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What was? What’s new? What’s now?™

If life is a journey, then make sure it’s worth the trip! As a coach, I help you evaluate where you’re coming from (what was) & challenges you’re facing (what’s new). Once you see what you really have, you can get the life you really want (what’s now).

Even though I’m based in the New York City area, you can be anywhere. I coach online by videoconference or phone. It takes guts to reflect but the process usually brings surprising clarity, inspiration — and, relief. Read more about my coach approach here.

Best-ever easy recipe for vegan mac & cheese

betty ming liu Food 19 Comments

Take heart, you sad gluten-free-dairy-free slobs. It’s now possible to enjoy mac & cheese. Start by throwing away the soy cheese and rice cheese, which are udderly pointless (haha!).  Instead, get Daiya, a vegan alternative that finally melts and stretches in a convincing way. Daiya is made from tapioca and arrowroot flours. The addition of safflower, canola and coconut oils …

How to eat in Paris for $38 a day

betty ming liu Food, Money, Travel 18 Comments

PARIS, FRANCE — It’s Day #2 of our vacation and we’re getting the hang of walking everywhere and using the Metro as our subway. Of course, we need the exercise because we are eating, eating, eating… We had a delightful first night snoring in the comfy beds of the two-bedroom, $327-a-night rental apartment that we found through VRBO.com. My daughter …

Bragg Liquid Aminos: must-have healthy kitchen ingredient

betty ming liu Food, Health 16 Comments

Bragg Liquid Aminos is such a horrible name for such a delicious product! But I promise you, Bragg is terrific on food. Since I like to keep my cooking preparations simple and fast, Bragg is always close at hand. By the way, for everyone who loves my home-made meals, I will now reveal that this product is my secret sauce. Why Bragg …

How to make vegan, gluten-free, wheat-free Rice Krispie treats, with recipe options

betty ming liu Food, Health 7 Comments

Did you know that vegans and strict vegetarians can’t have Rice Krispie Treats? The problem is the marshmallows. The puffy white pillows of sweetness that hold together these crunchy, chewy snacks are made with gelatin. And gelatin is a substance derived from the bones and connective tissue of farm animals. Too bad, because Rice Krispie Treats are a relatively inoffensive dessert. It’s …

Chinese medicine master Jeffrey Yuen’s essential health & beauty diet regimen

betty ming liu Food, Health 42 Comments

Now that the holiday party season is over, I am left with 10 extra pounds of blubber, an itchy scalp, a pasty-pimply complexion and bad breath. There’s only one way to deal with this mess. Gotta return to my good food regimen. That means sticking to a diet created by the rock star of Chinese medicine experts. This is a …

How to make daikon noodles for good health

A Chinese herbal medicine diet that’s good for the health and skin conditions

betty ming liu Health 17 Comments

It’s taken me nearly two decades to come up with a regimen that keeps me feeling strong and energetic. To find my path, years of therapy unburdened my spirit. Holistic health options (see my post on rolfing) and yoga continue to do wonders. Then there’s my friend, Jeffrey Yuen, the Chinese medicine master. We met during a very bad stretch in …