Big Book News! The Wellness Project: My Year of Balancing Health & Hedonism

Phoebe- The Wellness Project - Healthy Hedonism I’ve been literally on pins and needles (with a very rumbly, anxious belly) about this announcement. It’s been a year in the making, and became official in mid-October when a new imprint at Random House (Pam Krauss Books) decided to gamble on me.

I’m writing a BOOK (!!!)—a real, exciting and terrifying book, with 60,000 words, no pretty pictures, and just a handful of recipes.

The working title is The Wellness Project, and it’s a my-life-as-a-guinea-pig memoir on how to do right by your body without giving up your life, full of my own experiments and idiosyncratic “life recipes” for finding the middle ground between health and hedonism.

The Wellness Project will take shape here as a yearlong blog series, with each month focusing on a different one of my challenge areas. I’ll be filling you in on my experiments, sharing tips from my research, and giving you a first look at the experience of what it takes to challenge your body (and popular health trends) in order to find that elusive “balance.”

But before I get into what to expect here, let me back up and tell you how the idea for this book and my health makeover (a New Year’s resolution on steroids) came to be.

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For a lot of us the first sign that our body is not in fact invincible comes in our twenties. And it did for me in the form of an autoimmune disease.

The year after I graduated college, I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis. My doctor 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.

Having grown up with a mother who was an early adopter of the organic movement—in a home where medications were synonymous with “remedies” and came in the form of small white balls that dissolved under your tongue—this last piece of news did not sit well with me. So I did what any super mature 22 year old would do in my situation: I pretended like the conversation never happened and went on living my life.

But then my stomach—that best friend and most trusted colleague—turned on me.

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Gluten-Free Is Me: Pumpkin Pancakes

healthy pumpkin pancakes with gluten-free flour blend It’s New Year’s Eve! I can’t quite believe it!

This means you’re about to experience the second most stressful day of the year to have fun (the first being your birthday, duh). I hope that you’ve made the wise choice to forgo the over-priced partay at da club and host your own shin dig instead. I finally came to my senses last year and did just that, and it was one of the best New Year’s Eves ever. Either way, you’re sure to wake up tomorrow wishing you could swap out your head for a slightly less throbbing model.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes | Healthy Breakfast Canned Pumpkin in these gluten-free pumpkin pancakes gluten-free pumpkin pancake batter Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Pancakes | Healthy Breakfast Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes with Almond Flour and White Rice Flour | Healthy Breakfast If you didn’t manage to think ahead with one of these healthy hangover brunches, your best bet for soaking up all that 2014 debauchery in your stomach is by whipping up a batch of pancakes. 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 Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes | Healthy Brunch Recipes 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.

I’ve put together some of my favorite hangover brunch dishes that will require just as much brainpower and energy as it takes to log into Seamless web, and a lot less shame than you will experience ordering bagels for delivery from your corner deli. As a bonus, these healthy breakfast recipes are less fatty than something you might accidentally order out of sheer desperation, and you’ll get double the karma points for the New Year by also saving your friends from themselves in these times of extreme hangover hunger and need.

But if you don’t happen to plan for the below deliciousness, the best homemade hangover fall back meal is most definitely toast. And for that my friends, I also have you covered. Last year’s giveaway of this sexy Magimix vision toaster was such a success, I decided to bring it back, this time in a sultry new shade of red.

GIVEAWAY--Toaster To enter the New Year’s Day Magimix Giveaway and win a new Vision Toaster ($200 value), you must:

1. Comment below and tell me about your favorite edible hangover cure. For the record, mine is this and/or this.

2. Subscribe to my newsletter. The winner will be announced in next Sunday’s email blast, so you must sign-up to find out.

3. For two extra entries, follow MagimixUSA Tweet the following:

Enter to win a @MagimixUSA vision toaster for New Year’s brunch from @PhoebeLapine on Feed Me Phoebe! Here:

Good luck my favorite party people! Read on for brunch recipes. And hello from Vietnam!!


Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes | Healthy Brunch Recipes Italian Sausage, Onion and Pepper Frittata with Sausage | Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes | Healthy Brunch Recipes 1. Italian Sausage, Pepper and Onion Frittata

This frittata is quick-cooking and if you saute the sausage, peppers and onions in advance, takes little more to prepare than whisking together some eggs. Better yet, it feeds a crowd. Continue reading

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6 New Rituals to Anchor Your Days in the New Year

Phoebe-1099 Even if you’re not religious per say, this time of year does feature a lot more traditions in the collective consciousness than any other. There’s the lighting of the Hanukkah candles, the significance of which I learned at some point during Hebrew school and now just remember as something to do with freaky super-strength oil that justifies our mass consumption of greasy fried potatoes. Then there’s the lighting of the Christmas tree, and the eating of countless mini crab cakes off cater waiter trays, which, depending on who made them, could very well be a religious experience.

I haven’t had too many traditions to speak of in my life aside from the Jewish ones I arbitrarily observe, depending on the year and whether fasting falls on a weekend. Because of this, I never thought about the difference between these annual acts and the individualized rituals that people perform every day. But after my Wellness Wednesday hangout last month with Barbara Biziou, I now see the idea of rituals in a whole new (Maccabean strength) light and realize that my life could use more of them. Continue reading

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Chinese Five Spice Roasted Peking Chicken For Christmakkah

Chinese Five Spice Roasted Peking Chicken | Gluten-Free, Healthy | Peking Duck Style Lettuce Wraps with Scallions I made this Peking chicken a few weeks ago as part of a premature Christmakkah dinner for a few of my blogger friends.

I’ve been craving a get together with some of my favorite virtual amigos for a long time now. But it seems I’m not quite as good at getting people over to my offline home. Luckily, the potluck I helped Dana Cowin put together for her cookbook helped inspire me to make good on seeing some of these lovely ladies in person more often.

I still weirdly get nervous cooking for other food people. But after doing so for Dana, Deb, Amanda and Merrill, I kind of got over it. The evening also gave me permission to not be embarrassed about hosting people around a coffee table. My beat-up old Moroccan floor poufs might be a far cry from the elegant chaise of an editor-in-chief, but my friends graciously made do with the well-worn butt grooves of guests past.

Chinese Five Spice Roasted Peking Chicken with Coconut Oil| Gluten-Free, Healthy | Peking Duck Style Lettuce Wraps with Scallions Chinese Five Spice Roasted Peking Chicken | Gluten-Free, Healthy | Peking Duck Style Lettuce Wraps with Scallions I also got the idea for this Peking chicken kind of via Dana—from the Food & Wine October issue, where they did a butter-roasted version with a soy glaze. They served the carved up bird inside pancakes with scallions and cucumbers, just like my favorite duck at Chinese restaurants.

The Peking duck girls brunch has been a long-standing tradition with my college friends, and since my birthday fell on a Sunday this year, I resurrected it for the celebratory occasion. It definitely wasn’t the most gluten-friendly of options for the birthday girl. But I made due with wrapping my duck breast in extra skin instead of the Chinese-style flour tortilla, which was a pretty fatty, classy good time. Continue reading

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Gluten-Free is Me: Sweet Potato Latkes with Scallions and Kimchi

Gluten-Free Spiced Sweet Potato Latkes Recipe with Scallions As I’m sure you’re well aware by now, fried potatoes are among my favorite things in the world, right up there with miniature ponies, massages, and videos of Taylor Swift awkwardly smashing shit with a golf club.

Come Christmakkah, I put aside my usual French fries and primary condiments in favor of some Jewish potato pancake love with far fahncier accoutrements—things like caviar and crème fraiche that they definitely never served at the shtetl.

Gluten-Free Spiced Sweet Potato Latkes Recipe with Scallions Gluten-Free Spiced Sweet Potato Latkes Recipe with Scallions Besides the condiments, there’s something else that makes potato latkes a definitive special occasion treat for me. And that’s the amount of grating that’s involved.

There are few kitchen tasks I hate more than shredding vegetables on the side of a box grater, which inevitably takes off a few of my knuckles in the process. I’m pretty sure latkes were intentionally designed this way so that Jewish mothers could make the men in their lives feel even more guilty for the blood, sweat, and tears that went into Hanukkah dinner, and therefore force them to go back for thirds. Continue reading

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Feeding Friends: Gluten-Free Crab Cakes with Pretzel Crust (and a Cookbook Giveaway!)

best crab cake recipe | easy with gluten-free  pretzel crust This summer, I had big plans to finally cross crab cakes off my list of things to gluten-free-ify. In preparation, I scoured the interwebs and virtually devoured many classic Maryland crab cake recipes, which use a much higher ratio of crabmeat to breadcrumbs than the usual hockey pucks at TGI Fridays. But making that simple crumb replacement seemed too easy. So without a more clever solution, I put gluten-free crab cakes back on the shelf and, instead, satisfied my cravings for creamy, indulgent shellfish with this dip.

gluten-free crab cakes recipe with pretzel crust | easy Baltimore-style recipe gluten-free crab cakes recipe with pretzel crust | easy Baltimore-style recipe easy crab cake recipe | gluten-free balitmore crab cakes easy crab cake recipe - gluten-free! Very few crumbs baltimore-style, just pretzel crust! But earlier this fall, I found my answer flipping through my friend Silvana Nardone’s new cookbook. We were featured together in Food & Wine’s digital awards and finally got to meet at Dana Cowin’s cookbook party. The dish I presented that night, my gluten-free meatballs, had gone through similar iterations of mental pushups. And I told the group that I had finally found the perfect breadcrumb substitution in gluten-free oats. Continue reading

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Bottoms Up: Homemade Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte Recipe, Spiked or Sober

Homemade Boozy Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte Recipe, Dairy-Free Back in March, during my detox, I gave up caffeine for the month. And my relationship with coffee has never been the same.

While I probably drink just as much as I did before going off alcohol, I’ve made a conscious effort to try to only drink coffee during times of intentional hedonism or mornings of extreme desperation, like when my alcohol consumption has exceeded expectations.

Homemade Boozy Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte Recipe, Dairy-Free Homemade Boozy Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte Recipe, Dairy-Free Homemade Pumpkin Chai Latte Recipe, Dairy-Free, Boozy Most of the time though, I love not being dependent on coffee to defog my head, even if my local hipster barista looks at me with a hint of an eye roll every time I order herbal tea out on the town. But the one thing I miss is indulging in a special drink every once in a while that takes a little more effort to make than just pouring hot water in a mug. Continue reading

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