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Mind Body Green: 7 Ways Your Spice Rack Can Replace Your Medicine Cabinet

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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

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9 Ways You Can Up Your Tea Game (and Heal Your Mind + Body in the Process)

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Earlier this year, when I did my 30 day detox and went off caffeine, sugar, and alcohol, I became something I never thought I would: a full-time tea drinker.

While red wine and raw chocolate chip cookies quickly became a mainstay in my diet again, coffee was something I was determined to kick to the curb for good. Tea just felt so much better on my system. My stomach no longer cried in protest every morning. And even though I still relied on a bit of green tea to pick me up after I migrated downstairs from my sleeping loft, it wasn’t enough caffeine that my body couldn’t cope without it.… Continue Reading

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Mind Body Green: 11 Healthy Grocery Items That Are Worth the Splurge

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I’m so excited to have my first post up on the homepage of Mind Body Green! In it I’m talking about pointers for how to upgrade your grocery game to healthier options without spending beyond your means.

For people who are just learning to put down the Fruit Loops and start making their own scrambled eggs and granola from scratch, navigating the aisles of places like Whole Foods can be overwhelming. I get asked questions about how to make healthy eating more affordable in my cooking classes all the time. With impulse buying unnecessary grocery items and upgrading every purchase to organic and non-GMO, you can see why so many people think cooking this way is an expensive pursuit.… Continue Reading

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7 Recipes To Get You Pumped For Pumpkin This Fall

The Best Pumpkin Recipes For Fall


You may remember that last fall I was chained to my stove non-stop developing recipes for Food & Wine’s website. I produced nearly 100 in my little kitchen sweatshop, and since they were broken down by category (like casseroles and fried rice) I ended up spending an inordinate amount of time hacking away at would be jack-o-lanterns and turning them into soups, stews, and many a wedge.

When they were finally published on F&W’s site in the Spring, I was still so sick of pumpkin I thought I would never bounce back. But one trip to a picking patch later, and here we are.… Continue Reading

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The Best Biodynamic and Organic Wines For Under $30

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As I admitted a few weeks ago, one of the results of my month-long sobriety is that I’ve become a bit of a fancy pants when it comes to wine. Since I got back on the sauce, I’ve not only been trying to drink better wines, but also cleaner wines that are responsibly made.

Organic wines have been cropping up more and more these days. These wines are made using organic farming and harvesting practices – no pesticides and such. You’ll notice that wine stores have started putting green tags or labels on some of these bottles. If they don’t, you can simply ask the wine buyer at a store.… 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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