Building My Blue Zone

Recently I met Dan Buettner, the New York Times best-selling author and National Geographic writer of “The Blue Zones of Happiness.” I have since become fascinated with his discoveries for living a longer life. In case you aren’t aware, blue zones are regions of the world where people live much longer than average (usually to over 100). The term first appeared in the November 2015 National Geographic  magazine cover story "The Secrets of a Long Life," which Dan wrote.  He identified five geographic areas around the world where people live statistically longer: Okinawa (Japan); Continue Reading

Discover Fresh Turmeric

With the increasing popularity of Asian cuisine, and Indian curries in particular, you’re going to start hearing more about a spice called turmeric. Fresh turmeric root looks like an old russeted carrot. But when you break a piece open and smell it, you experience a wonderful aromatic and spicy essence. Turmeric also has a deep orange color and was once used as a dye – it can stain your hands, too.  A cousin to fresh ginger, turmeric is native to tropical South Asia. Like ginger, turmeric is technically a rhizome, … Continue reading

Today is World Water Day!

I get more than 250 emails a day. While they often overwhelm me, I eventually open them to see if they are relevant to me. This is why subject lines are so important. When you send an email, make sure you label the subject line appropriately. An email from the Jewish National Fund caught my attention: “Tomorrow is World Water Day – Change Begins with a Drop.” Water is the one commodity that we all have in common. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, Mark Twain said, ““Whiskey … Continue reading

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet

I have learned this lesson many times over, and it doesn’t apply only to the Internet. I learned that even if it’s written in a newspaper, it is not always the truth. I learned that just because it’s on an Excel spreadsheet, it does not mean the numbers are correct. (Always verify the data and check the formulas.) I recently received a forwarded email from several friends, and the information did not seem accurate. The subject was, “The key to preventing moldy berries…is to wash them in vinegar.” My friends … Continue reading

Welcome to my gluten-free world

Like many people, I have discovered that I am allergic to wheat. When I eat anything with wheat in it (bread, pasta, etc), my stomach starts to hurt. So for the last few months, I have been extremely diligent about making food choices that exclude wheat, and a whole new world has opened up for me. It seems as if everywhere I turn, there are gluten-free alternatives available. I went to my local Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market™ that just opened up and they have an entire gluten-free section. I … Continue reading