Category Archives: Lifestyle

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?… Continue Reading

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The 8 Best Natural, Organic Skincare Brands and Products

The Best Natural Skincare Products | Organic Brands for Face and Body |

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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A Simple Timeline For Switching to Natural Beauty Products

Last spring I went through the first few steps of transitioning to natural beauty products. I’ve made it through stage 2, to be exact.

As part of The Wellness Project’s green beauty month I’m going to try to make even more progress, including finding one go-to red lipstick that’s natural. I’ve put it further down on my timeline because for me it’s not an everyday item. But it’s estimated that the average woman will eat 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. So there’s that…… Continue Reading

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Your 10 Favorite FMP Recipes of 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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Refresh Your Re-tox Routine: 5 Tips For Better Boozing (+ a Giveaway!)


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.… 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.… Continue Reading

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The 7 Best Healthy Hangover Brunch Recipes + A Toaster Giveaway!

7 Best Healthy Hangover Brunch Recipes | Gluten-Free Pancakes, Healthy Baked Eggs and Apple Pie Oatmeal

Aside from the morning after your 21st birthday, New Year’s Day is the most famous and socially acceptable time of the year to sleep until noon and pour yourself a morning cocktail in the form of some combination of bloody Mary and Pepto.

But since New Year’s Eve doesn’t sneak up on you in the same way as that random Wednesday night of pickleback shots with your coworkers, you can plan ahead for the mind-crushing aftermath of all your bad decisions with brunch.

The best hangover brunches are easy to prepare—preferably make-ahead so that most of the physical activity the morning of can be relegated to easy tasks like turning on the oven and pouring orange juice into your mimosa.… Continue Reading

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The 7 Best Gluten-Free Sauces and Condiments

The Best Gluten-Free Sauces and Condiments | Gluten-Free BBQ Sauce, Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce, Gluten-Free Spaghetti Sauce, Gluten-Free Peanut Sauce, Gluten-Free Mayonnaise, Gluten-Free Romesco and Gluten-Free Carrot-Ginger Dressing

I hope everyone had the best Thanksgiving!

I know I should technically be diving right into holiday planning mode and/or helping you disguise your 5-day old turkey into curry or casseroles or croquettes. But luckily, I already did the latter last year (see here for turkey tikka masala and other treats), so I thought I’d take advantage of the rare lull to talk about something a little more practical than how to make eggnog for 18 of your boozy friends.

The biggest learning curve when I first went gluten-free was trying to navigate all the condiments and sauces that were now a landmine for wheat additives.… Continue Reading

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