My Favorite Things: Resources for Eating Well, Health News and Inspiration

Sometimes people ask me about my favorite resources for health related news and inspiration. Here are a handful of my latest obsessions; they have made my morning BART ride something I totally look forward to!



TEDTalks Health- The now famous TED format started as a one-off event over 30 years ago with the slogan “ideas worth spreading” in which thought leaders gave powerful talks that were 18 minutes or less. Now over 2000 TED talks later, we have the spin off TEDTalks Health whose fascinating topics range from Maryn McKenna on our antibiotic crisis to Sandra Aamodt on Why Diets Don’t Work.



Hidden Brain – This is my go to  podcast on my morning BART ride. Shankar Vedantam explores the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior using science and storytelling. One of my favorites is about Switchtracking- soon you will notice this conversation pattern everywhere. 

Just for fun: have you heard of Mystery Show? I’m kind of in awe of Starlee Kine and her awesome detective work. I especially love the episode on the belt buckle

Food Blogs

The Kitchn

My abso fav food blog of all, you can filter your searches to find recipes to satisfy any food preferences or cooking style. I found new healthy breakfast ideas like this Miso Soup with Rice and Poached Egg. OMG, so good. You can get quick inspiration and answers as well as access to a series of articles, like 12 essentials When Hosting Thanksgiving For The First Time

Nutrition Stripped

Recipes centered on “stripping away” nutritional confusion. Backed up with a masters degree in nutrition, McKel offers deliciously whole, plant-centric, nutrient-dense yumminess that caters to all kinds of eaters. I especially love her Nourish Bowls

Nom Nom Paleo- How genuine and smart is Michelle Tam? She is a total foodie with serious taste and ninja skills in the kitchen. If you are looking for Paleo-style recipes look no further. Check out her crispy procuitto chips.

Health News Blogs

NPR- The Salt

God, I love NPR. The Salt’s two female editors Maria Godoy and Eliza Barclay bring us food news and science in bite sized pieces with fun and incisive curiosity.  Find out the skinny on Why  A Neurotoxin Is Shutting Down Crab Season In California this season. Nooooo! Or, on a happier note, why drinking coffee may extend your longevity.

Chris Kesser is an acupuncturist/functional medicine guru who disseminates fantastic health information on his popular blog and podcast. His site is a great resource for help with issues from blood sugar issues and adrenal dysfunction to gut health and hypothyroid.  He has free eBooks on the site like this one on Heartburn/GERD

Sonima has the tag line Live Fit Live Free. Sounds good to me! A gorgeous blog with guided meditations like this one with Deepak Chopra, as well as yoga sequences and fitness ideas. I’ve been enjoying some great articles like this one on The Magic of Moderate Exercise.

Wellness Mama- Not a health expert, but she dishes out great recipes for DIY body care, household products and yummy food too. Because we are bombarded by chemicals in our everyday life our products, she is my go-to on how to make my own stuff. Her simple steps make it fun and easy. You can even learn how to make your own Laundry Detergent