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The Best Wellness Stocking Stuffers From My Year of Products

The Best Wellness Stocking Stuffers and Gift Certificate Ideas

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.

For years I felt like I was bleeding green on everything from foam rollers to green juice to magnetic back braces. My experiments were designed to cut the fat and focus on the bigger picture. But of course, despite my attempt to be discerning, I acquired lots of things along the way that are still collecting dust in my hallway.… Continue Reading

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What I Learned From My Month of Becoming One with My Cycle

Natural Birth Control Methods: How to Chart Your Cycle with the Fertility Awareness Method

During moon sister month of my project, I wanted to put all the pieces of my lady puzzle together and better understand how I can fuel my life, love, and desires according to my cycle.

Part one was learning to chart my fertility, which I started experimenting with back in May. Some amazing new apps have made the process that much easier, though there are still some lifestyle annoyances (more on those below). The second part was about getting in tune with my flow; exercising and eating according to my moon time to promote healthy balanced hormones.… Continue Reading

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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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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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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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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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