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.





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


Many of you may have already seen this documentary, but until this past weekend, I had only seen parts here and there.

Gall Null, the producer, pulled together many, credible professionals to discuss this topic in-the-round, so that the viewer and listener could have a more fully informed understanding of GMOs and their unhealthy impact on us and the environment.┬áIt’s an information packed documentary, which discloses how Monsanto (and others, but mainly Monsanto) have been able to hijack our health, by hijacking our judicial and regulatory systems. And how they did this was by creating a revolving door of executives from the top of their company to the top and inside of places like the FDA, with loads of money to pay for anything, including: powerful, well-financed lobbyists; the funding that goes to research labs; a roster of attorneys on full-time retainer; to henchmen across the country who follow and harass local farmers. This did not just happen overnight. This influence is the result of a methodically laid out plan to control the food supply.

In this post, I don’t know where to begin, other than to say, please watch this documentary and any others that you come across that go behind the scenes regarding GMOs. There’s a reason Monsanto does not want us to label foods that have GMOs and there’s a reason they don’t want US labs to test GMOs.

The more I watch these documentaries, the more I wonder things like, “Why would they want to control the food supply,” to, “Who’s running these companies and why don’t they have a conscience?” and, “Is this just about profit or is there something else at play?” For example, why would Monsanto and Dupont form an expensive joint venture to buy a company that produces a gene that arrests fertility, irreversibly in men and women, and splice this gene into their GMOs? Why? What does decreased fertility have to do with profit? Or, can we draw a dotted line from say, the heads of Monsanto and Dupont to say, the heads of the major pharmaceutical companies that would benefit from people’s fertility problems? Or, is there something more diabolical going on here, like eugenics, and if so, again my question is, why?

My mind goes around and around trying to understand these people, as it goes around when I try to understand the guy who sticks an electric prod inside of a cow at a factory farm, or drags a sick and dying cow across a feces laden floor, to be executed. It is a no-win cycle of trying to reason with an irrational way of being, but I do not think all roads here lead to greed and profit alone. I do think there is something else at play and I do think it’s sinister, but what that is, I cannot say, nor do I, or you benefit from trying to understand it through reason. Nonetheless, it does not mean we should stop sharing information. We need to continue to keep ourselves and others informed, for awareness is key. Knowing that Monsanto has hijacked the FDA and Congress does not necessarily mean you can stop them in their tracks. It took them years to get to where they are. But now that you know about GMOs, you can not buy them, and you can not eat them. Look, Pepsico recently had to change the labeling on their Naked juices because of false information, and that change came about through the consumer’s awareness.

You can make a change, but awareness is key.

Please watch this video. #GMOs #stopmonsanto

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