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why i don’t believe in diets.

Diets are not sustainable.They operate with a mentality of scarcity and deprivation.They force us to remove whole food groups that can actually be great for us when done right.They take too much effort: weighing, counting, thinking, stressing.They separate us from

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competent eating.

“Competent eating” has a funny ring to it. Eating, as we tend to know it, is typically a pretty unconscious experience. Fork to food, food to mouth. Chew. Swallow. Repeat.  But competent eating as a practice can be so much

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the uncontrollable urge to eat.

Have you made a list of foods you can’t eat because you feel you won’t be able to stop?   Have you removed whole food groups from your diet in an attempt to find some sense of control?   Do

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choose your reason. choose to change.

[I first published this post on A More Perfect Union, an uplifting blog belonging to the fabulous Hope Mirlis — check out her gratitudes and musings over at perfectunionny.blogspot.com] There are countless factors in play when it comes to how we

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considering calcium.

I was at a wellness speaking event recently on digestive health. The keynote MD suggested that because dairy is so difficult for many people to digest (research indicates up to 70% of Americans are lactose-intolerant!), reducing dairy intake can have a

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knowing your personal care products, personally.

I recently attended a talk by Dr. Sarah Evans of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Children’s Environmental Health Center at Sprout San Francisco in New York. The focus of the talk was reading product labels and identifying potentially harmful chemicals and additives in personal care

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food + yoga [and yoga + food].

How we eat directly impacts every aspect of our day, from how we interact with others to how productive we are in our work to our mood and self-perception. We are lucky to live somewhere that grants us so much

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using transition to break habits.

I hear it over and over again in my work: periods of transition are hard.  Believe me, I know. (One of the first posts I wrote on this site was on transition and what it can help to illuminate.) The

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the nutritarian diet [why calories aren’t all that important].

All calories are not created equal. Different foods affect the body in different ways, so when we focus too strictly on the numeric value of what we consume, we risk missing a more important piece of the fueling puzzle. In

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the chaos foundation.

cha·os   [key-os]  noun. 1. a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order. 2. any confused, disorderly mass 3. the thing that gets in the way of our ability to make healthy choices or prioritize self-care. We’ve all been there: six million things to do, seemingly shorter and shorter days, pressure from

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eating emotions [why we eat].

Food can be nourishment.It can be fuel.It can be the power source for our day. It can also be celebration. Escape. Distraction. Amusement. Consolation. Why we eat and when we do is often rooted in patterns we can’t remember forming.

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habits holding you back? yeah, me too.

Late-night snacking. Hitting snooze. Fixating on the negative. Our habits are often things we don’t realize are prominent in our life until someone else points them out to us. And it’s not until we take stock of how much time,

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healthy fridge feature #6 [andre].

This week’s intensely healthy fridge comes from the wonderful Andre in NYC. He’s one of the smartest guys I know (there are articles online where people profess how much they just want to be like him), a programming master (just

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staples and spice day 3: thai.

Spices: Basil, garlic, ginger, pepper. Staples: Quinoa, kale.  Thai food makes for classic takeout in this city: if you can get past the added oils and oft-animal-based selections, it’s a delicious option.   So how to recreate it at home

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a week of prep [#2].

Like all great weeks, this one coming up is full of terrific people, meaningful work, and energizing activities — but a little short on cooking time. I am thrilled to have some volunteer stage management time at a gala [with

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food and culture: insight courtesy of ‘the amazing race’.

Full disclosure: the Amazing Race is our guilty pleasure show.  There’s something really fascinating about watching how producers pit contestants against each other – and how the things asked of contestants change depending on where in the world they’re racing. 

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macrobiotics for spring [5 easy ideas].

The Japanese principles of balance – or Macrobiotics – provide a wonderful framework for incorporating seasonal, local food into diet. According to Macrobiotics, when the body is in balance, we have good health; an imbalance – in any area –

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mind your happiness.

In January, my grandmother passed away. She was 88 years old and one of the most wonderful women I have ever know (and could ever hope to know). Her life was inspiring: full of spirit and love and independence and

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why prioritizing your health is non-negotiable.

The idea of prioritizing health recently came up in conversation with an old friend (somewhere around the old adage, ‘You have nothing if you don’t have your health’.) This has become a big theme in my life, beginning at 18

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judgment [and why it’s not helping anyone’s cause].

[some excerpts included from a piece by Kelly O’Brien; the link to the full article is at the bottom of the post] I just finished reading a great article on Mind Body Green by Kelly O’Brien entitled “6 Ways the

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