View to a Fridge

Show me your refrigerator and I’ll tell you who you are – or at least, who you think you are. Take my friend Jane’s fridge. It used to be full of diet foods: low-fat this, sugar-free that, carb- and calorie-reduced, imitation everything. You’d be hard-pressed to find an actual, unadulterated food product on Jane’s kitchen shelves. If it didn’t scream “diet,” she didn’t want anything to do with it. At that time, what I could have told you about Jane was that she was convinced that she needed to lose weight and that she didn’t trust her body to help… read more

Just Another Statistic

As a health journalist, I’m a big fan of scientific studies. They are an endless source of good article fodder — in part because they involve a goodly amount of controversy. One study supports X. The next subverts X. One interpretation of a study on Y asserts that Y is the next great hope. Another interpretation of the same study decries Y’s dangers. So what’s true? It depends on which studies you think have the most merit and in which expert interpretations you put the most faith. “But this is about science, not faith!” you say. Fair enough. But studies can… read more

Ten Acts of Healthy Rebellion

I’m a fan of Rilke’s wise advice to “live in the questions.” But lately, ever since we launched our popular “101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy” app, I am getting one question that always leaves me flummoxed: Of all 101 Ways, what’s your favorite? The problem is, there’s no way I can choose just one. I love them all. And so that question keeps nagging at me — but in a nice way. Recently, under the pressure of preparing a lecture, I did manage to narrow down a top-10 list, but I had to mix and match a bit to… read more

Dara Moskowitz

Holiday Fun with Dara

I had a great time a few weeks back chatting with the brilliant and witty Dara Moskowitz (Beard-Award winning food critic, senior editor for Minneapolis St. Paul magazine — and oh, she also does a terrific column for Experience Life called “Honestly Dara”). I don’t know how she finds the time, but Dara also hosts a cool radio show — Off the Menu with DaraMoskowitz Grumdahl — on  Twin Cities FM station WCCO. Leading up to Thanksgiving, she invited me to come talk about holiday eating, and the challenges of balancing healthy priorities with a natural desire to partake in  seasonal… read more