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

The Mystery Behind Turmeric

This is how you pronounce Turmeric: TWO-mer-ick. And if you’re wondering what I’m talking about, here’s a picture: To me, turmeric looks like a cross between a small piece of ginger root and a carrot. In fact, turmeric (Curcumic longa) is related to ginger. You may have noticed it showing up in recipes and food blogs more frequently and wondered why. Well, in recent years, we have seen a surge in consumer interest and demand for this root. The first reason is that Indian and Southeast Asian cuisines have gained popularity … Continue reading

I Guess I Have a Crystal Ball!

Sometimes it really does feel like I have a crystal ball. For example, I gave a speech over two decades ago and predicted some future happenings in the supermarket industry, and now one of them is happening! I’m referring to the “sudden” focus and presence of registered dietitian nutritionists, or RDNs, in supermarkets. Back in 1994, I referred to RDNs as “consumer relations specialists.” I predicted that supermarkets would soon employ consumer relations specialists who would make sure supermarkets were focusing on the needs of their shoppers, instead of just … Continue reading