Category Archives: Lifestyle

Wellness Wednesday: Small Space Feng Shui

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I’ve been in my apartment now for almost two and a half years. By Manhattan standards, I totally lucked out. My studio has floor to ceiling windows, newly renovated hidden cabinets, and modern appliances, including a full size fridge and a gas range – two things that made my broker laugh in my face when I told him my budget and said that they were non-negotiable.

But after the year two milestone hit, I started to get antsy. The things that I found so charming during year one were beginning to be overshadowed by all the unforeseen annoyances that come hand in hand with Manhattan rentals.… Continue Reading

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7 Recipes to Cook Sunday That Will Last All Week Long

Now that I’m in my late 20’s, the cooking complaint I get most from my friends is that they can’t find the time in their busy schedules to make it a daily habit. They have the skill set now, and the money to invest in tricking out their pantry. But time still seems to stand in the way.

Even though I primarily work from home and spend a good chunk of the day cooking for a living, I still find myself up against these same challenges. When you’re running around like a mad woman, it becomes too easy to justify a seamless web order just so you have one less thing on your plate to worry about.… Continue Reading

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Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Family Cooking Hacks

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Part of the fun of these Wellness Wednesday chats has been exploring areas of healthy living that I am definitively not an expert in. This week’s hangout is the first time cooking is really entering the conversation. But the topic at hand is going to be all about family eating habits at home.

I obviously don’t have experience cooking for my own children, even if some of the people I feed tend to act like them after a few martinis. But I was lucky enough to have a childhood full of home cooked meals. And if my life path is any indication, all those bowls of quinoa I begrudgingly ate left quite an impression, even if I didn’t let on at the time.… Continue Reading

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The 7 Best Healthy Take Out Recipes

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I’m just as prone as most people to the lure of seamless web. Sure, convenience is 50 percent of the battle. But the other half is simply craving-related. I love me some Pad Thai and Fried Rice—they just aren’t things that are usually at the top of my from-scratch cooking list since the alternative can arrive so quickly via bike messenger.

But the biggest incentive to making some of your favorite takeout dishes at home is the health factor. I usually dial back the sugar and add some leafy greens to make the contents of my favorite to-go containers MSG-free and full of nutrients.… Continue Reading

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Wellness Wednesday: How to Heal Hypothyroidism

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The year after I graduated college, I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis. My doctor, who I’d been seeing since I was a teenager, casually explained that it was an autoimmune thyroid disorder and was fairly common in women my age. She told me not to worry – it was completely treatable with Synthroid, the widely prescribed hormone replacement drug. But I’d probably need to be on some form of medication for the rest of my life.

Obviously this last piece of news did not sit well with me. I was pretty wary of medication, even though I turned a blind eye to the fact that birth control fell into that category.… Continue Reading

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The Best Natural and Organic Makeup Brands

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Hanging out the other week with my friends from Green Beauty Team gave me the kick in the butt I needed to start giving my bathroom a serious natural makeover.

One of my main excuses for not taking the plunge had previously been $$$. If organic vegetables cost me that much more on every grocery bill, I couldn’t imagine what replacing an entire cabinet full of products in one trip to Whole Body would do for my bank account.

But Kristen Arnett had answers for almost all of my worries. As far as the financial aspect was concerned, she actually pointed out that generic products use a lot more water to pad their products.… Continue Reading

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