that I had somehow been ‘led’ there…

Healthy Eating Tips: Kitchen Refresh

Want to eat healthier, but don’t know where to start? As part of my latest healthy eating tips for AOL Food, see how one family got a fresh food makeover – starting with their fridge!

Chefs Who Grow Know

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to meet Sidra Forman – an avid gardener, professional chef, and food writer. One of the questions on her blog really stood out to me, and I want to share my thoughts on the topic of growing your own vegetables, fruits, or herbs.

When Unhealthy Foods Hijack Your Brain

In a book being published next week, the former Food and Drug Administration chief, Dr. David Kessler, brings to consumers the disturbing conclusion of numerous brain studies: Some people really do have a harder time resisting bad foods. It’s a new way of looking at the obesity epidemic that could help spur fledgling movements to reveal calories on restaurant menus or rein in portion sizes.

Things You Didn’t Know About Cocoa

Native to tropical South America, cacao has been cultivated for thousands of years in Central America and Mexico, with its earliest use to be dated to 1100 BC. Find out more about its origins, health benefits and what makes chocolate so addictive

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

I was surprised to learn about the extensive certification required to practice naturopathic medicine in the United States. During my research, I asked Dr. Igor Schwartzman to explain the basic principles, and to share his thoughts about food, allergies, and traditional Chinese medicine.

Healthy Oils

Oils are one of the most widely used ingredients in cooking – you can find them in every cooking method, including sauteeing, pan frying, roasting, and even dressing raw foods. Besides salt, using cooking oil or fat is essential to preparing meals.

Yoga for Kids? 5 Tips You Should Know

My first challenge as a certified yoga teacher was to teach a class of children, girls from the ages of 6 to 11 at my local community center. I’ve never taught children’s yoga and I certainly had expectations of how the class would go and what they would learn. What actually happened was very different.