Karen

Conscious Cuisine

After reading through several lentil-with-leek recipes and no time to shop, it was fun to kitchen cupboard improvise. Most of the recipes called for sauteeing in olive oil which I avoid heating and opted for a higher smoke point coconut oil. Coconut oil, however, is decidedly non-neutral in flavor, it conjures Eastern vs. Mediterranean cuisine. It blends well with the tamari sauce, turmeric and ginger. Sometimes an oil or even one spice can be your touchstone to spectacular flavor blends. Read More

Integrative Nutrition

How Often Should You Exercise?

It’s an age-old question: How many times a week should I be exercising? Unfortunately, there’s no magic number or simple formula to find the answer. Just like with food, the concept of bio-individuality applies to exercise, and what works for one person may not work for another. Read More

Integrative Nutrition

A Guide to Buying Sweeteners

From maple syrup to stevia to raw cane sugar, there are a wide variety of sweeteners out there that may have you questioning what’s best and where to use them. Most sweeteners are made with sugar – a simple carb that is quickly converted into energy and known for giving a quick boost of energy followed by a crash that often leads us seeking out another quick energy source.  Read More