How to Love Your Dark Side

By Leo Babauta

We all have a side of ourselves (or multiple sides) that we don’t want others to see. You might think of this as your “dark side,” or the Gollum in you (as my friend Adam calls it).

It might be that you procrastinate, waste inordinate amounts of time on a certain site or game, drink or smoke too much, are jealous, ungenerous, critical of others, depressed or lonely.

These are not usually things we want others to see. But what if we tried to embrace our inner Gollum? What if we learned to love our dark side?

This is so against our usual approach that it might seem impossible. Love our inner Gollum? Absurd! We normally want to hide it, get rid of it, cure ourselves and forget everything about it.

But what if, instead, you tried:

  1. Telling someone else about your dark side, allowing some sunshine into this dark area of your life.
  2. Being gentler with yourself, and seeing this side of you through loving eyes. For example, maybe you are tired and are craving a rest, maybe you’re sad and want relief from that sadness. In this way, our dark side is not bad, but a (misguided) loving way to relieve our difficulties.
  3. Try giving yourself some compassion rather than being harsh on yourself about it. If you can wish for an end to your difficulties, and give yourself some love, maybe your dark side doesn’t have to be such a bad thing, just another experience in your life to love.
  4. When you start going to your dark side, pause here and allow yourself to just feel whatever pain you’re feeling, rather than going down your usual path of numbing or running away. Stay in the pain, and feel it fully. Immerse yourself in it, with curiosity and love.
  5. Laugh about your inner Gollum, telling others about it with some humor. It’s just another part of you, nothing to be ashamed of. And admitting it to others helps them connect to you in a more intimate way. Own it, and embrace it.

This won’t “cure” us of anything, but it is a gentler, more loving way of seeing ourselves, and dealing with the difficulties we face. I encourage you to try to love this side of yourself, as I’m trying to do with myself.

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Episode 367 – Dr. Ruscio – Gut Microbiome, Pro and Prebiotics, and Thyroid Disease

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This week we have my good friend Dr. Michael Ruscio back on the podcast. Listen in as we discuss the gut microbiome, research, treatment, prebiotics and probiotics, gut microbiome variation around the world, and thyroid disease.

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Podcast Episode 19: Ready or Not!

Episode 19: Ready or Not! by Michelle Tam

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Episode 19: Ready or Not!

We’re back! Yeah, I know it’s been over two months since our last podcast, but we think you’ll really dig this hour-long episode packed with juicy details about my favorite Hawaiian-inspired summer dish, our exciting new cookbook, volunteering with the family at the food bank, and my favorite green powder: Matcha! Download the episode and take us along with you on your next road trip, mountain hike, or traffic-packed slog to work!

Here’s a bit about what you’ll hear in this episode:

What We Ate

A few months back, out of the blue, Sunset Magazine reached out and asked if I’d contribute a recipe and a story to its June issue and be a featured chef at their Sunset Celebration Weekend.

Sunset Magazine has been a fixture in my life since I was a kid, so naturally, I was nervous about doing a cooking demo—but I agreed to both right away. In the past, I’ve let my irrational fear of failure hold me back from doing certain things that scare me, but as I share in the podcast, I now dive headfirst into “Heck ya!” opportunities when they present themselves. I’ve tried to encourage my boys to embrace new experiences, too: Do cool things, even if they scare you—’cause what’s the worst that can happen, right?

Episode 19: Ready or Not! by Michelle Tam

Pick up the June issue of Sunset Magazine and you’ll get a super-rare picture of me in a swimsuit(!)—and oh yeah, my recipe for tasty Paleo Fish Tacos with Pineapple Cilantro Salsa recipe, too!

Also, here’s the link to the ever-popular Cracklin’ Chicken recipe I demonstrated at Sunset Celebration Weekend—though as my nine-year-old keeps reminding me, it’s been renamed after him in the pages of our new cookbook, Ready or Not!, so we all need to get with the program and start calling it Ollie’s Cracklin’ Chicken from now on.

Episode 19: Ready or Not! by Michelle Tam

The Main Course

Next, we dive deep into our upcoming cookbook, Ready or Not!, and reveal all about the…umm…unique (unorthodox? naïve? foolhardy? really, really weird?) way we put together our two cookbooks, starting with 2013’s Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans. Our second book is certainly one-of-a-kind; no one else tackles cookbook creation quite the way we do—and this time, we really went over-the-top.

Ready or Not! by Michelle Tam & Henry Fong

Want the the nitty-gritty details? Listen to the podcast! Also:

  • Learn more about Ready or Not! in this epic blog post with photos of sample pages and a link to the book’s recipe index.
  • Check out the companion 2018 wall calendar for Ready or Not! that we created, complete with ridiculously cute Nom Nom Paleo stickers! (Sneak a peek and pre-order the calendar here!)
  • If you preordered Ready or Not!—THANK YOU! You’re a true Nomster, and I want you to have some free stuff because you’re the awesomest. Click here to claim your exclusive preorder bonuses! (And don’t delay—the download link for these bonus gifts will disappear when the book hits stores in August!)
  • Wanna meet me on my book tour? ’Cause I sure want to meet you! Check out where and when I’ll be signing books in your neck of the woods, and RSVP here (so I’ll know how much Nom Nom Paleo swag to bring)!

Crush of the Week

In this episode, my growing-like-a-weed twelve-year-old, Owen, shared his crush of the week: volunteering at The Oregon Food Bank. If you can, I really hope you’ll consider volunteering at a local food bank. Millions of Americans are struggling, and many are just one job loss or medical crisis away from dire straits, and some—including seniors and children—are at greater risk of hunger than others. Visit Feeding America’s website here to find a food bank near you, and give back this summer. (If you do it in Portland, you might even spot us working a shift alongside you!)

Episode 19: Ready or Not! by Michelle Tam

Question of the Week

Laura, a friendly Nomster from Atlanta, emailed me this note:

“Hi Michelle! I know that coffee is okay for Paleo eaters, and one of my favorite summer drinks in the morning is a glass of cold brewed coffee. Unfortunately, I’m finding that even one cup in the morning keeps me from being able to sleep at night. I see that you have been posting on your Instagram Stories about your morning matcha lattes, so I’m curious what that’s all about and whether it’s affecting your sleep. Thanks!”

Indeed, I’ve switched from swigging a cup of cold brew in the a.m. to savoring a glass of my Cold Matcha Latte. Here’s a link to my recipe and rationale for why I made the change. Listen to the podcast episode for more about my new morning favorite!

Cold Matcha Latte by Michelle Tam

Got a head-scratcher or two for us to ponder for a future episode? Leave ’em in the comments below, or shoot them to me via email. If we answer your question on the air, you’ll win some Nom Nom Paleo swag!

That said, our podcasts certainly aren’t the only way to pose your queries to me. I’ve been on a tear with my weekly live and interactive cooking demonstrations on my Facebook page, during which I answer viewers’ questions, too. So tune in every Wednesday night at 5 pm Pacific / 8 pm Eastern and ask your questions while I cook!

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Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013) and Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017)!

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Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 79)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 79)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 79). Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Here’s the new meal plan for the week, hard to believe this is the 79th one! Let me know if you find these meal plans helpful and if I should continue sharing each week. If you would like to see some of the previous week’s dinner plans, click here.

Pictured below is The Skinnytaste Meal Planner where I plan my dinners for the week (you can of course use any meal planner). Meal planning is a great way to get organized before heading to the supermarket to get ready for the week! My breakfast is usually something quick like eggs with fruit, a smoothie or avocado toast. We’re a family of four, so if a recipe serves more, it’s either packed up for everyone’s lunch or eaten the next day as leftovers.

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 79)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 79)

Monday: Spicy Breakfast Fajitas with Eggs and Guacamole
Tuesday: One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta
Wednesday: Chicken and Mushrooms in a Garlic White Wine Sauce with roasted asparagus
Thursday: Cajun Shrimp in Foil
Friday: Broiled Miso Salmon with sauteed snap peas
Saturday: Away
Sunday: Away


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