This week I am going on a very special vacation with Doug’s family. We are headed to the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, the incredibly special resort in Mexico where Doug and I were married. I am so excited to go back to a place filled with so many happy memories. It will certainly be a bit different than the last time we were there! About 95 friends and family members different.
I think I can safely say that I have tried every juice cleanse on the island of Manhattan. From one to seven days programs, I have sipped my way through them all! While I have enjoyed most of the juice cleanses I have taken on I find that drinking green juice and eating an extremely clean diet each and every day works much better for my body than the occasional juice cleanse. However, there are some times when I want to kick things up a notch and really do some deep internal cleaning. By juicing I can give my body a break from digestion so it can spend it’s time doing some much needed “housekeeping”.
It’s Wedding Wednesday again! Today I wanted to give some of my personal favorite alternatives to the traditional booze and embarrassment filled bachelorette party.
An amazing thing happened the other day on my (almost daily) trip to Whole Foods. The produce section had completely changed! We are now getting into my personal favorite season for produce. Living in NYC (and not Cali or the tropics) the late fall and winter months can be a little grim as far as produce is concerned. Don’t get me wrong, I love my winter veggies but after several months even I can tire of squash, kale and yams.
I cannot remember the last time I ate a piece of bread. I think it was 2007 or maybe 2006. Bread was the first thing to go on my (long) road to the clean diet I eat today. To be clear, I do not have Celiac disease or any known gluten allergy. I am just a strong believer that the human body functions much much better without consuming gluey, inflammatory, and hard to digest foods such as bread (and meat and dairy for that matter).
I love to entertain. Few things make me happier than cooking for my friends and family and welcoming them into my home. My parties are not always fancy seated affairs, more often than not they involve a group of girls gathered around my kitchen counter gabbing about reality television.
With the beginning of summer comes the beginning of wedding season. Recently my mailbox had been full of invitations to friend’s weddings, showers and bachelorette parties. I have my lineup of attire ready to go from black tie to beach club chic. I have bought more lingerie and mixing bowls than I care to share. All of this nuptial activity started me thinking about my own wedding and the tips and tricks I learned during the planning process that kept me healthy and sane. Having already walked down the aisle I know how stressful a wedding can be, and how much there is to think about. Over the next few “Wedding Wednesdays” I will share tips for brides that will help keep your special day as clean, pure and simple as possible.
Memorial Day weekend is my favorite weekend of the year. It is the unofficial, official start to summer and for me and Doug that means the start of weekends away from now until September. Doug, Maddy and I split our summer weekends between the Hamptons with my family, the Hudson Valley with his, and the Connecticut shore where I serve on the board of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. It’s a lot of hours in the car but well worth it for all the sunshine and time out of the concrete jungle of NYC.
I think it is safe to say my seasonal allergies have turned into a full blown cold. I am not one to easily take days off and rest, but at the urging of my husband (and my acupuncturist) today I shall do just that. With the long weekend starting tomorrow I want to feel my best for the unofficial official start to summer. If I have to give up today in order to have the weekend so be it!