Michelle Edelbaum's Blog (Page 8)
As a new mom, it is a big accomplishment for me to fit back into my skinny jeans again. After I had my son I was ready to say bye-bye to maternity clothes and then after a few more months, happy to pack up my transition clothes and roll out my pre-baby wardrobe. Unpacking each item, I felt like I was reconnecting with an old friend again, a piece of myself that I hadn’t seen in over a year!
Now more than a year postpartum, I finally (mostly) have my old figure back (I’m still not quite ready for my bikini ☺). But it took more than nursing and exercising, which I’ve finally found time to fit in. I’m also paying attention to what I eat. (What does a 1,500-calorie day look like? Find out here and get...read full post »
When I go to the grocery store to buy bread, there are three things I look for on food labels.
1. I prefer breads made from whole grains rather than ones made from refined grains with added fiber. Whole grains (e.g., wheat, oats, rye) are rich in vitamins and minerals and contain at least as many antioxidants as some fruits and vegetables and are good for your heart.
Of course I'd like to bake my own bread, but when I don't have time to bake I look for bread that’s labeled "whole grain," then double check that a grain is listed first in the ingredients list. Keep in mind that for wheat, oats, corn, rye and barley, unless the word "whole" precedes the grain...read full post »
I love a good burger, as much for its juicy beefiness as for what I get to put on top. And I’m not talking about the bun. I love experimenting with (many) different burger toppings. Bring on unusual varieties of pickles, ketchup and mayonnaise and my mouth starts watering. I’m a condiment junkie. There, I said it.
My co-workers in the EatingWell Test Kitchen know the power of a delicious condiment—using just a little can add a lot of flavor to your meal for only a few calories or replace full-fat mayonnaise and cheese that can really pack unnecessary calories and fat. I like homemade condiments because I know what’s in my food (some processed foods have a long list of ingredients I can’t...read full post »
One of the most fun interviews I’ve done this year has been with King Corn filmmakers Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney. I talked with these hilarious friends for our new issue of EatingWell Magazine about their new Truck Farm project: part political statement, part urban agriculture experiment and all-around great fodder for their next film, Truck Farm. The guys planted arugula, lettuce, tomatoes, hot peppers and more in the bed of the gray 1986 Dodge Ram that Cheney’s granddad gave him, the pair’s only vehicle (and the same ride they drove cross-country for their award-winning documentary King Corn).
If you live in Red Hook, Brooklyn, you may have seen these guys cruising around town with their garden planted in the back of the pickup. (If you don’t live in Brooklyn,...read full post »
Have you seen Food, Inc., the Oscar-nominated documentary exposing the inner workings of our industrialized food industry? As I recently re-watched the film’s interviews with experts like author Michael Pollan (find out the one food he won’t eat here) and took in the truths about how our food is grown, treated and processed, I was reminded of what a powerful influence this movie has been on how I, and probably many of you, make food choices and think about food.
So when I interviewed director Robert Kenner by phone last week, I was curious about how he’s changed his eating habits since he made Food, Inc.
“Now my diet is a political act, not a personal act,” he told me.
That’s a pretty...read full post »