I’ve made a lot of lifestyle changes on my weird little wellness odyssey. But there’s probably no area that’s been made over more thoroughly than my morning routine.
This is a generous term for what I had been doing in the past. As a freelancer who works mostly from home, I’ve found it hard to keep any sort of routine. That’s not to say that I sleep in until 11am every day—quite the opposite. Without an office or any healthy boundaries that would help define the ever-aspirational goal of “work-life balance,” it’s not uncommon for me to come downstairs from my sleeping loft, sit down at my desk while the coffee is brewing, look up five hours later and realize that I’m still in my underwear and the coffee is still sitting on the counter.
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
If I had gotten my act together sooner, this white asparagus recipe would have hit your small screens last week in time for Easter. But it’s taken me a few minutes to catch up on life after my solitary month at the writer’s colony. Sadly this involved whipping up loads of laundry, instead of whipping egg yolks all over my kitchen, like my usual glamorous food blogging self.
But now that my underwear has been folded and the dishwasher I accidentally forgot to run before I left has been demolded, I’m back in action.
This simple white asparagus recipe with sabayon sauce is great for spring in general. But the reason why I thought of it for this past weekend is because of my maternal grandma, who hosted the only Easter egg hunts of my childhood. She may have been responsible for more than one of my cousins returning home with poison ivy, but she was also the source of many hazard-free food memories.
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
Holy gluten-free cannoli – I’m a Saveur Blog Awards Finalist!!
So beyond excited to have Feed Me Phoebe chosen as one of the Best Special Interest Blogs of the year, alongside some formidable natural food-porny competition.
The voting is open until April 30th. I would love it if you could take 5 minutes away from your desk/stove/insta deep dives to give FMP your official virtual high five. Continue reading
I’m finally back at my desk after a whirlwind month on the road. I’ve literally never been so happy to hike the steps to my sleeping loft and was practically lulled to sleep by the soothing sounds of drunk people spilling margaritas outside my window. Perhaps it takes 2 solitary weeks on a mountaintop in Tennessee—with nothing (not even Netflix) to distract me from my own lame thoughts—to make me truly miss New York and all its loud dirty magic.
That said, I had a very productive time away. And unlike my usual travels, I actually had a kitchen for most of the time! I can’t wait to tell you about my fabulously contrary experiences of doing the Farmer’s Market Challenge in Sewanee and then Sonoma. Let’s just say I could have bought the entire organic freezer section of the Piggly Wiggly with what I spend on smoked trout alone at SHED in Healdsburg. But we’ll get to that later in the week when I give you my full Gut Guilt recap.
I purposefully chose not to try out any specific diets for The Wellness Project. The idea of restriction and rules in any form is so contrary to what I preach on this site. But I made an exception for Vegan Before 6 this month. And that’s because Mark Bittman, the “diet’s” champion and creator, has vehemently made the distinction that this is a new way of eating, not a fad food craze.
According to a study by the Humane Research Council, 10 percent of the population has tried to going vegetarian at some point. That’s a huge number. Continue reading
For a lot of people, including myself, the farmer’s market can be a money pit. Between the bespoke jams and artisanal duck prosciutto, it’s easy to leave having spent everything in your wallet, with your bag full of impulse buys that are a far cry from the building blocks of a meal.
But when you start with a plan and tailor your shopping list to mostly produce, you may be surprised at all the things you come home with.
As part of my March wellness experiment in budget-friendly healthy eating, for the last few weekends, I’ve managed to turn $40 dollars into over 20 servings of food, in just 4 hours of cooking. Here’s how you can do it too. Continue reading on Mind Body Green.