Frequently Asked Questions
1. In an effort to jump–start my energy level, I’ve been drinking lots of coffee and eating more sugary foods lately. While I know this isn’t the wisest approach–I don’t feel very well and I suffer from mood swings and depression–I think I’m addicted to these foods.
Vim, vigor and vitality are definite outcomes of a life well lived. Unburden the body of excess weight, and the arteries, veins and organs of excess fat and toxins, and both your body and mind gratefully respond. You can break bad habits and food addictions by acting as your own best friend in making sure you have good food around for quick and easy snacks and whole meals. Mineral–rich blood ensures a full night’s sleep, and taking naps instead of eating when you’re tired, is a great way to get caught up with yourself, especially on weekends when there’s time to do so.
2. I want to lose weight. I’ve gained weight gradually over the last several years and have tried a lot of diets, but when I get tired of them, I put the weight back on.
The best weight loss plan is a good daily diet, one you stay with for the rest of your life, adding variety as you learn to use new foods and seasonings. It’s the same with fasting: the best fast is a daily diet based on whole plant foods, a genuine fast from the SAD (Standard American Diet). There’s no time like the present for embracing positive change.
3. Now that I have a family, keeping us all healthy has become more of a priority. How can I plan meals that will satisfy everyone’s appetites, and get family members involved?
Learning to prepare simple breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks is an adventure that will please the whole family. Once you understand the principles involved in menu planning, you’ll see how the foods can be seasoned differently for children than for adults. If time is an issue, family members can help with shopping, preparation, serving and cleanup, activities that truly educate children for an informed and healthy future.
4. I’m young and healthy now, but I sense that I don’t know how to stay well. My older family members have had osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. If I continue to eat as they do and like we did while I was growing up, I can see that I could possibly develop the same health problems. Will changing my diet help me prevent these diseases? How can I lower my cholesterol and blood pressure levels?
Healthy aging is an art and the techniques are relatively simple. There are literally thousands of well-documented international studies showing the impact a good diet has on preventing serious illness including the ones you mention. There’s no time like the present for embarking on the path to wellness.
5. I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months ago. I’ve had chemotherapy and radiation and am now ready to change my lifestyle in ways that can help me feel strong again as part of my recovery. I read the report you provide on your website and am ready to incorporate changes, but need clarity in how to get started, and support along the way.
Healing truly does start from the inside out. With the meals and specific healing foods we’ll cover in food coaching session(s), you can start simply to create a feeling of strength and well–being. Over time, you can expand your repertoire to include more elaborate meals for celebration.
6. I work full time and have no time to cook. How can I eat well when I’m out in the world or traveling, and what simple steps can I take to begin changing my anxiety about cooking?
With even the smallest amount of time, you can create the staple dishes for a week of quick and easy home-cooked meals. Learn which prepared "fast foods" are highest in quality and how to stock your pantry for meals that heal in a hurry. We will also cover healthy food choices when you’re eating out or traveling.
7. I used to be macrobiotic, but in cooking for my family and to achieve more variety in flavor, I’ve gradually gravitated toward cooking more meat and dairy than I would like. I feel badly about cooking animals for food, and concerned that I’m contributing to global warming and water pollution by eating factory farmed animals. Would a vegetarian, vegan or macrobiotic diet really satisfy my family, protect animals and help the environment? Is eating fish, poultry and red meat necessary?
There are personal value issues involved in everything we do, if we choose to acknowledge them. A plant–based diet is the most ecological and economical approach for both the well–being of our own bodies and of the planet. Learn to cook plant foods well, and you won’t feel deprived. For people who want to eat some animal foods, we’ll cover the best qualities and quantities.