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Lead With Your he(ART)

Post election results are stirring up deep emotions, strong feelings and large protests in certain parts of the country. Such a close, hard-fought race. There are many disappointed Americans who…

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Dinner En Pointe

When the weekend arrives, I’m ready to get down to business. The business of recharging! High standards for cold drinks and healthy, gluten free goodness is where I’m heading, and…

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Lacelit Interview

I am honored and delighted to be featured in this Lacelit interview with Kimberly Taylor-Pestell! Thank you Kimberly for featuring me, Sage Words and Gluten Free Sage on your beautiful…

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Hands

I grew up in an Italian family where children’s faces in their mother’s palms and big hugs with huge pats on the back were an everyday thing. Talking with your…

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Avocado Treats

What do most people think about in late October? Cooler weather, changing leaves, Halloween and the World Series! It’s a little different in South Florida. There’s a slight shift downward…

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Your Mass Is Critical

I was driving in Jade today, my beautiful Ford truck. I adopted her out of my love for the tough, the rugged and the exquisite. I wanted a truck to…

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Blueberry Bliss!

My local market has the LARGEST blueberries I’ve ever seen. It was pure blueberry bliss! I picked up two cartons, went home and immediately got to work. First I experimented…

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Friends Make Me Happy

When I think about October, November and December, the first thing that comes to mind are the mega holidays… and the reminders are already everywhere. I went to Costco to…

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Crab Cake Stuffed Portobellos

I pulled out an old standby Crab Cakes recipe and tried two new types of wine last week. The old with the new; all taste tested and passed with flying…

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Life Is An Edible Adventure

Mellow. Chill. Easy Like Sunday Morning. Calm. Zen. It’s well established that I love the peaceful, light and simple. And I love food. Getting dressed up for a special dinner…

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Here Comes the Sun, No Bun Aussie Burgers

It’s time to get fired up for football season! Fall is starting and I’m in the mood for something colorful, homey and rustic. Especially after last week and the looming…

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The Importance of Being Relentless

If you Google “relentless”, you don’t exactly find the best definition: re·lent·less adjective 1. oppressively constant; incessant. 2. harsh or inflexible.   But I’ve always thought of relentless as tenacious,…

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World Obesity Day

I thought after a while it would just go away. That I wouldn’t think about it anymore. Out of sight out of mind, right? It doesn’t always work that way.…

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My Book!

Sometimes you have to quietly talk yourself into things. Or lightly pinch yourself. Give yourself a little self kindness boost and an earthy dimension to your day. This moment is…

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Go With Your Gut

Eating lots of fiber-rich foods is good for your gut, and the good news is whole grains are hardly the best source of fiber around. Most high fiber foods are…

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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Lately I’ve been drawn back to the late ’60s: songs, movies, inspiration. These pop culture years from 1967–1969 keep popping up throughout my days as either a wistful thought or…

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Cooking With Unconscious Competence

Someone I met on my recent boat trip explained the Conscious Competence learning model to me and then my son Doug mentioned it in an interview, so now it’s crossed…

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Smarter Every Day

Destin Sandlin has been educating and entertaining us with his intriguing Smarter Everyday videos that explore the world through science and makes learning fun for all ages. He’s an engineer…

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A Sprinkle of Chives

As sure as I believe there’s a heaven above, I also know that people LOVE to add a little excitement to their dinner plate! Chives are a favorite. Possibly even…

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It’s Not Magic, It’s the 80/20 Rule!

You don’t have to agree with magical thinking. Double rainbows, pennies from heaven… I’m cool with that. But it adds to my day. It’s a plus! I can tell you…

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High On Life

The unofficial end of summer—our favorite season—happened as of Monday… Labor Day. To soak it all in and enjoy the weather and summer spirit, my web designer Kristen and I…

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True Grit

It’s best to learn this sooner than later and you’ll be a healthier, happier human being: Be your own personal trainer. Ultimately the ball is in your court no matter…

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Keep It Stocked & Simple

I like to follow the KISS rule for the kitchen: Keep It Stocked & Simple. The goal isn’t to be the best cook, but instead to be smart, mindful and…

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Stay Positive While Going Negative

Staying on a healthy track, meaning nutritious diet and regular exercise, takes serious focus and mental strength. You’ve got to be able to step outside your comfort zone—especially if your…

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Amazing GRAZE

Asking if someone has allergies or preferences when you’re planning a dinner or party is a newish thing for me. I never thought about it until I was diagnosed with…

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Cup Is Half Full

When my kids visit I always want to have breakfast here at the house. With the dogs. And in PJ’s. That’s our all time FAVORITE! Our family loves breakfast foods…

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A Round Table

It could be now that I’m older I notice it more, but it seems that politeness is taking a dive. People appear to be so busy sometimes that simple manners…

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Bahamas Embrace

One of the benefits of living in Florida is you are just a hop, skip and a jump from the Bahamas. Either a half-day boat ride or a short flight…

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Attitude and Effort

Last week when I was on one of my afternoon walks, I saw a peacock. For real. I never see peacocks! Peacocks are so majestic and colorful and will stop…

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Love Between People And Their Pets

It’s been weeks since Kodi my 10-year-old Scottie passed away. I couldn’t even talk or write about him because he was so special. He was my right hand man! A…

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Summer Burgers

Summer Burgers are no different than Winter Burgers, except the pace of life is sweeter and slower and the veggies you make ‘em with are fresh and in season! Summer…

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Fruit Is My Direct Drive

Fruit is my direct drive! It’s simple, nutritious, colorful… a one hit wonder! It’s powerful and efficient. It’s a super safe choice if you’re gluten intolerant or have Celiac, and…

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Get Happiness From Within

People look everywhere for their happiness. They continually search and think they’ll find it somewhere else, but it’s SO right there where they can touch it… in their own hearts.…

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Caesar Salad With Meatballs, No Croutons

You can’t eat meatballs without a salad. It’s just not right! And in the summertime, how ’bout meatballs on TOP of your romaine lettuce, instead of croutons? Add sauteed asparagus…

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Stovetop Frittata for Four

After a big weekend, I like to start the week with a healthy breakfast and an early morning swim. I’ve learned that if I exercise early, I won’t miss my…

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Tree Houses and Rose Gardens

Kristen and I are constantly wanting to slow down Summer since we absolutely love this precious time of year. Lately during our weekly website meetings, the first topic has consistently…

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Stickability

I feel I have a responsibility to make the world a better place. I’ve thought it through, and believe Celiac was placed in my life to help others. I want…

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Bloom Where You’re Planted

I rarely mention where I’m from. My formative years were spent in two places: Smithtown, New York and Satellite Beach, Florida. Smithtown is a town on the North Shore of…

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Light Lunch Love

My best bet for staying fit and healthy is to have a high protein, light gluten free lunch. Sometimes I’ll go out for lunch, but I mostly make a small…

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Role Models of Kindness

I’m impressed by magnetism, intelligence, strength, work ethic, and adventurers. I also greatly admire people with fortitude, stick-to-it-ness, and focus. I aspire to imitate those who display grace and dignity…