It’s been a year full of unprecedented this and uncertain that. As Thanksgiving approaches, most of us are wondering what this year is going to look like. The one thing we can count on: It’s definitely not going to be a typical holiday season. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Thanksgiving.
Staying hydrated is one of the pillars of good health, one of those things you’re probably focusing on doing every day or have on your list of top health goals. But staying hydrated isn’t always as simple as just drinking more water, especially if you’re active.
My story of childhood is not all that different from other Gen-X-ers: I was a latchkey kid, and my single working mom expected my brother and me to manage a lot for ourselves. Packaged snacks and heated-up frozen food eaten in front of the TV were very common in our house.
All of us here at Clean Plates love reading, watching and listening to as much as we can around health and wellness—it’s what we do. But even for us, the sheer volume of information can feel like drinking from a firehose.
Whether saving money is on your mind, or minimizing trips to the grocery store, or using up what’s in your pantry, or all of the above, it’s hard to argue with canned wild salmon. It’s shelf stable, it’s far cheaper than fresh, and it’s super versatile.
Red meat and I were on again-off again for most of my life. It was never that I didn’t love meat; I always have, especially beef and lamb. But I’ve always made a big effort to be a healthy eater, and up until about 6 years ago, I thought eating meat and being healthy were at odds.
There are two kinds of people in the world: People who love their coffee, and people who are wrong (I say it with love; somehow I ended up married to one of the latter). Now that we’re sheltering in place, most coffee shops are closed—so if you’re coffee obsessed and used to getting your fix on the go, you may be struggling right now.
Working from home (or being out of work), trying to homeschool kids, caring for at-risk parents—managing stress right now is more of a challenge than ever. When things got to be too much pre-COVID, we would turn to the occasional mental health day to help us calm down and reset. But right now, it’s difficult if not impossible to do that.
If there’s an “it” buzzword that’s emerged in the heath world in the last couple of years, it’s mindfulness. We’re encouraged to practice it all the time, since its purported benefits include reducing stress, improving concentration, boosting immunity and even protecting our genes in a way that may enhance longevity.
Among the many changes to all of our lives as we shelter at home is the closure of gyms and boutique fitness places. Whether you never missed a SoulCycle class, banged out Barry’s Bootcamp or got your yoga on on the reg, it’s all on hold. Plus, our daily non-workout movements—commuting, walking around the office, running errands—are curtailed as well.
If you’re reading this, you already know how important eating well is for good health. As Dr. Mark Hyman puts it, “Food is literally the most powerful medicine you have available to control your health.” That’s always true—but right now, as we’re all trying to protect ourselves and our families from a global pandemic, eating healthy feels even more urgent.
Giving someone a box of chocolates is classic for Valentine’s Day… but these days, with a zillion different dietary styles, preferences, allergies and so much more, the simple act of giving a gift can feel pretty fraught.
Imagine checking your friend’s Insta, and finding that she and a whole group of your friends had an amazing night out… without you. Maybe it was a simple oversight that you weren’t on the group email, maybe there’s something else going on—either way, it hurts.
Bella and Edward, Harry and Sally, Romeo and Juliet—some things just go together. The same is true for foods.
Ketchup: It’s hard to imagine life without it. Whether you dip everything in it, can’t imagine a burger without it, or use it as a base for your fancy DIY barbecue sauce (respect!), ketchup is one of life’s necessities.
Maybe you were on vacation, maybe you had a big deadline, a work trip, a sick child. Maybe you just couldn’t get yourself to the gym. It happens. Here’s solid expert advice for what to do now.
We love a smoky grilled piece of meat, fish or chicken as much as anyone, but vegetables enjoy just as prominent a place on our grates. Whether you’re a full-time vegetarian or just looking for summer grilling inspiration, here are some tasty and healthy dishes to light your fire.
Are your mornings as hectic as ours? We bet they are — and since you can’t decide to not get dressed or brush your teeth, often when something has to go, it’s breakfast.
There are a few non-negotiables in my kitchen at all times to make sure I can put together a healthy meal, quickly and without hassle. Some you might expect; others are little less typical. Hint: Pre-peeled garlic is one of them.
Panera Bread—so often the solution whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast on the go or a lunchtime option that has something for everyone. Now, don’t think just because they have “bread” in the name you won’t be able to make healthy choices. We asked experts for their tips on how to order like a champ.
Picture this: You’re at the gorgeous, serene Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the Berkshires. You’re doing yoga. You’re meditating. You’re getting ayurvedic massages. And, of course, you’re eating amazing, nourishing spa food. You feel peaceful and powerful.
We ask ourselves tons of questions about how to support our health every day. What should I eat for breakfast? Should I go to yoga or boot camp? Should I try a meditation app?
It wasn’t that long ago that you had to head to the hippest coffee spot in town to find fancy lattes with turmeric, adaptogenic mushrooms and other health-boosting ingredients. And if you wanted a non-dairy milk, well, that would cost you extra.
We try to stay positive and see the good in the world, we really do. But sometimes it feels like tragedies pile up, like there’s just so much bad news all the time. Then, when an especially big thing happens, it’s too much.
There are roughly a zillion healthy cookbooks hitting the market every day, and it’s part of our job at Clean Plates to sift through them and bring you some of the best.
We’ll be the first to admit that some mornings are insane. From the second your alarm goes off, it’s game on. Work out, shower, figure out what to wear—and multiply that by 100 if you have to get kids out the door. No wonder feeding yourself something healthy and delicious often falls by the wayside.
Weekday lunches can be such a hassle. Whether you rush to throw things together in the morning, you get through a plate of last night’s leftovers, or you spend your hard-earned cash on takeout that always seems to disappoint, the midday meal is never as healthy, tasty, or enjoyable as we want it to be.
When it comes to our relationship to food, the status is: It’s complicated. Food can be nourishing, comforting, energizing, an expression of love, a way to gather loved ones together. It can also be the source of anxiety, stress, and self-hatred.