vent sesh: body talk

July 29, 2014

Weight is one of those topics that women never like to talk about — well at least their number — but everyone can’t control themselves to discuss on a pretty constant basis: “Oh my gawwd, you look so tiny in that!” or “you are getting soooo thin!” (said in a semi-jealous tone!) or “Ugh, I feel so fat in this. I mean I look five months pregnant! Ugh.”

Been there, said that. It’s absurd. And it’s never really nice. {psst: if I ever said anything to you in half jealousy, I’m so sorry!}

I’ve addressed weight here in years past, and if you’re interested, even talked specifically about my number(s). I’m so over caring what my number is. It doesn’t define me in any way, except I suppose to the doctor. I love this image, below, that I saw on Instagram; these women are all the same weight and yet so utterly different.

These women weigh 154 pounds

At the end of the day, thin doesn’t equal beautiful and it doesn’t equal happy. It just equals a smaller clothing size. In fact I recall being most critical of myself and my body when I was at my thinnest; it became consuming.

This summer I’ve taken a new approach on body image and weight. My daughter is much more aware of bodies than last year. But not in thin or fat ways, just in ability to have fun. Shouldn’t we all measure our bodies this way? To lift her in the pool, to spin her around, to go down the waterside and to push her on the swings. And to do these things until my arms fall off! My focus is on being strong and healthy, the way it should be. Keep Reading —>>


kale chips // three ways

January 24, 2014

After the fantastic response to the first post here about kale chips, food contributor Libby couldn’t resist bringing you phase two: three ways to dress up guaranteed to make you want to scarf them up! Check it out… 


Since it’s still January, we’ll give you one more healthy eating recipe before we tempt you with anything with sugar, flour or lots of carbs. Alyson published a delicious intro to baked kale chips here, and during a quiet January day, I wondered if there was a way to spice up the normal kale chips. And by spice, I do mean spice:  I’m a girl that has an affinity for a kick.

I raided my pantry (I was feeling too lazy to even run to the grocery store) and put together three recipes featuring three varying flavor profiles. While all might not be for you,  I hope you’ll try to find your favorite (and keep eating that kale)! I’m one of those nerdy food geeks that believe in the healing power of food – and kale is one of those super healthy foods that people who know far more than me keep saying we must keep eating!

Here are the recipes! Keep Reading —>>



New year, new healthy lifestyle! At least that’s the goal. While January is all about “healthy,” winter also calls for hearty, filling meals. This can be such a contradiction! Luckily, this salad Libby created totally fits the bill. It’s healthy yet completely satisfying so you’re not grabbing for a snack an hour later (hate that with some wimpy salads!). Once you’ve made this once, have fun by changing it up with your favorite ingredients.  Well maybe not… there are so many fun flavors here already!

Keep reading for the recipe… (and some pretty saliva-inducing photos!). Keep Reading —>>


caesar brussel sprouts

I know, about half of you are already cringing at the thought of brussel sprouts, but hold up; this dish is not to be believed. I tried something similar months back at Buccan on Palm Beach, and after wanting to order four more servings, I knew I had to recreate it. But, I did one better: I enlisted the help of Libby Volgyes, a friend, talented photographer and passionate food gal (the girl cooks, bakes, cans, you name it!), to help recreate this dish… and create even more!

Starting with this post, Libby will be stopping by every other week to share her photography of delicious recipes we think you’ll love. She’s one of my  favorite people and is one of the best photographers when it comes to photographing anything, though particularly food! Even more, she recently started her own photography biz, Libby Vision, and of course we have to give props to an entrepreneur! As for this dish, she too had her doubts (like you probably do!), but  she was immediately swayed. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think! … and welcome, Libby!

Brussel Sprouts

Caesar Brussel Sprouts

1 serving of fresh brussels sprouts
Caesar dressing to taste
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
Croutons, crushed up
Finely ground black pepper
Diced anchovies (if desired)
  1. Shred or grate the raw brussels sprouts with a mandolin.
  2. Top lightly with Caesar dressing.
  3. Toss with freshly-grated parmesan cheese.
  4. Sprinkle croutons on top.
  5. Top with anchovies if desired and finely ground black pepper.
  6. Add more cheese or Caesar dressing to taste.
Caesar Brussel Sprouts
Caesar Brussel Sprouts
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