- Turkish Eggplant Casserole with Tomatoes (Imam Bayildi)
- Gluten-Free Is Me: Healthy Sesame Chicken with Broccoli
- Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Bread Recipes For Every Day of the Week (+ A Giveaway!)
- Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein with Shitakes and Bok Choy (Gluten-Free)
- Feeding Friends: Oven Baked Ribs with Tex-Mex BBQ Sauce
Health, Hedonism & All the Delicious Things In Between
Category Archives: Wellness Wednesday
Things are getting real over here in bookland. You may recall my coffee shop ugly cry from a few weeks ago, when I finally handed in the acknowledgments section along with the copyedited manuscript. Well, that has been followed by a gentle and consistent wave of the anxiety shivers! I didn’t think that the vulnerability I experienced during the editorial process could be matched. But it turns out when it comes time to share all the blood, sweat and tears you put on the page with others, similarly uneasy tingles emerge in the belly region. I’ve been trying to remind myself what my father always told me growing up: you’re not nervous, you’re excited!
Do you approach the holiday season with equal parts dread and excitement? More so than any other months, November and December have the power to leave me burnt out and utterly off my health game. To combat the onslaught of cocktail parties, comfort foods, and obligations to others, for this month’s Wellness Wednesday hangout I sat down with Dr. Robin Berzin. Functional medicine physician and founder of Parsley Health, Dr. Berzin has developed proven mind-body techniques for her patients that can help you emerge from the holiday rat race with less stress, more vitality, and a better grasp on your health puzzle as you move into 2016.
For this week’s installment of Wellness Wednesday, I sat down with Erica and Justin Sonnenburg–two pioneers in the study of the relationship between our bodies and the trillions of organisms that inhabit it. This husband-wife team is pretty much Stanford University’s power couple of gut research, and they recently came out with the bestselling book, The Good Gut. To continue my investigation into the best practices for eater’s digestion month, I talked to the Sonnenburgs about how we can nourish our good bacteria and, by extension, heal our guts. They had fascinating advice on the subject of dietary fiber and probiotics, including why a little gas after a bowl of lentils may not be such a bad thing…
I was so pumped to kick off my eater’s digest month by hanging out with a serious baller in the integrative gastroenterology field. Founder of the Digestive Center for Women, and one of three finalists for the Surgeon General, Dr. Robynne Chutkan is a leading expert on the subject of gut health. She’s also a total force of positivity and wit.
I know I’ve been a little negligent this year about bringing regular Wellness Wednesday videos your way. But this week’s guest makes up for every missed month with her awesomeness. And I’m SO psyched I managed to line up the interview just in time for my August Moon Sisterhood challenge. I read Alisa Vitti’s fabulous book WomanCode last year during the early stages of putting together my curriculum for The Wellness Project. And it shed some much needed light on how hormones rule the body and play a central role in so many mysterious ailments.
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?
There are many aspects of my autoimmune disease that have made me feel like 29 going on 90. But more so than the inability to function on less than 8 hours of sleep, having to travel with several pill boxes on my person, and getting winded climbing a simple flight of stairs, what’s made me feel the most terrifyingly old is all the times I’ve thrown out my back. Ironically, one of those times was last week as I was shooting photos of these banana birthday muffins. It’s ironic not just because it was a few days before I turned 29, but because I’ve had a Wellness Wednesday on back health on the schedule for over two months! Needless to say, the timing was eerily perfect.
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.
It’s amazing how far behind the rest of the world we are when it comes to tea. Our global commerce is pretty much epitomized by the Starbucks that have popped up on every corner of the world. But in the last decade I’ve noticed that people have started to shift their allegiances from the morning espresso to a green tea, even if I still get weird stares when ordering a cup of Ginger Peach at my local hipster coffee spot.