Health, Hedonism & All the Delicious Things In Between
Category Archives: Gluten-Free Is Me
When I was preparing for Charlie to move into my small studio apartment over the summer, I had to do some serious dehoarding. I knew the closets would be the hardest emotional battle of me versus the Good Will bag (because I definitely am going to wear my sweet 16 dress again one day). But what I didn’t prepare for was having to look at my cookbook collection with fresh eyes, a steel heart, and a pair of metaphorical pruning shears.
I’m lucky to be at a place in my career when I get a lot of book swag sent my way.… Continue Reading
I keep meaning to share these videos with you, but laziness and extreme discomfort at having to watch myself on camera has created a vortex of inertia. In an effort to get over it, every Friday this summer I’m going to bring you another video from my Healthination archives. Last week, it was the first episode of my guide to healthy summer grilling. … Continue Reading
I’m sitting here bleary eyed after having gotten off a plane at 2am last night. JFK air traffic control and I are no longer friends. I had to revisit one of the amazing talks from this weekend on forgiveness as we circled the airport for 2 hours.
I spent the last few days in Arizona soaking up wisdom from all sides of the wellness world. Mind Body Green has been an amazing partner for me since launching The Wellness Project, and I felt so honored to attend their Revitalize summit at Miraval Resort. Between the organic margaritas, morning meditations and bulletproof coffee on tap, the weekend was pretty much healthy hedonism incarnate.… Continue Reading
Cold pasta salad tends to be the saddest and least exciting summer picnic side. For one thing, it’s usually one of the few dishes that doesn’t involve mayo. And if it does, well then, it just might be one of the only dishes in my book that shouldn’t.
Regardless of this dismal red gingham pasta landscape, when I was growing up, my mom made a bomb cold pasta salad that used fresh tomatoes and basil, and just a little balsamic. It tasted bright and egregiously garlicky—a far cry from the usual deli aisle limp, tart fusilli with kidney beans and mysterious chopped meats.… Continue Reading
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
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.… Continue Reading
I’m finally back at my desk after a whirlwind month on the road. I’ve literally never been so happy to hike the steps to my sleeping loft and was practically lulled to sleep by the soothing sounds of drunk people spilling margaritas outside my window. Perhaps it takes 2 solitary weeks on a mountaintop in Tennessee—with nothing (not even Netflix) to distract me from my own lame thoughts—to make me truly miss New York and all its loud dirty magic.
That said, I had a very productive time away. And unlike my usual travels, I actually had a kitchen for most of the time!… Continue Reading
My $40 Farmer’s Market wellness challenge came at the perfect time this month. I’ve just set up shop in Sewanee, Tennessee at a writer’s colony for two weeks of intense focus on the book.
Between the launch of the wellness project series on the blog, private cheffing, and the return of all my favorite shows from winter hiatus, I’ve been having the hardest time sitting down and cranking out pages for my manuscript. Left to my own scheduling devices at home, I procrastinate by cooking for the site, which is much easier to do while simultaneously watching The Voice than writing at a desk.… Continue Reading