One of the keys to making health and authentic living simple and sustainable is to get crystal clear on your values — the baseline needs that drive who you are as a person. Ideally, our values inform and direct our actions which determine our habits and priorities — how we allocate our time and resources. Where some of us get hung up is not understanding our values and letting life dictate our priorities. When this happens, we lose control of our time, feel discontent, overwhelmed, and often unable to make changes we want to make.
I turn thirty-five at the end of March. No longer am I an angsty young adult with a deficit of life experience. To celebrate, I gave myself an early birthday gift, a reset. Now I will enter my thirty-fifth year older. Wiser. Stronger. Smarter. Better.
Four years ago this weekend, I was 28 weeks pregnant with Ella. It was an unusually warm March so my former spouse, Wes, and I decided to drive our big red truck into the mountains for a hike. As we drove up a barely maintained logging road, already miles away from a paved highway and well out of cell service, the gravel under our tires became an ice rink. Instead of turning around, we decided to keep driving, hoping conditions would improve.
Some of you may know my partner, Joshua Fields Millburn (JFM). He likes smoothies and frequently drinks this one as an afternoon snack. It’s crazy nutritious, yummy, and really pretty. If you’re a child-at-heart like me, you’ll purposely give yourself a smoothie mustache while drinking it. Or if you hate dishes like JFM, you’ll drink it straight from the blender.
This dessert is for those who want a little sweet decadence, but also want to avoid added sugar and large portions. Cacao Coconut Protein Probiotic Pudding is loaded with good stuff: protein, antioxidants, healthy fats, and probiotics, while being junk-free.
I took liberties with the traditional niçoise salad. This new version has salmon instead of tuna, avocado instead of potatoes, and a ton of kale. The resulting salad is absolutely delicious, satisfying, and paleo and keto-friendly. Although there are disagreements about what can claim to be a niçoise salad, this one is a big stretch, but it has a similar flavor profile with the boiled eggs, capers, kalamata olives, balsamic vinegar, and avocado oil, so I’m going with it.
There is a lot of confusion about the best way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight long-term. Many think of weight status through the flawed traditional calories-in, calories-out framework. However, I’ve found that learning to interpret and properly respond to our internal hunger and satiety cues is a far more successful and maintainable approach.
I’ve decided to start posting complete meal ideas, using several different Minimal Wellness recipes. This idea was born out of the interactions I’ve had with clients who seem to value the meal planning resources and suggestions I provide. So, without further ado, here is the first official Minimal Wellness Meal: Coconut Crusted Halibut with Curried Brassicas and Pineapple Chutney. This meal is gluten-free, paleo, keto-friendly, added-sugar free, and oh so delicious. It’s JFM’s new favorite.
Although we eat a primarily plant-based diet in our house, we do eat a fair amount of fish. On average we eat 1-3 servings of fish per week from various sources — our favorites are wild Alaskan salmon and halibut. My standby recipes are broiled salmon and halibut, but I recently decided to start experimenting with other preparation techniques and developed this Coconut Crusted Halibut recipe. It’s still straightforward to make, but the flavor profile and texture is more exciting than the simple broiled version.
We eat a ton of vegetables in our house and are particularly fond of those from the brassica family: kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and bok choy. This group of vegetables, sometimes called cruciferous veggies, are not only delicious and versatile, they’re loaded with micronutrients and antioxidants, and are considered some of the healthiest foods on the planet. This recipe uses curry powder and coconut milk, resulting in a creamy and subtly spiced version of these delicious vegetables.