Are you wondering how best to support yourself and your family this cold season? Check out my video where I discuss natural ways to boost immunity and share my favorite go-to remedies when all else fails.
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Nothing seems to get people as riled up as the question of their coffee consumption. When I talk to moms about incorporating healthier habits into their routine, this is one of the things that they get most defensive about. “You will pry my cup of joe from my cold, dead hands” seems to be a common sentiment… and this is even before I utter a single word about coffee!
The fact that some people jump the gun on this suggests that there is a perception out there that coffee is not good for us. But is that really true? Like many good questions about nutrition and health, the answer to whether coffee is beneficial or not depends on the individual context and is not as black and white as you might think. Continue reading Ask the Omnivorist: Is coffee good for me?→
It has been way too long since I was last active on this blog and I really do hope you will forgive me. Last time I wrote, I was getting ready to pop out in a few weeks’ time. In fact, it was exactly one year ago that our lives changed inexorably… not once but twice.
When it looked like my second decided to make his appearance almost as late as his big brother, I did everything I could to avoid being artificially induced. Things like acupuncture, walking for miles and miles down Paris streets, and dancing a “labor dance” I found on YouTube (I really gave it all I got!)…
Then one day I finally felt that the end was near and walking around was getting distinctly uncomfortable. This turned out to be a certain Friday the 13th, the night of the terrorist attacks in Paris. That night I went to bed terrified that my little guy would try to make an appearance in the hours that followed. I knew that neither we nor our midwife could probably get to the maternity clinic in the current state of affairs, and besides there was no way I would leave my other kid and my mom at home until I knew the nightmare was over… Lo and behold, I ended up drifting off to sleep and woke up at 6 am with a contraction – he had waited!
I had seen the documentary The Business of Being Born when it first came out, meaning long before I had even given much thought to the idea of having children. In it Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein take a critical look at the highly medicalized state of childbirth in the US and take some time exploring the movement that defends gentler and more natural forms of bringing babies into the world, including bringing back the work of midwives and home births.
The film made its mark on me even back then, and I’d made a “note to self” to heed its message when the time came. Fast forward to three years ago to my first pregnancy, and I made sure to watch it again with my partner to make sure we would be on the same page. Continue reading 7 Questions to Ask for a More Peaceful Birth→
Summer ended so abruptly this year that it felt like a rude visitor rushing out without saying a proper goodbye. It didn’t help that we went on vacation quite late, meaning that by the time we got back it was already the first day of September and my kiddo was starting preschool – yikes! Plus the weather in Paris got decidedly chilly as soon as back-to-school season rolled around, like it was in a hurry to make sure we knew summer was definitively over. Continue reading Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Stew→
While I’ve always loved the idea of being a loyal radio listener, it often turned out to be too hard to fit into my life. All the best stuff seemed to air when I was at work or otherwise indisposed. This was probably why I was such an early adopter of podcasts; here finally was the chance to hear radio shows on demand and the fact that it was over the Internet meant that you didn’t have to be limited to local (or heck, even national) stations. Continue reading The Omnivorist’s Essential Podcasts (Part I)→
I’m not big on kitchen gadgets these days. There was a time in my life when I was more enamored with them than I am now, and ironically that was also a time when I cooked much less. I was probably frustrated and taking it out on my pocketbook by splurging now and again on Amazon. Nowadays I try to be much more judicious about acquiring new items since I don’t have very much kitchen storage while at the same time I now have a fully functional kitchen that churns out regular meals for my little family. Continue reading Sweet Potato Rosemary Chips→
Last week we had that rare event in Paris, a heat wave! After months of relatively cool weather, which is much more our speed, we have been hit with roaring heat and for once I’ve been happy to be inside an (air-conditioned) office all day long! Continue reading Merguez Potato Hash with Baked Eggs→