Tomato Abbondanza? Make Cosmo Salad!

Tomatoes love the heat, and right now it seems like hundreds of small, homegrown cherry tomatoes, bursting with flavor and aroma, are growing before our eyes each day. (At least it seems like hundreds when you’re the kid picking them!) Who doesn’t love layering a thick slice of beefsteak tomato, dripping with its seeds and […]

Mmm…Sunday Morning Brunch:
10 Special Recipes for Special Times

I’m old school in that I believe Sundays are very special and we should observe them as such. Not only does the Old Testament command that we observe a day of rest (Exodus 20:8), but it is also a scientific fact that resting one day out of the week is essential. In a blog post […]

Cabbage:
The Cold-Storage Vegetable that Lasts Forever

Grilled Cabbage

The most forgettable vegetable is currently having its day in the limelight (or day in the sun, if you prefer). Kale was in, but now it’s so last year. Brussels sprouts were all the rage—but after roasting them in the oven, they gave many of us gas. (Which says more about the state of our […]

Are You Depressed or Disappointed?
Similar but Very Different Conditions

The number of people taking dangerous antidepressant drugs in this country is simply staggering. This article does a good job of explaining this problem (emphasis mine): “The number of Americans who say they’ve taken an antidepressant over the past month rose by 65 percent between 1999 and 2014, a new government survey finds. By 2014, […]

Liver and Onions Country Style

When I moved to Aurora, Colorado, in the early 1980s my first job was at Wag’s Restaurant in the Aurora Mall. Like Woolworth’s, Wag’s had a soda fountain. We had table service, or patrons could sit on stools along the front counter. The restaurant was cheerful, and everybody enjoyed the familiar ice cream-parlor atmosphere. Our […]

Moving to a New Home with your Dog

Is moving to a new home in your future? This could be an exciting time. But if you have pets, there are some additional challenges to consider. After all, dogs, much like kids, love routine, and nothing disrupts routine quite like a big move. Let’s talk about some things you can do to make this […]

A Closer Look at Your Eyelashes

When it comes to my eyelashes, I don’t have anything to brag about. I swear I used to have them—I wore mascara and everything. Now these wispy, nearly invisible lashes have got me wondering if they even really matter. I mean, other than supporting the cosmetics industry, what purpose do they serve? Of course, I’ve […]

Lowering Carbs:
What You Can Expect &
Why Keto-Cycling Is Better than Straight Keto

I recently pondered the idea of going on a full keto diet, and it was for the one and only purpose that most people try keto—losing weight! But did you know that this diet was never intended for weight loss? As this article published by AFPA Fitness explains, the keto diet originally started out as […]

Beef Steak in the French Style

Ask Chef Phyllis While traveling in Germany and France many years ago, we had the good fortune to eat in a small town near the French border. Their specialty was a steak, so tender and succulent, with onions and potatoes. I’m not sure if you ever answer questions like this, but can you shed some […]

When Is Exercise Bad for You?

All self-healthers know that consistent exercise is crucial to optimal health. But it’s equally important to understand when exercise is bad for you. Of course, there are obvious times you shouldn’t exercise, like when you’ve been injured. Your body needs time to heal after an injury, and aggravating it in the name of fitness can […]

Men in Kitchens:
4 Minutes to a Perfect Poached Egg

When I cowrote Men in Kitchens: A Good Day to Dine Hard, I deliberately steered far away from poached eggs. For years, I believed that the wonderfully gooey and dynamic delights of poached eggs were out of reach. Whenever I tried, the eggs became a sticky soup of yolk and whites stuck to whatever duct-taped […]

How Much Farting Is Too Much?

During a casual conversation the other day, a friend of mine proclaimed that she doesn’t fart. “What do you mean, you don’t fart?” I responded without even thinking about it. Then she clarified her point: she does, in fact, fart, but not very often. Like any decent human, this got me thinking about my own […]

Adjuvant Protocols for Healing:
A Practitioner’s Manual—Interview with Joseph Antell

The long awaited Adjuvant Protocols for Healing: A Practitioner’s Manual by Joseph Antell is here at last! Practitioners now have at their disposal an essential resource on the art of building nutrition protocols that will complement their primary scope of practice. Melissa Taylor of Whole Food Practice interviewed Joseph about how he came to write […]

Super Healthy and Highly Digestible:
Quick, Nutrient-Dense Summer Meals

I recently attempted to accomplish two of my summer cooking goals: 1) keep a cool kitchen and 2) reduce food preparation time. To this end, I decided that would eat a light breakfast. For lunch, I would have a handful of crispy nuts (which you can learn about in my Cook Your Way to Wellness […]

Exercise and Diet vs. Chronic Disease

“The evidence is overwhelming that physical activity and diet can reduce the risk of developing numerous chronic diseases…and in many cases, in fact, reverse existing disease.” This quote is from an amazing 2005 article published in the Journal of Applied Physiology titled “Effects of Exercise and Diet on Chronic Disease.” In it, authors Christian Roberts […]