Tag Archives: real food

What is Real Food?

Let’s be honest. Transitioning to a real food eating style is like trying to spread cold butter on toast. It’s tricky until you warm up to it. But while we inherently know that real food is healthier for us, we’ve become increasingly disconnected from the sources of our food and more reliant on convenience foods. With so many […]

Nutrient Declines in U.S. Produce (and What to Do About It)

Bright green curly lettuce

Over the past 50 to 70 years, the concentration of nutrients in U.S. fruits and vegetables has been declining — by about 5% to 40%, according to researchers at the University of Texas. But the reason for those nutrient declines is where things get sketchy. What is the primary cause of the decline? Is our soil depleted? […]

Mushrooms, Health and Self-Care

paul stamets with a giant mushroom

Before I dive too far into this post, I want to point out that plucking up random mushrooms from your backyard and eating them is a really dumb idea. There are a growing number of known health benefits associated with our fungal friends, but there are plenty of reasons to exercise caution, the most obvious of which […]

Stop Using Your Body As a Trash Can with Cynthia Lair

Cynthia Lair, nutrition and culinary arts professor at Bastyr University, and author of Feeding the Whole Family, reminds us just how important mindful eating is when it comes to nourishing our bodies. (After all, we’re not goats, people!) Listen to the podcast here: Cynthia’s lighthearted thoughts on the benefits of developing a personal relationship with […]

Keeping Safe Food with Mary Angela Miller

When it comes to protecting your plate from food-borne illnesses, Mary Angela Miller of Keep Safe Food is the authority. I first met her back in the early 2000’s, when I was just beginning my career as a dietitian. Since 1990, she has been ensuring the safety of patients and their loved ones at The Ohio State […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 53): Grocery Shopping

On day 53 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored grocery shopping as an act of self-care. Grocery shopping is a dreaded task for many people; I happen to be among the few that love it. Something about the process of selecting beautiful, healthy ingredients just puts me in a good mood. I even look forward […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 27): Cooking with Garlic

bowl of garlic soup

On day 27 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored cooking with garlic, an herb that’s commonly used throughout the world. Garlic has been used throughout history for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Allium sativum, garlic’s botanical name, often attracts special attention due to its beneficial organosulfur compounds, alliin being just one of them. I […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 11): Using a Pressure Cooker

stovetop pressure canner

On day 11 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored using a pressure cooker to make meal prep faster and easier. Before my beloved pressure cooker entered my life, I thought waiting 6 to 8 hours for slightly-tender BBQ ribs was unavoidable. But then I discovered I could get a much better result in just 30 […]

Vegetable Fermentation with Elijah Santoyo

Elijah Santoyo man making kimchi

In this episode of Living Upp’s Conversations with Smart People, I interviewed Elijah Santoyo, who serves as director and professional chef at The Permaculture Academy in Los Angeles, about how to get started with fermentation. Q: What is the most difficult aspect of vegetable fermentation? Elijah: Fermentation is very simple and elegant, the only practical problem […]

Keeping Vegetables Fresh

fresh vegetable storage

No one likes to throw away produce, least of all me since I spend so much time and energy selecting fresh ingredients. I don’t routinely write product reviews, but this is one product that I simply must share. Tupperware’s FRIDGESMART© series is the most effective way that I’ve found to store fruits and vegetables. They’ve since changed the […]