These lists are in no particular order and are “under construction.” Check back often for updated information.


  • LiveWell Colorado — LiveWell Colorado is a nonprofit organization committed to reducing obesity in Colorado by promoting healthy eating and active living. In addition to educating and inspiring people to make healthy choices, LiveWell Colorado focuses on policy, environmental and lifestyle changes that remove barriers and increase access to healthy behaviors.
  • Anschutz Wellness Center — The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado Medical School is leading the way to a healthier future with cutting edge research and innovative healthy lifestyle programs.
  • The Institute for Functional Medicine — The IFM’s mission is to shift the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach. Functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.


  • The Blue Zones — Dan Buettner, Founder and CEO of Blue Zones and author of The Blue Zones book, teamed up with National Geographic to identify areas around the world where people live better, longer. This is a great resource for simple changes that can add life to your years. 
  • Growing Bolder — A website run by folks who believe in the power of hope, inspiration, and possibility. Growing bolder is award-winning programming for cutting-edge technology: web, television, radio, social media, and more.
  • Lumosity — Turning neuroscience breakthroughs into fun, effective games. Stimulate your brain today.


  • The National Association of Nutrition Professionals — An organization of nutrition professionals, with common goals. The NANP mission is to unify the profession, educate and serve its members, and promote the holistic nutrition professional’s right to practice. NANP was originally founded in 1985 as the Society of Certified Nutritionists, and relies on support through professional and student membership dues, and by sponsorships from organizations dedicated to the principles of holistic health and education.
  • NutritionData — Reference site that provides free nutrition information. You can generate detailed nutrient facts for specific foods, track your food intake, and estimate daily caloric needs.
  • The Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides — EWG is the nation’s leading environmental health research and advocacy organization.
  • World’s Healthiest Food — A non-profit foundation developed to share information on the benefits of eating healthy food. The site has lots of detailed nutrition information about their version of the top 100 healthiest foods.
  • Fooducate — Independent, objective food recommendations to help you eat better.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch — Recommendations about which seafood to buy or avoid, helping businesses and consumers become advocates for ocean-friendly seafood.
  • Human Nutrition Resource Center on Aging — The mission of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (HNRCA) is to explore the relationship between nutrition, physical activity, and healthy and active aging.


  • Food Politics — Marion Nestle is a best-selling author, blogger, writer, nutrition expert, and molecular biologist. She keeps us up-to-date on everything that’s happening in the world of food politics. 
  • The Ethicurean — News and information on sustainable, organic, local, and ethical food sources.
  • Eat Drink Politics — Michele Simon is a public health lawyer specializing in legal strategies to counter corporate tactics that undermine public health. She won the 2013 National Association of Nutrition Professional’s Community Service Award for her advocacy and research into food industry politics.
  • Michael Pollan — New York Times bestselling author, James Beard Award winner, journalist, activist, sustainable food advocate, and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Pollan was named to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
  • Organic Consumer’s Association — The OCA is an online and grassroots non-profit, public interest group advocating healthy living, food safety, corporate accountability, and environmental responsibility.


  • American Holistic Medical Association — The practice of holistic medicine integrates conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health and prevent and treat disease by focusing on the whole person (mind, body, and spirit).
  • The Center for Mind-Body Medicine — Focuses on the interactions between mind and body and the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social, and spiritual factors can directly affect health. 
  • Mind-Body Solutions: Adaptive Yoga — Yoga teacher Matthew Sanford takes radiant living to new heights by redefining ability and disability. “Living vibrantly through one’s whole body, whether paralyzed or not, is a powerful part of living.” I’ve taken adaptive yoga workshops from Matthew and am continually inspired by his energy and brilliance.
  • Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health — Kripalu’s mission is to empower people and communities to realize their full potential through transformative wisdom and the practice of yoga. It’s a wonderful place (located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts) for rest, rejuvenation, and learning. Plus, the food is wonderful!
  • The Chanda Plan — Improving the quality of life for people with physical disabilities through education and programs to access integrative therapies.
  • The National Sports Center for the Disabled — Therapeutic sports and recreation for all ages and all abilities. Home to the NSCD Competition Center for ski/snowboard racers, including Olympic-level and recreational athletes. Located at Winter Park Ski Resort.


  • Local Harvest — A website to find farmer’s markets, family farms, CSAs (community supported agriculture), and sustainably grown food in your area. 
  • Polyface Farms — Family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and information outreach in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Joel Salatin, farmer-in-chief at Polyface, is a farmer, author, soil scientist, and sought-after speaker. He’s happy to shake things up and call it like he sees it. His humorous and conviction-based speeches are akin to theatrical performances, often receiving standing ovations.


  • Whole Foods Market — Tips on simple ways to make healthy changes in the way you shop, cook, and eat your meals. The site contains lots of health information and recipes. 
  • Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage — A “real” natural market and family-owned business. All produce is certified organic. No messing with barcode numbers, no worry about cross contamination or mix ups. NGVC also provides excellent health information, nutrition tips, and recipes to empower people to live healthy lives, one bite at a time.


  • The Gluten-Free Edge: A Nutrition and Training Guide for Peak Athletic Performance and an Active Gluten-Free Life, by Peter Bronski and Melissa McLean Jory — What can I say? I have to include my own book. It’s not only on my bookshelf, there’s a copy in my car, in my backpack, in my purse, in the guest room, etc. For more information about The Gluten-Free Edge, check out my Media page.
  •  The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs, by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg — This is one of my favorite “cookbooks.” It was a bit pricey, but well worth it as I use it all the time to help me figure out what-goes-with-what. There are thousands of ingredient entries (food, spices, herbs, etc.) organized alphabetically and cross-referenced to provide unlimited flavor combinations. I love this book!
  • Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal, by Melanie Warner, former NYTs reporter and concerned mom — Fascinating reading. And exposé in the tradition of The Omnivore’s Dilemma about the nasty, disease-causing ingredients in our food supply.
  • The Wild Life of our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We are Today, by Rob Dunn — A biologist shows the influence of wild species on our well-being and the world and how nature still clings to us—and always will.
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, by Michael Pollan — The author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma takes on his own kitchen and discovers the power to transform nature into delicious things to eat and drink.
  • The Science of Good Cooking: Master 50 Simple Concepts to Enjoy a Lifetime of Success in the Kitchen, by the test kitchen team at Cook’s Illustrated. This is a great guide full of tips and instructions guaranteed to make you a better cook.
  • Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, by Richard Wrangham — Interesting thoughts on human evolution since Darwin’s Descent of Man.
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, by Mary Roach — Engaging science writing about potentially icky subjects (constipation, how much food can you consume, Elvis poo, fecal transplants, etc.). I love this stuff!
  • Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, by Matthew Sanford — “Matthew Sanford’s life and body were irrevocably changed at age 13 when his family’s car skidded off a snowy Iowa overpass, killing Matt’s father and sister and leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. This pivotal event set Matt on a lifelong journey, from his intensive care experiences at the Mayo Clinic to becoming a paralyzed yoga teacher and founder of a nonprofit organization.” I couldn’t put this book down. I read it from cover-to-cover in one sitting.
  • Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are, by Sebastian Seung — Dr. Seung is a professor of computational neuroscience at MIT. He takes complicated neuroscience and makes it fun, readable, and fascinating. I loved this book and make reference to it in this post on brain nutrition.


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