6 Benes of Winter Hiking

I hiked one of my favorite winter trails a few days ago.  The abundance of volcanic rock in the area reflecting the heat of the sun makes it one of the warmest hikes around.  Snow and ice still covered over half the footpath, courtesy of a weather system that enshrouded parts of northern Arizona forContinue reading “6 Benes of Winter Hiking”

Six Science-Backed Reasons to Get Outside

Did you enjoy spending time outside as a kid? I did. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember spending much time inside. I loved playing outdoors with pets we had over the years, including lots of dogs and cats, a couple rabbits, and a rooster that I treated like a baby. I enjoyed ridingContinue reading “Six Science-Backed Reasons to Get Outside”

Glazed Autumn Bake

During the Autumn season, the process of baking seems to take on additional elements of warmth, goodness, and celebration.  Maybe because I relate it to meals shared with loved ones during the upcoming holidays.  Do you think of Autumn baking (or roasting, as the case may be) in a similar fashion? I shared a pictureContinue reading “Glazed Autumn Bake”

Magnificent Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;Conspiring with him how to load and blessWith fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core . . .~John Keats The first line of Keats’ lovely ode To Autumn always remindsContinue reading “Magnificent Autumn”

Rice & Beans Soup with Fresh Oregano

About once a week, I make what I call a kitchen soup (shortened from kitchen sink soup because it just sounds better!)  Fresh farmer’s market finds, veggies that have gone unused from earlier in the week, extra cooked grains, leftover fresh herbs, and sometimes beans go into the mix.  Spices are chosen that will accentuateContinue reading “Rice & Beans Soup with Fresh Oregano”

Thinking Outside the COVID-19 Box: 10 Ways to Boost Immune Function

Over the past 18 months, I’ve heard a lot about masking, hand washing, and social distancing to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Sadly, I’ve also heard about many immunocompromised people dying from the virus. But I haven’t heard top health officials talk much about boosting immune function. Have you? Doesn’t it make sense thatContinue reading “Thinking Outside the COVID-19 Box: 10 Ways to Boost Immune Function”

Super-Simple Bok Choy Soup

This was the first recipe I shared on Micro of the Macro. It’s quick, easy, healthy, and delicious; what could be better? According to the Universal Guideline for Human and Planetary Health, (WFPB.ORG), Human and environmental health are dependent on one another. What we consume greatly influences our personal health, the economic health of ourContinue reading “Super-Simple Bok Choy Soup”

Asian Veggie Noodle Soup

As funny as it may sound, this recipe will forever take me back to memories of Northern New Mexico. It was in a small hostel there that I first had a soup similar to this prepared by another hostel guest, a young Japanese girl who was selling it for $2 a bowl. It was soContinue reading “Asian Veggie Noodle Soup”

Thinking Outside the COVID-19 Box: 10 Ways to Boost Immune Function

I’ve heard a lot about hand washing and social distancing over the past few weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus. I have also heard about immunocompromised people dying from the virus. But I haven’t heard the first newscaster discuss the concept of boosting immune function. Have you? Doesn’t it make sense that we shouldContinue reading “Thinking Outside the COVID-19 Box: 10 Ways to Boost Immune Function”

Super-Simple Bok Choy Soup

According to the Universal Guideline for Human and Planetary Health, (WFPB.ORG), Human and environmental health are dependent on one another. What we consume greatly influences our personal health, the economic health of our countries, and the health of the planet we all share. Only a low-fat, whole food, plant-based dietary pattern has been clearly demonstratedContinue reading “Super-Simple Bok Choy Soup”