The Rollercoaster of Life

Grandma: "I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn't like Read more

Sheltering at Home/Covid 19

Never in the last two decades of my career as a physician would I have imagined that we would be using the same mask to see patients all day and then sterilizing/recycling them at the end of the day. Read more

Turmeric Health Benefits

Have you ever wondered what the paste is applied to the bride and groom's faces and arms in Indian weddings?  It's actually the spice turmeric.  Turmeric is the ingredient in curry that gives it a vibrant yellow color.  Actually, Read more

COVID 19 Precautions

With the scare of COVID here in the USA now, I wanted to post a little info about boosting immunity to prevent contracting the virus. Here are some important facts about Covid-19 It is spread by contact with Read more

Natural Tips for Avoiding Colds

This cold and flu season is still upon us and unfortunately, many patients are still being plagued by these nasty viral symptoms.  Here are a few tips to try if you feel like you are coming down with something. Of Read more

Sherry's Story

Sherry has a great story.  She has been diabetic for years and she has made some massive changes!   "I have been on a lifestyle change. It has been a year following a ketogenic food plan.  When I started this journey Read more

Pharmacy to Farmacy

Many of you may know Erin-- the fabulous Pharm D that worked in our office a few years back.  Erin is a phenomenal gal and we embarked on the journey  into natural medicine around the same time.  As we both Read more

When Should I Take My Supplements?

If you are like me -- you are just starting to realize why it is important to add supplements to your diet.  Even if we are eating a clean, healthy and unprocessed diet;  the mineral content of the soil Read more

The Reality of the Intrusion of Red Dye #40

Ok–hold on because it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

The following foods contain the infamous Red Dye #40:

Cereals—Kix, Lucky Charms, Reece’s, Trix, Fruit Loops, Fruity Pebbles, and Captain Crunchberries

Yogurts–Dannon, Yoplait, Breyer’s, Colombo, and Trix

Juices and drinks– V8, Hi-C, Minute Maid, Gatorade, Sunkist, Hawaiian Punch, Koolaid, Crystal Light, Pepsi, Ocean Spray , and Lipton iced tea

Sauces and dressings— bullion cubes, BBQ sauce, Catalina dressing

Snacks—Nutragrain bars, Poptarts, Jello pudding, Little Debbie products, granola bars

Cakes and doughs—Pillsbury/Duncan Hines cresent rolls, frosting, pie crusts, cake mix, quick breads

Candy— Brach’s, fruit snacks,Jolly ranchers, Twizzlers, M&M’s, Starburst, Skittles, Lifesavers, Altoids, Smarties, Trident, Tootsie Rolls

ETC ETC ETC—This list is incomplete!  Please visit  for the complete details. 

Remember:  This small dye changed Susan’s life for the worst ( see post When I let go..)  and eliminating it changed her life back for the better.  Do you believe in miracles?–I do now!

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Salty Snacks

Thanks again Dee—

I have been craving cheese–I know that my cravings will disappear just like my craving for sugar eventually died off.  This isn’t easy and it is a real leap of faith.  We all know that  “This too shall pass!”    I am down to 2 Diet Mtn. Dew’s per day and tomorrow, I plan to make it one!  I can do this and so can Dee!  Let’s just stay strong and not let life get us down.  We are smart, kind, and important!





I’ve been craving salt like crazy this week. I don’t even like potato chips very much but I ate them last night. The brand we bought was kind of bland and the thought actually crossed my mind to put salt on them! I’ve even eaten granulated beef bouillon on occasion when I feel like I need salt…disgusting! I guess the cravings are comparable to people who have trouble with wanting sweets. I couldn’t care less about sweets. Here is an interesting article I found online about better choices for salt cravings:

When the craving for something salty hits and you want to stick with your healthy diet, you don’t have to settle for unhealthy treats and junk food to satisfy your cravings. There are dozens of low-calorie, low fat and healthful salty snacks available, and you can stock up on these diet-friendly treats to keep hunger at bay and avoid depriving yourself between meals. Here are 10 salty snacks that will help you stick with your healthy diet plan:
a handful of pretzels. Pretzels are every dieter’s best friend, a light and crunchy snack food that will keep those cravings under control. If you want to prevent bloating, try a low-sodium or salt-free variety so that your body doesn’t retain water from the extra salt.
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See– Dee is real and still needs shoes!

Ok–I think Dee told you in her first post that she was 49 years old!  Really Dee?????   I don’t know if you guys agree or if I’m insane, but I swear that Dee looks amazing ;   I would never guess her to be 49!  This makes me more excited for Dee because I am  totally pumped to get her some amazing heels to show off her hot body in about 6 months from now.   I plan to fly down to Florida to congratulate her on taking the plunge out of a leap of faith for me!  This whole food diet will transform her and yes, dammit –take another 10-20 years off  of her already youthful image.  I am eating healthy, but my years of Diet Mountain Dew have left me with more wrinkles than Dee has pruned up after soaking in a hot tub for 10 hours.  I guess I will have to do before and after picture as well –then you all can decide if Dr Oz really needs to turn me over to the plastic surgeons!  FYI–that could be a bumpy ride.

Thanks Dee for sharing once again!  The patients and followers of the site are all a buzz about how you are doing and what an amazing woman you  are!  Keep on keeping on!!!


It’s Sunday night, I’m sitting down to write my blog, and I don’t have a story for you. I decided to take my picture. I don’t like taking my picture, but you will need to see it eventually in my before and after shots. And I don’t really have a great wellness story to tell you tonight. I’m feeling a bit tired but just because I started cleaning my house at 9:30 this morning, 10 hours ago. I just sat down for the first time today and feel very relaxed and peaceful. For some reason, a clean house to me goes a long way in making any day a good day. My girls are out with friends for the night, husband is horizontal on the couch and the cat just brought a lizard through her kitty door. I plan to sit down and look through some scrapbooks I made last summer and write some thorough things-to-do lists on my laptop tonight. The most important thing going on in my life right now, is that both of my daughters are about to leave high school in six weeks. The 18 year old is a graduating senior and the 16 year old was accepted into an Early College program that lets her earn her high school diploma concurrently with her AA degree. Neither of them likes high school much, girls are really, really mean. It’s such a different world that teens live in now. Even if they want to avoid the other kids that are giving them a hard time, they can’t. They are connected through Facebook, Instagram, Tumbler, Twitter and cell phone texts. One quick note about my health quest, I have been walking two miles at the beach and I reached the point where I don’t feel out of breath. That’s a good goal to reach.

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Crazy Sexy Cancer

Kris Carr is a vivacious dancer, actress, and filmmaker.  She was born in 1971 (one year before me).  She has appeared in the television series “Law and Order” and has played the ghost of Marilyn Monroe alongside Peter Falk in the film, “Mr Peter’s Connections.”  On Valentine’s Day in 2003–she was diagnosed with stage IV

epithelioid hemangioendothelioma

 which is a rare cancer affecting the liver and lungs.  She chose to live and vowed to do anything it would take to cure herself of this debilitating disease.  Please watch this inspiring video and see what incredible faith and gumption this gal had to overcome her disease and become a survivor!

We Should All Be So Strong!

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Job Hazards

Dee had a rough day!

Thank you for sharing Dee–we love you!  Hang in there!

Gosh guys, I wish I had a better success story to share with you tonight. When I started this blog last month, I thought I would go through the journey toward healthy eating and that — for better or for worse — I would at least commit to being real with you. Today I regret to inform you that I really feel like I’m failing more than winning. I had an 11-hour work day today which included two catered events at the college I work for. The photo you are looking at was my dinner tonight. It’s a Cuban sandwich, Fritos and a Diet Coke. In addition to the food I photographed, I also ate three other sandwiches and two other bags of chips. Because the day was already so messed up, I stopped at my daughter’s work and had an order of queso, chips and Dos Equis. As I was driving home, my other daughter texted me that she was hungry so I picked up a pizza. You know how the title of my blog is “getting the best of food”? Well, today, food got the best of me. The three slices of pizza was accompanied by two more bottles of really great imported beer and now it’s 11 pm and I don’t have much to write except an apology. Let me just ask this, if anyone reads this and can start to comment on wins, losses, successes, I would love to hear from you. (J&A, thanks for your notes!)

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Food additives: Read the Label Part 1/10

Now that I have sparked your curiosity by telling you the true story of a food additive allergy (See blog “When I let go of who I am…), I am starting a 10 part series on Food Additives and the health consequences that accompany them.

I am starting my favorite obvious offender Red Dye # 40 because I have seen this mutant troll ruin the lifes of an undeserving woman and her family for 7 years!   This devious bandit is hiding undercover in more foods than you can possibly imagine, including something that I am serving my family for dinner tonight, Pillsbury crescent rolls.

Red Dye #40 debilitates the immune system -I  believe it’s the Michael Jordan of disease-causing  food additives.

Food coloring dates back to Ancient Egyptian writings as early as 1500BC.  In the late 1800’s chemically synthesized color additives were derived from coal and metal based compounds and actually contained some poisons (arsenic).  They used color to mask poor product and spoiled stock  from improper storage technology.  Documented injury and death from the tainted colorants demanded the necessity for “The Pure Food and Drug Act” passed in 1906.  This Act allowed the government to scrutinize the use of color additives.

By 1938, the FDA had successfully brought colorants  under stricter control by naming and assigning numbers to them. F for food use, D for drug use, and C for cosmetic use.  Hence Red Dye # 40 (FDC)  is the most commonly used food, drug, and cosmetic additive.  3 million pounds of this dye were manufactured in the year 1992 alone.   Today, it is by far the most commonly used colorant and hence–my new nemesis.  I will say that FDC yellow # 5, the second most commonly used dye,  will be put on hold because of its marriage Diet Mtn Dew, (my personal Bad Romance”).  Yellow Dye #5 causes adrenal tumors in rats!  More to come, I’ll have to go to an  AA  meeting or take abusive relationship course before I face the reality that I am emotionally dependant on this toxic relationship.  “Hi everyone, I’m Angela, and I’m a Diet Mtn. Dewaholic”  The first step is acceptance.

Next blog if you are interested:  The Foods that Contain Red Dye # 40 —Warning, it will be painful.

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