I am all about making eating a ritual. And let’s be real: Eating can be a loaded activity, especially if you have a history of some weird food habits (ahem, like me). Preparing food and mealtimes themselves can be wrought with fear or guilt or anxiety, calorie-counting, paralyzing decision-making, or maybe you totally numb-out. Or … More Making Mealtimes Sacred
On the way home from an amazing day of biking around town, ping pong, and a couple beers with my man, I found myself in the mood for something a little sweet. The plan for the rest of the evening was fabulous: Africa on Netflix, a cool bottle of sake, and maybe some hanky panky … More To The Gentleman Who Kindly Informed Me of the Amount of Calories in My Candy Purchase
I’m not always a mindful eater. As a former chronic dieter: eating was a numbers game of counting calories and tallying macro nutrients. For my Virgo-fueled meticulousness, this was pure pleasure: I’d have the perfect mathematical equation of food in front of me, then eat at my desk while I worked. Or even worse, as … More Radical Ritual: Mindful Eating
If your holiday was anything like mine, there were 10 days of a lot of chocolate and oscillating between a strong buzz and a low-grade hangover. I love wine. Then Holiday Indulgence Regret rears its ugly head. Mulled cider oozes from your pores. Royal icing seems to coat your mouth in the mornings. In the days (weeks, months) … More A Winter Detox? Think Again.
It’s almost here! Saturday, June 21–the first day of summer, or the summer solstice–marks the day with the most hours of sunlight; from here on out, the days get shorter as we wind down to the winter solstice. Ancient Egyptians, Mayans, Incas, Druids, and many other ancient cultures revered equinoxes and solstices, building megalithic structures to … More How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice
I love hearing herb nerds talk plants: they talk about them like old friends with whom they’ve had the most fantastic adventures. The plants are animated and temperamental. In many traditions, every type of plant has a spirit–the one that comes to you in a dream to form an alliance, the one you humbly … More 3 Incredibly Useful Tropical Healing Herbs
A lot of people back home are wondering what exactly it is I’m doing here right now. Officially, I’m helping Rachel Thomas–an incredibly knowledgeable, experienced herbalist and spiritual healer here in Puerto Viejo, and the director/owner of Hidden Garden Wellness Center–with admin and retreat business. Unofficially, I’m learning about a little thing we decided to … More Confession of an Herbalist’s Intern: Part One
These past two days have been a battle. I arrived in Puerto Viejo at the beginning of the week, wide-eyed and ready to get to work, so excited to be there and soaking in as much as I could right off the bat. Then, of course, one evening I get sick.
For a long time, I didn’t eat butter. Most of my life, now that I think of it. I was lucky enough to grow up in the 90’s, where the years where I was forming my relationship with food were soaked with fat fear; fat-free yogurt, cereal, salad dressings, granola bars, fruit snacks…all were better … More Glorious Ghee! Cheers to a Fat-Filled Breakfast
I’m unreasonably excited to be hosting this workshop and sharing some ayurvedic tips and tricks to THRIVE this winter. Hope to see you there!