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Menu for Great Health – Chef Tom Castrigno

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Menu for Great Health serves us the questions and answers surrounding the issues that are tied to the foods and health products we choose and their effect on personal health. You will hear take away guidance on day to day shopping and cooking easy meals along with big picture perspective on making wise choices. Join host Chef Tom Castrigno as he talks with a wide range of guests including health experts and authors for insights on how you can stay on the path to wellness.

Latest Episodes

Menu For Great Health – No More Food Fights

Shoppers in the grocery aisles are questioning more and more where the food they are purchasing is coming from, how it was grown or produced, and in some cases, were the animals used raised healthfully and compassionately.They’re asking what it means if something is labeled organic?Why is some milk marketed as hormone free?Farmers, who produce the food, often take offense at the consumer scrutiny and questions. There’s no need to have food fights in the grocery aisles. “No More Food Fights” provides a fresh look at some of the dilemmas food buyers and farmers both face. Whether it’s animal welfare, biotechnology, food safety, or the benefits of eating organic,No More Food Fights!encourages a civil discourse rather than heated arguments.The conversation becomes rather lopsided and self-serving – causing the plate to go off kilter if it’s about farm versus food. This week we talk withMichele Payn-Knoper, one of North America’s leading farm and food advocates. She has helped th...

40 MIN2015 FEB 23
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Menu For Great Health – No More Food Fights

Menu For Great Health – Fantastic Four

Four ingredients or less that is! Are you tired of recipes that call for ingredients you don’t have on hand or worse don’t even know where to get? Maybe it’s just a matter of time it takes to dig everything out and get it all prepped and measured. So how tasty can a dish be that only calls for four ingredients? Well, when chosen wisely and cooked using a few key techniques, the results can be fabulous! We are talking about Rosemary Rice with Spinach, and Bourbon Fillet Mignon. Key techniques such as reducing liquids to concentrate flavor and adding fresh herbs right before serving are two ways to bring simple dishes to fabulous heights! This week we talk withNancy S. Hughes, author of “The 4 Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook (http://nancyshughes.com/)”. Just because it is aimed at diabetics, doesn’t mean you’ll sacrifice taste or nutrition. Tune in as we share the secrets of preparing fabulous meals using four ingredients or less. As always, you’ll find lots of recipes, healthy e...

35 MIN2015 FEB 16
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Menu For Great Health – Fantastic Four

Menu For Great Health – Gotta Guru?

Do you really need to have your own Guru? We have all thrown the term around. Typically we take it to mean an “expert”. Well, if we consider a Guru as someone with certain experience to share, then that definition is pretty much on the mark. After all the root of the two words is the same. So what can a Guru offer us? How about insight, guidance, and experience that others have learned from. When you think about it, you probably have many people in your life that play the role of Guru in one way or another. (Hopefully you consider “Menu For Great Health” as your wellness Guru). Why reinvent the wheel when you can benefit from a Guru? A good one can offer solutions on many topics and life issues. For example, making cooking magical, or 10 minutes to tasty meals. Revealing perspectives you had not previously considered is the mark of a hip Guru. This week we talk with Swami Tirtha, author of the book “The Stress Free College Student (http://thehipgurusguide.com/shop/)”. With ove...

35 MIN2015 FEB 9
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Menu For Great Health – Gotta Guru?

Menu For Great Health – How You Can be Happier

If you ever felt you would like to have more positive experiences in your life and stimulate your own creativity, you can start by focusing on feeling happier. Haven’t you noticed how good things happen to you when you are feeling happy? Ever notice how when you start complaining you turn into a “crap magnet” and end up with more and more to complain about? Rather than seek out that perfect car, home, job, or partner to make you happy, start by being happy with what you already have. When we recognize that happiness comes from within ourselves versus from external factors, the goal of being happy becomes much more achievable. Some key characteristics of happy people are that they are grateful, kind, and willing to be of service. The Dali Lama tells us that service can be as simple as holding a door for someone, or offering a smile; you don’t have to join the Peace Corps. Gratitude can begin with small things like a warm bed or sunny day. Once we find one thing to be grateful for...

32 MIN2015 FEB 2
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Menu For Great Health – How You Can be Happier

Menu For Great Health – Simple Steps to Better Health

For some people, having a work schedule that dominates their life is a badge of honor. Our culture praises over-working. Too often, we pay with our health. Many of us want to embrace healthy habits but feel so overwhelmed that we just fall back into old patterns. When life becomes fast paced, it can seem daunting to do anything but nuke a frozen entrée. The truth is that when we take even a few minutes to care for ourselves, some of that sense of exhaustion is relieved. We need simple steps that are realistic to fit into a hectic schedule. One of the most valuable steps we can take is to develop the skill of distinguishing “Urgent” from “Important”. In a world where everything is expected to be done immediately, we pay the price with our sanity and adrenal burnout. One thing that truly does warrant serious attention is our need for sleep. Getting a true night of quality sleep reduces stress and improves health. This week we talk with Jill Weisenberger (http://www.jillweisenberg...

36 MIN2015 JAN 26
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Menu For Great Health – Simple Steps to Better Health

Menu For Great Health – Main Cause of Chronic Pain

The Huffington Post says 47% of us experience some type of chronic pain. From fibromyalgia to back pain, IBS, or migraines, recurring symptoms can make life, well, painful! It doesn’t have to be that way and you can get rid of chronic pain in as fast as 90 days. Most chronic pain is caused by inflammation. Certain substances in food and food additives can trigger an inflammation response in the body, leading to chronic pain. Even foods considered “healthy” such as dairy or cocoa, contain proteins that can lead to inflammation. Imagine how it would feel to be free from those symptoms that just will not go away. By its definition, chronic pain cannot be treated by medication, but only temporarily relieved. By eliminating foods you are sensitive to, it is possible to stop the inflammation response and become pain free. Isn’t it worth a try? After all, the worst thing that can happen is nothing. This week we talk with Dr. Dan Twogood (http://danieltwogood.com/), chiropractor and aut...

32 MIN2015 JAN 19
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Menu For Great Health – Main Cause of Chronic Pain

Menu For Great Health – Yoga for a New You

Ready to make those lifestyle changes you’ve been talking about? Maybe take a little more time for yourself with Yoga, perhaps? You’ve heard so much about it, but not so sure you’re flexible enough? If you have ever thought you couldn’t “do” Yoga, think again. More important than how far into a yoga pose you can go, is using proper form. It really doesn’t matter what the other people in the room are doing. What matters is that you are practicing to the best of your own personal ability. What matters is choosing to practice in a way that makes you feel good about yourself. What does it mean to live a Yogi lifestyle in other cultures? What does the word itself mean? Bringing a Yoga consciousness into our day to day lives can be simple. Being mindful of our movements and breath is one easy way. The resulting benefits; relaxation, increased mobility, and improved self confidence are well worth the effort. This week we talk with Juli Rathke, founder of Meta Yoga Studios in Brecken...

30 MIN2015 JAN 12
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Menu For Great Health – Yoga for a New You

Menu For Great Health – Breaking Old Habits

Where did your eating habits come from? Your parents? The food you were served in school? Do you let restaurants influence what you think is a reasonable meal? Often we have habits we wish to change, but the obstacles of everyday life jump in the way. You’re sitting down to a great meal with friends, connecting with a great conversaton, and the next thing you know the fork is clinking on the plate. You think, “I can’t believe I ate the whooole thing!” Maybe the constant availabilty of cheap or even free food derails you from breaking out of old habits. This week we talk with Trish Lobenfeld, a food writer at HoneyPiesRecipes.com (http://honeypiesrecipes.com/) and cooking instructor at New York University. Trish is author of “Endless Summer: A Dessert and Recipe Cookbook”. Like many people, Trish faces her own challenges in breaking old eating habits. Tune in to hear ways to identify old habits that are not serving you and strategies to break them. For more healthy eating recip...

35 MIN2014 DEC 29
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Menu For Great Health – Breaking Old Habits

Menu For Great Health – Stress and Our Electrical Systems

Of course we all understand how a stressful experience can put us in anxious mood. A tough day at work or an argument with a spouse are typical examples. But what about the daily life stresses that we might take for granted? How do they impact our bodies electrical system and what affect does that have on long term health? An overload of stress can lead to feelings of overwhelm, or inappropriate responses to normal situations. Everything from our culture’s fast pace to the air we breathe, the foods we eat, and the water we drink can contribute to an excess of positive charges in our bodies. This feeling of being a “live wire” needs to be counteracted by providing complentary negative charges to ground us. This week we talk with Marshall Thompson, Certified Natural Health Practitioner, from Natural Grocers (http://www.naturalgrocers.com/nutrition/ask-a-question), a health food chain in the western U.S. With a background in Applied Kinesiology, Marshall helps clients balance their ...

34 MIN2014 DEC 22
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Menu For Great Health – Stress and Our Electrical Systems

Menu For Great Health – Understanding Homeopathic Remedies

If Homeopathy could be summed up in one phrase, it would be “Like Cures Like”. Rather than battle a symptom or health issue, Homeopathic remedies work in harmony with it to bring relief. The goal is to balance the body from within. There are a range of remedies that can treat both acute and chronic disease. Many of us are familiar with using Arnica to soothe aches or bruises. Other problems that can be effectively addressed are mental/emotional issues such as anxiety or depression, female hormonal imbalances, skin issues, This week we talk with Victoria Young (http://www.homeopathyforhealing.co.uk/), registered Homeopath and Flower Essence practitioner. Vicky trained in London U.K. at the Lakeland College of Homeopathy and for the last seven years has been guiding patients toward achieving their level of optimum health so they can avoid unnecessary struggle. Tune in to hear all the benefits of using Homeopathic remedies that are natural and free of side effects. Learn how you can ...

30 MIN2014 DEC 15
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Menu For Great Health – Understanding Homeopathic Remedies

Latest Episodes

Menu For Great Health – No More Food Fights

Shoppers in the grocery aisles are questioning more and more where the food they are purchasing is coming from, how it was grown or produced, and in some cases, were the animals used raised healthfully and compassionately.They’re asking what it means if something is labeled organic?Why is some milk marketed as hormone free?Farmers, who produce the food, often take offense at the consumer scrutiny and questions. There’s no need to have food fights in the grocery aisles. “No More Food Fights” provides a fresh look at some of the dilemmas food buyers and farmers both face. Whether it’s animal welfare, biotechnology, food safety, or the benefits of eating organic,No More Food Fights!encourages a civil discourse rather than heated arguments.The conversation becomes rather lopsided and self-serving – causing the plate to go off kilter if it’s about farm versus food. This week we talk withMichele Payn-Knoper, one of North America’s leading farm and food advocates. She has helped th...

40 MIN2015 FEB 23
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Menu For Great Health – No More Food Fights

Menu For Great Health – Fantastic Four

Four ingredients or less that is! Are you tired of recipes that call for ingredients you don’t have on hand or worse don’t even know where to get? Maybe it’s just a matter of time it takes to dig everything out and get it all prepped and measured. So how tasty can a dish be that only calls for four ingredients? Well, when chosen wisely and cooked using a few key techniques, the results can be fabulous! We are talking about Rosemary Rice with Spinach, and Bourbon Fillet Mignon. Key techniques such as reducing liquids to concentrate flavor and adding fresh herbs right before serving are two ways to bring simple dishes to fabulous heights! This week we talk withNancy S. Hughes, author of “The 4 Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook (http://nancyshughes.com/)”. Just because it is aimed at diabetics, doesn’t mean you’ll sacrifice taste or nutrition. Tune in as we share the secrets of preparing fabulous meals using four ingredients or less. As always, you’ll find lots of recipes, healthy e...

35 MIN2015 FEB 16
Comments
Menu For Great Health – Fantastic Four

Menu For Great Health – Gotta Guru?

Do you really need to have your own Guru? We have all thrown the term around. Typically we take it to mean an “expert”. Well, if we consider a Guru as someone with certain experience to share, then that definition is pretty much on the mark. After all the root of the two words is the same. So what can a Guru offer us? How about insight, guidance, and experience that others have learned from. When you think about it, you probably have many people in your life that play the role of Guru in one way or another. (Hopefully you consider “Menu For Great Health” as your wellness Guru). Why reinvent the wheel when you can benefit from a Guru? A good one can offer solutions on many topics and life issues. For example, making cooking magical, or 10 minutes to tasty meals. Revealing perspectives you had not previously considered is the mark of a hip Guru. This week we talk with Swami Tirtha, author of the book “The Stress Free College Student (http://thehipgurusguide.com/shop/)”. With ove...

35 MIN2015 FEB 9
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Menu For Great Health – Gotta Guru?

Menu For Great Health – How You Can be Happier

If you ever felt you would like to have more positive experiences in your life and stimulate your own creativity, you can start by focusing on feeling happier. Haven’t you noticed how good things happen to you when you are feeling happy? Ever notice how when you start complaining you turn into a “crap magnet” and end up with more and more to complain about? Rather than seek out that perfect car, home, job, or partner to make you happy, start by being happy with what you already have. When we recognize that happiness comes from within ourselves versus from external factors, the goal of being happy becomes much more achievable. Some key characteristics of happy people are that they are grateful, kind, and willing to be of service. The Dali Lama tells us that service can be as simple as holding a door for someone, or offering a smile; you don’t have to join the Peace Corps. Gratitude can begin with small things like a warm bed or sunny day. Once we find one thing to be grateful for...

32 MIN2015 FEB 2
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Menu For Great Health – How You Can be Happier

Menu For Great Health – Simple Steps to Better Health

For some people, having a work schedule that dominates their life is a badge of honor. Our culture praises over-working. Too often, we pay with our health. Many of us want to embrace healthy habits but feel so overwhelmed that we just fall back into old patterns. When life becomes fast paced, it can seem daunting to do anything but nuke a frozen entrée. The truth is that when we take even a few minutes to care for ourselves, some of that sense of exhaustion is relieved. We need simple steps that are realistic to fit into a hectic schedule. One of the most valuable steps we can take is to develop the skill of distinguishing “Urgent” from “Important”. In a world where everything is expected to be done immediately, we pay the price with our sanity and adrenal burnout. One thing that truly does warrant serious attention is our need for sleep. Getting a true night of quality sleep reduces stress and improves health. This week we talk with Jill Weisenberger (http://www.jillweisenberg...

36 MIN2015 JAN 26
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Menu For Great Health – Simple Steps to Better Health

Menu For Great Health – Main Cause of Chronic Pain

The Huffington Post says 47% of us experience some type of chronic pain. From fibromyalgia to back pain, IBS, or migraines, recurring symptoms can make life, well, painful! It doesn’t have to be that way and you can get rid of chronic pain in as fast as 90 days. Most chronic pain is caused by inflammation. Certain substances in food and food additives can trigger an inflammation response in the body, leading to chronic pain. Even foods considered “healthy” such as dairy or cocoa, contain proteins that can lead to inflammation. Imagine how it would feel to be free from those symptoms that just will not go away. By its definition, chronic pain cannot be treated by medication, but only temporarily relieved. By eliminating foods you are sensitive to, it is possible to stop the inflammation response and become pain free. Isn’t it worth a try? After all, the worst thing that can happen is nothing. This week we talk with Dr. Dan Twogood (http://danieltwogood.com/), chiropractor and aut...

32 MIN2015 JAN 19
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Menu For Great Health – Main Cause of Chronic Pain

Menu For Great Health – Yoga for a New You

Ready to make those lifestyle changes you’ve been talking about? Maybe take a little more time for yourself with Yoga, perhaps? You’ve heard so much about it, but not so sure you’re flexible enough? If you have ever thought you couldn’t “do” Yoga, think again. More important than how far into a yoga pose you can go, is using proper form. It really doesn’t matter what the other people in the room are doing. What matters is that you are practicing to the best of your own personal ability. What matters is choosing to practice in a way that makes you feel good about yourself. What does it mean to live a Yogi lifestyle in other cultures? What does the word itself mean? Bringing a Yoga consciousness into our day to day lives can be simple. Being mindful of our movements and breath is one easy way. The resulting benefits; relaxation, increased mobility, and improved self confidence are well worth the effort. This week we talk with Juli Rathke, founder of Meta Yoga Studios in Brecken...

30 MIN2015 JAN 12
Comments
Menu For Great Health – Yoga for a New You

Menu For Great Health – Breaking Old Habits

Where did your eating habits come from? Your parents? The food you were served in school? Do you let restaurants influence what you think is a reasonable meal? Often we have habits we wish to change, but the obstacles of everyday life jump in the way. You’re sitting down to a great meal with friends, connecting with a great conversaton, and the next thing you know the fork is clinking on the plate. You think, “I can’t believe I ate the whooole thing!” Maybe the constant availabilty of cheap or even free food derails you from breaking out of old habits. This week we talk with Trish Lobenfeld, a food writer at HoneyPiesRecipes.com (http://honeypiesrecipes.com/) and cooking instructor at New York University. Trish is author of “Endless Summer: A Dessert and Recipe Cookbook”. Like many people, Trish faces her own challenges in breaking old eating habits. Tune in to hear ways to identify old habits that are not serving you and strategies to break them. For more healthy eating recip...

35 MIN2014 DEC 29
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Menu For Great Health – Breaking Old Habits

Menu For Great Health – Stress and Our Electrical Systems

Of course we all understand how a stressful experience can put us in anxious mood. A tough day at work or an argument with a spouse are typical examples. But what about the daily life stresses that we might take for granted? How do they impact our bodies electrical system and what affect does that have on long term health? An overload of stress can lead to feelings of overwhelm, or inappropriate responses to normal situations. Everything from our culture’s fast pace to the air we breathe, the foods we eat, and the water we drink can contribute to an excess of positive charges in our bodies. This feeling of being a “live wire” needs to be counteracted by providing complentary negative charges to ground us. This week we talk with Marshall Thompson, Certified Natural Health Practitioner, from Natural Grocers (http://www.naturalgrocers.com/nutrition/ask-a-question), a health food chain in the western U.S. With a background in Applied Kinesiology, Marshall helps clients balance their ...

34 MIN2014 DEC 22
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Menu For Great Health – Stress and Our Electrical Systems

Menu For Great Health – Understanding Homeopathic Remedies

If Homeopathy could be summed up in one phrase, it would be “Like Cures Like”. Rather than battle a symptom or health issue, Homeopathic remedies work in harmony with it to bring relief. The goal is to balance the body from within. There are a range of remedies that can treat both acute and chronic disease. Many of us are familiar with using Arnica to soothe aches or bruises. Other problems that can be effectively addressed are mental/emotional issues such as anxiety or depression, female hormonal imbalances, skin issues, This week we talk with Victoria Young (http://www.homeopathyforhealing.co.uk/), registered Homeopath and Flower Essence practitioner. Vicky trained in London U.K. at the Lakeland College of Homeopathy and for the last seven years has been guiding patients toward achieving their level of optimum health so they can avoid unnecessary struggle. Tune in to hear all the benefits of using Homeopathic remedies that are natural and free of side effects. Learn how you can ...

30 MIN2014 DEC 15
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Menu For Great Health – Understanding Homeopathic Remedies
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