Kombucha Berry Smoothie

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Gluten-free, Nutrition and Wellness, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

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This kombucha berry smoothie is so refreshing! It’s made with ingredients that may be beneficial for gut health, including kombucha and fiber-rich berries and greens. Avocado adds a wonderful creaminess. Plus, all about Seed’s science-and-plant-based Daily Synbiotic! I’ll be traveling more than I’m used to this summer. Apart from that, my schedule will be hectic, especially in comparison to the monotony of quarantine life. Travel and disruption are two of the things that tend to impact my digestion. It’s been years since I…

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38.

Pierre Van Zylbirthdays, Nutrition and Wellness

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I’m glad that the resources I shared last week were helpful to some of you. I’ll keep sharing as I do my own work—today, that means recommending Ava Duvernay’s 13th. If you’ve had questions about mass incarceration and its place among other systems of oppression, the documentary will probably answer some of them, and it left me ready to learn and do more. Netflix recently made the it free on YouTube. Speaking of work, I’ve spent the last week learning, listening and self-examining….

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Weekend Reading, 1.26.19

Pierre Van ZylNutrition and Wellness, weekend reading

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A little while ago, a friend asked for help in a way that really impressed me. She reached out to me and another friend, explaining a difficult situation she was dealing with and simply asking whether we wouldn’t mind checking in on her from time to time in the coming weeks. It was proactive, straightforward,…

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Weekend Reading, 1.5.20

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We’re less than a week into the new year, but five days is usually enough for me to have at least an inkling about how my intentions are panning out. So far, my actions feel mostly aligned with the intentions I’ve had for 2020. Those are: To take more responsibility for my happiness (less blaming,…

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Weekend Reading, 12.29.19

Pierre Van ZylNutrition and Wellness, weekend reading

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I’m sure I say this every single year, but I’m amazed that this one is about to be over. 2019 flew by. Technically speaking, a lot happened this year. I finished ten years of grad school, wrapped up my internship, and became a dietitian, all of which are important milestones that I worked hard for….

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Weekend Reading: To South Korea and Back

Pierre Van Zylkimchi, nasoya, Nutrition and Wellness, Travel, weekend reading

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For me, the holiday season presents an opportunity to look back at the year behind me and practice gratitude for all I’ve experienced. One of the highlights of 2019 was having the opportunity to travel to South Korea, where I learned the story of Nasoya kimchi. I’ve long been a fan (and a proud ambassador)…

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Weekend Reading, 12.7.19

Pierre Van ZylNutrition and Wellness, weekend reading

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It was a spectacular week of recipe fails around here, which is why I haven’t had anything to post. Not just recipes that needed fine tuning, mind you, but real duds. It was frustrating. Needless to say, I reacted by bearing down and retesting everything, which only resulted in repeated failures. Finally, I decided to…

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Weekend Reading, 11.17.19

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This week, I tried a new exercise: each night before bed, I made a quick list of the things that had given me happiness that day. It was surprisingly illuminating. I’ve done gratitude journaling before, but this was different. Whereas the list of things that I’m grateful for is usually long and unchanging (family, friends,…

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Weekend Reading, 10.20.19

Pierre Van ZylNutrition and Wellness, weekend reading

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Since my internship wrapped up, I’ve slowly had an opportunity to reconnect with friends, acquaintances, readers, and clients. People have been very kind about wishing me well as I move into a new chapter. Many folks have shared memories of their own intense experiences or periods of professional training. A few people have mentioned to…

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Weekend Reading, 10.20.19

Pierre Van ZylNutrition and Wellness, weekend reading

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Since my internship wrapped up, I’ve slowly had an opportunity to reconnect with friends, acquaintances, readers, and clients. People have been very kind about wishing me well as I move into a new chapter. Many folks have shared memories of their own intense experiences or periods of professional training. A few people have mentioned to…

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A Helping Hand from Veestro Plant-Based Meals (+ a Giveaway!)

Pierre Van Zylgiveaway, meal prep, Nutrition and Wellness, veestro

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One of the things I took the most pride in this year was the fact that, in spite of lots of schedule upheaval, I managed to stick to a reasonable home cooking and meal prep routine. I told myself that I wouldn’t worry too much if I needed to rely on takeout every now and…

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Weekend Reading, 9.22.19

Pierre Van ZylNutrition and Wellness, weekend reading

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In the summer of 2010, I signed up for Nutrition I at Hunter College. I was twenty-eight, a professional book editor who hadn’t taken a science class since high school. Uncharacteristically for me—I’m usually very decisive—I couldn’t decide between a future in medicine, dietetics, or mental health. But I knew that I wanted to make…

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Weekend Reading, 9.8.19

Pierre Van ZylNutrition and Wellness, weekend reading

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When you’re studying for a big test, which I am, you spend a lot of time thinking about focus. You have to: concentration and focus are huge parts of test preparation. No amount of study hours matter unless the quality of one’s attention and immersion is strong, a distinction that’s sometimes summed up as studying…

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Weekend Reading, 8.2.19

Pierre Van ZylNutrition and Wellness, weekend reading

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I’ve been thinking a lot about taking responsibility lately. For the past few weeks, the process of slowly and patiently taking care of my responsibilities—academic, personal, business, financial, and the tiny tasks and duties associated with everyday living—have been a big part of staying healthy and engaged as I weather a patch of depression. It’s…

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Weekend Reading, 8.4.19

Pierre Van ZylNutrition and Wellness, weekend reading

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I’ve had a chance to reflect on my internship experience in the last two weeks, and what stands out to me is how much of my own “stuff” I’ve been able to let go of, or work on. I’ve gotten better at taking care of myself. I’ve become firmer and clearer with boundaries. I’m communicating…

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Weekend Reading, 7.14.19

Pierre Van ZylNutrition and Wellness, weekend reading

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This year has been more extroverted than I’m used to, but also more solitary. On the one hand, I’ve been in busy workplace environments each day, constantly exposed to new colleagues and new patients. This is a far cry from the quiet, work-from-home life that I’ve been living as a self-employed graduate student for the…

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Weekend Reading, 7.7.19

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It’s interesting, what gets unearthed during stressful times. It was a long week, in spite of the July 4th holiday, thanks to my internship wrapping up and my mom’s knee replacement surgery. She’s doing really well, but these moments are fraught and trying for everyone. I haven’t exactly been a picture of equanimity or grace…

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Weekend Reading, 6.9.19

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It’s been a lovely couple days of taking my own advice. In Friday’s post—the responses to which I’m so grateful for—I mentioned the importance of learning how to relax, and then practicing relaxation whenever possible. Last weekend, I wrote about not trying too hard all the time. Or, in the words of one of my…

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Weekend Reading, 6.2.19

Pierre Van ZylNutrition and Wellness, weekend reading

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I can’t believe it’s already June—it seems as though last August was only yesterday, and I was staring down the long road of the dietetic internship. Everyone assured me that the year would fly by, and in the aggregate it has, though some of the rotations have felt endless. My current rotation is one of…

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Weekend Reading, 5.19.19

Pierre Van ZylNutrition and Wellness, weekend reading

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Happy Sunday, friends. It’s been…a week. Nothing insurmountable, just a pile-up of a lot of things at once. They all had one thing in common, which is that they were largely outside of my control. It started last weekend. A relationship that I’d actually been hopeful about (the first in a long time), came apart. Its…

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