Journalist turned recipe developer, ACE-certified health coach and yoga teacher (RYT 500). (Additional training in nutrition, herbalism.) Sharing stories about making the world healthier and happier.
Walk into any Whole Foods or similar market, and you’ll see how our interest in mushrooms has, well, mushroomed. The produce section boasts varieties from lion’s mane to shiitake, while the supplement aisle has powders, capsules and tinctures galore. There’s mushroom coffee, mushroom chocolate and mushroom jerky.
We still prefer to eat our mushrooms, but mushrooms as medicine are increasing in popularity. They’re gaining attention both as immune boosters and as adaptogens...
Since I started writing about diets and health in 2008, I've seen countless trends come and go (looking at you, HCG diet and "toning" shoes). I've also seen some truly awful advice posted on message boards and Facebook by people trying to shed pounds and—sadly—even by health professionals peddling quick fixes, outdated ideas, and their own unhealthy habits.
In the last couple of years, we've turned a corner. Body positivity, the understanding that we can be healthy at all sizes...
No matter where you are in your healthy living journey, you’re going to have “one of those days.” You know the ones. Even as a yoga teacher and health coach, I have days where I want to climb back into bed and pull the covers over my head. But I can’t, so I put on my big-girl pants and get right back on the proverbial horse after a little TLC for the soul.
If the world has dulled your shine today, here are six ways you can recharge your soul. (And, remember: everyone has bad days. Everyone. You’re still an awesome, beautiful, strong human even if you forget it was your turn to bring snacks.
Though they’re supposed to be the happiest and merriest of seasons, the holidays can feel overwhelming at times. The parties, the gifts, the people and all of the to-dos can make you feel more stressed than blessed this time of year. Thankfully, each of us has a built-in “in case of emergency” rest and restore response, which we can access anywhere and any time.
The breath is the only function of the autonomic nervous system that we can consciously control, and by controlling the breath, we can turn off (or turn down) the stress response, slow the heart rate and directly impact our mood.
Need more motivation to drink water? (Some days we all do.) Soda has long been considered a source of “empty calories,” but a recent study found that your sugary drink could impact your health — and your cravings — even after you’ve taken the last sip.
According to a study published earlier in 2017 in the journal BMC Nutrition, what you drink at a meal can make you crave salty food for hours afterward — and cause you to store more fat! Um, have fast-food restaurants known this all along? This...
When I started my health-coaching practice back in 2014, I initially stuck with what I knew: the traditional "calories in, calories out" and "move more, eat less" advice. But weight loss is more complicated than that for a number of reasons, so a couple of years ago, I started to shift away from that model.
As a teacher, I’m often asked about the meanings of different yoga terms, from the names of yoga poses to the different types of yoga and the philosophical concepts commonly woven into yoga classes.
Here, with the help of several experienced teachers, we’ve compiled a list of the most common yoga terms you’ll encounter in a class, along with real-life examples of how you would use those “yoga words.”
If you’ve ever felt confused in a yoga class and don’t know your shakti from your shanti, this glossary of yoga terms is for you!
With nearly 37 million Americans doing yoga these days, there are more options than ever for finding a yoga practice you like. There’s hot yoga and HIIT yoga for those who like to sweat. There’s restorative yoga and yin yoga when you want to go slow. For rule followers, there are regimented practices like ashtanga yoga or Iyengar yoga. For homebodies, there are even at-home yoga videos like 3 Week Yoga Retreat. And for the free spirits, there’s shakti yoga.
Yoga has come a long way in the past few years. Take a look at any studio’s schedule and you’ll see so many different types of yoga, from ashtanga yoga and kundalini yoga to aerial yoga and acro yoga. You might have even heard about — or tried — some of the more modern and unusual iterations of the ancient practice: hip-hop yoga, HIIT yoga, and naked yoga… just to name a few.
As someone who doesn’t eat meat, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been served plain greens or a pile of raw vegetables and had no choice but to consider that measly salad a “meal.”
From weddings to work dinners, I’ve chewed and chomped my way through those skimpy salads; I even made a few lackluster salads for myself in my early meat-free days before learning about macronutrients.
If you’re just starting to make the switch to a vegetarian way of eating, you can build a filling meal-size salad with our foolproof formula for a healthy vegetarian salad.
As a longtime vegan, I feel like I’m about to give away a state secret, but here it goes:
Vegan food isn’t all kale smoothies, quinoa bowls, and almond milk. There’s a lot of junk food that happens to be vegan. And just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy.
If you’re struggling to eat enough fruits and vegetables, salads are an easy, tasty way to reach your daily quota, or at least get yourself a lot closer! They can also be a nutrient-dense, filling meal on their own when you know what to include. But beware: Salads can easily turn into calorie bombs if you’re not keeping an eye on portions and ingredients.
To simplify your salad-making process, we came up with a foolproof formula for a filling and healthy salad.
But first, let’s take a look at where your bowl of greens may be going astray.
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If you’ve ever done an extra hard leg workout or spent the night out in stilettos, chances are you’ve woken up the next day with sore calf muscles. But what about those times when you seem to get sore calves for no reasons? And more...
Aluminum foil might be your go-to for ease and convenience when cooking (and cleaning up!), but if you’re using it, it’s time to make the switch to parchment. Like margarine and plastic containers, aluminum foil has overstayed its welcome in the kitchen and there’s now a much better option. Next time you’re making a baking sheet dinner or roasting up your winter farmers’ market finds, reach for parchment paper instead. Here’s why.
We’ve been using tomato paste all wrong. But now we know better, so we’re going to let you in on a culinary secret that will change the way you cook with it forever. This little tip will not only boost the flavor of your recipes (especially any that start with a can of tomatoes), but it’ll also give you a quick way to impress your dinner guests and step up your homemade pasta game. We’re sharing this as a culinary public service, because once upon a time we also made this mistake.