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  • Last month, I hosted a cooking class dinner party at the WOOM CenterSee photos here. Visit them for sound meditation or groovy yoga. Stay tuned for more foodie things from RX.
  • My Journalism degree is coming in handy again. Read some of my latest plant-based pieces for other publications here.

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"What you do is what the whole Universe is doing at the place you call here and now. You are something the whole Universe is doing in the same way that a wave is something that the whole ocean is doing." - Alan Watts

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RX Newsletter 017: Curing anxiety. And, free stuff.

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  • If I weren’t sending this newsletter from a snowstorm, without power, I’d be more tempted to try this routine. Maybe come summer: The Benefits of Getting an Icy Start to the Day
  • Pinole is the new quinoa.
  • A nice lineup of ayurvedic herbs to make more regular.
  • The only wedding idea I may ever include in this newsletter.
  • A new book, Ingredient, had me excited – I care a lot about food as ingredients in the meal of life – but it turns out this one is more chemical and chef-targeted than for the general food consumer. Which is actually fine by me as it leaves room for my book. Just to put that out there.
  • Bon Appetite launched a new read that I am totally fanning: Healthy-ish.
  • This newsletter is late because I was distracted by politics. Here's some perspective, and writing advice, from George Orwell: Politics and the English Language.

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The past month+’s mission has been to cure anxiety. Really. This subject is a life-long study for me, and an issue for so many others. Some of where I’ve been lately:

  • The ketogenic diet. I'm testing it again, and being strict. Note: it is not easy. And I do not recommend following the internet’s version of it (lots of meat). A plant-based (vegan, raw if you can) approach is powerful. If you’d like to try it with me, feel free to reach out.
  • The article I’ve shared most with my clients this month: Probiotics Over Prozac: Ketogenic Eating for the Best Brain
  • The Chemistry of Calm is a good look at specific neurotransmitters’ roles in fear circuitry, plus nutritional support for each.
  • From the message board rabbit holes, check out this fellow’s supplement “stack”: Valium Without the Valium.
  • This quiz can help assess which type of anxious you are - an important distinction too rarely considered.
  • The next step in all of this is amino acids, which are the precursors to neurotransmitters and ideally something we're eating enough of to support a natural homeostasis, rather than a supplemented one.

RX Events

  • Online, offline, February and March – there are a lot of RX events on the books. Join, share, both, neither.
  • I’m also continuing to work with private clients. If you’d like a session, or know someone who would, referrals are rewarded.
  • Reminder: I’ve started working with Causely, which makes a donation to a good cause every time people check-in at RX. Do it from FB or IG, absolutely any time. Seriously, every day if you want.

Misc: Friends and the free stuff

RX exists because of you. If it weren't for the peeps, I'd just be over here talking to plants. So, it's with particular pleasure that I get to share friends with friends. Some of those:

  • ADAY: Simplifying wardrobes with functional, versatile fashion in the name of less stuff and more space for things that really matter. Use our code 'MostlyPlants' for $10 off and free shipping. (Thank you, Meg!)
  • Sweetgreen: The only place I’ll break my brown-bag rule to buy lunch, SG is an awesome supporter of all things RX. Use my code to get a $15 credit. Definitely feel free to share that with friends.
  • Conscious City Guide: Now our exclusive partner for RX event info. Subscribe to the Conscious City Guide for a weekly curated guide of conscious events across the globe.
  • This ‘letter’s photos by Ethan Covey.

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RX Newsletter 016: food trends, water basics, and the shoreline of your mind

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RX Newsletter 015: Everything green.

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  • “… we’re beginning to see a new era of food, and with it, radical transparency around understanding where our food comes from and how it’s made … something most people currently don’t know (or don’t want to know). From making to marketing, what will it take to turn the world’s oldest food production tradition into an entirely new one? Could a personalized, local 'meat brewery' be the future of food?” Old Food, Clean Tech - an A16z podcast.
  • Food Industry Goes Beyond Looks to Fight Waste
  • A Reading List for America, from New York Public Library

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RX Events

  • December Events are wrapping up early so I can head to the hills of Colombia.
  • January though, is filling up with Herbalism and Plant-Based Health classes (in NYC and online). All event details to come in a dedicated Events email.
  • Meanwhile, save the date for RX @ sweetgreen Meatpacking, January 8th. We’ll be talking about plants, food, health and how to eat better in 2017.

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In closing, have a shaman song.

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Newsletter 014: Plants and plants.

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Note: This week’s news is heavy on substances (some call them drugs), or plants that affect our states of being. (Did you know coffee is psychoactive?) After attending one of my favorite annual conferences (Horizons) and with some of the projects I’m currently working on, it’s a topic I’m steeped in again. It’s also something I care a lot about - namely, psychedelic therapy.

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  • Nathaniel Dorsky’s films.
  • How to stop a panic attack, natural, creative approaches. I found these better than the usual “take a deep breath” advice.
  • Ashwagandha as a serotonin normalizer. Note that’s not a “boost,” it’s a normalization. Which is something I’ve personally found to be the most effective long-term cure/care for physically-rooted anxiety.

RX Events

  • This month, The Alchemist’s Kitchen opened at ABC Home. It’s a project I’ve been working on since the summer, and am very happy about. If you’re in NYC, stop by. The elixirs are 100%.
  • October Events continue, and November’s are lining up.
  • I’ve also started working with Anima Mundi. If you’re a retailer, cafe, or otherwise interested in the beautiful collection, send me a note.

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“A commitment to universality does not mean thinking and loving all that is in equal measure or on equal footing. The only viable way toward the universal passes through a singularity. For me, plants are these 'singular universals,' wholes in parts and parts in wholes. In a word, de-limitations. Loving them, we love the love of all that is.” - Michael Marder, The Philosopher’s Plant