Monday, December 31, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

'What is man

 that thou art mindful of him'


of what we understand is based on experiences

Monday, December 17, 2012


don't take it personally

Saturday, December 15, 2012



"Be kind,

 for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle"

Friday, December 14, 2012

shifting midset

i think i can i think i can i think i can


have fun with it


mantras to inspire the final push of the semester

Thursday, December 13, 2012

let go of perfection

just get it done.

 12 miles. 12 pages. 12 days till Christmas.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Make it count.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


 your people. Learn from each other. Let's all do good things together."

-Good Food Jobs

Friday, December 7, 2012

holiday baking

triple almond butter cookies

3/4 c whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/8 t freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 t cinnamon
2 T unsalted butter, softened
1/3 c brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 c almond butter
1/2 t vanilla extract
1/4 c. roasted almonds, roughly chopped
1 dark chocolate bar with almonds, chopped
coarse salt to sprinkle on top

mix dry ingredients. cream butter and sugar. beat in egg. mix in almond butter and vanilla. add dry to wet, just until incorporated, mix in almonds and chocolate. set in fridge for at least an hour or up to 2 days. preheat oven to 350, scoop, criss cross with fork if desired and sprinkle with coarse salt. bake until just set, about 7 minutes.

banana protein pancake, cranberry orange relish

cranberry orange relish
bring fresh cranberries, a scant cup of water and a sprinkle of brown sugar to a boil. reduce heat and let simmer, about 15 minutes until cranberries are bursting and thickened. add juice and zest of 1 orange and continue to simmer for 10 minutes. allow to cool and sauce will continue to thicken.

so good stirred into plain yogurt.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

cold weather and pies

crimson. harvard yale game

ricotta chocolate chip with almond-butter crust

pumpkin with whole wheat butter crust


brown and orange laces

bff mimosas

cold weather t

Friday, November 16, 2012


practicing, peace, gratitude. not doing it alone:

matcha green tea (made with tea ball from my brother/sister in law)/ heated blanket (from a friend)

studying digestion + heart

=such a perfect combo


last night I presented a press release and framing memo about obesity (private v public responsibility)

social support/collective responsibility (not doing it alone) could be an answer, perhaps an answer that could be applied to many (public health) issues?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

"Don't be scared of your hunger,"

Olive Kitteridge always told her seventh-grade math students. "If you are scared of your hunger, you'll just be one more ninny like everyone else."

-Olive Kitteridge

"People do things

when they make plans to do them; what's your plan?"

-Obama campaign

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

for here

my attempt at articulating slow food: I usually stumble on a story about Carlo Petrini being upset about a McDonalds opening in Italy; "its, uh, the opposite of fast food, you know enjoying meals, celebrating whole foods with your favorite people." I'm still working on the spin. 

ok here's my take on one aspect of slow: the lack of to-go in Turin and Madrid. you order your espresso, and drink it slowly with friends, dunking and slowly savoring an amazing croissant in the warm foam. The sizes are tiny; I don't think they even reach a tall size here. 

In Boston, I am excited that many cafes have real mugs. (I am not sure if they even have real mugs in Dallas anymore...) "I can get my coffee in a REAL MUG? Yes, please." 

savoring and small sizes. and celebrating. with good conversation. and not getting things to go. my rough-draft version of slow food.

to-go cup at Terra Madre; but filled with the best unsweetened super chocolatey coco

"It's easy

to fall back into our comfort zones, hoping that powers beyond our control will keep us safe, warm, and happy. But there are many more issues to be tackled, countless people that need help, and good to be done in the world."


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012


the stairs

strike up conversation

get a little lost

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

awesome yoga

check out Jacqui Bonwell's website for yoga inspiration, my favorite from the boston yoga and chant fest

"we always remember

that we are capable of putting one foot in front of the other, and that although we don't know where the moving walkway is taking us, if we willingly participate then we might just wind up somewhere that exceeds our wildest expectations"

-good food jobs

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

world food day:

yesterday was world food day. I suggest making enemy pie (such a great children's book!!)


enemy clementine pumpkin squares

add some chopped chocolate for extra enemy love
loosely adapted from this eating well recipe

  • 1 c whole-wheat flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t freshly ground nutmeg

3 clementines, whole and washed well
1 egg
1 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 c canned unseasoned pumpkin puree
  • 1 T honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped raisins or pitted dates
  • 1 T chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 3 T finely chopped dark chocolate (optional, will help world peace

  • Preheat oven to 400°F, spray an 8x8 baking dish with olive oil spray
  • Whisk whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl
  • Puree whole clementines in blender. Mix with egg, pumpkin, honey and coconut oil. 
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients, raisins, and chocolate if using, and mix until just combined. 
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and top with nuts, if using (oats would be great here too)
  • Bake the muffins until the tops spring back when touched lightly, about 15 minutes
Enjoy with yogurt and an extra drizzle of honey


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"Grumpy and out of sorts?

 Grab an apple. Or a carrot. Or a banana.
Repeat daily."


tests completed (biostats and nutrition), yesterday
I struggled on sunday, new information seems hard to absorb 
and I'm embracing the uncomfort, staying in the work

my neighborhood, construction coordination

found here

Friday, October 12, 2012


Last night I turned in my first grad school paper! I have been taking sciences for a while, so writing a paper was a nice challenge. I framed the sides of public versus private responsibility for obesity. 
I celebrated at the yard house; tons of beer on tap and they offer a tiny shorty size; perfect for tasting different flavors. I was feeling kinda fruity and went with Harpoon Rasberry and Sam Adams Cherry. Soo good.

weekend volunteering adventures
hearty meals for all
Bon App├ętit: Following in Julia's Footsteps at BCAE

sesame banana bread, even better the next day heated with berries and yogurt yummm

happy friday

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

sesame banana bread

banana smeared with tahini is one of my favorite snacks; heidi's sesame banana bread combined the sweetness of the banana with the slight bitter nuttiness of the sesame seeds perfectly. the lemon zest really makes the cake

banana sesame bread, adapted from this recipe

1 really ripe banana, mashed
1 small macintosh apple, peeled and finely chopped
1T olive oil
1T blackstrap molasses
1 egg, beaten
1/4c yogurt (I used half greek yogurt, half kefir)
1c whole wheat flour
1/2t baking soda
1/4t salt
1/2c sesame seeds (mix of black and white, roasted)
1/2t lemon zest
oats for topping, optional

mash banana and apple together, add olive oil, molasses, egg, and yogurt. mix well. whisk rest of ingredients through lemon zest, add dry to wet and mix until just combined (don't overmix). spread out onto greased and floured baking pan (or muffin tins), top with oats and flaxseeds, if desired, and bake at 350 until just done, about 17 minutes. 

spread with tahini and yogurt, if desired

fall, in boston

harvard is pretty

so is bu

rain instagrammed

my new clogs on the t

boston local food fest, my first macaron: I chose pumpkin
pear ginger almost won

Friday, October 5, 2012


can a shriveled raisin taste so good? And can this type of mindful eating really heal our expanding bodies and starved souls?

on mindful eating, found here

Thursday, October 4, 2012


mosaic model, as compared to life

so at first a cell membrane might seem to be somewhat stagnant, maybe somewhere on the spectrum between a balloon and a jellyfish

but the fluid mosaic model presents a cell membrane not as solid but somewhat shifting

as I get older/this morning on my run haha, I am thinking of life like this; less inert and permanent more transition and motion

which could help alleviate the attachments that tend to get us into trouble: to a thing, to a person, to a certain place and time, and to also help embrace the moment

an early october vignette

run to pump

ruby red

fall, with a view

 satisfied my warm drink coffee craving, so good

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


whenever this album cover comes up in pandora, I am instantly inspired. 

green goddess bowl

saute lots of green veggies (Kale, spinach, broccoli, etc) and shredded carrots with olive oil and soy sauce (or bragg liquid amino, soo good). add tempeh, a splash of vinegar and heat through. add lots of toppings: macintosh apple, sesame seeds, tahini and almonds pictured. raisins would be amazing.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

"In some ways,

everyone faces a similar choice about his or her body. When I trade the feeling of warm water running over my hands for the convenience of a dishwasher, I know that I am losing something."

- Waking

Monday, September 24, 2012


 so we see that the answer is becoming good at change. If we are good at dealing with new things, with things as they come no matter how different they are, then we don’t fear it. Then change itself becomes comfortable."

-zen habits

first fall breakfast

best banana pancakes

1 banana
1 egg, beaten
1T almond milk (or till consistency you prefer)
3T flaxseed meal
1T wheat germ
1t. baking powder

smash banana, add egg and almond milk. mix rest of ingredients and add to mixture.  meanwhile get skillet super hot, coat pan with a bit of butter. scoop batter and let sit till golden brown, about 2 minutes, then flip.  enjoy with cinnamon, toasted walnuts, sliced apples and greek yogurt.

recipe can easily be doubled, I got about 6 small pancakes.

let's start the fall with this positivity challenge!