Ireland: The Epicurean Secret and Ballymaloe

When my annual Motivational Interviewing conference was scheduled to be in Ireland this year I was game to go. Stay in a Castle?  I’m IN. Driving on the wrong side of the road?  No problem. Seeing beautiful lush countryside all around versus the brown flats of the grey concrete of Los Angeles – even better. […]

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Surprise Travels to India

A trip to India was not a bucket list item for me so when the opportunity arose to travel there I was a bit ambivalent about a journey to the other side of the world.  The jet lag, travel VISAs, shots and possible illness were not high on my priority list. At some point I […]

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New and Old Finds at the Natural Foods Expo West 2016

I continue to have a love/hate relationship with the Natural Foods Expo. Being the largest food show in the world with 350,000 square feet of exhibitor space, close to 3000 exhibitors and 100,000 attendees it is more than challenging to navigate the crowds not to mention having to arrive 2 hours before the doors open […]

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Italian Dietitian Coming To America

One morning my husband Francesco came in and said, “We are going to America!” I was shocked on the one hand and on the other hand curious with wonder if this would really transpire. For better or for worse, Francesco’s statement came true for me 6 months later when I found myself on a plane […]

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Eating My Way Through the Garden State

Many of you know my roots started in New Jersey.  This past weekend I went to visit my 92 year old grandmother for Mother’s day as you never know when it will be your last with your only remaining grandparent. I was able to more clearly see how moving to California and my current profession […]

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Vacation, Food and Challenges

I hardly ever go on vacation.  So when I heard the Motivational Interviewing Conference this year was in Venice, Italia I jumped on registering and decided to add amother week for fun and research. Italy is having a “Indian Summer’ as they call it so it is hot, muggy and challenging to walk around.  My […]

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Vacation Eats?

What do I take on vacation to help with staying on track? This is one question I frequently get asked by clients in anticipation of an upcoming trip. There are limits to what you can bring due to lack of refrigeration but there are some things you can take with you AND some ways you […]

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What about that Greek Yogurt?

About 3 years ago I was at a conference in Europe and had the most amazing Greek Yogurt.  I was surprised at the manufacturer:  Dannon. After arriving back in the US I discovered Dannon did not carry a Greek yogurt.  When I went to the Natural Foods Expo that year I went to the Dannon […]

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Airport Food

In a rush to get to the airport I left my lovely protein filled lunch in the refrigerator, not realizing I was leaving satiation behind.  Fortunately I had packed a large bag of nuts and a banana in my bag beforehand, saving part of the day. Arriving at the airport I remembered my faux pas […]

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Can We Compare the American Diet to the European Diet?

One of my readers posed this question for a blog: “I just got back from Greece and noticed the locals are passionate about their bread, rice pasta and potatoes.  They have been eating these foods for over 5000 years.  Your recommendations are that these foods be minimized.  To be fair, many of the Greeks are […]

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