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Bonus Episode: How to Do Right By Your Body without Giving Up Your Life

From the Show: Dr. Taz Show
Summary: Learn how you can find the middle ground between health and hedonism by making one lifestyle change, one step at a time.
Air Date: 5/18/17
Duration: 25:05
Host: Dr. Taz
Guest Bio: Phoebe Lapine, Food & Health Writer
Phoebe-LapinePhoebe Lapine is a food and health writer, gluten-free chef, culinary instructor, author of the award-winning blog Feed Me Phoebe, recipe developer and speaker, born and raised in New York City, where she continues to live and eat.

After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Phoebe spent most of her mid-twenties getting on board with the health hand she was dealt, and using her professional experience in the kitchen to heal her body with leafy green comfort food. At that time, wellness seemed black or white; wine or kale; cool girl or sick girl. Her debut memoir, The Wellness Project, chronicles how she finally found the middle ground between health and hedonism by making one lifestyle change, one month at a time.

It’s part memoir, part wellness primer (with 20 recipes), and it’s her hope that the story offers those who feel overwhelmed by health to-do’s a real road map for healing; or, at least one that doesn’t involve doing all of the above all at once.

You can’t make healthier choices until you know what choices are healthy for you. Phoebe inspires women to choose their own health adventure, find practices that are worth the time, money and energy we spend on them, and kick those that aren’t to the curb.

As a sought after recipe developer and freelance writer, Phoebe has contributed regularly to Food & Wine, Huffington Post, Kitchen Daily, and Mind Body Green, where she teaches the e-Course How to Make Healthy Meals on a Budget and in a Time Crunch. Her recipes, writing, and cookbook have also been featured in SELF, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, O! Magazine, and Glamour, among others.
  • Book Title: The Wellness Project: How I Learned to Do Right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/FeedMePhoebe
  • Guest Twitter Account: @PhoebeLapine
Bonus Episode: How to Do Right By Your Body without Giving Up Your Life
When Phoebe Lapine was diagnosed with Hashimoto's in her early 20s, she essentially turned a blind eye to her condition.

Being dependent on a pharmaceutical for the rest of her life wasn't something she wanted to sign up for. 

So, over the next many years, she endured insomnia, night sweats, unwanted weight loss, painful stomachaches and fatigue. 

Eventually, she found a physician who pinpointed gluten as a major culprit of her symptoms. But, she still wasn't sure what going "gluten-free" would entail, and her physician wasn't very clear on the connection between Hashimoto's and gluten, making the diagnosis even more confusing.

In time, Phoebe took to her condition to her own kitchen. Too many gluten-free products are still "processed junk," and she wanted to create recipes that worked to improve her health and wellness.

Whether you're suffering from an autoimmune condition like Phoebe, or just want to be kinder to your body, a good place to start is at home.

For example, batch cooking on weekends sets you and your family members up for success for the week ahead. The more you can plan in advance, the better. Make it fun by having everyone pull a recipe from which you make your shopping list. You don't necessarily have to do the shopping the same day you cook, either. Little steps like getting your veggies as close to cooking prior to starting can make a huge difference.

If batch cooking seems overwhelming, focus on the "brown bag." Lunch meals can be an easy platform for choosing healthier options, but you're typically only cooking for you, not the entire family.

Listen in as Phoebe joins Dr. Taz to share her personal journey, as well as tips for doing right by your body without giving up your life.

Phoebe also discusses her new book, The Wellness Project, which chronicles how she finally found the middle ground between health and hedonism by making one lifestyle change, one month at a time.
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