Summer is in full swing and that means vacation time is too! It may be hard to obtain your usual healthy diet while vacationing with friends or family (especially when you are the only one in the group living that lifestyle!) In the past it has downright given me anxiety about going away, but isn’t the point to relax? So I have compiled a list of 3 effortless things you can do that’s worked for me to stay healthy and feeling great on vacation while still enjoying every moment! (more…) read more →

Recently, fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi have been making news, even though they are, in fact, anything but new – fermented foods have been around for thousands of years. For people living without modern medicine and refrigeration, fermentation has always been not only a simple means of food preservation, but also a way to imbue foods with health-promoting properties, an essential tool for maintaining the gut health. Over the course of the last century however, fermented foods fell off most dinner plates, their medicinal effects wiped out by pasteurization, resulting in a dead-on-arrival food supply, stripped of the live bacteria the gut needs to stay in balance. Fortunately though, there is a deliciously easy fix for this modern problem: incorporate more probiotic, fermented foods into your diet and put those live, good-for-you organisms back where they belong – in your gut! Here’s a food-for-thought introduction to the health-boosting power of the fermented foods and how to get more of them into your daily diet:  (more…) read more →

People tend to think that I have some kind of skin regimen. (I don’t.)

Strangers tell me all the time, “You look so healthy.” (I am.)

Now, some of that could be genetics. And there’s the fact that I take care of myself by eating well and moving my body. But I genuinely believe that beauty comes from a deeper place. (Even deeper than you think.) (more…) read more →

“This recipe was a favorite and top seller at my restaurant Soul in Philadelphia. I have always had a love of seafood and growing up every summer in Cape May, NJ further encouraged it. I am so grateful to call the Jersey Shore my summertime home and will continue to be inspired by its beauty, history and local fruits of the sea that contribution to our diverse food culture.” –Samantha Carrie Johnson (more…) read more →

In case you haven’t noticed, stress has reached epidemic proportions. Research reported by the American Psychological Association found that one third of Americans feel they’re living with extreme stress, three quarters experience physical or psychological symptoms related to stress in a given month, and half lie awake at night because of stress. These are alarming statistics—especially since they appeared in 2007, a year before the economic downturn drove stress even higher by forcing foreclosures, reducing incomes and savings, raising unemployment, and undermining job security. (more…) read more →