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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
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?
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
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
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
My second post is now live on Mind Body Green!
It’s so easy to open up your medicine cabinet for a quick fix — be it an Advil for a headache or something more natural, like activated Charcoal for an upset stomach. But since I try to inspire people to use their kitchens as their main avenue to living a healthier lifestyle, I’ve tried to find cooking solutions that can stand in for the ever-present pill. By far the easiest, and one that’s rooted in thousands of years of history, is your spice rack.
Medications are great for when you’re in crisis, and believe me, when I’m nursing a migraine, the last thing I want to do is stand over a hot stove or chop sweet potatoes.… Continue Reading
Halloween season seems to kick off the initial downward spiral of our best eating intentions in favor of orange marshmallow pumpkins and general holiday gluttony. It’s hard not to give in to your sweet tooth when every end cap starts stocking Halloween candy come October 1, just begging us to impulse buy a modest two dozen Kit Kat bars when picking up the morning paper or buying toothpaste at the pharmacy.
Sure, I’d like the month of October not to devolve into one big hyperactive eating spree. But it’s no fun to sit on the sidelines while everyone else mainlines chocolate.… Continue Reading
Have you ever struggled to integrate new habits and practices into your daily life? Or beat yourself up for not being able to create a morning routine or make it to yoga on weeknights after work? Then this week’s Wellness Wendesday is for you!
I hope you’ll tune in to hear Barbara Biziou, author of The Joy of Rituals, talk about simple choices that lead to big changes, creating meaning and intention in everyday life, and how ancient spiritual practices can keep your life anchored in the modern world. Her book is fascinating, including the stories and context behind some of the rituals that have been passed down to us through the generations that we don’t think twice about.… Continue Reading