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How meditation can help you find your happiest weight: a book review

Weight loss is not something we generally associate with slowing down; at least, I didn’t until quite recently. While I disagree with many that weight loss and weight maintenance needs to be difficult, I’ve always thought about it as being

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Fluffy Squash and Chia Muffins from the I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

 Quick breakfast, easy snack, savory dessert, terrific soup accessory. These muffins have it all going on. The bonus? They’re packed with whole nutrients and a pile of decadently healthful ingredients: chia, squash, almond meal, basil…  Not to mention they’re incredibly

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make your own macrobar.

Energy bars can be tricky! Many on the market are so full of junky ingredients, they might as well be candy bars. While they pack a powerful caloric punch, any energy your body actually derives from them is not sustainable

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creating flavors in your favor.

[Or for my Canadian friends, ‘Flavours in Your Favour’!] Food is not just a vessel for nutrients. It is a creative endeavor. A social experience. A means of connecting with the body, the planet, those with whom we eat.  Enjoying

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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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blackbeans and greens soup.

Recently, I’ve been working a lot with the idea of food-as-fuel (something I think many of us are out of touch with). It’s nice to spend a little time thinking about the way we eat affects our mood and our

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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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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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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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a twist on miso soup.

It’s unusually Vancouver-like in NYC today: cold, rainy, windy… lacking in mountains, though. Oddly enough, I had a great catchup with a friend from the west coast over tea this morning — it felt like home! I was thoroughly frozen

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springtime soup.

In the spirit of spring, this soup incorporates ingredients that help balance and detoxify. If you’re in the Northern Hempishere, many of the vegetables are available at the farmers’ market from the autumn harvest; herbs are just coming into season.

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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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de-cluttering for spring.

It’s a balmy 44 degrees in NYC today, bright and sunny: one of those days where I feel like nature has given us a beautiful gift (and one where the city seems extra-excellent). Yesterday’s torrential downpour has done a number

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demystifying protein [day seven] – to supplement or not to supplement?

Sometimes it’s just not possible to get all of your necessary protein in for the day – time, food options, and caloric density all play into this. In these cases – or if you require additional protein for sports, pregnancy,

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demystifying protein [day six] – the many effects of this macronutrient

Protein has a number of really terrific effects on the body, especially when it comes to satiety, weight management, and cravings. It increases thermogenesis (the internal production of heat, more commonly known as metabolism) – often for hours after a

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demystifying protein [day five] – more plants, fewer animals

If you’ve been following the last several days, you’re well aware that there are many plant-based foods that give us more than enough protein. There is much controversy over this issue, especially between the omnivorous and vegan communities. Let me

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demystifying protein [day four] – protein digestion [and why quality matters]

So you’re on a good path! Eating good-quality, balanced plant-based proteins, listening to your body, adjusting your intake as needed. But if you’ve been wondering all along how that protein is making the magic happen, today’s your day!  Chew. Swallow.

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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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