Photo by michelle pesce goldfarb

Photo by michelle pesce goldfarb

Many years ago my dear friend, Adina Niemerow, who lived in San Francisco at the time, flew to NYC for 6- months to study at The Natural Gourmet (with THE Anne Marie Colbin) and refine her skills as a whole foods chef. Adina was a major early adopter. We are talking way before kale and juicing and even yoga and social media and blogging became a thing. We are talking before the year 2000!

I was one of her biggest fans and had been already for several years. I loved how she used food as medicine. I was fascinated with the nutritional aspect of a fresh green juice. I wanted to know more about the energy of plants. All things she had been digesting, seeking, incorporating, testing, and implementing.

But I wasn’t ready (to work in holistic health) just yet. I apparently still needed to log more time in the fashion industry and then go into the real estate business for a hot minute. So for the time being, Adina lived with me while she went to school and I lived vicariously through her. And got to eat a lot of her homework. When she graduated, she obviously went back to the West Coast to continue her illustrious career. But before taking off, she left something behind, a Wusthof 8-inch Cook’s Knife. 

To this day, I am unsure if she left it on purpose to inspire me or if she just plum forgot it (note to self: call Adina and inquire). Either way, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that I started using it. Cut to 2008, I was a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition for 2 years already and was setting up a little photo shoot for what was then my first website. I needed a knife for one of the shots. My trusty Wusthof was looking a little worn at this point.

So I dashed out and bought a Global Knife upon the suggestion of a chef friend. It was perfect for the shoot and I’ve used it almost daily ever since. It is stainless steel, sharp, strong, lightweight, and beautiful in design.

I highly recommend getting at least one or a set. A sharp knife literally takes the experience of your time in the kitchen from fair to amazing! Global Knives are listed in The Pantry Cure Foundation Kitchen Appliance PDF I give to my clients.

Having the right foundational kitchen appliances is absolutely essential for optimal health. 

Happy chopping!



You know you want it. A big slice (or two) of that rainbow layer cake. Personally, it’s not something that I am drawn to anymore (the white sugar, white flour, dairy thing) but I totally get it.

When in Rome (meaning, in Europe and with my beloved clients/friends), I’ve been known to indulge in meals that I typically won’t touch in America. The food and the ingredients are just cleaner over there. But that topic will be saved for another post, another day.

So back to the cake. There were about twelve (yes, you read it correctly) gourmet birthday cakes on the table that afternoon for the beautiful birthday girl who was turning 9 years old, the rainbow cake being one of them. And with a very gentle nudge from my client/friend to, “Just try them!”, I did. Bites of each one in fact. Felt no guilt. Just enjoyment. Honestly though, there are so many truly healthy desserts on the market these days that it makes it easy to eat sweet, skip the fake rainbow food, and remain in the healthy zone satiated. Without deprivation. No willpower required.

One of my favorite treats is made by a brilliant company called JEM Organic. They use ingredients that are 100% USDA certified organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, sprouted, and stone ground. Jem Organic has a line of insanely decadent, sweet nut-based butters that are good enough to eat with a spoon, literally. Or warmed up a little and drizzled over your favorite dairy-free ice cream. The Chocolate Hazelnut Butter is my go-to.

I promise you, it’s sublime and as good as any rainbow layer cake. But better because it only contains FOUR clean ingredients.

That’s my kind of food product.