Friday, October 21, 2016

Take a "Journey" with this evocatively entwined memoir and cookbook

MY CULINARY JOURNEY: Food & Fetes of Provence gives readers a rich, delicious look at the south of France


October 21, 2016 - Available just in time for the holiday season, this evocatively entwined memoir and cookbook by James Beard Award-winner Georgeanne Brennan provides rich detail about the food, people, and festivals (or fêtes) of Provence that have inspired her lifelong love of the region, where she still has a home.
As a young woman, she and her husband, with their small children, bought a farmhouse with a little land and some goats, in hopes of realizing the dream of an idyllic existence in the French countryside. Now these memoires, first documented in A Pig in Provence, are accompanied by forty delicious recipes, gorgeous photographs  and informative, lively text featuring information about seven of her favorite regional French festivals, from the Feast of the Fishermen to the Lavender Festival, the Gypsy Fête and more.
Readers will find themselves immersed in stories of long summer meals, the trials of a novice goat cheese maker, and the joy of discovering age-old traditions. This memoir weaves together personal stories of friendship, cooking and living in the Provençal way, and will whet the appetite of food lovers, travelers and anyone who dreams of packing their bags and starting a new life.

My Culinary Journey: Food & Fetes of Provence

By Georgeanne Brennan
Yellow Pear Press
November 15, 2016
ISBN-13: 978-0997066401

Goat Cheese with
Herbes de Provence and Olive Oil

This is the simplest appetizer I know, yet it is also among the best.
This is a fine way to show off just-milled, new olive oil. 
  • One 8-ounce round or log fresh goat cheese 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
  • 1 pinch course sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground pepper
  • 1 drizzle extra-virgin olive oil
Take a log or a round of fresh goat cheese and put it on a serving platter. Sprinkle it generously with herbes de Provence, a little coarse sea salt, and some freshly ground black pepper. Finally, drizzle it with a good quality extra-virgin olive oil. Serve the cheese with crackers or thin slices of baguette.

4 Ways Your Cellphone Might Be Making You Ugly

Your cell phone is not harmless

Our cellphones have become so vital to our daily lives. Research has shown that the average person checks their phone 85 times a day and that we spend a total of five hours using our cellphones to browse the web or use apps. For many, our smartphone is the first thing we look at in the morning and the last thing we check at bedtime. Although quick glances at our phone may seem harmless, it can in fact be affecting us physically, mentally and emotionally. We caught up with some experts who help explain the ugly side of excessive cellphones use.

1. Ugly posture.
When we look down at our cellphones we are straining our necks and slouching our shoulders. Doing this can cause some serious damage to our overall posture even leading us to lose up to an inch to an inch and a half of height. "I see up to 10 patients a week complaining of severe neck and shoulder pain. When asked how often they use their phones the typical response is all the time. When pain becomes chronic and severe, surgery has to be considered," explains Dr. Richard Samperisi, CoFounder of Campus Chiropractic Center at Florida International University & Functional Medicine Practitioner.

2. Ugly eye strain, bags and wrinkles.
Not only can staring at your phone all day cause serious neck and shoulder pain, the extreme use of our phones is leading to various eye conditions such as blurred vision, eye strain, headaches and dry eyes as well as to a condition they like to call "tech neck." For those concerned with cosmetics and eye appearance constant squinting leads to wrinkles and under eye bags. New Bern, North Carolina plastic surgeon Dr. John Zannis explains that a combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures that address under eye bags, drooping and sagging usually range from 5 - $10,000 with a recovery time of up to 2 weeks. He's also seen a rise in complaints about neck lines and wrinkling skin attributed to excessive cell phone use.

3. Ugly skin.
Are you constantly struggling with breakouts around your cheeks or chin? Instead of blaming hormones, junk food or a bad skincare routine consider looking at the device in your hand. "Our cellphones are filled with bacteria. We are continuously touching them with dirty hands, throwing them in our bags, stuffing them in our pockets or putting them on counter tops. Then without even thinking twice we put our phones right up to our ears where all of that bacterium from those dirty areas wreak havoc on our face," offers Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Kaly Papantoniou.  She suggests frequently wiping the phone screen and using a face wash with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to rid bacteria from building up.

4. Ugly Manners
We see people at restaurants who are more focused on snapping a pic of their meal than enjoying each other's company. Our persistent use of our cellphones can be affecting our relationships with the people and world around us. "When we focus more on our digital lives rather than the individuals we are with; we are not only giving off the impression that we do not care about what they have to say, we are also letting valuable and meaningful moments pass us by," explains Dr. Sanam Hafeez a New York City based neuropsychologist and teaching faculty at Columbia University. She suggests putting the phone down and even going cell free twice a week.

Give it a try and see how cutting down on your phone use can also cut down on the ugly.

About the doctors:
Dr. Richard J. Samperisi, DC, of Miami, Florida, is a New York Native who completed his Doctoral studies at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. His post-doctoral education focuses on functional medicine and clinical nutrition. 

Dr. John Zannis is a New Bern, North Carolina board-certified plastic surgeon and best selling author. A graduate of Stanford University and The University of Cincinnati Medical College, he received his formal training in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Connect with him via twitter @JohnZannisMD or his website  

Dr. Kaleroy (Kally) Papantoniou is a Cosmetic Dermatologist, Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology.  She is also a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Health Center in New York City. Connect with Dr. Papantoniou via twitter @DrPapantoniou or her website

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher's College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or at

Thursday, October 20, 2016

My Zennoa Core Care Story

Warmer feet, less pain in my feet, and greater energy

By John Fisher

I had been using Zennoa's Core Care for about two weeks, when something remarkable happened.

When I started to use the product, I stopped taking my regular vitamin package which contains its own omegas. I took the Core Care capsules faithfully - three a day, morning, noon, and night with my meals.

Before I started, I made a list of what I hoped the Core Care would do for me. I hoped to see the brown spots on my face diminish. I wanted more energy and greater focus. I hoped to see less pain in my knee and hands which have arthritis. I have pain and numbness in my feet and wanted to see that reduced. And finally I was hoping to see my fingernails harden and not split or break off as they seem to do.

I have seen some dramatic changes in these areas, but the most significant change was in one thing that I hadn't listed. I have for a half a dozen years or more had cold feet, even in the summer time. At night I wore socks to bed. After two weeks of taking the Core Care Omegas, I realized my feet were no longer cold and that I didn't have to wear socks to bed. I can only assume that my heart is working better and my circulation has improved. A side effect would be reduced pain in my feet and after a month my pain was almost gone. I can walk with comfort. I also believe I have greater energy and get less tired during the day.

The change to my feet temperature was dramatic and it was surprising.  I didn't expect this result. My wife also likes the fact that I no longer have cold feet. 

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How to Sleep Better

UC Riverside psychology professor offers free course online to improve sleeping patterns
“How to Sleep Better: And the Secret Power of Naps,” is a free course, online
RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – Trying to aim for eight hours of sleep, but end up with only six?
We all know we need to sleep more, but somehow can’t find the time, or don’t know how. Lack of sleep has been linked to obesity and chronic disease. It causes depression, anxiety, and stress, and impairs judgement.
Sara Mednick, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, and a sleep expert, wants to help you sleep better – and is doing so by offering a free online course.
“Consistently getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do. It can improve your health, lower your stress, make you more productive at work, and improve your relationships,” Mednick said. “In my course, I will help individuals understand how sleep works, and with an emphasis on the secret power of napping, I will help people develop practices for getting more and better sleep into their life.”
The course is available on “The Big Know – Life Reimagined,” a website dedicated to providing free courses to improve one’s lifestyle. “How to Sleep Better,” is broken into two units, with a total of eight lessons. Throughout the course, Mednick teaches the science of sleep and how you can sleep better – knowing that good sleep will improve all aspects of your life.
“How to Sleep Better,” course breakdown:
  • Unit one: “Getting Good at Sleep.” In this unit, Mednick teaches the science of sleep and explains exactly what happens in your mind and body as you go through the various stages of sleep. She also shares best practices for helping you get to sleep and to get a restful night’s sleep. Then she shares some of her exciting research on naps and all the benefits they can bring.
  • Lesson one: The Fatigue Epidemic
  • Lesson two: Sleep 101
  • Lesson three: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep (The Basics)
  • Lesson four: Take Back the Nap
  • Unit two: “The Secret Power of Naps.” In this unit, Mednick teaches how to be a strategic napper. She explains how timing and duration of naps can bring specific benefits to your life. She also helps create a sleep program ideal for your specific needs.
  • Lesson five: The Shadow Sleep Cycles
  • Lesson six: Strategic Napping
  • Lesson seven: Your Sleep Profile
  • Lesson eight: Ask Dr. Mednick

The course can be completed in less than an hour. Or, as Mednick will tell you, in less time than it takes to go through an entire sleep cycle.

How to Sleep Better - free online course
More about Sara Mednick