Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 8.21.11 AMEveryday, I read articles and listen to radio shows to help keep my food knowledge sharp so I can share it with others. I am often encouraging people to follow the advice of esteemed author Michael Pollan, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Well, guess what? I just learned that I had to radically change my diet to help with my sensitivity to salicylates, and now, most plants are a no-go, and mostly organic protein and butter are a yes-go, for me.

Salicylate sensitivities can develop for various reasons, but women whose hormones are changing, can be very susceptible to this sensitivity.

I’m now on what is called the, FAILSAFE Diet. This link explains the diet and its raison d’etre, but there are many nuances so I highly recommend you speak with a healthcare practitioner of your choice, to learn more about what is right for you. In my case, I am following the diet without any carbs at the moment, and definitely no legumes, because of the lectins.

In four days, I am already feeling like a new person. I am sleeping better. I do not feel bloated, and am feeling clearer and sharper in my thinking. So many foods can cause a sort of brain-fog, namely wheat. I wasn’t aware I had brain-fog as badly as I did, until I started following the FAILSAFE Diet.

If you have symptoms such as mine (bloatedness, joint stiffness, brain-fog, etc.) you may be interested to read more about the FAILSAFE Diet in the link I shared above, and by running a search or two. As a whole and natural foods chef, I would never have considered this diet (i.e. mostly devoid of plants), but in doing so, it has made a huge improvement to my health and well-being.



IMG_6385Last week, I decided to walk barefoot at Pumphouse Park in Battery Park City, near my home. According to Google Maps, the Freedom Tower is less than .3 miles from the Park. I found the contrast ironic – to be walking barefoot in ice cold grass, so close to such an iconic structure. A structure that symbolizes rebirth, power, and strength. Then I realized, maybe there’s actually a connection. Maybe it’s more than just a metaphor.

Call it Grounding, or Earthing- the act of reconnecting with the Earth’s electromagnetic frequencies as a foundation for vibrant health. Call it Vitamin G. G for Ground. Grounding/Earthing, are known as a movement and a technology, transforming people’s lives across the planet.

So, why has this become a movement? From what I understand, it’s primarily because we have disconnected from the healing energy of the Earth and it’s having a very harmful effect on our health and well-being, most notably, chronic inflammation.

Our lives now revolve around wearing rubber and plastic soled shoes instead of leather; living in hermetically sealed high-rises instead of houses with yards; walking on asphalt instead of dirt paths and dirt roads; bathing in and drinking chlorinated, fluoridated water instead of clean, structured water from our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams and this is causing our disconnection, but they’re not the only cause.

The main reason we are disconnecting from the healing energy of the Earth is because we are being bombarded with ELF, EMF, and radioactive frequencies that are interfering with our connection. The Grounding/Earthing movement is an outcrop of awareness about these layers of disconnection we are all experiencing. I am grateful for this collective awareness, because it is bringing forth the knowledge and information we all need to avert the influence of these frequencies, and employ tactics, methods, and practices to improve our health and well-being, despite it all.

I am still in the process of learning about Grounding/Earthing, but these are the things I know thus far:

  • We need to get our feet (and our bodies) onto the ground or sand, or into oceans, rivers, lakes, or streams for at least one hour per day to reconnect with the Earth’s natural electromagnetic frequency and thereby heal ourselves. If we cannot do these things, we need to purchase Grounding/Earthing items that will enable us to reconnect whilst living in our hermetically sealed homes, cars, offices; gyms, restaurants, etc.
  • We need to start wearing more leather soled shoes (sorry to my vegan friends) and discard the rubber and plastic soled shoes so many of us are wearing these days. This will also help with our bone density.
  • We need to use remedies to mitigate the bombardment of ELF, EMF, and radioactive frequencies to which we are exposed on a constant basis through: electronic devices; WiFi; cell phones; laptops; Smart Meters; cell phone towers; radio towers; Smart Grids; etc. Some of the most prominent of these remedies were discovered by Drs. Karim and Alberghini, and are called, BioGeometry. Click that link to read about the incredible, healing that took place in the town of Hemberg, Switzerland, when they employed the help of Dr. Ibrahim Karim, and BioGeometry.

At a bare minimum, that’s the list to follow to help reconnect with the Earth’s electromagnetic frequencies, and disconnect from the bombardment of ELFs, EMFs, and radioactive frequencies. You can also watch the film, “Grounded” here for $3.

To read more about Earthing, please go here.

To listen to one of the top experts, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, talk about Grounding with Dr. Mercola, click this link.

This is a process for me, too. I am learning as I write and share with you, but I did not want to wait until I was fully immersed and knowledgeable, because I feel this information is too important not to share right away. I encourage you to click the links that are shared here, and to take on these practices. It will make a great and positive difference in the quality of your health and well-being. I promise you.

Happy New Year. I wish you the best in 2014. The best of all you can dream or imagine, with frosting and whipped cream on top – all natural, of course.

Love, Sharon, T H E E C O C H E F

2013 In Review!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog and I wanted to share it with you.

This blog had views from over 116 countries with the US as number one and the Philippines and India not far behind. Thank you to everyone who viewed this blog. I hope it provided value.

Happy New Year! I am wishing you love, health, and happiness.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,900 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Screen Shot 2013-09-14 at 1.51.29 PMI recently bought Coconut Secret’s Coconut Aminos at one of my most favorite NYC natural foods stores, LifeThyme on Sixth Avenue and 8th Street. I read the label closely to be sure it was not highly processed (one of the biggest problems I have with Bragg’s Aminos). The label said it was raw, so I bought it, but waited until I was able to do research on it, before opening the bottle. As best as I can tell, this product is raw, and unprocessed, and full of minerals. It also is gluten and soy free, unlike soy sauce.

You may be asking what are liquid Aminos. If you click on the link above for Coconut Aminos, you can read further about liquid aminos and why they are good for you. They have the flavor of soy sauce, so you can use liquid aminos to replace soy sauce, and increase your health benefits at the same time. Soy sauce contains gluten (wheat) so people have often used Tamari as a replacement for soy sauce when they are gluten intolerant, but Tamari is made with soy, so what would someone use to replace Tamari if they are sensitive to soy and wheat? Well, a lot of people use Bragg’s Aminos; however, I stopped using Bragg’s a few years ago when I learned it is highly processed using heat and pressure, and therefore high in free glutamates, which are a form of MSG and therefore loaded with excitotoxins.

I am interested in all of the other products that Coconut Secret sells, so I will be buying them, using them, and seeing what I think. So far, I like the brand a lot. Their products seem to be from a pure source, and well made. So far, I highly recommend them, but at the very least, the Coconut Aminos are a healthy replacement for soy sauce, Tamari, and Bragg’s Aminos.

Sharon, T H E E C O C H E F



I recently wrote this statement on one of my Facebook posts and decided to write about it further.

We live in a time when people seem to think that it’s okay (for example) to snag a taxi from you when they are clear that the cab is headed toward you. As long as the cab stealer does not make eye contact with you, then he feels he’s free and clear to do as he pleases and well, to (blank) with you.

I say, he, because I had this happen to me one windy, fall, Friday evening when I was dressed in black tie, with no cabs in sight. As “my” cab was heading toward me, this guy jumped out and took “my” cab. I went awkwardly running toward him in my 5″ inch heels and long gown saying, “Hey, that taxi is for me!” Quel surprise, he didn’t care. He quickly slid into the back seat hoping the cab driver would drive away fast enough for me not to be able to make eye contact with him. As he was closing the cab door, I stuck my head in and said, “Are you kidding me? You’re seriously going to take this cab? Come on buddy, I’ve been standing here waiting” Then I said, “I can see you, you know!” As if my saying “I can see you,” while making eye contact with him was somehow going to get this guy to grow a conscience. No surprise, he was unimpressed with my raw NYC bravery to confront the cab villain, and off he went.

What is it about our culture that has people think this is okay behaviour? Is it the same thing that has people not want to know about or think about how that food got to their table? Why are we so adverse to the truth, and so addicted to denial?

It’s hard to be in the food truth movement without sounding like an overbearing mother, the “Eat your vegetables” kind. I know there is a lot to contend with these days, with our air, our food, and our water being toxified, polluted, and degraded. It’s a lot, but is the answer to just ignore it hoping it will just go away? Is the answer to keep eating the factory farmed animals that are fed GMO corn with glyphosate that causes every known problem, condition, disease, and ailment imaginable? How is it better to ignore this, or rather I should say, for how long is it better? Like the guy who steals a woman’s cab, do we really think we can get away with making choices and taking actions that have an adverse affect on ourselves, other people, and the planet?

It used to be that the few were spoiled by the many, but the many usually had good values, and made ethical choices. Now, sadly, it seems those many are the few. The few who still have a conscience and who are still willing and able to act on their conscience accordingly. As grown adults, who’s holding us in check when we misbehave other than our own conscience?

The downline problems that come with poor choices are not going to go away by pretending they don’t exist today, or by not making eye contact with them. Just because you’re not looking at them does not mean they don’t see you.

Choose wisely what you eat, and be mindful of how it got to your table. Let’s bring a conscious movement back to our food choices and have that be the rule rather than the exception to the rule, and while we’re at it, let’s see if we can get people to be more conscientious about stealing cabs too. Hey, it’s worth a shot!

Thank you.

Sharon, T H E E C O C H E F


Me in NGI Chef's JacketLately, a lot of people have been coming down with a sore throat version of the flu; myself included. If I don’t catch a sore throat right away, it will usually escalate to a full-blown flu within hours.

I was able to stave off the symptoms overnight, by drinking a concoction (details below), but then the sore throat came back again a few days later. So I drank the concoction again, and it went away, but then a few days later, it was back. This time, the concoction is helping it go away, but this virus is really a tough one.

So, if you’ve had this sore throat flu thing, or you know of someone who has, or even if you just want to know what to do, the next time one comes along, here is my “recipe.”

In distilled water, I added:

5 drops of GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract)

A few drops of Cayenne tincture

10 drops of Astragalus Root tincture

2 Tablespoons of raw ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)

I basically put together whatever I had in my cupboard. I also took several food-grade, vitamin D3 capsules (over 2000 IUs). D3 is critical to our immune health, and we must supplement with D3. We do not get enough from the sun, or food. Despite some of the stories that are out there, you cannot overdose on D3, or take too much. On a daily basis, you’ll want to take between 2000 and 5000 IUs, and when you’re coming down with something, you can take as much as 20,000 IUs to help knock out the virus.

Astragalus is a very important immune supportive herb to keep in your cupboard, as is Cayenne, GSE, and ACV. ACV will alkalize your body so that the pathogen has a less hospitable environment within which to live and thrive, as pathogens need an acidic environment. The other ingredients are all capable to killing, or neutralizing the pathogen.

For further reading on ways to treat a sore throat, you can check out this link at Earth Clinic’s site.

Sharon, T H E E C O C H E F