The Importance of Taste

The importance of taste, savoring a delicous whole foods diet

Just one of our decadent breakfasts this week

We Eat So Well

…and I want to talk about it.

After three or four days of consuming whatever the heck we fancied in Crested Butte—including an assortment of things we don’t usually eat, like ice cream and a bucket of fried chicken—it’s been nice to return to our whole foods-centric lifestyle.

One of my favorite things (there are many) about Nick is his passion for making delicious meals from whole, organic, and nutritious ingredients. He’s really made a believer out of me.

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A Dreamy Run Down Rodeo Drive

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Palm Trees, Galore

On my second morning waking up in the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, my publisher and I went for a sunrise run down the famous Rodeo Drive.

The road (and shopping mecca) was kind of deserted at that hour, making it that much more surreal and wonderful. Check out these gorgeous photos!

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Running for Beginners: Increasing Pace

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An Easy Guide

I think I’ve entered the world of at least intermediate runner status, and I want to share how I was able to (finally) run a half marathon under 2 hours (it took me 5 tries).

The key is to incorporate around 2 workouts a week that focus entirely on intervals. Here I made an easy-to-use graphic on a quick 24-minute treadmill workout that bumped my average pace from around a 12:00 mile to a 9:00 mile.

*It’s also broken down by time, because I know trying to do ANY math while running is just EVIL. You’re welcome!

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Daily Diet: What I Eat in a Day

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Looking to Maintain

After some weird weeks and a significant decrease in my running mileage, I was worried I might gain weight this month (maintaining a 30-pound weight loss is still relatively new territory for me). I also have been careful not to restrict myself too much, as I’ve been reading about Reverse Dieting and making sure my metabolism is running strong.

Anyway, this Daily Diet reflects a typical workday of eating real foods and enjoying every bite. Also: I have maintained this month and hope to get back to running lots of miles consistently soon.

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Gems from Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food”

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An Eater‘s Manifesto

(And an eater I am.)  Just like the people we love and interact with often—many of us have a dysfunctional, love-hate relationship with food. Most of this is borne of societal pressures and gender roles; commercial and capitalistic incentives; and an unhealthy obsession with status, stability, and the illusion of control. That’s a whole other manifesto.

But since we can’t just, like, avoid it for the rest of our lives, why not start to rectify our relationship with food, for real? [Enter Michael Pollan, stage left.]

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Daily Diet: Monday Runday!

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What I Ate

SPOILER ALERT: All the carbs. Carbs are my friend, seriously. I will never understand those who believe gluten-free is the way to health, unless they have an actual gluten allergy. That’s just my opinion, based on my incredibly biased penchant for all things starchy (I am Italian, after all), and also the way carbs make me feel (energetic and happy).

I’m especially prone to carb-gorging on run days. Here’s a little cross-section of my Monday Runday (yesterday).

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Weekend Snapshots

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It’s Feelin’ Like Fall

(…except for the heat.)

This weekend left me with that rare sensation of true relaxation. Life has posed lots of ups and downs lately, so to be able to let go of the stress for a short while is quite the achievement, I’d say.

Here’s a little photo recap (of course, it’s mostly food).

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