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diet-eat.net – To Stop Food Waste, We Need to Confront Our Food Anxiety

Humans throw away about 1.3 billion tons of food a year, or—at the very least—one third of all food in the world. If you loaded that refuse into trucks, they’d wrap bumper-to-bumper around the world seven times. All that waste is detrimental to our planet. In terms of carbon emissions, we toss tomatoes, let the

diet-eat.net – When the Non-Muslim World Flattens Me, I Run During Ramadan to Feel Human Again

Weeks before Ramadan begins, my friends and I talk Ramadan strategy. We obsess over the details in texts and voice notes, sometimes a phone call—though those are trickier with our different time zones. My community is scattered across the globe. My parents worked in Singapore, Taiwan, Qatar, and more throughout my childhood; wherever they went,

diet-eat.net – When I Accidentally Became a Single Mother, I Had to Learn to Feed Us

The last time I had cooked a proper meal for someone else, before having a child, was a man I had been dating a couple of years before in Los Angeles. It would take a long time to explain why I fried carrots in a wok with hot oil and then added squeezy honey, thinking

diet-eat.net – Learning How to Grow Anything

You know what they say: When life still refuses to give you ’gus even after weeks of patiently waiting, go plant some vegetable seeds and pretend like you know what you’re doing. Or something. At least, that’s how I ended up planting a micro veggie garden of Swiss chard, shiso, and edible flower seeds this

diet-eat.net – Depression and Anxiety Stole My Sense of Taste. Here’s How I Got It Back

Eight years ago I tried to cook my way out of another impossible situation. My dad had been diagnosed with cancer and was struggling with chemo-induced nausea. His voracious appetite, once a thing of family lore, had vanished. With naive optimism, I loaded butter and cheese into his scrambled eggs, hoping the decadence might spark

diet-eat.net – These Spring Recipes Are What I Cook When I’m Impatient For Asparagus

Every other week, Bon Appétit associate editor Christina Chaey writes about what she’s cooking right now. Pro tip: If you sign up for the Healthyish newsletter, you’ll get the scoop before everyone else. Every year around this time I revisit a handful of poems about spring that I bookmarked when I was in college and

diet-eat.net – Learning How to Ride a Bike Eased My Chronic Anxiety

At 25 years old I thought I could teach myself how to ride a bicycle. My first attempt: scooting up and down a dead-end Brooklyn street on a Citi Bike one late August morning. With the exception of a few delivery trucks, the streets were empty, just as I’d planned. There I was, a grown

diet-eat.net – In Pursuit of Asian Joy

Every other week, Bon Appétit associate editor Christina Chaey writes about what she’s cooking right now. Pro tip: If you sign up for the Healthyish newsletter, you’ll get the scoop before everyone else. Like so many others, I’m holding grief and space in my heart for the victims of the shootings in Atlanta and Boulder,

diet-eat.net – How I’m Redefining What “Healthy Eating” Means To Me

Every other week, Bon Appétit associate editor Christina Chaey writes about what she’s cooking right now. Pro tip: If you sign up for the Healthyish newsletter, you’ll get the scoop before everyone else. I first read Julia Turshen’s incredibly honest essay about breaking free from diet culture months ago in a galley of her newest

diet-eat.net – My Pandemic Hobby is Making Natural Wine in My Jersey City Apartment

Last summer I returned to my rural Massachusetts hometown on a mission: to make my own natural wine, with “nothing added, nothing taken away.” For months I’d watched friends embrace ambitious new hobbies to keep busy during the pandemic (DIY home improvement, shibori tie-dye, and who could forget all that sourdough). I figured if people

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