Weekend Reading, 1.29.17

Last weekend, I...more

Vegan Split Pea Soup with Smoky Tempeh Croutons

I shared a few of my winter cooking goals last week, and high on the list was getting back into the habit of making big batches of simple food–enough to enjoy as leftovers, freeze, and defrost as needed. Soups are an obvious candidate for this kind of cooking, and this vegan split pea soup with smoky tempeh croutons is a great place to start. Last night, after a long day of chilly drizzle and relentless wind, Steven and I...more

Weekend Reading, 1.22.17

Shortly after the new year began, Elizabeth Gilbert tweeted something that stuck with me: “There are only 2 two ways to have a peaceful conscience: Never do anything wrong or learn self-forgiveness (Pro tip: first way’s impossible)” I love the this quote because it exposes perfectionism for what it really is: an exercise in futility. Of course none of us never does anything wrong. To avoid mistakes is impossible, and yet so many of us would rather try...more

“Small, Daily Choices”: Veestro Yes I Can Program Wrap-up

“What does wellness really mean?” This was the subject line of one of the wellness emails I got from Veestro Food’s founder, Monica, this past week. I liked the simplicity of her answer: “Simply put, it’s nothing more than small daily choices that lead into lifelong, very big changes.” Monica’s take on wellness got me thinking about a question that I often pose to my nutrition clients: “What would it take for this to feel a little easier?” I ask this question when someone has expressed a desire to do something—cook more often, eat more greens, you name it—along with doubts about how achievable the goal will be. I ask because I know as well as anyone that it’s easy to get carried away with goal-setting, but implementing those goals is another story ....more

Cultured Breakfast Macro Bowls

A few weeks ago, amid the usual headlines about cleansing and detox, there was at least one promising trend: a bunch of articles on increasing beneficial bacteria in the gut. One such article, which ran in the New York Times, was titled “A Gut Makeover for the New Year.” It noted that, when scientists compared the gut microbiota of people eating standard American diets versus those eating a lower-calorie, plant-based diet, they found the latter group to have richer and more diverse populations of beneficial bacteria. The article went on to share tips for strengthening one’s microbiome, including the sensible advice to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts—eat plants, in other words ....more

Weekend Reading, 1.15.17

Once upon a time–and by that I mean as recently as 8 months ago–I spent a lot of time reading articles and lists and impassioned bits of advice about productivity. I listened to podcasts about time management, efficiency, and entrepreneurship. In spite of the fact that I wasn’t...more

Veestro’s 21-Day Nourishment Program: Update and Giveaway!

No matter how much time I spend thinking about nutrition in my work life, it’s not usually a topic that comes up with friends. So it came as a surprise the other day when a good friend brought up healthful eating over the phone. “You know,” he said, “it’s amazing how much in my life changes when I’m taking the time to eat right, exercise, and sleep.” He went on to say that, while he never gave much thought to his diet in the past, he’s been paying more attention lately to what he eats and how it makes him feel ....more

Loaded Garlic Kale Potatoes

I often hear folks say that it’s difficult to eat...more

Weekend Reading, 1.8.17

Happy Sunday, all. We made it through our first week of 2017! One of the links I’m sharing this Sunday is Stella Blackmon‘s reflection on making friends as an adult ....more