Eating for Wellness and Vitality

When you hear the word “diet” and the phrase “nutritional changes”, what do you think of? Slimmer waistlines, hitting that “goal weight”, or maybe even tasteless foods? Thinking that the primary goal of dietary change is weight loss is a common ideology held amongst many people. Currently, most of the food advertisements we are sold on TV, radio, ads, and social media are focused around just that: weight loss.  Because of some nutritional pioneers, this is beginning to change. The primary dietary goal for people is to become healthy and prevent disease. While studying at Bauman College, a holistic nutrition school based in Penngrove, CA, I gained in-depth knowledge about a nutritional concept called “levels of eating.” Eating for Pleasure. “If it looks good, I’ll eat it.” This category includes many refined, high-sugar foods such as cake, cookies, and ice cream. Immediate satisfaction/gratification is the primary goal of this style of eating. Eating for Energy. “I need to make it through this busy day.” This category includes fast food, such as burritos and burgers and highly caffeinated beverages. Unsteady blood sugar levels and mood swings are quite common within this style of eating. Eating for Recovery. “What have I been eating? I feel terrible. Time to cut out _(unhealthy food item)__” Many diets fall within this category; many of which are actually quite healthy (low/no sugar, more vegetables and lean meats), but they only last a short period of time before a person reverts back to their old patterns of eating. Eating for Health. “When I eat healthy foods, I feel great.” There is a strong connection between the...

Cali-Local presents: Donato Enoteca

Donato Enoteca 1041 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063 650-701-1000     Hours: Mo-Th 11:30am – 10pm Fr-Sat  11:30am – 11pm Su         11:30am-9pm   Key Highlights Freshly baked bread with delicate pesto sauce. Farm-fresh salad greens with flavorful dressings. Main entrees featuring locally-caught crab and free range Mary’s chicken. Slow-baked chocolate soufflés & seasonal sorbets. No matter your taste – Donato’s has something for everyone. An easy choice for our first Cali-local feature, Donato Enoteca, located in Redwood City, CA, is a hidden gem, with a constantly evolving menu featuring Italian staples, cooked with local, seasonal ingredients.  Executive Chef Donato Scotti prepares a daily three to five course tasting menu, which never fails to disappoint. Only the freshest available produce is integrated into the delectable vegetarian and savory meat dishes available at Donato’s. If you are looking to celebrate a special event or enjoy a fabulous week day lunch or dinner, make a reservation today. Bon Appetit! Local’s Secret: Take advantage of the weekly happy hour  4-6:30pm, featuring house cocktails and appetizers at a discounted price.   *All content provided on this website is for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed on this website represent solely the opinion of the owner of this website.  The owner of this website makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this...


Buying seasonal goods from local merchants is a powerful way to generate long-standing prosperity in your community. I am proud to announce our new series “Cali-Local” where we will bring you all of the latest businesses, markets and ideas from the Northern California Bay Area. If you are not from this area, consider visiting and utilizing our resources as your personal California guide to nutrition, wellness and joy.   Benefits to Buying Local Goods Buying local strengthens your local economy. Dollars spent at community-based merchants create a multiplier in the local economy, meaning that from each dollar spent at a local independent merchant, up to 3.5 times as much wealth is generated in the local economy compared to a dollar spent at chain-owned businesses ( More Variety. Local businesses can customize their offerings to their local customers’ tastes, creating a satisfying experience for both consumer and business owner. A Healthier Community. Production of local goods and services tend to cost less than importing foreign goods. Buying these goods & services from independently owned small businesses might reduce traffic and air pollution. Enhance the uniqueness of your city. One-of-a-kind businesses give added flavor to our everyday lives and promote tourism, which can boost our local economy. Where we shop, eat, or linger over a cup of coffee – all of these activities are more joyful with a local twist.   Join me in exploring local California businesses & welcoming new businesses in our community. In good health, Heidi   Sources:

Five-Day Meal Plan – Autism

Get our free meal plan. Download this meal plan, which is focuses on a child – 45 pounds. Total calorie requirements are ~1,400 with the following caloric ranges: 420-630 carbs, 350-420 protein and 420-560 fat. Day One of our meal plan includes a macronutrient ratio of 41% carb, 25% protein, and 34% fat. Foods were chosen to be budget-friendly and provide plenty of leftovers so the family can enjoy during the week, without too much extra time prep. Check back this week for recipes included in the meal plan. Read the full condition & nutrient report here....
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