Gluten-free pasta-making class — photos & review

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Now that gluten-free goodies are a booming multi-billion dollar industry, it’s no longer hard to find decent, wheat-free boxes of pasta at the supermarket. Even more exciting — it’s also possible to easily buy ingredients to make fresh, gluten-free pasta from scratch. Delizioso! My daughter Gabi and I recently had a great time exploring this tasty world. We took a …

Cure for winter cold — with photos

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I’m one of those people who never gets sick. But this week, I’ve been slammed by a really bad cold. Wrestling with it has been an exercise in calming down and getting my brain to stop over-thinking. My hunch is that I got sick because I’ve been running around too much. The way we all live today is so insane; …

Asian Americans & therapy: Chat with Dr. Michi Fu

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As you all know, I’ve been in therapy for years and it’s been great. This post airs some of the general — as well as ethnicity-specific — issues that I’ve struggled with. If you’ve been thinking about getting help, hopefully the interview below with Dr. Michi Fu will get you off the fence. Michi’s specialty covers the complex spectrum of …

4 reasons to avoid sugar

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If you’re not interested in dealing with the issue of sugar addiction, the new August issue of National Geographic might change your mind. The cover story on the evils of sugar uses gorgeous photos, historical facts and trending data to show why we’re in big trouble. (Note to readers: This story is behind a paywall for subscribers only. But I …

Improving vision naturally with Marc Grossman

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Seeing things clearly can be such an emotional issue — literally. I learned this from my holistic eye doctor, Marc Grossman. He’s the guy who taught me that my severe nearsightedness is all about letting go, while people who are farsighted have issues with focusing. We first met when I was 39. I desperately needed reading glasses. Squinting at cereal …

How to buy running shoes

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As a non-runner, shopping for new running shoes was a chance to explore a world I didn’t know existed. I highly recommend the experience as a way to get on a happy, comfortable track for both exercise and relaxation. Running isn’t my thing because of painful shin splints. Even a jog would cause those nasty hairline fractures in my lower leg bones. …