Flirt With Your Food: 101

Flirt with your food. It’s the best thing you can do for your health and well-being. How exactly does one flirt with their food? Start with the basics of mindful eating (sitting down to eat, taking your time, and savoring each bite without distractions). Then add in some sensuality. Fill the plate with your favoriteContinue reading “Flirt With Your Food: 101”

Tips for having a healthy relationship with sweets

By Chef Ann Ziata As a natural foods chef who also loves to bake, I often get asked about “healthy desserts.” Do they even exist? Which is best: whole wheat banana bread, a raw date-nut cacao truffle, or a baked apple?  I say, choose whichever sounds most appealing to you. What I’ve found is whenContinue reading “Tips for having a healthy relationship with sweets”

Breakfast as self-care

By Chef Ann Ziata “How you start your day is how you live your day. How you live your day is how you live your life.” Louse L. Hay If you are looking to eat more healthfully, but don’t know where to start, why not start from the moment you wake up? Eating a nutritiousContinue reading “Breakfast as self-care”

Cooking with First Descents

First Descents is an incredible organization that leads outdoor adventure retreats (kayaking, rock climbing, and surfing) for young adult cancer survivors. I’ve been fortunate to spend a few weeks every summer cooking for them. The following post was originally posted on the Natural Gourmet Institute blog. Up before the sun, I hum my way intoContinue reading “Cooking with First Descents”