My Favorite Store-bought Fermented Foods

My Favorite Store-bought Fermented Foods

I love geeking out about digestion, whether it's sharing tips for optimal gut health or creative ways to get ginger into your diet.  One easy way to possibly improve your gut health is to add live probiotic-rich fermented foods into your diet.  If the idea of fermenting crocks of sauerkraut in your root cellar seems archaic or terrifying (or just not practical in the moment), I thought I'd share my go-to living fermented foods at the store and how I use them...

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My Review of the Instant Pot for Healthy Cooking

My Review of the Instant Pot for Healthy Cooking

If you've been on social media at all in the past few months, you've probably seen something about a kitchen appliance called the Instant Pot.  It's an electrical pot that's billed as a combination slow cooker and pressure cooker and claims to do a whole host other things like steam veggies, cook eggs, and even bake a cake.  It seems like such a multi-functional tool that can save space while making dinner prep faster, easier, and more fool-proof...

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How to find legit supplements

How to find legit supplements

Probably like many of you, I don't love taking medication (while of course, still being grateful for its existence!).  If there's a lifestyle change I can make instead of taking a daily pill, you better believe I'm going to give it a shot, whether that's sleeping off a cold instead of taking cold medicine or even trying to adapt my exercise habits and screen time to avoid taking sleeping pills.  Partially it's my sensitivity to drug side effects, part of it is due to the high cost of medication, and just a bit is...

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Best Foods for Better Sleep

Best Foods for Better Sleep

I've never identified much with fairy tale princesses.  We can blame (thank) my feminist mother for that since Barbies, tutus, or anything that screamed Damsel in Distress was strictly off limits to me as a child.  One princess that I still relate to however is the Princess and the Pea.  Homegirl could not sleep because there was a pea under 20 mattresses and she could still feel it...

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Favorite Podcasts to Listen to While Cooking

Favorite Podcasts to Listen to While Cooking

As someone who spends quite a big of time cooking alone (not just for myself, but for clients and class preparation), I totally get that cooking can feel mentally and physically draining.  It's no wonder that after a long day of work, many people want to just throw something together and watch a little TV to distract from stress and get a little entertainment.  Even if you love to cook like me, it's not always the most appetizing way to spend your time...

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My Go-To Healthy Snacks

My Go-To Healthy Snacks

One of the most common questions I get asked is "what are some healthy snack options?"  While I do believe that it's best to eat sit-down meals without snacking in between, I also know from personal experience that it's not always possible, especially with a long, modern work day.  Traditional packaged snack foods (think: the readily available items sold in most vending machines and check-out counters) are low quality, loaded with sugar, refined carbs and additives and they can leave you feeling blegh while also feeling blegh about yourself...

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What is Washoku?

What is Washoku?

This week I was in my own kitchen a lot testing and tweaking my recipes for my upcoming cooking class, Global Healing Kitchens: Japan.  In this series, we are going to explore 3 cultures that have strong food-as-medicine traditions including India, Japan, and the Mediterranean.  In the Japan class, I wanted to dive into not just traditional Japanese home-cooking but also the cuisine of Okinawa, a Japanese island known to have an extraordinary...

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New Video: How to Make Roasted Chickpeas

New Video: How to Make Roasted Chickpeas

A few weeks ago, I teased a new cooking show that I've been developing along with a company called Outcome Health.  I'm creating short and fun how-to cooking videos for them to air in doctor's office waiting rooms across the country.  Why not use that boring wait room time to learn how to make some healthy food?  Today, I want to share the first full episode of the show, where I explain how to...

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Save time in the kitchen by improving your knife skills

Save time in the kitchen by improving your knife skills

One common complaint I hear from readers and students is that they are often crunched for time after work and don't have more than half an hour to prepare dinner.  Another thing I've noticed?  A recipe that might take a less experienced home cook 60 minutes to make, only takes me 30-40 minutes.  This isn't a humblebrag!  It's simply that years of professional training mean that I'm able to get organized and cut vegetables more quickly...

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4 Tips for Optimal Gut Health

4 Tips for Optimal Gut Health

Last week, I attended a Food as Medicine Symposium organized by NorthShore University Health System and Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark.  One big theme--and one of my favorite lectures--was all about the importance of the microbiome (all the microbes that live in and on your body) on your overall health, including its relationship to digestion and the immune system.  The event was attended mostly by physicians, healthcare professionals, and even some medical students, so I thought I'd distill some of the great insights from the microbiome...

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