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My Caribbean Workday Essentials

I’m SO excited to share everything I throw in my bag for a workday here in Caribbean Costa Rica! As a total voyeur I looove these types of things, and I hope you do too. Keep reading to check out...
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Thoughts I Had During Yoga

A few thoughts that popped into my head during yoga class yesterday, coming from someone who used to have the bitchiest self-thoughts, and frequently restrict to less than 1200 calories/day, and then binge and purge… “Awww my feet are SO...
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Who Activate is For + Love Notes From Clients

I am GIDDY excited to start working with the women who are saying YES to ACTIVATE. Doors close on Friday, and then we dive into the journey! This program is for you if you’ve tried every eating approach and self-love...
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Why Goals Can Trigger Shame and Avoidance

Do you ever feel like no one really wants to hear about your wellness goals? As humans we often bond over suffering and pain. We commiserate together. And when you have a health-related goal it can trigger people, and make...
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The Holiday Support Crew

Getting triggered during the holidays does not make you inadequate, unworthy, or less evolved than you thought you were. Being with your family can be the most wonderful and challenging thing in the world. That doesn’t make your family as...
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Client Feedback From Day 2 of ACTIVATE

WOW this is an email clip from an ACTIVATE health coaching client who’s only on *DAY TWO* of her custom food-based reset… “I’m feeling really good. I started the official reset yesterday, but adhered to the guidelines starting on Sunday,...
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An Important Message For You

We have to stop mentally “cancelling” days as bad or worthless because we ate the wrong thing, drank too much coffee, or ordered that 3rd glass of wine and regretted it. Stay with yourself. Be as present as you can....
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What I Ate Last Night & How I Feel Today

Last night I ate… … a whole pizza (not vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free), and then a medium ice cream cone (also filled with dairy and gluten) with chocolate and coffee gelato as I biked along the ocean at sunset. Not...
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Activate is Open Until Thursday

I’m ashamed that the original deadline for this round of ACTIVATE was last week, and I’ve barely shared about it over the past two weeks. I’m sorry. Why does it matter, and why am I apologizing to you? You joined...
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My Most Embarrassing Food Story

10 years ago I was studying abroad in Florence, Italy, and loving life… only thing that wasn’t going so well: I was bulimic. From the outside I looked young, happy, and thin. All that was true, but I was struggling...
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Let Go of Dieting & Get Your Energy Back with ACTIVATE

It’s easy to forget how much food affects EVERYTHING: Your mood, outlook, energy, relationships, work, digestion, body, focus… EVERYTHING. It’s easy to get jaded, say f*ck it, and give up on feeling great, because it just feels too complicated, and...
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How I Do Gluten

I go to this super sweet cafe here in Costa Rica at least once a week for breakfast. I love rolling out of bed, not meditating, and not doing kundalini or anything else first thing. If you’re a pretty regimented...
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5 Signs You Might Have Histamine Intolerance

Honestly, I never thought I’d be writing this, but I can’t not share it with you.  There’s a new “gluten” in town that could be very sneakily sabotaging your energy, mood, and gut health. And it’s in avocado, spinach, kombucha,...
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How to Heal Your Relationship with Food

Food only exists to support you. Literally. Food is your servant. Your b*tch… who you love, of course. Food is in your life to fuel you and bring you pleasure. But for most people it’s waaaaaay more complicated than that....
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Confused about food? Read this…

What if food was no longer a source of stress, shame, and confusion? Up until 7 years ago, that’s exactly what it was for me…  –  I was constantly stressed about eating too much or too little, gaining weight, and...
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The Real Reason You Feel So Lazy

One of my clients could not figure out why she was feeling so lazy and tired, regardless of eating healthy and drinking coffee. In fact, she realized coffee was making her more tired. Like making-her-nearly-fall-asleep-at-the-wheel tired. Adrenal fatigue robs you...
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How To Get Your Magic Back

When I was working full-time in an office, I loved my work. It was 95% creative (copywriting and nutrition curriculum development) and I always got great feedback and frequent promotions. BUT, the environment was literally making me feel like I...
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Easy Ball Jar Matcha Latte Recipe

Matcha can be GROSS when it’s done wrong, but I like to drink it instead of coffee sometimes. It’s got to taste good though. Duh. That’s why I’m sharing my easy 3-step ball jar matcha latte recipe today. There’s two...
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How To Stop Pushing & Start Receiving

In my super early 20s I was dating a guy I thought I was going to marry. He was hilarious, successful, incredibly loving, adoring, generous… I could go on. I remember the day I met his best female friend, a...
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Why Intuitive Eating Works

I was sitting at one of my favorite restaurants in the West Village this morning eating breakfast – mushroom scramble, crispy potatoes with horseradish cream, rye toast, and a way-too-big side of bacon. Just how I like my bacon. Crispy, and...
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ACTIVATE is here!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! <3 I hope it’s off to a beautiful start. I’m the type of person who will try anything once, except… … another diet. Tried all of them. Failed. Even “clean eating” becomes problematic, because that implies that...
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Practical Tools To Feel Great Through The Holidays

I spent a lot of time in the bathroom after Thanksgiving dinner in 2006. That marked the beginning of my eating disorder: restricting my intake to 1000-1200 calories a day, binging, and purging to varying degrees of intensity over the...
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5 Things I’m Loving Lately

Confession: I’ve always loved those little blurbs in magazines that tell you what the celebrities are eating or what their daily routines are. Today I’m sharing five things I’m loving lately – because they’re just awesome and/or they’re making me...
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Digestive Issues? Try This Meal Plan

I woke up in screaming pain. There were faint little drops of blood on my pillow. I texted the only 24-hour, English-speaking taxi driver I knew in my little Caribbean beach town, asking if the hospital was open (?!) I’m...
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What I Learned From Getting Fired

Have you ever been fired? If so today’s post will make you feel a whole lot better about it. I’m sharing what I learned from getting fired, and why it ended up being a GREAT thing. Plus you might be...
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The Only Two Foods You Need To Meal Prep

I LOVE being able to make a delicious, nourishing meal in 15-20 minutes.  As a creative I often need quick energy and focus so I can stay in my flow. Did you know it usually takes 20 minutes to refocus...
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3 Step Formula To Get What You Want

I was sitting at the bar at my favorite local Italian restaurant in Puerto Viejo, sipping a Negroni out of a large wine glass with two orange slices in it, three olives on a giant skewer, and a big straw....
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How To Get Through Mondays

99% of inspirational quotes on Instagram piss me off. Two reasons… 1. There’s too many of them. 2. Most of them infer that you need to fix something to feel good.  Wanting to make a change – whether it’s clearing...
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My 5 Keys To Stay Sane As An Entrepreneur

Three weeks ago I made my biggest adult life transition to date: I left my apartment in Brooklyn to spend a month with my family upstate, and I quit my part-time restaurant job to go full time with the business...
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The Reason You Shouldn’t Suck Your Stomach In

I was sitting cross-legged on the beach, where the ocean meets the sand and then recedes. I was topless, covered in black sand, with my belly completely relaxed. Even at my absolute thinnest, when I was eating disordered, I would...
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Bloated *AND* hungry? Read this

This thing used to happen to me where I’d feel super bloated a couple hours after a meal, but still hungry. It was this weird combo of feeling like my stomach was blown up but I wasn’t satiated. Have you...
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The First Step To Nailing Any Goal

Picture this: You finally start following a hardcore Paleo diet, going to yoga twice a week, and doing HIIT three times a week. You’re meditating every morning, and taking mini digital detoxes on Sundays – you know all about EMFs...
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6 Weird Ways To Know If You’re Healthy

As a kid I would come home from school and hear from my mom how her cancer patients were in remission after working with her for six months (literally), or how her latest cooking client had lost 15 pounds and...
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How To Bake Eggs

I recently posted a pretty photo of my baked eggs on Instagram and my friend Breanne commented that she didn’t know you could bake eggs! I love baked eggs so much that I knew I needed to get a little blog post...
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The Power of Doing Nothing

I got wiped out by the flu a couple weeks ago. It happens to the healthiest of us. I was frustrated, and felt silly to be stuck in bed when I’m normally such an active person. The silver lining? I...
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Drop Judgment and Anxiety in One Minute

Stop judging it. Yourself. The thought. The thing. Breathe. It’s all normal. You’re not alone. If you’re having a feeling, there are thousands of people having that exact same feeling at that exact same time. Stop judging it. How? Put...
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What It Feels Like To Get Reiki

HAPPY NEW YEAR! What are you most excited about this year? For me, I’m bouncing up and down with excitement to fully integrate Reiki into my integrative health practice. When I first heard about Reiki, I was skeptical. It seemed...
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How To Eat On Thanksgiving: A Game Plan

I love Thanksgiving – it’s one of my favorite times to gather with family and eat alllllll the delicious food and remember how grateful I am for my life. Food wise, Thanksgiving can be tricky for a lot of people....
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Why LESS Discipline Could Be The Answer

When I woke up on a recent morning – Wednesday, October 18th, to be exact (I LOVE tracking things, total nerd) –  I found myself wanting to reach straight for my phone to check out Instagram and see if I’d gotten any texts...
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The Most Important Thing I Do Every Day

Three weeks ago I introduced the Fear of Feeling Good (link in the PS if you’re wondering what that means), and since then, every Tuesday I’ve been dropping a bite-sized action step into your inbox to help you heal any...
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Stuck? Do This In 5 Minutes

For the past two weeks we’ve been discussing the Fear of Feeling Good and what you can do to heal the underlying psychology that’s keeping you from having the body and life you want – finally losing the weight, getting gorgeous...
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This Tangible Action Step Changes Everything

Last week I introduced the concept of Fear of Feeling Good, and today I’m sharing the first tangible action step you can take to get over this underlying fear and finally lose extra weight, get clear, glowing skin, and fix...
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The Real Reason You Don’t Have The Body You Want

Have you ever sat down to do something that’s really important and found yourself browsing shoes online, mechanically organizing your Google Drive, or cleaning your bedroom meticulously – even though it’s not even messy? When we plan to… Nail a...
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My Weird Skincare Routine

In high school and college my skin was super reactive. After eating dairy – and sometimes for what seemed like no reason at all – I would get cystic breakouts that were PAINFUL. I would cake makeup on thinking no...
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How To Poach Eggs In Two Simple Steps

I had a BIG realization last week when I ran out of vinegar and realized that poaching eggs could be even simpler than I thought. Game-changer. I wanted to share my new, easier-than-ever technique with you today so you can...
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3 No-Cook 5-Minute Meals (Not Just Salad!)

This is gonna be quick and dirty. This isn’t a shiny Instagram moment or a golden opportunity for me to show off my recipe development skills or restaurant prowess. Don’t worry, they’re still intact, I’m just feeling the quick AND...
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The Evidence On Dieting

Hey what’s up hello?! I’ve been listening to Trap Queen by Fetty Wap a lot this week. Don’t judge. I’ve also been thinking about EVIDENCE, and how important it is to pay attention to the hard evidence in your life. What...
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One Tool I Used To Stop Binging

I did NOT expect to write here over the holiday break. Then I found myself in awe of how far I’ve come with something that should be so simple and enjoyable: Christmas dinner. I knew I needed to share what that means...
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Podcast: The Ellie Aaron Hour

Oh my goodness it’s been a WHILE since we’ve connected, and it feels so so good to just be sitting on my cozy bed writing to you. 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your friends, fam, or...
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Why We Feel Crazy Sometimes

No matter how great our lives are, there are days we feel straight up lost and just want to curl up in the bath like the girl in this awesome photo by Magdalena Wosinska. I recently had a day like...
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How To Come Back Quick When You Feel Down

Since healing from my eating disorder, gaining weight, and losing weight, the thing I’m most proud of is not that I’m perfectly intuitive and aligned in my food and life choices 100% of the time (cause, well, I’m not)… The...
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3 Ways To Know WHAT To Eat

Deciding WHAT to eat used to be a PAINFUL process for me. There were so many different voices in my head: What I instinctively wanted, what the latest Glamour article told me I should be eating, what my Instagram idol...
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Recipe: Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Aioli

OMG, one of my favorite meals EVER is shrimp tacos and passion fruit margaritas, specifically in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. But not just any shrimp tacos. Perfectly tender, slightly crispy seared shrimp with a crunchy, pickled slaw and creamy aioli....
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Recipe: Mushroom “Bacon” Melt with Pesto

I used to be TERRIFIED of high-calorie, high-fat foods, especially carbs and cheese. I thought I had to give them up forever to maintain my weight. It SUCKED, and seeing photos of melty, gooey deliciousness usually made me wanna cry....
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How To Stop Struggling & Easily Lose Weight

I got stuck in a TERRIBLE rainstorm yesterday and got absolutely drenched. About 3 minutes after I stepped outside my Brooklyn apartment to grab groceries, a few raindrops started coming down. Within minutes, it was pouring outside. When I finally...
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Recipe: Cleansing Green Soup

Cleansing Green Soup Ingredients Serves 4-5 1 head cauliflower 1 bunch green asparagus 2 cups baby spinach 1 medium-large white onion 2 cups water 1 cup Greek yogurt (I like Fage) Sourdough, gluten-free, or other toast of your preference Juice of...
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My Big Huffington Post Debut!

I am sooo excited to share my big Huffington Post debut with you! I’ve been wanting to contribute there for a while, and today it’s a reality. Click here, or the photo below to check it out, and please comment...
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How To Get Your Metabolism Back

Did you know I used to have a deep, intimate relationship with Nutella? And peanut butter. And bread. And brownies. And really ANYTHING I could get my hands on late at night. I was so physically and mentally starved after...
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What To Do When You Hit A Mind-Body Plateau

When I was 17 I put myself on a 1200-1400 calorie per day diet. That’s like, three bites of food. No, I’m kidding, but it’s very very little. I would measure teaspoons of oil and dressing, and measure out half...
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Exactly What I Ate To Bounce Back To 100%

I felt crappy and exhausted last Tuesday morning, and it quickly became a cold and fever on Wednesday. I bounced back really quickly, and today I want to share exactly what I ate and what supplements I took to get there....
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Should You Be Selfish Sometimes?

I’m bursting to tell you about all the debauchery I got into in Miami over the weekend…not. 🙂 It looked more like this… Yoga Read by the pool Swim at the beach Room service Contemplate life in silence Repeat …all...
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My Favorite Recipes & 508% Community Growth

This makes me laugh – one of my first ever recipe posts: Simple Kale Superfood Soup. 🙂 Have you seen it? Yes, that’s an iPhone photo, but I still make it all the time and get notes from readers who love it.  Today,...
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Why This Annoying Tip Changes Your Body & Life

I used to worry I was wasting my time by engaging in “pointless” conversations and activities. I would skip after-work drinks to read a self-help book, write, workout, or clean. Always working on something. When I did find myself in everyday conversations at...
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The Most Effective Non-Diet Weight Loss Tool

From 2007-2009 I was active in the LiveJournal eating disorder community. I’d log in and post pictures whining about how fat I felt, share my puny daily food intake – 1200 calories or less – and exchange tips and tools...
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What You Need To Know & Do About EMFs

During my first big internship at Teen Vogue in college, I noticed I felt drained and tired after spending a few hours on the computer, and totally wiped out after a full day. Even after getting a good sleep, eating...
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How I Broke My Bad Food Habit

As a person with a full schedule it can feel really hard sometimes to cook my own meals. At the busiest of times, I find myself slipping into the habit of ordering even BREAKFAST via Seamless multiple times a week....
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Sweet Six Cookies

I made cookies last weekend, and they turned out REALLY good. They feature coconut flakes, oats, maple syrup, coconut oil, almond butter, and chocolate chips. I’m calling them Sweet Six Cookies cause the combo is insanely good. They’re also super easy...
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The One Food You Should Never Eat

If you know me at all, you probably know that I’m FIERCELY anti-diet. I love food. I love wine. I love dessert. And everything in between. Plus, diets make you overweight and unhappy (more on that in another post). I...
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Why Pleasures Aren’t Guilty

I HATE the term “guilty pleasures.” Almost as much as I hate the word “yummy” (don’t ask). It’s one of my biggest pet peeves. People seem to love asking me what my “guilty pleasures” are, talking about their “guilty pleasures,”...
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My Two Personal Secret Weapons To Balance Overeating

I love bridging the gap between spirituality and practical nutrition, so today I’m giving you my two personal secret nutrition weapons to balance overeating and feel great no matter what I eat. Because it’s not all about meditation, and it’s not all...
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How To Navigate Food During The Holidays

I still get overwhelmed with satisfaction and joy when I get Facebook messages, comments and emails from people saying a blog post entirely changed the way they look at food. I also love love love getting questions from you. I...
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The Simple Way To Lose Belly Fat, Permanently

I was sitting in the lifeguard chair, scanning the water and daydreaming about pizza, or anything that wasn’t pre-portioned turkey rollups, spinach salad, and exactly one tablespoon of olive oil and vinegar dressing. I was 17 and thought that perfectly...
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3 Easy, Effective Tools For Less Stress

I can’t not share this with you today, because it’s been coming up for almost ALL my clients: The pressure cooker effect. It’s like everyone’s screaming for guidance on this, because we’re all stressed in some way. F*ck, laying around...
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Recipe: Campfire Fish

I became quite the campfire chef on a trip to the Catskills with my boyfriend back in September. I made a pretty incredible fish-in-parchment type thing with red snapper, Meyer lemon, basil, great olive oil, and pink salt, and I’m...
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Recipe: Brown Rice Truffle Risotto

I was going to make classic risotto with the works, but I got home from the grocery store yesterday, positive that I already had risotto rice, and I totally didn’t. I only had brown basmati rice. SO, I ended up...
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How To Ditch Morning Anxiety

I woke up filled with anxiety, my heart pounding, mouth dry, wondering if I was late. I rolled over and grabbed my phone to see what time it was, and my heart started beating out of my chest; it was...
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Recipe: Bulletproof Italian Meatballs

When I sit down to a meal, I have five goals: 1. Sensory pleasure and satisfaction. 2. Satiation – aka, it’s gotta fill me up. 3. Blood sugar stabilization. No crazy spikes and dips. Protein + fat + complex carbs,...
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12 Steps To Not Get Sick This Season

Last week my best friend Heather texted me that her man was sick and asked for recommendations. I sent back a group of mile-long texts with specific DO’s and DONT’s and immediately realized I should share this stuff with you....
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Recipe: Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Today I have a super simple, delicious, flu-fighting recipe for you. It’s almost TOO simple, so I was hesitant to share it, but a lot of you have told me you love easy recipes, and this tastes so good that...
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Recipe: Grilled Asparagus with Paleo Caesar Drizzle

Ever been to a barbeque where the vegetables sit there to wilt while everyone scarfs down burgers and “artisanal” hot dogs? Hey, artisanal means healthy, right?! Burgers (my preference) and hot dogs are awesome, but vegetables have the potential to...
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Scary Facts About Coffee

I was shocked when I found out that coffee is one of the highest mold crops, and your everyday cup is filled with mycotoxins (mold) that seriously impact your health. Gross, right? But it’s true. Apparently, 91.7% of all coffee...
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Recipe: Miso-Glazed Salmon

I made this miso-glazed salmon a couple weeks ago when I was visiting my parents, and there was drooling involved. And a lot of silence. You know food is good when people stop talking. I paired it with coconut black rice...
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3 Foods That Actually Curb Your Appetite

The worst diet advice I ever got was to eat a small salad before meals to fill up and eat less calories. Even worse? I used to give that advice to other people too, like my high school waitressing friends (I’ve...
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Recipe: Greek Sweet Potato Fries

I worked at a fancy Greek restaurant in college and would always grab rogue Greek-style fries from the kitchen. They were the best thing ever. Thick-cut fries tossed with grated Greek cheese – feta or kefalograviera – salt, pepper, and...
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Read This Before You Drink Another Smoothie

I had a really painful tooth infection last week and it was near-impossible to eat anything except smoothies and soup. I got so bored I almost tried baby food. On my third day of drinking smoothies for two meals a...
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Learn To Thrive In The Fear And Shame Economy

When I was interning and writing for fashion magazines, I realized I was contributing to the ball of anxiety that 99% percent of people feel to constantly improve and be perfect. Anxiety, fear, and shame compromise your immune system and...
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Recipe: Ultimate Greek Salad

I worked at a Greek restaurant for three years in college, and my manager would routinely make me cry, BUT, I learned how to make an awesome Greek salad. And Felix would even let me chop the cucumbers sometimes. So...
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The Key To All-Day Focus And Energy

Question for you: What’s your energy like during the day? Do you jump out of bed with no alarm feeling totally energetic, creative and focused? Does it last well into the evening? OR, do you start off (naturally) high-as-a-kite and then quickly spiral into...
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The Best Breakfast For High Metabolism

Do you have days where you feel kind of crappy, and guilty about feeling bad on top of it? Most people I talk to are almost obsessed with ALWAYS feeling happy, healthy, and positive, to the point where they fake...
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How A Chair Changed My Life

I used to feel like I couldn’t speak or move in certain situations. It started in high school chemistry class, sitting there sweating, afraid to raise my hand or even reach into my backpack for a pen. My body felt...
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7 Ways To Feel Better By Doing Less

For 90% of people, sensuality is the missing piece of the health puzzle. Engaging your senses is the simplest way to have more energy, lose weight and improve your focus. When you smell, taste, hear, feel and see fully, you...
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Why Sex is Crucial for Health

Sex! Orgasms! Feelings! They’re the missing keys to health. There, I said it. Now that I’ve gotten it off my chest, we can dive in. Feel uncomfortable already? It’s ok, I do too. It’s not easy to talk about sex,...
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Independence Day Presents for You

Happy, happy Independence Day! Even if you’re not in the U.S., this is the perfect day to celebrate and honor your freedom to live an incredible, healthy, abundant life. I have three fun presents for you today, so make sure you...
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Why I’m Eating Mud for My Health

I have a new kinda-by-accident secret tool that’s totally awesome for weight loss and maintenance, digestive health, healing and preventing acne and other skin blemishes and so much more. I’m overwhelmed by how many awesome healing benefits this stuff that...
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Should You Be Working Harder?

Do you ever feel like you should be working harder? OR are you constantly plagued with guilt for not taking care of yourself as well as you could be? Is it hard to remember the last time you got a...
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Why Travel is the New Self-Care

Does traveling usually make you anxious? With a little reframing and planning, it can be a source of relaxation, self-care and pleasure. I recently spent 24 hours in transit to and from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, and I felt like I had...
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Get Wild With Me This Week

I’m getting on a plane to Costa Rica in a few minutes, but I wanted to share something with you before I go. What if I told you that getting wild (as in, jungle-caveman wild) was the key to whole...
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Personal Confession: I’ve been slipping…

I’ve been noticing lately that something feels off with me. Know what I mean? When you feel like you’re doing everything right but you just aren’t feeling fantastic? I have an endless toolbox of tips and tricks for feeling amazing – having...
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The Big Breakfast Mistake

Most people I know are making a big mistake when it comes to breakfast. Miami-style with in-season yellow tomatoes. Especially as the weather gets warmer, it’s easy to grab a quick smoothie, açaí bowl or juice and get on with your...
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One (Big) Reason to Eat White Rice

I used to reluctantly order brown rice with all my sushi at my favorite neighborhood Japanese restaurant, and nag my ex-boyfriend to do the same when we were sharing (which was always). Why pressure myself to go brown when I...
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How to Lose Weight by Eating What You Want

Confession: Sometimes I have truffle popcorn for dinner while watching Sex and the City, instead of sitting down with a nice candle and having a real dinner. Why? Because sometimes it’s really important – and crucial for your health –...
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Why I (Almost) Never Eat Salads

Most salads suck. I used to force down big spinach salads every day for lunch when I was interning at international magazines, and wonder why I felt bloated and tired all day. I finally came to the realization that the...
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By Popular Demand: Dairy-Free Thyme Hollandaise

Dairy-Free Thyme Hollandaise Serves 2 Ingredients 2 large egg yolks 1/2 cup melted vegan butter, such as Earth Balance 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1-2 teaspoons minced thyme Fine Himalayan salt, to taste Fine white pepper, to taste Method Melt vegan...
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Toasted Coconut Pancakes

Last week I teased you with crispy crepe-like toasted coconut perfection pancakes, and today I have the recipe for you. I ate these guys too fast to snap a photo, but I’ll be updating this page with a snapshot soon...
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Sweet Potato Latkes with Soft Eggs

Today I have a simple and delicious breakfast or brunch to keep you warm on cold winter mornings. Enjoy! Sweet Potato Latkes with Soft Eggs Serves 2 Ingredients 2 medium sweet potatoes 1 small yellow onion 1/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose...
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How to Actually Stop Mental Chatter

Today I have something really quick and effective for you – the simplest, most impactful tool you can use to stop mental chatter cold. You know what I’m talking about – that negative little voice in your head that tells...
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The Foods You Need to Balance Acidity

Everyone’s talking about acidity these days, but what does it really mean? And it sounds terrible, so how can we get it out of our bodies? When your body is acidic, it simply means that your pH is too low....
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How to Recover from a Sugar Coma

So, it happened. You were feeling amazing – energized, healthy, and naturally making the right choices for your body without thinking about it too much. And then BAM – a coworker brings in the best brownies ever and you eat...
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5 Tools for Energy and Ease All Winter

Winter is a super magical time – snowflakes, Christmas time, fancy store windows and delicious, warming meals. Regardless of all this beauty, it can also be a difficult time for a lot of people. Cold temperatures and busy schedules can...
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5 New Year’s Resolutions to Avoid

This is the time of year gyms are brimming with people who are finally committing to a serious workout routine and juice bars are jam-packed with eager customers waiting to start their cleanses, sipping on samples of super green blends....
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16 Tools to Recover from the Flu

I never get sick, so when I woke up almost a week and a half ago with a low-grade fever, congestion and body aches, I knew something was up. Then I started hearing from practically everyone I ran into that they were...
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14 Tactics for Freakish Productivity

I ran into a colleague in the elevator yesterday and asked her what she was up to for the holidays. She said she was super excited to relax with her family, but I could feel that there was something uneasy...
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The One Holiday Dessert That’s Super Healthy

It’s my belief that any dessert eaten at the right time and in the right way is perfectly healthy, but there’s one holiday treat that boasts legit health benefits – any day, any time. It’s energizing, satisfying, and leaves you...
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Beyond the Plate: How to Eat Takeout

I LOVE to cook, and there are some nights when I don’t want to go anywhere near my kitchen. Fine dining is pretty simple when it comes to getting a quality meal – and I love it – but the...
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It’s not a contest…

Once in a while when I sit down for my daily meditation, I feel this twinge of anxiety. Suddenly I’m racing the clock and 20 minutes seems so intimidating. I have to gently remind myself that it’s not a contest, and...
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10 Reasons You Need To Be Drinking Bone Broth

“What’s that stuff you’re drinking?” She asked, “Oh, it’s bone broth,” I said quickly, as if it was second nature to everybody. Although this primal drink has become second nature to me, I still totally get the “weirdness” of it, and...
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The Only Number You Need

I spent two years weighing myself multiple times a day, judging myself and adjusting my behavior based on the number each time. It did not bring eternal health and happiness to me. Shockingly. I never liked math much, so I...
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Tell the Truth, Heal Your Thyroid

Thyroid disorders are rampant, and super annoying. Almost all of my clients are dealing with some type of thyroid disorder, whether it’s underactive or overactive. Hypothyroidism (underactive) is a condition where the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones to properly...
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Have you tried butter for that?

I’ve been consistently drinking butter (yes, literally, Mom) for the past month or so. Now, you might be wondering why you’re reading this, and why you look to me for health advice. It sounds ludicrous to consume large amounts of...
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Turning “Success” Upside Down: An Action Guide

In my business and writing coaching, a natural extension of my health coaching practice, my clients often get really tripped up on the word success. They think they have to meet certain outside criteria to be successful, rather than choosing...
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The Reason You Feel So Tired in the Morning

Have you ever woke up bright-eyed at 7am only to find yourself falling back to sleep at 9am after breakfast? Do you crave sugar and/or caffeine around 11am and 4pm every day? You might be eating the wrong breakfast. Breakfast...
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Why You Need To Be Eating Sweet Vegetables

Since sharing The Real Reason You Should Cut Sugar, I’ve gotten a lot of desperate emails and phone calls asking HOW? Sugar is scientifically proven to be more addictive than cocaine, so it’s no wonder that so many of my...
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Eating for Your Blood Type: Beans and Legumes

One of the first questions I ask my clients is, “What’s your blood type?” Most of them look at me perplexed, confused or simply nonplussed, and only 25% know the answer. What could my inherent blood type have to do...
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Hey, Stop Picking At It!

When you pick at a scab or cut it gets worse. It heals naturally when you leave it alone – maybe gently clean it. When you pick at a deep, under-the-skin blemish, it spreads, gets bigger, agitated. If left alone...
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The Secret Detox Tool You Need

People go to great lengths to make sure they’re cleansed, detoxed and running smoothly – juice cleanses, lemon juice fasts, raw food and so much more. It gets really complicated and really expensive, fast. There’s a much simpler way to...
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Watch Your Head

I spent almost a full year planning out, portioning and packaging each and every one of my meals and snacks to fit into a 1200 calorie daily “budget.” If you’re not familiar with the old calorie system, this is about...
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The Everything Bagel Epiphany

I absolutely love everything bagels. Especially toasted with lox, tomato, onion and tofu cream cheese. There’s nothing better. The challenge with bagels for me is that they have a higher gluten content than regular bread, and they equal about five...
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Why You Should Do A Reverse Detox

When I’m speaking to women and men who are really wanting to feel good in their bodies and lighten up, most of them think they need to strip away all the “bad stuff” and cleanse until they’re spic ‘n span....
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How to Drink Coffee Without Feeling Crazy

The average coffee drinker consumes over three cups a day, and spends over $160 per year on the stuff. How many of those cups do you think the consumer actually enjoys? Rather than a beautiful, nurturing ritual, coffee has become...
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5 Pillars of Optimal Digestion

Digestion is the number one body system I work with clients on. Whether they come to me with skin issues, low energy, chronic fatigue or brain fog, it’s at least somewhat, if not completely related to digestion 100% of the...
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Quick Fire: 10 Habits for World Domination

1. Set an intention for the week. How do you want to feel, act, be? 2. Take a few hours each Sunday, or whichever day punctuates your week, to prep some healthy and delicious food. 

Make a batch of plain...
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The Truth About Vitamin D

My mom is a total sun worshiper, but it was really hard for me to get down with intense heat when I was little. I would get hot and fussy after 10 minutes on the beach or deck and go...
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What’s Up With Antibiotics?

Most people I know pop antibiotics without batting an eyelash when infections arise. Most people I know also report digestive upset, chronic fatigue, and skin issues, especially around the jawline and chin, an area that reflects the state of the...
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10 Ways to Lighten Up

Have you ever come up for air during a conversation and realized that all you talk about is work or self-improvement? In one of my favorite films, Fight Club, Tyler Durden says, “Self-improvement is masturbation. Now self-destruction is the answer.”Although...
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When Should I Eat? [Answer]

Most diets have specific rules about when you should eat and what you should eat. I have clients who agonize and obsess over not eating after 6pm, others who are fiercely devoted to skipping breakfast, and many who work right...
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The Real Reason You Should Cut Sugar

As a little girl, I used to drink rice milk and eat brownies in place of meals whenever I could talk my parents into it. Yes, I was very persuasive, and they trusted my instincts a lot – bless them....
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3 Reasons You Should Abandon Technology

Friday night, I was cooking shrimp tacos over a two-top burner wearing a headlight, miner-style. It had gotten dark out while we were in the tent, but we were too hungry to give up on dinner altogether. I would normally...
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Why Food Doesn’t Matter That Much

In my world of health and wellness, I see a lot of people scrutinizing every morsel that crosses their lips, and analyzing everyone else’s plate too. I also see a lot of people that are still unhappy with their bodies,...
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How to Finally Feel Satisfied After Meals

Do you ever feel full – maybe even bloated – yet totally unsatisfied after a meal? Are you anxious and on-edge, or buzzing and scattered? Having trouble focusing at work and reaching for more chocolate and coffee after lunch?  ...
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Pocket Guide: When to Give, When to Get

I recently asked a guy to cook me dinner. Does that sound weird or scary to you? Most people I’ve mentioned it to give me some variety of “shocked” face. Originally, I had invited him over for dinner. When the...
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Stop Blaming Your Food and Find Freedom

I worked with a woman for three years who would only allow herself pancakes once a year. A year. Not a week, not a month, not every six months, a year. At the time, I was shocked, impressed and perplexed...
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The Power of Environments

Florence, Italy is my happy place. Yes, it’s inherently beautiful, but the people there put a premium on living beautiful lives in beautiful environments. Environments are created by objects, people, emotions, and so much more. When people are living from...
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Out of Context

Most people wake up every morning, go to the bathroom, drink water, eat breakfast, go to work, eat lunch, work some more, come home, eat dinner, watch TV and go to bed. Some sprinkle exercise in there, others meditation, or...
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Creamy, Crunchy Salads and Serotonin

Most people I run into believe they have to eat gross food to lose weight or feel good about their bodies. They think they have to rewire their brains to crave plain steamed kale and broccoli, and train their taste...
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The Secret to Successful Detoxing

When I wake up in the morning, one of the things I look forward to most is beautifully prepared and seasoned food, intuitively chosen to serve my body best. When going into detox periods, my clients’ #1 concern is missing...
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How To Eat Dessert [Milk & Cookies]

A well-placed dessert can totally make your day. A poorly-chosen or mindless dessert can ruin your day. You know what I’m talking about – one moment you’re sitting at your desk, and the next you’re zombie-walking into some random bakery...
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Bridge Season [The Best Soup Ever]

So, it technically became spring in New York City on March 20th, right? There were a few fleeting days where I felt that splash of sunshine as I walked through Soho to barre class, but when this past Monday hit...
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The Missing Mineral Your Body Needs

Salt is scary for a lot of people. The majority vote is that it makes you puffy, bloated and dehydrated. There is some truth to this: If you eat excessive amounts of salt, it’s likely that you won’t feel – or look...
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Winter Fruit

In the wintertime, we definitely need heartier foods – like braised short ribs – to make up for all the extra energy we expend to keep our bodies warm. Our winter jackets can only do so much – homeostasis is key in...
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Crunch [Chickpea “Trail Mix”]

If you’ve ever been called a granola kid or a hippie, you’re probably familiar with the good old trail mix snack. It’s often a standby for childhood hikes, forced museum expeditions, and other prolonged periods away from solid food.Personally, most...
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Don’t Call It a Canapé

Canapé is one of the most pretentious words I’ve ever heard. Nevertheless, the “small, prepared and usually decorative food, held in the fingers and often eaten in one bite,” often translates to an explosion of delicate yet concentrated flavor in...
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Bright and Rooted [Two Soups, Two Ways]

Soup is comfort food. But what if you just want a little slice of comfort with something a little more racy? Something super crispy, almost fried, but accepted in all 9,000 dietary camps on a Monday night?I don’t have such...
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Creamy Chia Pudding with Blueberries

I polished off the container as I reached the front of the security line at JFK. I usually opt for candlelight, even with breakfast, and more space between bites and courses, but this was an exception. I couldn’t let the...
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Sticky Sweet [Cashew Caramel Fudge]

I recently got a panicked email from a friend who had derailed from her seven day New Year’s juice cleanse. On day four, she caved and ate an entire huge bar of chocolate at her desk – then a brownie...
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Braising: A Meditation

The first time I tasted braised short ribs was at the restaurant I worked at in college. I was completely floored by their tender, incredibly rich texture and addictive flavor. Alongside porcini mushroom mashed potatoes, they were like stepping into...
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3 Steps to Authentic Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation is about stepping outside your daily routine to renew your mind and body. If you wake up every morning, drink hot water with lemon, meditate and eat leafy green vegetables all day, you might need some truffle fries and...
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Lamb: A Love Story

As a little girl I refused to eat lamb. Sheep were way too cute, and I couldn’t bear to imagine them dying for my sake. I also hated the rich, slightly gamey flavor. My mom would try to cajole me...
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Getting to the Root of Adrenal Fatigue

About a year ago, I was laying on my yoga mat in savasana, soaking wet in a combination of sweat and rain. It had started pouring on my walk to the studio, and I was stuck without an umbrella. As...
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Bison + Baby Kale Lasagna

Lasagna has always been one of those exotic and far away foods for me. I couldn’t have it – it just wasn’t happening. I would never experience that rich, creamy satisfaction that only a layered pile of meat, cheese and...
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Secret Vegan Cream Sauce

As someone who’s completely dairy-free, cream sauces always seem so inaccessible. The truth is that they’re quite easy to make – from coconut milk to root vegetables, there are tons of dairy-free and/or vegan ingredients that make sauces super creamy...
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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola

Granola is one of those simple pleasures that can make your day. Waking up and having a delicious, nutrient-packed breakfast ready to go will make you want to spring out of bed and take the day on headfirst, whether you’re...
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Recipe: Sweet Potato Kale Frittata

Brunch is a big deal in New York. The truth is, you don’t have to get too fancy to turn out a delicious meal your guests will love. Yes, you can sauté some shallots, kale and parboiled sweet potato in...
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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Blondies

Blondies are one of the most underrated baked goods. Their chewy, gooey, brown sugar goodness deserves way more credit than it receives. Essentially, they’re a chocolate chip cookie on steroids. Add peanut butter to the mix, and you have the...
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Simple Kale Superfood Soup

There’s nothing quite like diving into a big bowl of nurturing, satisfying, refreshing soup. Depending on the season, soup can be served hot or cold, and in turn have warming or cooling effects on the body. This super easy soup...
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