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Plain Talk about Food It’s “Fall-oween”

                             ”…Double, double, toil and trouble,

Fall Color Happens Here, Too

Inspired by a website called “Dude, Autumn Happens Here, Too” (https://www.californiafallcolor.com/ ) I set off last week to see the quaking aspen groves in the Sierra. As I drove up Highway 4 and over Ebbetts Pass the aspen groves came into view. Markleeville and Monitor Pass displayed some nice color, too. As I enjoyed the fall display I wondered if they would be as beautiful for future generations or if our impact on the environment would cause these glorious trees to change in any way.

Developers for SV Town Center seek community input, but tight-lipped on...

In an effort to hear from the community, developers for the Scotts Valley Town Center project hosted an open house last weekend. The information flow was one-sided, however, because the developers did not disclose any requirements they may have in developing the project. Rather, according to the developers, the idea behind the event was to start a conversation with the community on their vision for the project.

Eat Food, Not Nutrients

I am a huge fan of Michael Pollan, journalist, activist, and author of numerous books, including The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food. Eleven years ago, he won me over when I read his piece in the New York Times Magazine, called Unhappy Meals. Pollan's essay had a profound impact on me and was one of my inspirations for becoming a nutrition coach. He writes about food in a way that makes sense and simplifies the seemingly overwhelming and over complicated topic of what we should eat. In a nutshell, Pollan advises us to eat food, not nutrients. I live by this principle and teach my clients to do the same. 

This Just in- Plants Need Water to Survive

All plants need water- even those that are tolerant of our summer dry conditions. Water makes up 90-98 percent of every plant we grow. It's needed for photosynthesis, as well as reproduction and defense against pests.

Plain Talk about Food: Food for our Body and Food for...

While preparing the dressing for the Shrimp Salad whose recipe I have included here, my mind wandered from the food I was preparing to another type of food. 

Healthy water requirements

I’m often asked by patients how much water they needs to drink each day. The Institute of Medicine has calculated that men need about 13 cups or 3 quarts of liquids and women need about 9 cups or 2 quarts of liquids daily. We also ingest approximately 2 ½ cups, or 20% of our daily intake of liquids from food, especially fruits and vegetables. In addition, beverages that we commonly drink such as coffee, juice, milk and soda are composed mostly of water.

The Most Valuable Plant in Your Garden

Those of you who read my column regularly might have noticed I often write about plants that are valuable to the birds and the bees as well as butterflies and wildlife in the general. I have 10 bird feeders around my house. Four for the hummingbirds and the other six have black oil sunflower seed and hulled chips. At this time of year when there are so many young the extra food is much appreciated. I provide water and nectar plants for the bees and butterflies as well. If I had to choose one plant to grow that would provide the most benefit for all the critters it would be ceanothus. Hands down, it’s the best and here are some of my favorite varieties.

What is weight but a data point

Your morning started off fine, but then you stepped on the scale. At that point your day either got much better or much worse. Why does this objective number trigger so much emotion? Weight is a useful number, but it is a data point, not a complete picture of your health or you as a person. 

All about herbs

I’m helping my friend Colly, the food columnist for the Press Banner, with her cooking class at the new Boys & Girls Club in Scotts Valley. Colly has planned a summer program filled with delicious recipes and I’m looking forward to learning along with the kids in the class. The first week was all about eggs. I’m sure we’ll be using herbs in a future recipe so I’m getting my own herb garden ready. Whether you grow herbs in pots or in the ground here are some tips.


Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Big Basin Redwoods State Park launches summer shuttle service for weekends,...

Just in time for the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend, California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks have announced that access...