Last week I saw this season’s first batch of ripe cherries at my local farmer’s market. In northern California, the advent of deep red cherries in the markets is usually the first sign of all the great summer fruits that will soon be coming our way. I think this is a good opportunity to appreciate both the blessings of seasonal changes as well as the opportunities they provide for maintaining great health.

So, what is the healthiest breakfast you haven’t tried? Buckwheat. If you aren’t from Eastern Europe, then my guess is that you haven’t been eating your morning buckwheat. Put it on your list of foods to try as part of the Anti-Inflammatory Diet that I recommended in Take Charge of Your Chronic Pain.

The theme of love surrounding Valentine’s Day offers us a great opportunity-to eat more chocolate! Showing affection and an appreciation for loved ones in our lives is often manifested by indulging them with gifts of chocolate during this time of year. For the record, I approve of this great tradition. Nothing can perk up a day quicker than a few bites of smooth, intensely flavored chocolate.

Food, diets, and eating get more attention in popular culture today than just about any topic imaginable. Bookstores and magazine racks are crowded with publications hawking “magical” foods that can make us look and feel better. Diets, eating plans, and weight-loss strategies abound, but which ones really work? Atkins? South Beach? Why French Women Don’t Get Fat? Skinny Bitch? And what about eating to ease chronic pain? Is such a thing even...


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