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.
You’ve likely heard of the ketogenic diet — the low-carb diet plan that gets your body into ketosis to burn fat as your primary fuel source. And you’ve most certainly heard of a vegetarian diet — a way of eating that excludes all meat and meat by-products. But combining the two to make a “vegetarian keto diet” has been gaining traction among those who want the supposed benefits of ketosis while sticking to a meat-free way of life.
What is a Vegetarian Keto Diet?
“A vegetarian keto diet is a v...
Shortly after I got into yoga, I heard two yogi friends talking about their doshas. Admittedly, I thought they were talking about dosas, the savory Indian rice crepes. But it turns out they were talking about ayurveda (the traditional science of India) and the ayurvedic diet. This way of eating centers around your dosha, meaning your ayurvedic body type, and it can help you focus on eating wholesome foods that fuel your body in a balanced way.
In nearly a decade of teaching yoga, I’ve yet to encounter a student who’s lukewarm on pigeon pose. Yoga students either love this hip opener or hate it.
Pigeon pose, or kapotasana, feels amazing when you do it right — the front leg externally rotates to stretch the hip, while the back leg affords the flexors a good stretch — so it’s worth learning how to safely set it up. “Pigeon pose is not a one-position-fits-all exercise,” says Stephanie Saunders, executive director of fitness at OpenFit ...
You’ve likely sipped silky, salty miso soup before diving into a sushi feast, or perhaps you’ve picked up some instant soup packets at Asian grocers. But have you ever tried making this rich and savory soup at home? Miso soup is simple and versatile, providing a blank canvas for your favorite Asian-inspired ingredients. And, since it’s a broth-based soup, sipping on it before a meal — or using it as the basis for one — can help you fill up for fewer calories.
Fall is a season of contrasts. On the farm, harvests begin to slow down, the bright greens and jewel tones of summer mute into earthy hues and all around us Mother Nature is preparing for the impending winter. Off the farm, it’s an eventful season, with kids heading back to school, adults balancing busy schedules and the holidays fast approaching.
With so much going on, it’s easy to let some of your healthy habits fall by the wayside. But don’t let your guard down...
Millennials (and modern science) are catching on to what herbalists and traditional healers have known for millennia: Mushrooms are medicinal.
The food at football stadiums — and the lengthy tailgate parties that precede games — is notoriously heavy. But beyond the traditional pizza, wings and burgers, there are plenty of delicious, healthy options that won’t leave you feeling sidelined by halftime.
Here are 10 dietitian-approved tips to help you find (and bring) healthier eats to any game. Take a page from the experts’ playbook whether you’re partying before an NFL or college matchup or bringing snacks to your kids' game.
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.