Delaying Resolutions

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Changing your life is a scary proposition. You become so used to the rut you’re currently in that even the thought of change can be overwhelming. One way to deal with this fear is to delay starting to make improvements in our lives. We know what we need to do to live the kind of…

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This American Girl


Friends, One of my very favorite people in the world, Camille, has begun writing. You might remember her from our months-long adventure earlier this year in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Belize. Well, her new blog, This American Girl, paints her life through travel, culture, food, and most preciously–the lessons learned along the way. It’s brilliant…

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Checking in


On Wednesday at noon, I submitted the third draft of my manuscript. Working on it the past few weeks, I’ve found myself oddly satisfied in knowing that my promised reward for turning it in would be a massive Thanksgiving feast. It made sense, given that my memoir is as food-focused as I am. But within…

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Beef and Lentil Sloppy Joes

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Years ago, I dabbled in lentils. Indian spiced lentils, lentil burgers, lentil chili…all lentils all the time. One of my favorite recipes at the time was for “Snobby Joes,” or, sloppy joes made with lentils in place of ground beef. They were–they are–fantastic. Smoky and sweet and comforting while also remaining healthy and vegetarian. If…

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Lightened Up Pad Thai for Two

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I am obsessed. Like, completely, overwhelmingly, not-gonna-stop-unless-you-make-me-and-even-then-it’s-iffy. I’ve been making this one meal everyday for…oh, I don’t know…ten days? Help me. **Note that this recipe isn’t authentic. It’s simply a quick, easy meal to throw together that tastes a bit like pad Thai, with thin strands of cabbage serving as the noodles. It’s so delicious…

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On Cheat Days

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Isn’t so much of the battle in weight loss mental? Sometimes the way we frame behaviors can make all the difference. Weeks ago, I wrote about the pros and cons of taking time away from a diet plan, for the sake of recharging your mind and your motivation. I pointed out that, if you feel…

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Thoughts on Prop 37


There’s an interesting debate swirling around the Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Initiative in California. If approved, the initiative will “require labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if the food is made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.” It will also prohibit the labeling…

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