March Wellness Challenge: Gut Guilt

Phoebe-1100 I don’t consider myself an expert in many of the categories I laid out for this book project. But if there’s one I’m more knowledgeable in than any other, it’s of course food!

That said, I still face the same paradox of choice that most of you do when it comes to what healthy ingredients are worth the money we spend on them, and the food rules I set for myself.

Part of the problem is there are too many cooks in the kitchen these days. Continue reading

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Tastetrotting: Easy Vietnamese Chicken Pho with Bok Choy and Herbs (Pho Ga)

Easy Vietnamese Chicken Pho Recipe with Bok Choy, Chilese, and Herbs (Pho Ga Recipe) | A Quick Version of the Classic | Healthy Main Course Charlie and I took two major trips together over the past few months. In retrospect, the timing was probably a little aggressive, both for our work schedules and our budgets. But one of the things I love most about our relationship is a shared practicality-proof wanderlust. And since we’re bad enablers of each other, the travel bug took us to Vietnam for the holidays and Kenya for my friend Salima’s wedding last week.

In many ways, traveling with someone is the truest test of a relationship, even a platonic one. There are certain friends I’ve built an amazing backpacking rapport with over the years, and others with whom I barely want to navigate the outer boroughs of New York with. Continue reading

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What I Learned From My Month of Natural Beauty Experiments

Natural Beauty Experiments | The Wellness Project | The Best Organic Green Cosmetics This month’s challenges for The Wellness Project were a little less rigid than my 30 days without alcohol, caffeine and sugar. But they still involved detoxing, this time with my bathroom cabinet instead of my bar.

For February, I decided to take on the topic of natural beauty and make the final steps towards cleaning up my personal care products. It was amazing to see what tweaking my diet by eliminating my three worst vices did for my skin. But in the process of learning more about my liver, I began to understand how much I was throwing at it everyday with my skincare routine.

The choice to slather your face with foundation every morning may not be as intuitively self-destructive as reaching for your 4th martini at a work happy hour, but over time it might cause more lasting harm to your system. Continue reading

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Video: How Your Mind Shapes The Skin You’re In

The Mind Beauty Connection with Dr Amy Wechsler | How Stress Affects Your Skin

It’s been a while since my last Wellness Wednesday, so to help wind-down green beauty month, I thought I’d rope in my amazing dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler to talk about how your mind can affect your skin. A former psychiatrist, Dr. Wechsler has an interesting perspective on how everyday emotions, habits at home and daily diet affect what you see in the mirror. This integrative point of view is one of the many reasons I’ve entrusted my skin to her over the years. Who wouldn’t want to have a dual therapy sesh /cancerous mole surgery?
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Eat Yourself Pretty: Easy Baked Salmon Packets with Ginger-Almond Crust

Healthy Easy Baked Salmon Recipe with Almonds, Lemon Zest, Soy, Ginger, and Coconut Oil  | Oven Roasted in Parchment Paper Packets for Simple Clean-Up! Earlier this fall, one of my clients asked me to make an easy baked salmon recipe with ground almonds, Dijon mustard, and nearly a pound of butter. Though it wasn’t one of her recipes, as I folded the ingredients together I couldn’t quiet the resounding chorus of Ina Garten in my ear. How bad could that be?

The answer: not bad at all. Continue reading

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The 8 Best Natural, Organic Skincare Brands and Products

The Best Organic Skincare Brands and Natural Products For the Face and Body | Green Beauty, All Natural Cosmetics Since kicking off Green Beauty month, I keep getting emails and messages asking about my favorite natural cosmetics brands.

Last year, I put together a list of the great organic makeup items I started integrating into my routine. But since skincare is really the first place to start, it seems silly that I haven’t given you that specific leg up into the world of naturals for your body and face. Continue reading

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Cold Sesame Soba Noodle Salad with Cabbage Slaw

Easy Cold Sesame Soba Noodle Salad with Cabbage Slaw, Peppers, Scallions and Gluten-Free Buckwheat Soba Noodles | Healthy, Dairy-free Asian Noodle Salad When I first became gluten-free, I thought soba noodle salad would be my savior. That was almost 4 years ago, believe it or not. And let me tell you, I had a rude awakening the first time I tried to cook with 100 percent buckwheat noodles.

First of all, they were very difficult to find. Eden Organic seemed to be the only name in town and since the packages all looked identical, it took more than one trip to the grocery store to buy the correct kind that didn’t contain any wheat flour.

Once I finally got to cooking them, I quickly discovered why 100 percent buckwheat noodles aren’t really a thing. All it took was a couple aggressive bubbles in my simmering pot of water to cause the strands to break apart into 1-inch pieces…which then also somehow managed to get completely stuck together. Continue reading

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MIND BODY GREEN: How To Switch To Natural Comestics In 6 Easy Steps

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Everyone always forgets that our skin is our largest organ and its pores provide a natural way for the body to shed toxins. Because of this, skin breakouts and rashes are a clear sign the body is trying to fight something. So why do we combat this by putting chemicals on our face that wouldn’t pass muster on the ingredient list of an organic counter spray?

As a gluten-free chef and health-conscious food writer, I put a lot of emphasis on avoiding pesticides and processed foods in my diet. But the endocrine disrupters in everyday beauty products are equally harmful to your body.

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