Drops the New Eyeglasses…

If you have difficulty reading up close you may not need to run for your glasses. As many as 128 million people have difficulty with age-related near vision. Vuity is a new eye drop which was approved By the FDA in October will be available this week. about to be given the okay. It will enable a person to see up close without affection distant vision. Presbyopia enables one to  focus on near objects in which the eye lens must change shape. This ability diminishes as we age. Vuity constricts the pupil, restricts peripheral light creating a pin hole effect. The active ingredient is pilocarpine which has been used for decades to treat glaucoma. In test trials Vuity improved near vision from 6 to 10 hours with just one drop in each eye. Its use is not to replace reading glasses but to limit the time you may need them. However, the cost is $80 for a 30-day supply and is not covered by insurance.



Room for Dessert…

Why is there always room for dessert if you are trying to cut down on the number of calories you are consuming even after a huge holiday meal? The concept goes all the way back to how our ancestors ate. They would hunt and eat large amounts of meat and then stumble upon patches of berries and consume some important missing nutrients. There is what is known as “sensory specific satiety” which means that the body allows limits to certain foods to ensure a proper intake of nutrients. It is how some of us manage to eat a balanced diet with a variety of foods despite the lack of nutritional knowledge. Researchers at “The Laboratory for the Study of Human Ingestive Behavior” at Penn State had children and adults fill up on chicken and sausages after which they were asked if they wanted seconds. All refused but had room for cookies, bananas, or raisins. It has to do with the body’s response to salty and savory foods by creating a balance with sweeter choices. This satiety signal is especially strong in children which is why they sometimes go for the foods the body is craving. However, it does diminish with age. It may have to do with the consumption of processed foods throughout one’s lifetime. Having large family gatherings in which there is probably going to be the chance of overeating it may be more beneficial if your clothing has no stretch.


This is the root of the celery vegetable. It is a massive ball of roots that is an earthy, celery-flavored vegetable. It can be mashed with potatoes, used raw in a salad or cooked. It is loaded with Vitamin K and potassium while being low in calories. It is a big part of South American cuisine especially in Peru. It can have a shelf life of 8 months if stored between 32 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Celeriac is excellent to stimulate digestion. Here are a few suggestions below.

Celeriac oven chips…                                                                                           https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/celeriac-oven-chips                                                    Celeriac, pancetta, and Thyme soup                                                                https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/celeriac-pancetta-thyme-soup                                   Celeriac, and Potato Latkes                                                                            https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/celery-root-and-potato-latkes-231193

Vegan Coconut-Ginger Black Beans…










  • 2 (15 0z.) cans black beans
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or extra-virgin oil
  • 1 ½ ground coriander or cumin
  • 1 (three-inch piece) fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 (13- ounce can) full fat coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest plus 2 tablespoons lime juice


  • Rinse 1 can of black beans- set aside
  • Large saucepan heat coconut oil-add cumin and ginger, stir about 2 minutes
  • Add rinsed beans plus second can including liquid, coconut milk, salt, pepper
  • Bring mixture to a boil, lower heat, and simmer for about 20 minutes until beans are soft
  • In a separate bowl, mix coconut flakes with lime zest and pepper
  • Remove beans from heat, stir in remaining ginger, season with salt and pepper, stir in lime juice, top with coconut flake mixture

Time 30 minutes    Serves 4