I am a big fan of both intentional exercise and NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis). I believe daily movement contributes to good health, and I think a device such as the Fitbit can encourage you to be more active.

To thank all of you for being my readers, I’m going to give one of you a Fitbit!

Fitbit Giveaway | Healthy Green Kitchen

The Fitbit is a wireless activity tracker. It monitors things like how many steps you take and how many calories you burn. It also lets you know how much you sleep and it can function as an alarm in the morning. You may synch your Fitbit with your computer or your smartphone and use an app to log your food intake in order to aid the process of weight loss or weight maintenance.

I was going to give away the newest Fitbit model, the Fitbit Force, but Amazon.com doesn’t have them in stock right now. So instead, you can choose between a Fitbit One and a Fitbit Flex. The Fitbit One has received better reviews. You wear it in your pocket, on a belt, or in your bra (only problem is I’ve heard it’s pretty easy to lose); the Flex can be worn on your wrist. If you win, you can choose whichever one you prefer.

I will also send the winner a signed copy of my soon-to-be-released book One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life! The book will be available for shipping on December 3, 2013 but I have a copy right here I’ll be sending to the winner before that…you’ll be one of the first to see the book :)

This giveaway is sponsored by ME. I am paying for the Fitbit and the shipping as a way to thank to you all for reading my blog. The total value of this package including the shipping is a little over $100. Note that his giveaway is only open to my readers in the USA. Also note that If you win and you really prefer to wait for the Fitbit Force, I will send you a $100 Amazon.com gift card that you can put toward one. If you already have a Fitbit and you win, I can either send you another one (for you to give away to someone you love), or I can send you a $100 Amazon.com gift card. Your choice.

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I’m participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) which means I’m blogging every day of November, 2013!

Soup. I make it all the time and yet I rarely make it the exact same way twice. Soup is often an exercise in thriftiness…a way for me to use up vegetables, etc. that are “on their way out”. At other times, it’s just an easy way to combine various ingredients into a nourishing meal.

Chickpea, Fennel, and Broccoli Rabe Soup | Healthy Green Kitchen

This Chickpea, Fennel, and Broccoli Rabe Soup is both thrifty and easy/nutritious. It’s not quite vegan/vegetarian due to the pancetta (and the chicken stock, if you use it), but these can definitely be left out if you don’t do meat. The recipe come from Alice Waters’ new book The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden.

The Art of Simple Food II

I love this book: it’s a wonderful volume of recipes spotlighting seasonal produce. There’s also an extensive section on starting or expanding a garden…reading through it has me already longing for next year’s garden. If you have a vegetable lover in your life, you should gift them with this book (or gift it to yourself…you will adore it!).

Chickpea, Fennel, and Broccoli Rabe Soup | Healthy Green Kitchen

Broccoli rabe can be a little bitter, but there’s nothing wrong with bitter! In fact, many of us would do well to include more bitter foods in our diets. Bitter foods are excellent for your digestion :)
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Due to a few technical difficulties, I can’t share the recipe I was planning to share with you today. I will get it posted tomorrow though, for sure…in the meantime, here’s my kitty Leo!

leo lap

I’ve written something for National Blog Posting Month for the past 8 days. I’m not going to lie…I am a bit burned out…so it’s just going to be a photo today. I took this shot with my iPhone while on a walk with my husband and dog today. I rather like it :)


This post is going to be short-ish because it’s late in the day and I don’t want to be up until all hours writing here. Though I was extolling the virtues of being forced to write everyday for National Blog Posting Month earlier in the week, right about now I am wondering what on earth possessed me to sign up!

I had an article published over at MindBodyGreen today. It’s called “Is It Time To Stop Worrying About Sugar”. It’s a slight reworking of this recent post about homemade oreos and sugar.

I’ve written about eating sugar (and all things, really) in moderation quite a bit lately. That’s because I personally feel very comfortable with moderation these days: it is an eating strategy that works very well for my body and my mind. But I have noticed that the mention of moderation seems to send some folks into a rage. I am not at all joking: I’ve been called “irresponsible” and many other not-so-nice names for saying that I don’t believe you have to avoid sugar/gluten/carbs/you name it (or follow an extreme diet) to be healthy.

Here’s the thing: there are plenty of people out in the world telling us that everything we want to eat is going to harm us…I don’t need or want to be one of them. Why? Because there’s an awful lot of orthorexia out there already and I have no interest in contributing to it! I feel strongly that stressing out over everything you put in your mouth in the interest of your health is, in fact, antagonistic to health. Also, I am simply not onboard with restricting foods for arbitrary reasons…I believe we should all strive to eat as wide a variety of foods as possible.

So, I have a few questions for you, my readers. What does moderation mean to you? Does the concept of moderation resonate with you or make you upset? If it upsets you, why is that? What’s wrong with moderation? I would really love to hear any your thoughts on this topic.