In the aftermath of my divorce and work-related woes, I read a book called The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living which detailed the importance of gratitude in living a happy, less-stressed life. Although this was not the first time I’d read or heard about the role gratitude plays in a positive outlook, the author did an excellent job of laying out the scientific rationale for practicing gratitude. Since then, I’ve been conscious — especially during potentially challenging times — of being grateful for this astonishing life.
Dukkah is a traditional Egyptian spice blend usually made of finely chopped nuts, sesame seeds, coriander and cumin. The type of nut and additional herbs or spices can be used to create any number of flavor combinations. This variation keeps close to the spice blend’s roots, but I opted to keep the nuts whole and added nigella seeds for flavor and color, and sautéed the mixture in browned butter and clover honey to give it some added dimension.
Health is a cycle. It’s a continuous feedback-loop that can move in a positive direction, a negative direction, or be stagnant.
Recently, I connected with Fabian and Veronika, who run a minimalist magazine called The Elementarist. They asked to do an interview with me as part of a series highlighting how different people apply minimalism in their lives and work. Because I haven’t talked explicitly about minimalism in a post on Minimal Wellness yet, I thought it would be nice to cross-post the interview. I recommend checking out the beautifully formatted version of the interview on their site.
These roasted veggies are a staple menu item in our house. I serve them at breakfast with fried eggs and a little cheese or avocado mousse, or at dinner either tossed with quinoa or as an accompaniment to broiled salmon or halibut. The leftover vegetables are fantastic cold or warmed up as a snack. Anytime you have it, this is a delicious, nourishing, and filling blend.
Travel is a beautiful opportunity to experience a different reality, to challenge what you truly need, and to inject life with some uncertainty. Being away from home is also a classic roadblock for people in terms of living a healthy lifestyle, but it needn’t be.
There is a distinct pattern with my meal choices and recommendations — they usually include tons of vegetables, prepared in simple (but hopefully delicious) ways. I love making entrée-sized salads and serving them with varying protein options. This salad is no different. It is great both as a side salad or as an entrée along with broiled salmon or a medium-boiled duck egg (pictured).
We have all had hard-boiled chicken eggs. Most of us think they’re decent, maybe even great (depending on the quality of the egg in the first place). Recently, I started playing around with duck eggs and they’re a whole different league of good.
Traditional nutrition advice includes statements such as “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and “as long as you don’t over-consume calories, it doesn’t matter when you eat”. Unfortunately, both of these long-standing beliefs are flawed. The latest iteration of the US Dietary Guidelines no longer explicitly encourages breakfast consumption, as the vast majority of the science supporting eating breakfast as a weight-management tool has been de-bunked. And it turns out that meal timing does have an impact on overall health.
We all have things we want to do, create, or be. Regardless of what our desires are, making them a reality requires that we overcome fear and resistance, a process which isn’t easy.