Sun Sun Sun!

New Englanders have been complaining about the winter forever.  Even friends of mine in far off lands have commented to me on our struggle against the fluffy white.  Attractive happy woman joying in beautiful summer day.

Not anymore folks! The sun is out in Massachusetts and we’re soaking it up. We’re out in force, filling up the parks and playgrounds, riding bikes, hiking, and playing in the ocean well before we really should. The sun makes all the difference here, and I think we do spring better than anyone- we deserve it, right?!

Yet heading out into the sun can be complicated.  On one hand, the sun is a source of much-needed vitamin D and generally makes us feel good.  On the other hand, folks can easily burn when it gets strong enough.  While burning isn’t good for anyone, some sun exposure is great for health.

In order to limit burning, I suggest getting early season sun so that your skin has a base tan during periods of low intensity.  As the sun gets stronger, limit sun exposure to the mornings and late afternoons always avoiding the sun midday.

Yet it’s hard to avoid burning at the beach and light-skinned folks can have a hard time even on a normal afternoon.  For those situations I recommend either clothing and sunscreens where your clothes don’t cover.  Please remember, not all sunscreens are made equal!  Remember that your skin is not a barrier and so anything you put on it goes directly into your body.  I suggest putting nothing on your body that you wouldn’t/couldn’t eat.

Fear not- you don’t have to make sunscreen yourself, rather there are several brands that fit the bill. The place to go is the Environmental Working Group (EWG).  They’ve done a great job vetting the hundreds of brands out there, and they’ve ranked them all.

Here is a list of the brands that meet the EWG criteria.

Here is a list of brands that you should definitely avoid.

Do you research and enjoy those great outdoors!

Join me in April!

Adorable baby girl eating fresh vegetables

March has been a busy month for me with various speaking engagements, clients and lots of fun sprinkled in.  April looks to be the same, and I’m so excited for all that it will bring.  Please join me at an event open to the public on April 25th.

It’ll be a great talk, extremely informative, and a great venue to bring any questions.  See here for more information!

Out from hiding!

Whew, it has been a record-breaking snowy winter here in Boston!  It seems that everything slowed down to a snails pace as we all turned inward and spent time with our families.

Now we’re starting to come out of shells and into the light.  With that coming out, another article of mine has been published by the Wholistic Health Alliance.  Out into the world I go, so it seems.  Take a look!

The Wholistic Health Alliance is a network is a growing community of holistic practitioners in the Boston area providing a wide range of healthcare and nutrition services.  Check them out here!

Be well everyone.

Coming Soon, on February 5th!

Are you curious about what it is I really talk about?  Wondering a bit about how real-food nutrition works?  Are you curious about the science and history of all of this?  Here’s your chance to get a taste!  I’m teaching on February 5th, so come check it out at Brookline Adult and Community Education.

Diet and the Healthy Savage
Gena Mavuli, Holistic Nutrition Consultant
Dr. Weston Price (1870-1948), dentist and nutritionist, was troubled by his patient’s poor oral health and took it upon himself to investigate what was going on. After extensive visits to far-flung villages, Price determined that individuals who live in primitive conditions were in some ways, more healthy than his community members back at home. Various diseases endemic to Western cultures of the 1920s and 1930s—from dental issues, to tuberculosis, to skeletal deformities—were rarely present in non-Western cultures. After extensive time in his lab, Price deduced that processed food was at the root of modern society’s illness woes. His fascinating 1939 book, <i>Nutrition and Physical Degeneration</i>, filled with photographs and personal stories, continues to be cited today by proponents of many different theories, including controversial dentistry and nutritional theories. Join us to discuss this fascinating man, and hear how some of today’s nutrition and health experts are responding to his findings. We’ll also talk about our own diets and about the choices that we are making at our tables.

Happy Winter Season To You!

It’s the winter/holiday season, and many of us have a lot to be thankful for.  I’m tempted to even make a list, but I’ll spare you those (nauseating?!) details of my family, work and general happiness.  Suffice it to say that I’m truly blessed and look forward to an exciting 2015.

At the same time, many of us continue to struggle with a wide range of challenges.   In the nutrition field, I know many people living uncomfortably with health problems they have a hard time solving.  çocuk mutluluğu

I also know many people who have had amazing successes.  This is why I love what I do; the transformation that people can undergo by changing the way they eat can be huge.

Just last week, I was surprised by a Facebook post by one my clients.  I was amazed at her generosity, and I’m of course thrilled about the success she’s had from her hard work.  In case you missed it, here it is from Jenna who’s a Registered Dietician and works at her own practice, Whole-istic Living.

Testimonial Thursday: I have had a condition called Oral Allergy Syndrome since I was a kid, and many new food allergies/intolerances started developing over the last 5-6 years. It has been extremely uncomfortable and limiting for me. That said, I started working with Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant Gena Mavuli at Nutrition Basics for the past 9 months and have following the Gut & Psychology Syndrome (“GAPS”) diet, with Gena’s ongoing guidance and support. This diet is extremely unorthodox but is backed up by a lot of science, and it addresses the root causes of many underlying immune-related problems. It is NOT a fad and it’s not for everyone.

A year ago I had baseline allergy skin testing and blood work done at Allergy Physicians in Brookline, and this afternoon I went for follow-up skin testing at Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

I am so happy to announce that in the past year I have gotten rid of 7 food/environmental allergies! The nurses were shocked… my allergist (an MD) at Lahey, however, knew all about the GAPS diet and said he is in full support. It’s been a challenge, especially being a dietitian who didn’t learn a single thing about GAPS in undergrad or any clinical rotations…but I don’t regret any of it for a second. Working with Gena has turned my world upside down in a good way, and I am so tdo more of what makes you happyhankful. I plan to continue going down this path until all of the allergies are gone based on skin testing and bloodwork. Thanks Gena, and to my family & friends – especially Nancy Molea Volpe and Mike Marchesi for your incredible, unconditional love and support.

Life sure is sweet. Supporting people on their road to health makes me happy, so I’m going to do more of that in 2015!
  • If you want to move forward with your health, contact me.  Also, gift certificates ARE available for those tough-to-buy-for people in your life!
  • Don’t forget about the Real Food Transformation eCourse.  Purchase now in time for the holidays!
Be well, everyone.  I wish you lots of peace and love this holiday season, and always.

It is time to drink THIS!

EggnogOooh, I love it!  We all do around here.  A fantastic, delicious, nourishing breakfast, snack or general life-improver that homemade eggnog truly is.

Packed with all the benefits of pastured eggs, (B-complex vitamins, choline, biotin, selenium, good fats, good cholesterol, vitamins A,D & protein), this is a nutrition powerhouse.  Heads up though, all eggs aren’t created equal and your supermarket vegetarian eggs don’t have nearly the quantity or quality of nutrients as a pastured egg.

Wait, what?!   Chickens aren’t vegetarians?!  No people, they’re not.  Chickens naturally are scavengers that eat bugs and grubs, worms, insects- all the things that make their eggs super nutritious.  So get out the supermarket and find a farm near you!  If you need help, contact your local Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader who can help you fine high quality goods near you.

In the meantime, click here to see the fabulous eggnog recipe!

Cyber Monday DEAL!

Because, why not?!  Red Wine And Cheese PlateYou can get these deals now through midnight on Monday, December 1st.

Here are just a few reasons why you should take advantage of one of the deals below:

  • You want to be that person in the room who says “no” to a whole table of desserts, just because they don’t taste good to you anymore.
  • You want to be that person in the room who can eat rich foods, and not gain weight.
  • You want to feel good, truly strong and healthy.
  • You want your constant digestive issues to be a thing of the past.
  • You want your family to be healthy, perhaps even solve some of those nagging health issues such as allergies, skin issues, infertility, yeast infections, IBS, headaches, and many, many more.
  • You are confused about what to eat, and you need some simple answers and help with sourcing good food.

It is shopping season, and giving the gift of health is the best gift of all!

Deal Number One

50% off of my Real Food Transformation eCourse!

This is an amazing deal, never before offered!  This course will walk you through eight steps to a healthy diet.  We’ll get down to the nitty-gritty and look at every aspect of your diet.  Full price is $95, so you’ll be getting the course for just $47.50, a steal!Two Women Eating Meal Together At Home

  • Informative videos
  • Beautiful information sheets for you to print or use online
  • Help with sourcing healthy food
  • Daily email support
  • Facebook group to ask all your questions
  • 30+ recipes to get you started
  • Lifetime access to all of this information
  • 100% money-back guarantee

You can purchase as many of these courses for friends and family as you’d like.  Each member needs their own login, so follow these simple steps to get you set up:

1. Click on this link and pay the correct amount for the number of courses.  Ex: 1 member sign up = $47.50, 2 member sign up = $95, 3 member sign up = $142.50

2. Email me the email addresses you’d like signed up, along with the desired start-date of the course.   If you don’t do this step, I’ll simply use the email address used in the Paypal purchase.

3. Start your journey to a healthier you!

Deal Number Two

20% off consulting services!

You know folks, I almost never offer discounts on consulting.  This year, I want to reach people who’ve been hanging out on the sidelines, wondering if they should take the plunge and have a consult to deal with one issue or another.  A consult with me is a fun time where we talk about you and positive ways to get you where you want to be.  Young women in the kitchen Consults are either over the phone/Skype/Facetime or in my home office in Roslindale.

Let me tell you,  NOW is the time to take advantage.   I’ve never before offered a discount on my rates and I can’t imagine that I’ll do it again anytime soon.  Food can truly change your life (just check out my last blog post!), so now’s the time to get some professional help to kick-start your health.  To take advantage, follow these simple steps:

1.  Click on this link and pay for the desired number of 1-hour sessions.

For a four-session package, the discounted rate is $256, for an eight-session package, the discounted rate is $512, for a single session the discounted rate is $64.

2.  Email me to set up your first appointment!   I can only take a tiny number or new clients before the end of the year, but if you have an urgent issue I’ll get you in, no problem.

Here’s to a happy and healthy new year and new you!

Ta Da!

Real Food Transformation ImageHave you ever worked hard on a project, focused time energy and funds to something that you truly believed in?  If so, then hopefully you’re also familiar with that giant sigh of relief when it’s done.

That’s where I’m at folks, I’ve completed my Real Food Transformation eCourse and it’s already changing the way people look at food.  Through videos, documents for you to print and use, journal assignments, and daily emails, this course will help you change the way you look at food and your body.  This course will walk you at your own pace, step-by-step through changing your diet and changing your life.

I’m in that lovely place of having a finished product, wanting to share it with the world so badly that I’m nearly giving it away.  If you take this course with me one-on-one, you’ll pay over $400.  However, I’m offering the eCourse at the incredibly discounted rate of $70.   That’s right, just $70 until October 31 when the price will go up to the regular (and still low) price of $95.

Share this with your friends and family.  This is an awesome way for anyone who’s interested in nutrition to get started on healthy eating.   Join me for the ride!




Things are happening….

Can you feel it?  The creativity in the air that the falling of leaves bring.  We turn inward in the fall and winter, and that often brings about ideas, creation, development.  We grow, nourish, comfort.Gena Jan 4,14

That is what has been happening around here, and I feel energy and so much more to come this fall.  I have several irons on the fire, and I’m so excited about all of them!  You’ll be hearing about them soon, so stay tuned.

For now, I’ve got a new class open to the public in my events section.  Autumn Soups!   Take a look and let me know if you’re interested.  It’s one of my favorite classes to teach, always lots of fun, and always extremely delicious.

As always, I encourage you to sign up for my newsletter here for some freebies and more news from Nutrition Basics!


It’s freezing, in comparison to the weekend.  On Sunday, it was warm enough that I was wishing the professional-installation of fans included the installation of the blades (seriously?!).  Three days later, I’m several mis-matched layers of clothes deep (where are all my pants?!), blanket piled on my lap as I type.  I gaze around for a hat nearby, but decide to tough it out in lieu of getting up to find one.

It’s not really cold.  We’re New Englanders after all, and its only early October.  This isn’t even the beginning of what’s to come.  It’s just a cool rainy fall day.

In our house however, it’s raw.  I have three blankets on each of the sleeping kids, and I was able to talk our two-year-old into napping with a hat on today.  The windows are thrown open in all rooms, though I did stuff wrinkled curtains into the top to the kids windows to reduce the breeze and water coming in.  Someday I’ll install curtain rods.  I just can’t bring myself to close the windows, with the stank of polyurethane permeating everything and everyone.  I guess four days of airing out wasn’t long enough.  The smell has to be coming off of me, like the cloud that follows smokers around their lives.

Each day, I unpack two to four boxes.  Put stuff in new places, throw some away, put some in a pile to donate.  Yet it seems as though, while the boxes await their turn, they breed.   I trip over boxes that couldn’t possibly have been there the day before.

Yesterday, our plumber unnecessarily walked with his muddy boots through my bedroom to fix our shower, while I was downstairs getting the kids a snack.  I successfully did not strangle him.  If he doesn’t finish the work tomorrow, I may not be so successful.

Laundry piles up because I can’t find a laundry basket to put it in, and I’m not quite desperate enough to use a box to hold our dirty/clean laundry.  And the dog food is currently being stored in front of the washer, creating yet another obstacle/excuse.

After school yesterday, the kids and I found ourselves gravitating to the kitchen.  With only barely-controlled chaos that our home is these days after the weekend move, we all tend to want something grounded and homey.  Something warm.  So what did I do, when I was darn close to melting down with the stress of it all?

I made broth.  I let it bubble in the crock pot all night, served up steaming bowls of it this afternoon along with dinner.  The kids were wiggly and whining with the “mama, I’m coooolllddd” mantra that I wasn’t letting myself say out loud, yet somehow the moaning halted as they slurped and made messes of warm soup sliding down their arms, the little one sucking the soup off her fingers.   The aroma of cooking broth covered up the chemicals that cover our beautiful old floors, filled our room with that oh-so-familiar warmth and homeyness.  In our only moderately-controlled chaos, food grounds us and keeps us sane.

This new kitchen is ugly, compared to our old one.  Yet it’s cozy and warm and I hardly notice the musty smell still lingering in the cabinets.  We’re coming up for air in our new neighborhood, ever so slowly.  I’m dying to make some bread here and dive into the warm loaf with tons of butter as I gaze around the new view.  I only fear that my husband might be less happy to come home to home-baked bread than he’d be to find the elusive box with his shoes inside.

But boxes bore me and he has one pair of shoes available, so in all likelihood we’ll have some fresh bread this week as we come up for air and relax upon the surface or this fabulous 100+ year home that we happen to adore.  And soon, I’ll get back in my grove of work and newsletters, so be sure to sign up here!