The Best Tasting, Organic, BPA-Free Canned Tomato


The success of a recipe will largely depend on the quality of tomatoes that go in them.

Cook’s Illustrated Magazine conducted a taste test and recommends Muir Glen Organic Crushed Tomatoes with Basil. I agree that they are one of the best tasting! I use them because I think the flavor is rich with an ideal balance of acid and sweet without a harsh metallic taste.muirI also appreciate that the tomatoes are organic. In studies done by the Environmental Working Group, tomatoes were found to contain high levels of toxic organophosphate insecticides.

I also feel better buying canned food that has a BPA-Free lining to limit my family’s exposure. And Muir Glen only uses BPA-free liners. I am concerned about BPA because according to the Environmental Working Group, “BPA is a synthetic estrogen that can disrupt the endocrine system, even in small amounts. It has been linked to a wide variety of ills, including infertility, breast and reproductive system cancer, obesity, diabetes, early puberty, behavioral changes in children and resistance to chemotherapy treatments.” (To see if your cans have a BPA –free liner, look for a goldish type liner inside).

I had a difficult time finding these tomatoes as they are not readily available in stores. I did find them at my local QFC and on Amazon. I was surprised to find that they are actually less expensive on Amazon Click here to purchase.



Busy Executive’s Weight Loss Success Story


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This busy executive contacted me saying that she was an active person who skied, hiked and ran but had struggled with her weight for most of her life. And although she is a vegan, she admitted to eating too many calories and wanted to get help with her nutrition as well as the strength training and accountability.

Did I mention she is busy? And I mean BUSY! She is a top executive with a major company and works 12 to 14 hour days at her highly demanding job. So, she did her best over the first 6 to 8 months of us working together to discover what nutrition strategies and regular workout schedule worked best for her. At about that point, that’s when she started making major progress with her weight and body fat reduction.

Its been impressive to watch her attention and dedication to her nutrition plan. I can recall large family parties, vacations, company dinners and lavish restaurant dinners where she said no to the luscious, high-calorie foods available to her and stuck with her eating plan. She was ultra motivated and nothing was going to take her off course.

She has been just as dedicated to her workouts. She runs several times a week, hikes or skiis on weekends, lifts weights with me twice a week, attends a boot camp one evening and a Pilates yet another. Some nights she doesn’t get home until 9 pm from her workouts.

She tells me she would like to lose another 15 pounds and I know she will. I also am confident that she will then be able to maintain her weight loss because of the healthy lifestyle habits she has incorporated. And if you are struggling with your weight, let her be an inspiration to you.

Date 5-6-14 5-3-16 Progress  
Height 5’3
Weight 197.6 143.6 -54
Neck 13.25 12 -1.25
Arm 14.75 11.75 -3
Forearm 10 8.75 -1.25
Wrist 7 5.75 -1.25
Waist 39.25 29.5 -9.75
Abdomen 37.5 31.25 -6.25
Hips 47.75 39.25 -8.5
Thigh 28 23.5 -4.5
Calf 16.5 14.75 -1.75
Body Fat 42.2% 32.3% -9.9%
Pushups 15 30 +15
54 pounds             
37.5 inches             
9.9% body fat            
Doubled upper body strength

Mediterranean Diet May Slow Aging Process and Decrease Bone Loss


Mediterranean-Diet - CopyAfter conducting a 5 year study about how a Mediterranean style diet can promote health in the elderly and help to prevent the development of age-related diseases, researchers found that foods falling within the Mediterranean diet’s guidelines can cut bone loss and help lower levels of C-reactive, which is tied to aging.

I’m already a fan of the Mediterranean diet due to its numerous health benefits, and this new study only confirms this evidence. According to the researchers, sticking to a Mediterranean diet can slow down aging. This is because the foods associated with this diet pattern decrease the levels of a protein called C-reactive, which is linked to the aging process. For people who suffer from osteoporosis, the study also found that eating more Mediterranean-style foods will reduce bone loss. Though researchers focused on how the diet affects the elderly population, we can easily take this lesson and apply it to our own diets. There’s no better time to start than at any age, right?

Want to read the details of the study?


  1. OECD (2010). Health at a Glance: Europe 2010. OECD Publishing.
  2. Berendsen A, et al. (2014). A parallel randomized trial on the effect of a healthful diet on inflammageing and its consequences in European elderly people: design of the NU-AGE dietary intervention study. Mechanisms of ageing and development 134(11-12):523-530.

For more information:

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