Toasting Earth Day with Eco-Friendly Wine

The Best Biodynamic and Organic Wines For Under $30 | Eco Wines for Earth Day I’m taking a little break today from this month’s healthy hydration series to talk about something that’s a little bit more fun and hedonistic than good ole H2O: WINE.

Ever since my long, arduous month of detox, I’ve been paying a lot more attention to the quantity and quality of my vices. And one area of better boozing I’ve been particularly interested in is the new and growing world of organic wines. I’ve not only been trying to drink better wines, but also cleaner wines that are responsibly made. Continue reading

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3 Years of Feeding You! + Healthy Banana Pudding with Maple-Rum Compote

Healthy Banana Pudding Recipe with Rum Compote | Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free | Easy Desserts | Southern Feed Me Phoebe turns 3 this week!!

It’s always such a trip to look back over old posts and peer into my mindset from one year ago. My blog two’s were certainly far from terrible, but they did include some quarter-life soul searching.

Last April, I was just in the beginning stages of introducing wellness content to the site via my monthly hangout series. After only two years of feeding you, I was nervous about shaking things up with posts that weren’t directly related to cooking, and topics that I wasn’t necessarily an expert in. But the question of how to find a middle ground between health and hedonism was haunting me, and I knew that I wanted to explore what that meant outside the kitchen. Continue reading

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Mind Body Green: 7 Ways to Drink Better, Cleaner Water and More Of It

bettercleanermorewater-850x400-1 “Drink more water” is not the sexiest of wellness manifestos. For many people it falls under the category of common sense. Yet many experts site chronic dehydration as one of the biggest barriers to good health — and it also happens to be one of the easiest and cheapest to fix.

Unfortunately though, not all water is created equal.

I wised up when I started seeing a naturopath and she was flabbergasted when I told her I didn’t filter my water and rarely, if ever, drank any H2O that didn’t come from the tap. I’m that dork who always tells the waiter a bottle of New York’s finest, please in an attempt to be charming. Continue reading on Mind Body Green.

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The Best Water Filters and Other At Home Hydration Products

The Best Water Filters and At- Home Hydration Products | Pitchers, Sink top, Japanese Charcoal, Water Bottles | Best Brands and Products Health is a big business. For years I felt like I was bleeding green on everything from foam rollers to green juice to magnetic back braces. One of the reasons I started The Wellness Project was to try to figure out what products (including foods) are actually worth the money we spend on them.

Building a water habit is something you can easily do for free. In fact, one of the experiments I suggested for this month was to go on a beverage aisle ban, which will end up saving you a lot of money of you’re someone who can’t resist a bespoke bottle of kombucha. Continue reading

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Maple-Chia Overnight Oatmeal with Almond Butter

Maple-Chia Overnight Oatmeal Recipe with Almond Butter and Banana in the Refrigerator | Raw, Healthy, Vegan, Gluten-Free I’ve made a lot of lifestyle changes on my weird little wellness odyssey. But there’s probably no area that’s been made over more thoroughly than my morning routine.

This is a generous term for what I had been doing in the past. As a freelancer who works mostly from home, I’ve found it hard to keep any sort of routine. That’s not to say that I sleep in until 11am every day—quite the opposite. Without an office or any healthy boundaries that would help define the ever-aspirational goal of “work-life balance,” it’s not uncommon for me to come downstairs from my sleeping loft, sit down at my desk while the coffee is brewing, look up five hours later and realize that I’m still in my underwear and the coffee is still sitting on the counter.
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April Wellness Challenge: Water Works

The Wellness Project | How to Hydrate Better | Water Tips | The Best Water Filters | How Your Body Absorbs Water | How Much Water to Drink a Day One part of being a New Yorker, in addition to lifelong bagel consumption and a penchant for sidewalk road rage, is being proud of our drinking water.

I don’t know why that is. But I grew up with an inexplicable loyalty to the deliciousness of our dirty city tap water. Perhaps there was some schoolyard propaganda campaign conducted by the department of sanitation that I’m forgetting about. But given our vibrant pollution-pink sunsets and what my feet look like in summertime after walking around all day in flip flops, it seems odd that I would think our water was on par with Poland Spring. Continue reading

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Meatless Monday: White Asparagus with Herby Sabayon Sauce

Easy White Asparagus Recipe with Dairy-Free Olive Oil Sabayon Sauce | Healthy Hollandaise Sauce If I had gotten my act together sooner, this white asparagus recipe would have hit your small screens last week in time for Easter. But it’s taken me a few minutes to catch up on life after my solitary month at the writer’s colony. Sadly this involved whipping up loads of laundry, instead of whipping egg yolks all over my kitchen, like my usual glamorous food blogging self.

But now that my underwear has been folded and the dishwasher I accidentally forgot to run before I left has been demolded, I’m back in action.

This simple white asparagus recipe with sabayon sauce is great for spring in general. But the reason why I thought of it for this past weekend is because of my maternal grandma, who hosted the only Easter egg hunts of my childhood. She may have been responsible for more than one of my cousins returning home with poison ivy, but she was also the source of many hazard-free food memories.

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What I Learned From My Month of Less Meat, More Cooking & No Microwave

baked caramelized carrots with honey and thyme. perfect with these beautiful farmer's market baby carrots This month’s challenges for The Wellness Project were all about food!

I could write a book on all the issues surrounding the question of what to eat, including all the crazy and conflicting opinions I’ve gotten from my doctors over the years. But since there are about 5,000 people who have already done that, I wanted to instead focus on two important questions that are an ongoing struggle in both my work, and my daily life: how do you nurture home cooking as a habit, and how do you make buying higher quality ingredients more affordable? Continue reading

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