Crapton of veggies.

veggie bowl

So I really like this post on Zen Habits about a simple health plan. There are two guidelines:

  1. Eat a crapton of vegetables.
  2. Do something active and fun every day.

It’s really that simple, isn’t it? If you eat tons of veggies before you eat anything else, you’re pretty much guaranteed to crowd out all the unhealthy stuff.

We get a bushel from Farmhouse Delivery every week, and it has really helped us eat more veggies and fruits. On a regular grocery shopping trip, I might buy broccoli or bell peppers, tomatoes and avocados. But each week, we receive, cook, and eat things like fresh hull peas or lima beans, sweet potatoes, collard greens, sweet corn, okra, eggplant, Asian pears, persimmons, melons, figs… things that I probably wouldn’t have bought on my own in a single week.

I’m grateful for the culinary knowledge I’ve gained, so that I have the skills and confidence to cook all this produce and make it delicious.

You always hear that healthy eating is about balance, and that sounds like such a cliché. It’s hard to find that balance, and what is the right balance anyway? One day I eat a completely vegan, veggie-packed meal, and the next day I’m at Matt’s El Rancho eating queso and drinking margaritas. Is that balance?

Here’s what I know: For every day of gluttony, there is a day of clean eating, and for every margarita, there is a green smoothie. That’s balance enough for me.

Old things


My dad would like this car.

Sometimes I wonder if there’s anything new for me to say. Especially here, in this space, where I’ve been saying things for 10 years. How many times should I mention that I love the fall, or I love food, or I live in Austin, or I have a great husband?

Then again, maybe it’s worth repeating. It’s worth talking about things that make me happy, things that make up my life. Life is just life, right? It doesn’t have to be groundbreaking every day to be wonderful. Some days you wake up and do your thing and go to bed, and it was still a wonderful day because you lived it.


sausage biscuit

Weekends are for making biscuits and eggs and sausage, and for sitting on the couch watching football, and for sleeping late and baking treats and thinking about going to get groceries but never actually going to get groceries, and for finally resting after a very long week. Happy weekend, everybody!