Mind Body Green: 6 Ways To Bounce Back When You Fall Off The Detox Wagon

how to detox and then retox in a healthy way This year instead of resolutions, I decided to take on a different wellness challenge every month. The idea was that by pushing myself for a short period of time to change a habit, I wouldn’t face that horrible feeling of failure when I’d revert back to my old ways. Instead, I could revert back to them no matter what, having accomplished something major for a few short weeks.

Even if you’re sticking with the more traditional rules approach to turning over a new leaf, falling off the wagon doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. By exploring extremes at one time or another, and doing so with awareness, you can create a path forward that honors some of the healthy lessons you learned, but still leaves room for those other hedonistic non-negotiables. Continue reading

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Bottoms Up: Mean Green Kale Margaritas

Mean Green Kale Margaritas with Lime and Cilantro | Healthy Skinny Cocktail Recipe I discovered the beauty of kale margaritas last year at a little bar in the East Village. I love kale in pretty much anything, but had never actually used it to chase my tequila before. And three glasses in, I was definitely a fan.

The concoction not only had the added benefits of leafy greens, but it was also refreshing, not overly sweet and totally delicious. I’ve been dying to try my hand at these mean green margaritas ever since. But without a juicer to my name, it felt silly to pick up a $10 bottle of green goodness from Juice Press just to use as a mixer.

So when I started to play around with recipes for these Plum Vida pouches, the first thing that came to mind immediately was a green margarita. I knew the Pear, Kale, Apple Spinach blend would be perfect with a dose of lime juice and some added herbs.

Mean Green Kale Margaritas | Healthy Skinny Cocktail Recipe Mean Green Kale Margaritas | Healthy Skinny Cocktail Recipe Mean Green Kale Margaritas | Healthy Skinny Cocktail Recipe Mean Green Kale Margaritas | Healthy Skinny Cocktail Recipe Mean Green Kale Margaritas with Lime and Cilantro | Healthy Skinny Cocktail Recipe If you’re joining me for this month’s wellness challenge, the last thing you probably want to be looking at is a frosty margarita. But the month is almost over, and when it is, hopefully you’ll try to keep some moderation in mind going forward. Continue reading

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Your 10 Favorite FMP Recipes of 2014!

10-Fave-FMP-Recipes-2014 This post is a few weeks late, but I was too busy gallivanting around Ho Chi Minh City to spend time on Google Analytics tallying your unofficial votes for favorite FMP recipe of 2014. I could have guessed the winner though—you guys went bonkers for this quinoa fried rice!

But some of the others surprised me a little. Continue reading

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Upcoming Gluten-Free Cooking Classes at ICE!


ICE I’m so excited to be one of ICE’s guest instructors this winter! If you’re in the New York area and want to learn some new healthy, gluten-free recipes, join me for a Gluten-Free Mexican Fiesta on 2/2 or Super Food Feasts on 3/2. Would be very fun to see you there!

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Refresh Your Re-tox Routine: 5 Tips For Better Boozing (+ a Giveaway!)

IMG_6362 Detox tips are a dime a dozen come January 1st, as people hunker down to abide by the new health rules they’ve set for themselves. It’s an inspiring time of self-motivation to turn over a new leaf and make use of those Lulu Lemon spandex unwrapped in December. But even with the best of intentions and a glass half full attitude, it’s hard not to ignore the reality that sooner or later you’ll fall off the wagon. So what happens then?

As I mentioned last week, the detox theme of this month’s wellness challenge (giving up alcohol, sugar and caffeine) is not just about how to do right by your liver. It’s also about how to refresh your re-tox routine for the year ahead.

Giving up alcohol for a month is as much an emotional experiment as it is a physical one. And it’s for this reason that I want to dedicate an equal amount of airtime to how to booze better going forward. Though going without these things is it’s own brand of hell, finding moderation thereafter seems to be an even more elusive and difficult goal. Continue reading

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Moroccan Red Lentil Soup with Chard

Moroccan Red Lentil Soup with Chard | Easy, Vegetarian, Simple, Healthy It’s always a fun to see what recipes end up topping the Feed Me Phoebe charts as your favorites every year. I’ll have the full list for you next week. But one of the dishes whose popularity most surprised me was this Red Lentil and Spinach Masala recipe that came in as number 4.

Lentils always seem like the lowly vegan peasant food that most self-respecting meat eaters wouldn’t touch unless providing structural support for some thinly sliced lamb on a restaurant plate. But I was pleasantly shocked last summer when my favorite self-respecting meat eater, Charlie, ordered the vegetarian entrée—a bowl of lentils with a fried egg—when we went out to a nice meal on Martha’s Vineyard at Beach Plum Inn.

Moroccan Red Lentil Soup with Chard | Easy, Vegetarian, Simple, Healthy Moroccan Red Lentil Soup with Chard | Easy, Vegetarian, Simple, Healthy Moroccan Red Lentil Soup with Chard | Easy, Vegetarian, Simple, Healthy Ever since then, I’ve added lentils back into our shared meal cycle. And now that I’ve tallied the votes (er, clicks), I see that my perceived legume bias was totally unfounded across the board. This is a win win for me, as it means this simple red lentil soup, which I once might have considered too pedestrian for your collective taste buds, now has a home here. Continue reading

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January Wellness Challenge: Detox-Retox

Green Giant Smoothie with Spinach, Banana, and Almond Butter For this month’s experiments in healthy hedonism I’m focusing on whether life without alcohol, caffeine and sugar is a life worth living.

Eliminating these three liver foes is something that I already tackled last year during my wellness explorations. I won’t give you my full verdict now—I want to give you a chance to try this type of detox for yourself before I weight in. But I will say that it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It was also one of the only things I’ve done so far, aside from eliminating gluten, that had a huge, immediate impact on my health.

These days the idea of detox has become synonymous with the more abstract word “cleanse.” You see it thrown around all sorts of ways this time of year as people hunker down with a new set of healthy habits. But for the purpose of my exercise, the idea of detox is really about dedicating a month to our central detoxifier: the liver.

Helping to improve the integrity of our second largest organ has a host of other health benefits, including more efficient digestion, weight loss, and better skin. For more information on how it works and what you can do to make it your new BFF, my acupuncturist Heidi wrote this amazing article on spring cleaning your liver that largely informed my practice.

If giving up all three for 30 days sounds incredibly daunting, try one or two. You can also reduce the time period. But you may find it easier to ditch them as a trio, since they tend to feed each other as bad habits. Without alcohol, you’re automatically getting rid of all that fructose-laden margarita mix. And without the inevitable hangover, you’re less likely to need a giant vat of coffee to get out of bed in the morning. Also, with your blood sugar in check, you won’t need that post-lunch slump pick-me-up.

I’ll be sharing more tips this month from my research on and experience with detox, but first, here are some ground rules and inspiration if you want to try it out for yourself.



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Why: Alcohol is perhaps the most well known toxin that our liver battles on a regular basis. But it’s not necessarily the worst one, as many think it is. The liver processes everything—both emotionally and physically—that you put in your body. It treats Stoli the same as it does stress and steroids. But the issue with alcohol is really about quantity. If you’re flooding your insides with vodka sodas, your liver can easily become too distracted from the 5,000 other jobs it has to do. At night, one of those major jobs is to clean your blood, which makes nighttime boozing all the more problematic.

What: Go cold turkey on this one. Unless you’re a legitimate alcoholic (in which case, you should probably be pursuing a different type of program), you shouldn’t experience any withdrawal.

How: This time of year it’s more socially acceptable to go off the sauce for a little while. I did my detox during lent for that same helpful construct. But if your friends are prone to peer pressure, you can always say you’re on antibiotics. Just make up a good illness so that people still want to touch, kiss, or share food with you. Continue reading

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The Balanced Diet: Salmon and Quinoa Bowls with Kale and Tahini-Yogurt Sauce

Sockeye Salmon Quinoa Bowl Recipe with Kale and Tahini Yogurt Sauce | Healthy Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas | Gluten-Free I’m back at my desk after 9 days of amazing adventures in Vietnam and Cambodia! It took over 24 hours to make my way across the globe and I’ve been feeling pretty Zombie-like in my post-temple time haze. It hasn’t helped that I got so used to waking up every morning with a big steaming bowl of Pho for breakfast.

But aside from the rice noodles packed with herbs, and other Vietnamese specialties that were relatively healthy, my trip also involved a whole lotta crap. I must have taken down a small village of free Toblerone on the plane rides alone, much to the chagrin of the Cathay Pacific stewardesses. And then there were the daiquiris

So I don’t need a resolution to hop back on the health train and get back in the swing of some home cooking.

Quinoa Kale Bowl Recipe with Salmon, Chickpeas, Lemon, Tahini and Yogurt Sockeye Salmon and Quinoa Bowl Recipe with Kale and Tahini Yogurt Sauce | Healthy Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas | Gluten-Free One thing that’s made my back-to-work blues a whole lot less dreary was my big book announcement earlier this week! If you managed to make it through the whole thing, you probably saw that this month I’m focusing on detox, with lesson from the 30 days I went without alcohol, sugar, and caffeine.

Most people this time of year cut out one thing or another, and usually in the food department. While my focus is more on those three basic liver foes, healthy eating is always part of every wellness equation, so I wanted to kick off 2015 with a recipe for this delicious salmon and quinoa bowl. Continue reading

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