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gluten-free coconut cocoa macaroons.

When I was a kid, my favorite dessert was my mom’s Chocolate Coconut Drop Cookies. If you’re familiar with Haystacks, they’re kind of like those, but made with some kind of Momma P magic and a whole pile of coconut

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is coaching right for you?

Nearly every conversation I have with people who are interested in coaching begins with “I’m a pretty healthy eater” or “I know what I should be doing”. I am always so glad to hear this. An awareness of what we should

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super sunflower seeds.

Seeds make an excellent portable snack. Not only are they delicious, they pack an incredible punch of many things our bodies need to function well. Sunflower seeds in particular include: essential fatty acids (essential for brain, nerve, and circulatory health)

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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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a thought on being healthy.

Health is not a destination. It is a means to accomplish all that we desire to do. I’m discovering this as I continue this never-ending journey towards being my best self. What I’m discovering is that our best self is

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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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uncovering cravings.

All-consuming, and seemingly with a life of their own, cravings can have a pretty marked impact on our lives. That intense desire to seek out and consume all chocolate within a 10-mile radius? The kernel of an idea that starts

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acknowledge your own personal awesomeness.

Do you ever have those moments where you surprise yourself by what you can do? When you accomplish something you never thought you could? When you truly recognize your skills for what they are, and appreciate all the work you

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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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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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summer slaw with creamy tahini dressing.

It has been a balmy 80-something degrees here all day today [high-20s, fine Canadians — don’t worry, I’m still learning, too]. This means it’s finally time to help the body break down some of that stored-up gook from winter!  Green

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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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smorgasbord salad.

It’s that time of year: salads are coming out in full force, replacing many of the heavier dishes we’re used to in winter. I’ve had several conversations with people in the last few weeks where they mentioned they enjoy salads,

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gluten exposed.

[this post was originally featured as a guest post on ‘Strictly Nutritious’ – sharing here for anyone who missed it!]In the last decade, the idea of gluten-free eating has gone from the fringe of food awareness (somewhere out there with

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staples and spice day 5: caribbean jerk spice.

Spices: Allspice, black pepper, chili pepper, cinnamon, paprika, parsley, thyme. Staples: White beans, chickpeas, brown rice. It’s a little taste of the beach, easily packed into one quick meal: just six spices and three staples, and you’re good to go!  If you

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a restaurant has never made me so happy.

Hu Kitchen is a glorious establishment.  I don’t think I have ever been so excited to be in a restaurant. We visited this Union Square gem with some lovely friends last night and I was actually dancing around with excitement,

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a side of greens: spinach walnut mushroom sauté.

Good morning everyone! I wanted to share some culinary inspiration first-thing… if you’re planning for meals later on today, consider this beautifully simple, very green side dish! It makes a great accompaniment to just about anything [or eat it on

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healthy fridge feature #2 [amanda].

It’s Fridge Feature Monday! I am so happy about this situation. Fabulous Amanda is our featured guest this week. We’ve been friends since the beginning of primary school (crazy, right?) and I’ve always been inspired by her healthy habits and head-on tackling

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happy herbivore’s gandhi bowl.

This super-simple, super-filling dinner is courtesy of Lindsay at Happy Herbivore! Her cookbook is amazing: we received a copy as a wedding gift and it gets a lot of use at home.  Often, when I’m not sure what to make and when

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can food intolerances cause cellulite?

Do you have cellulite? Does it stress you out? You’re not alone. Cellulite is a natural build-up of fat in the body – everyone has some. Fortunately, there is a way to reduce its irksome presence in your life. Let’s

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hybrid or diesel: what does your body run on?

Like cars, our bodies require fuel. Like cars, the type of fuel we choose to fill up on greatly affect how we function. If you put diesel in a gas tank, the car will smoke and the engine will run

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healthy fridge feature #1 [meg].

Finally! Something I’ve been wanting to post for awhile: healthy fridge inspiration from some of the most nutritionally-minded people I know! I was inspired by the good people at Well+GoodNYC, who present a celebrity Refrigerator Lookbook every few weeks. I

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an easter side: basil avocado quinoa.

Happy Easter, everyone!  Michael and I returned from a quick trip to PA this weekend [so relaxing!] For a decidedly non-vegan holiday (egg dyeing, butter carving, a ham…), Easter with the family is delightful! As anyone with food intolerances or

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gratitude for grounding.

Have you had days [or weeks or months] where things just feel like too much? You’re overwhelmed. Everything seems to come at you at once. What used to make sense no longer does. And you can’t figure out how to

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vegan burg-adillas. [maybe the best things ever?]

“This is the most delicious thing I have ever tasted. It’s better than steak.” – my sweet husband And if those words, straight from the mouth of my omnivorous fella, aren’t enough to convince you to try these, let me

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roasted tomato garlic quinoa.

I have been on a tomato bender ALL week – I’ve had the most intense craving for them. Salsa, cherry tomatoes, pasta sauce with beans… I’ve covered much of the standard tomato gamut in the last several days. [I suppose

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