The most interesting (and highly annoying) observation you’ll make is the number of nutrition and food “experts” you’ll encounter as you make your transition to a plant-based diet. It will seem as though the people around you will have acquired degrees and certifications in healthy eating, nutrition, and vegetarian diets OVERNIGHT. Everyone: Friends, family, and […]
Cooking fosters self-sufficiency and helps you hone lost skills and academic subjects like hand/eye coordination, motor function, reading comprehension, fractions, chemistry, time management, and focus. If your idea of cooking for yourself is whatever can be microwaved, boiled in the bag it came in, or adding water, then it’s time you learned some culinary skills. […]
This hearty, crumb-topped main dish will serve six people generously, and still leave plenty to freeze in small portions for easy weeknight suppers. Using dried beans gives the dish superior texture and the beans a chance to soak up all the flavors of the garlic and herbs. 1 ½ lb. dried cannellini beans 6 sprigs […]
Transitioning to a plant-based diet doesn’t have to be all or nothing, and it certainly won’t happen overnight, in a month, or even three months. It’s important to remember that wherever you are right now in your life, you’ve had X amount of years of a specific relationship with food, and that you are now […]
Organic Soul Chef Madea Allen is a professionally trained whole foods & community foods chef and health coach working in private practice in NYC. She’s also a good friend and colleague. I’ve been working on improving the health of my spleen-pancreas lately (Traditional Chinese Medicine says the presence of dark eyelids and a nasal crease […]
Now that it’s getting colder, it’s all about the warm beverages baby! I’ve started back up with the Yogi Tea chai (herbs + assam tea) and I usually add half & half, but after ordering about ten pounds of raw almonds from my buying club, I figured it was time to make some milk (and […]
Of course I’d find a way to squeeze green smoothies into the NY Locavore Challenge and here’s one just for us NYers! Apples have started making their appearance at our farmers markets and are the best time to experience all the varieties available in New York State (over 100). For this recipe, skip the McIntosh, […]
I never cease to be amazed and amused by how much people complain about NYC: it’s too dirty, there are too many people, too many lights, too many potholes, too many homeless, too many tourists, too expensive, blah, blah, blah. Well, if it’s too much for you, then why are you still here? Get the […]
This is a guest post. In many ways, I close myself off to life in all its fullness. I close myself off to others, as a form of self defense. It happens to all of us. When you left yourself open in the early part of your life, you likely would get hurt from time […]
I’m keeping it pretty simple for the recipes that are going into the Vitamix for this challenge by focusing on the food of the day and going to my neighborhood farmers market or my buying club to source ingredients. Malcolm X Blvd Farmers Market I try to support the community markets in or near my […]
When I first started working with veg*ns in 2005, I took all my clients to the farmers market, where I stressed the many benefits of eating locally and in season (nutrition, transparency, ecology, economy, harmony, nature), but if they had asked me about eating 100% locally, I would not have been able to recommend it. […]
So today is the first day of NOFA-NY’s NY Locavore Challenge and I signed up. My goal is to try and see if I can spend the next thirty days using only local ingredients to make smoothies, juices, desserts, and soups in the Vitamix. Today’s recipe is kind of lazy, because I’ve already posted it. […]
This week, I invite you to think about all the ways you are stretching yourself thin in order to be everything and everyone to your family, friends, boss, and significant other. Here’s your opportunity to take back your life and just say No: To playing chauffeur to folks who don’t have the decency to at […]
Green smoothies are my equivalent of “fast food”. In five minutes or less, I have a whole food meal that doesn’t cost a lot to make and leaves little to clean up. I keep it simple, leafy greens, fruit, and liquid, unless I have a long day ahead of me or am engaged in higher […]
This week’s grow yourself is brought to you by zenhabits.net, a blog that offers tips on simple living. Sure, we all know how to do nothing. We all know how to lay around and waste time. But many of us are too busy to do it much, and when we do it, our minds are […]
We all use a variety of thinking styles in our daily lives, but we tend to favor some but rarely use others—and that hurts our ability to make good decisions. My Thinking Styles™ (MTS) helps you find the right balance, so you can make the best choices in life and at work. Knowing your preferred […]
This green smoothie includes anti-inflammatory ingredients, great for those suffering from arthritis, stiff joints, and related ailments.
Check out this recipe of celery and spinach blended with almond milk.
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There’s only one other person I know who gets excited over pooping like I do, and I’m sure she doesn’t need this. But for the rest of you who have a difficult time pooping, the Squatty Potty is just thing for you. Modern plumbing, like modern medicine gets two things wrong with human biological functions. […]
I’ve been cultivating a thing for beets these past few months – kvass, pickled beets, beet salad, and beet juice, of course. I didn’t grow up eating beets regularly, even though my mother likes them, so it wasn’t until my Locavore journey did I purposefully seek them out. Beet juice usually gets the screwface and a […]
Looking for some new ideas to make summer eating more exciting? Have a cookout or picnic coming up and want to offer something a bit healthier? Well, look no further! Download your free copy of the Summer Recipe Guide and enjoy everything from appetizers to main courses. Be sure to come back and let me […]
2 cups unsweetened almondmilk 1 (10 ounce) package frozen cherries 1/4 cup creamy raw almond butter full recipe at Cherry Almond Smoothie | Whole Foods Market.
For some Yoga practitioners, a yoga mat is yoga mat is a yoga mat. But if your Yoga tradition has you sitting for several hours, like mine sometimes will, you want a bit more than the standard rubber mat. I prefer natural fibers like sheepskin or cotton for home practice, and I have this cotton […]