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Forest Bathing: Enjoying Nature’s Health Benefits

Some people can’t see the forest for the trees. But others…well, they see, smell, hear, touch, taste, and savor every bit of beauty, serenity, and nature that the forest has to offer. These people take part in a Japanese ritual called shinrin-yoku, which translates to “forest bathing.” The concept of forest bathing (aka forest therapy) […]

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8 Tips for a Healthy BBQ

Backyard barbecues are the perfect combination of summer fun, tasty food, and good times with loved ones. As an avid cook, I enjoy my barbecue outings as much as the next person. However, I have few words of caution – from a health perspective – along with some healthy BBQ tips to help you feel […]

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Natural Salt vs Table Salt

Even though I’m a cardiologist, you won’t hear me telling anyone to totally avoid salt. Despite what half the doctors in this country will lead you to believe, salt – as the main source of sodium in our diets – is essential to life. All unprocessed salt has a similar chemical makeup—it consists mainly of […]

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Go Crazy for Cauliflower Rice

Although devoid of color, cauliflower makes up for its lack of personality with powerful nutrition – it’s really one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. In fact, it’s been one of my top healing foods for decades, and for good reason. In addition to being an excellent source of fiber, cauliflower boasts a number […]

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Why Walk Barefoot this Summer?

I go barefoot whenever I can. Why? I love the way it feels, and I know it’s better for my body because that’s how I was made to walk (not in shoes). But most importantly, because I want my dose of vitamins G and D. And now, during the warm summer months, it’s a perfect […]

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Spring Has Sprung Recipes – Featuring Basil & Rosemary

It’s been a long winter and, even though it doesn’t feel like it in some parts of the country, spring is officially here….Inspired by the new greenery shooting up everywhere, I’ve been dressing my meals with fresh, herbaceous flavors. Sweet, aromatic basil and bold rosemary olive oils have taken center stage in my kitchen, and […]

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Lemon and Rosemary Oil Recipe – Power Greens

Dark leafy greens can be a tough sell – to adults and children alike! But, as with most vegetables, dressing greens up with bold flavors and healthy oils can make all the difference. This simple, delicious Power Greens recipe with lemon and rosemary oils does just that! My favorite greens are kale, spinach and chard. […]

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Quinoa Tabbouleh – A PAMM Recipe

Many years ago, while en route to Vermont for a weekend getaway, my family and I discovered a hidden gem of a pit-stop – a Middle Eastern restaurant called Haji’s Place. For us, it was a wonderful introduction to (then-exotic) foods like hummus and baba ganoush, which were served in giant wooden bowls with lavash […]

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7 Tips for Making Healthy Meatballs and Pasta

Although I’m not a huge meat eater, I’m Italian, and love making healthy baked meatballs. First of all, they are amazing with the right marinara sauce and pasta – always a crowd-pleaser! Click here to skip right to Healthy, Baked Meatballs Recipe But baked meatballs don’t just add deliciously hearty flavor to pasta – they […]

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5 Healthy and Easy Chocolate Desserts

Although I generally advise against eating sugary foods, I do believe that you can indulge your sweet tooth once in a while without going overboard, and that there are delectable ways to make your favorite sweet treats a whole lot healthier! When it comes to healthy dessert recipes, I’m a big fan of dark chocolate […]

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