Hey guys, so this is my first blog post since June. Can you believe I’ve been such a slacker?! I’ve left this cute blog space all on it’s little lonesome and oh, how I have missed it so! You see, I have been plugging away on edits for my positive psychology, nutrition and recipe book and I said to myself that I would put blogging on hold until the book was all finished and sent to my awesome team at Rodale Books (and they are truly awesome people to work with- I want to pinch myself sometimes because my team is so uplifting, understanding, and filled with vibrant energy), but I just can’t stay away from you blog! While edits will be done in a few more weeks, I just had to do a blog post now. I was beginning to have dreams about blogging and while my blog is nice and considerate and would never eat me alive for allowing it to go dormant, I do believe my mind would have done a nice job of screaming at me to get my butt back on the blogging bandwagon if I did not do a blog post in the extremely imminent future. There are 24 hours in a day (in case you didn’t already know), 16 of which are waking hours for me (well, at least on a restful night), so there is no reason why I cannot blog and book write and cook and do all of those things that make me happy at the same time. So, back to blogging I go! I might just have to do a happy dance in my room to celebrate my return to you, wonderful blog. One of my favorite forms of working out is dancing in my room to loud music because at the age of 26 a part of me never really grew up (well, I’ll do the dance after I finish with this post!).
Without getting too personal, I will admit that it is not easy to know what you want to do for a living for the rest of your life and I’ve thought long and hard about what I enjoy doing the most over these past few months (and in case you want an immediate, non-worrisome answer, I have indeed decided that writing and cooking are for me!). You see, I studied nutritional science in college and nutrition is indeed one of my most beloved passions, but I have so many other passions too- fashion, photography, journalism, fictional writing, psychology, philosophy, environmental science, animal rights and quite a bunch more and I wondered how to incorporate all of my loves in my life. Needless to say, I have come to the conclusion that there is no reason why I cannot pursue all of these pursuits, be it in the future as part of my career or as hobbies. I’ve realized that life is one long journey and with a total of 16 waking hours in a day (well, for those of us who are lucky enough to get 8 hours of sleep!), this means that each day can be filled with many of our interests, most of which do not have to morph into our careers. Thankfully, I have the good fortune to have the ability to continue writing about nutrition, health, wellness, positive psychology and cooking and to share it with all of you as much as I can each day that the sun rises.
I am grateful for how interconnected the world is now, that we have access to such a wide variety of health-promoting, bright and beautiful plant foods and that we can get creative with them in our kitchens. I think we are well passed the widespread misconception that delicious and disease-fighting foods do not go hand-in-hand because seriously, have you checkout out all of the AMAZING healthy cooking blogs that make a home on the web now?! Some of my favs these days are OhSheGlows.com, MyNewRoots.org, HealthyBlenderRecipes.com, AnUnrefinedVegan.com, and LunchBoxBunch.com and DeliciouslyElla.com, just to name a few (all of these websites are on my bookmarks bar!). I love all of the fabulously talented women who have some serious photography skills in addition to nutritious cooking skills.
Speaking of healthy cooking, my dad Joel Fuhrman M.D., is coming out with his Eat To Live Cookbook on October 8th (it’s almost here!!!!) and it’s available for pre-order on Amazon.com. I have tasted many of the recipes and they are totally foodgasmic (aka recipes TWP (TWP = totally worth preparing)! I even have four of my own recipes in the book not found on this blog, which is super exciting. The pictures in the book are eye-popping, vibrant and completely drool-worthy. So pish posh to the preposterous notion that healthy food cannot be delicious food or result in a massive dose of delight for our eyes (It’s pretty obvious that I have one seriously strong passion for this stuff, right?! My hope is that it rubs off and excites you too!). And while I will not be sharing a new recipe in this blog post, I wanted to share with you health-food foodie pictures from my gourmet dining adventures at Sprig & Vine in New Hope, PA of late. This restaurant is DA BOMB and it is not far from my house, so naturally, the whole staff knows me by name because I am there so often. Check out these pictures that I snapped on my handy iPhone:
This is a delicious Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho w/ Beet, Watermelon & Cucumber and Avocado-Papalo Sorbet. Foodgasm!
Aren’t those bright vegetables gorgeous? This is their Grilled Zucchini Wrap w/ Citrus-Raw El Hanout Glaze (this was the description on the menu- I’m not quite sure what it means, but it does sound gourmet!), Arugula-Mint Pesto, Cucumber, and Chickpea, & Red Onion Salad.
The soup you see in the background is Black Bean, Corn, Sweet Potato Chowder w/ Roasted Tomato & Poblano Chile. In the middle of the table you will see Sauteed Arugula w/ Garlic, Gold Raisin, Pine Nut & Lemon and in the foreground is Grilled Oyster Mushrooms w/ Za’atar Spice (talk about one terrific, exotic name- Za’atar is a simply a Middle Eastern spice blend of oregano, thyme, basil and other dried herbs!) & Carrot-Cabbage Slaw. Needless to say, every last drop of food was gone by the time our cheery waitress came by to take our plates away (I ate this meal with an old friend from high school- I couldn’t eat this special meal without special company, after all).
I interviewed the head chef, Ross Olchvary, of Sprig & Vine for Vegetarian Times Mag recently. CLICK HERE to read it! You will find a delish Za’atar-Grilled Oyster Mushrooms recipe beneath the interview. I’ve made the recipe and it is divine!
And now that I have provided you with crazy-gorgeous food pictures, I wanted to let y’all know that my book FINALLY has a title (it’s coming out August 12th, 2014) and will be called ~> LOVE YOUR BODY: Eat Smart, Get Healthy, Find Your Ideal Weight, and Feel Beautiful, Inside and Out!
I want to emphasize that my book will stress the importance of making healthy eating an everyday lifestyle rather than any short-term diet, that we can find our ideal weight by putting our health first (it will discuss what this means in detail) and it will address a bucket load of commonly asked questions, contain a myth busters section, and will discuss astonishing (yet totally scientifically supported- references/research studies will be jam-packed in the book) fun facts about many plant foods, amongst other topics. The first three chapters are about how to live our best lives emotionally and how we all should be proud of our unique, beautiful body shapes, a mentality that is just as important as the foods we put in our mouths. I believe that body confidence is vital for maximizing our health, happiness and well-being, so naturally I had to discuss this subject in the book in detail! Wish me luck with my final edits!
I hope you are all having a wonderful day (the weather is gorgeous and fantastically sunny where I am and I am relishing every second of it!). Over and out for now (and time for me to do that happy dance)!