The Two-Week Meditation Diet

benefits of meditation

You can tell from that headline that I'm a magazine writer from way back. No, I'm not saying I've found a way to think off ten pounds... Then again, maybe I have. I'm not trying to lose body weight as much as I'm trying to take a load off my mind. I don't have any problems per se, nothing anyone … [Read more...]

The Age-Defying Diet (Really!)

Mediterranean Diet food

Stick around long enough and you’ll see "new" trends come back again and again. Camouflage prints will be in style, another boy band will rule the charts, and the Mediterranean Diet will be named the healthiest, yet again. It’s won that title so many times it can be called the healthiest diet ever … [Read more...]

Nana’s Fabulous 50/50 Diet

Kristen McMenamy

I love food. I love to eat. Taste, temperature, texture - all of it is such a pleasure. Here's what I don't love: buying new jeans in a larger size. My "magic" pants - the black slacks that fit me no matter what - stretching dangerously at the seams when I'm just standing in them, so sitting down in … [Read more...]

Self-Help Me: Eat Early, Witness Fear Often


          I'm a basically happy person, but I can still use all the support, and self-helpful hints, I can get. Earlier this year I bought two books that I'm hoping will help me be a better version of myself. (That's all I'm going for - not "fixed," as … [Read more...]

Resolution Revolution

Win it!

  Yogi Cameron is one of my Integral Yoga brothers, as well as being Ellen DeGeneres's yoga teacher. He's been studying yoga and ayurveda for over ten years to help people get healthier; you can see him in action on his show, A Model Guru. YC's new book, The One Plan, is based not on the … [Read more...]

Resolution Revolution #1: Kick the Sugar Habit

Oh, this one's going to be hard. I love sugar, but I really don't love the way it makes me feel. I shared half a small chocolate cream pie with The Hubbins on New Year's Eve. This doesn't sound so bad, but after a holiday season full of apple pies, apple tarts, cupcakes, chocolate, etc., etc., … [Read more...]

6 Musts for Your Writing (That Have Nothing to Do With Writing)


"Life doesn't happen behind a computer screen," said my friend Sherri Rifkin, the novelist. This was the kind of proclamation that was destined to become a quote, and not the vague, new age-y kind you see stitched on needlepoint throw pillows. This one actually resonated. As a writer, I have a … [Read more...]

Into Thin Hair


Whenever someone asked my Nana how she was doing, she'd always answer, "Fabulous! Never better," whether that was true or not. (She didn't see the point in venting; she never would have been a reality TV star.) It's a great response, and, I'd thought, an even better title for a book about aging. … [Read more...]

Dinner, a Frenchman, and My Breasts: A Love Story?

Chef Eric Ripert, host of "Avec Eric" and my band-aid for tomorrow evening.

Before you tell my husband that he’d better read today’s blog and ask me what the heck is going on, rest assured that there’s no hanky-panky, fake food, or other strange doings in our house. Nathan is well aware of everything I’m writing about, and he’s given me his Hubbins seal of approval, which … [Read more...]

Another Helping of Wretched Dieting? Uh, No, Thanks…

The breakfast, lunch, and dinner of dieting champions. Feh.

Last week, when the weather was gloriously warm, I brought the summer clothes up from the basement. This is actually an exercise in torture, because I get to try on my tight white hootchie-mama jeans and see how much weight I gained over the winter. Have you ever heard seams scream? Not a pretty … [Read more...]