Nom Nom Paleo + Whole Foods in the Northeast!

Nom Nom Paleo + Whole Foods in the Northeast! by Michelle Tam

Spotted in NYC’s Upper East Side Whole Foods Market!

When I partnered with Whole Foods Market in the NorCal region in August to help folks go Paleo, the questions started pouring in: When would my Nom Nom Paleo Picks start popping up in other Whole Foods locations around the country? Well, I don’t know (yet!) about other parts of the U.S., but starting last week, our cartoon family has invaded all the stores in Whole Foods’ Northeast region, too!

I was going to wait to share the news, but the cat’s out of the bag already—many of you eagle-eyed Nomsters in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey have already spied our cartoon family in your neighborhood Whole Foods Markets! We previously joined forces with the Northeast region a couple of years ago, and we’re beyond ecstatic to do it again.

So what’s this collaboration look like?

Nom Nom Paleo Picks

First of all, you’ll find that the aisles of every Whole Foods store in the region are dotted with bright, yellow Nom Nom Paleo Picks signs highlighting my favorite products, from Wellshire Farms’ sugar-free bacon to Rao’s marinara sauce. Hunt for these little signs as you shop, and you’ll find it a breeze to fill your cart with nomtastic Paleo-friendly ingredients—every single one of which I’ve selected myself!

As NorCal Nomsters know, it’s hard to miss my Nom Nom Paleo Picks. Seriously: It takes a seven-foot-tall world-champion basketball player shopping in a bathrobe and a fanny pack to draw one’s attention away from Whole Foods’ sunny yellow signs with my cartoon face on ’em.
Another bonus: You can pick up a shopping list at the customer service counter, or you can download your own printable version right here!
Nom Nom Paleo + Whole Foods in the Northeast! by Michelle Tam
Sadly, I’m all the way on the West Coast, so I won’t be able to spot these signs myself. So if you spy Nom Nom Paleo Picks in a store near you and post about it on Instagram or Facebook, make sure to use the hashtag #nomnompaleoXwholefoodsmarket so I can see it, too!

Book Signings!

To celebrate our return to Whole Foods in the Northeast, I’m heading back for three book signings in NYC and New Jersey in JUST TWO WEEKS! Come and meet me at the Whole Foods Market in Tribeca on Friday, October 19, Paramus on Saturday, October 20, and Millburn-Union on Sunday, October 21!

Nom Nom Paleo + Whole Foods in the Northeast! by Michelle Tam

Henry is flying in on a red-eye to join me for the two New Jersey events, and we can’t wait to scribble in your copies of Ready or Not! and Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans. As a big favor to me, please RSVP so I know how much Nom Nom Paleo swag to ship cross-country. (Shipping ain’t cheap, people!) Get all the details and RSVP to these free events on my Events page here!

Magic Mushroom Powder

The demand for my tins of Magic Mushroom Powder has been nothing short of amazing. The initial batch sold out in a flash, but don’t fret: My favorite seasoning salt should now be back in stock in Whole Foods’ NorCal and Reno locations.

Magic Mushroom Powder by Michelle Tam

Of course, that still leaves the rest of the country! We’re working with Whole Foods to determine if we can scale up production and get it distributed to more regions—but in the meantime, shoppers in the Northeast will also be able to find my cute little tins of Magic Mushroom Powder in Whole Foods Market locations starting in November. If you live in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, keep your eyes peeled…

Nom Nom Paleo + Whole Foods in the Northeast! by Michelle Tam

Peeking at a Nom Nom Paleo sign in the Tribeca store!

I can’t wait to hop on a flight back East and meet you guys soon!

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 95)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 95)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 95). I celebrated my birthday this weekend and went out to eat with friends and family so I am happy to get back on track this week! I’m keeping the carbs low this month (80/20) but craving Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup so I added that to the menu (kids love it!).

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. If you would like to see some of the previous week’s dinner plans, click here.

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 95)

Monday: Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup
Tuesday: Grilled  Steak Lettuce Tacos with Mexican Cauliflower “Rice”
Wednesday: Italian Pulled Pork Ragu (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, Stove) over zoodles for me, pasta for Tommy
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Filipino Adobo Chicken with cauliflower rice for me
Saturday: Dinner Out
Sunday: Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu with roasted asparagus


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A Guide to Getting Good at Dealing with Chaos

By Leo Babauta

It is a wonderful thing to have order to our lives, to simplify and have routines and systems that make things peaceful, organized, and calm.

Unfortunately, life likes to throw chaos and disorganization our way.

Things get disrupted, people interrupt, email requests pour in, our neatness gets messy, schedules get thrown into disarray, things get busy and hectic and complicated.

How can we stay sane in the middle of all this chaos? How can we take the chaos and busy-ness and messiness, and use them as opportunities to get good at handling it all?

The answer is with practice. And the practice is a method of letting go and re-centering in the middle of chaos.

The Method: Letting Go & Re-Centering

When chaos and messiness come our way, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s not inherently stressful and anxiety-inducing. It’s just that our minds don’t usually like these things. We want order and simplicity.

So the problem isn’t the external situation. It’s our internal ideals. We want order and simplicity, not to be interrupted, not to be overwhelmed. The ideal of orderliness is causing our frustration, stress, anxiety, not other people, not a chaotic situation.

The ideal of orderliness causes our difficulties. And we created the ideal. Therefore, we are causing our own difficulties.

The good news is that, if we created the ideal, we have the power to change it.

What if we let go of our ideal of orderliness, and created a new ideal: the perfect situation is what is in front of us. Our current experience is perfect, as messy and uncomfortable as it is. It is absolutely perfect. We just need to see its beauty.

So in the middle of chaos, the method is this:

  1. Notice that we are getting anxious or frustrated.
  2. Notice that our ideal of orderliness is causing the difficulty.
  3. Let go of that ideal, which is causing our pain and struggle.
  4. Breathe, and re-center ourselves, so that we become calm. This is simply returning to the present moment, with no ideals, seeing the situation afresh and with new eyes and an open heart.
  5. See the beauty and perfection in the moment in front of you.

That’s the method, and it is simple. But not easy.

The difficulty comes from a couple of things. First, we don’t like to let go of our ideals. We want things to be the way we want them. We want people to behave the way we think they should act. We want control over things. That we can’t actually have these things doesn’t often matter. We want them nonetheless. Second, we have difficulty in seeing the perfection in chaos and disorder. They don’t live up to our ideals, so seeing the beauty in them is foreign. We need to open up to them, but we’re not used to it.

The answer to these problems comes with practice.

The Practice: Opening Up

Whenever you have difficulty with disorder and chaos, with letting go and seeing the perfection in the moment … this is an opportunity for practice. And what a wonderful opportunity it is.

Feel the hardness in your heart when someone is behaving imperfectly. Feel the sharp edge in your chest when things start to fall apart and get messy. Feel the frustration in your torso when someone interrupts your quiet time, or leaves their things out and makes a mess.

Then see that as a wonderful opportunity to practice.

Here’s the practice:

  1. Notice when you’re resisting the method above. It could be because you don’t want to let go of your ideal (what you want) or because you don’t want to see the beauty in the current moment. It’s one of the two (and they’re the same thing).
  2. Sit (or stand) still. Pause and notice your resistance. Notice what’s going on.
  3. Try to open your heart and mind, just a little. Be less closed off, and more open to what’s happening. How can this be your teacher? How can you open up, just 1%, to what is in front of you?

Little by little, you can learn to let go of your ideals (which are causing you difficulty) and open up to the perfection of the messiness of this moment. And as you do, you’ll get better at chaos. You’ll be the master of messiness. You’ll be the Zen center of the universe. What an amazing gift to give yourself.

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Chicken Marsala Meatballs

These Chicken Marsala Meatballs are a fun twist in the classic dish! Great served over butternut squash or egg noodles.

These Chicken Marsala Meatballs are a fun twist in the classic dish! Great served over butternut squash or egg noodles.

I recently went to my local Italian specialty store and saw these behind the glass case, and new I had to make them! Tommy’s not a fan of mushrooms so I wasn’t sure what he would think be he loved them! I sliced the mushrooms very thin which I highly recommend rather than buying them pre-sliced. They melt in you mouth!

These Chicken Marsala Meatballs are a fun twist in the classic dish! Great served over butternut squash or egg noodles.


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The First Hour: Creating Powerful Mornings

By Leo Babauta

As your day starts, it’s easy to get lost in the habit of checking messages, replying to email, checking the news and your favorite blogs.

It’s easy to fritter your day away doing a thousand small harmless actions … but the essential actions get put off.

The antidote, I’ve found, is putting a little emphasis on making the first hour of your day the most powerful hour. Treating that first hour as sacred, not to be wasted on trivial things, but to be filled with only the most essential, most life-changing actions.

Sacred actions might include:

  • Meditating
  • Journaling
  • Reading
  • Writing (or creating in some other way)
  • Practicing or studying
  • Practicing yoga
  • Exercising
  • Focusing on your most important task of the day

On the days when I’m able to take those kinds of sacred actions, my entire day is changed. I am more mindful, I am more energetic, and I’m more focused and productive.

Treating this first hour as sacred helps me to remember that every hour is sacred, if I treat it as such. It helps me to remember that I don’t have a lot of hours left (I have no idea how many hours are left!), and that I have to live each one with appreciation and mindfulness.

My Current First Hour

The time that I wake up, and my morning routine, has varied over the years. It never stays the same, changing sometimes monthly. But when things tend to drift off into mindlessness, I refocus myself and choose a sacred routine that I find helpful.

Here’s what I’m doing right now with my first hour:

  • A short meditation
  • Write
  • Read
  • Study
  • Short yoga practice (or run with Eva)

I’ve only started doing this, so I keep each action fairly short (other than writing). The yoga practice, for example, is just a short series of poses, instead of a longer practice that I might want to develop over time. I’ve found it useful to start small when you get started, to form the habit.

Creating Your Powerful First Hour

You don’t have to choose the same mix as me, of course. The idea is to figure out what you think would be most powerful for your life, and put those into your sacred hour.

You might not know what mix works for you … pick something and try it. A good mix might include:

  • Some kind of meditation or reflection (gratitude journal, for example)
  • Your most important task
  • Something that takes concentration, like creating, reading, or studying
  • Something physical, like a run, yoga, workout, tai chi

But none of that is fixed in stone. If you find that you can’t concentrate in your first hour, maybe you use it for physical activity like taking a walk. If you don’t like physical activity, maybe you do something you’ve been putting off for a long time, like decluttering.

The main question to ask yourself is: if you were given the gift of an hour in the morning, what would you spend it on? What would make a big difference in your day?

Then test it out. Try the routine for a week and see what happens. Adjust if needed.

If you are already rushed in the morning and don’t have time to do all that, maybe start waking a little earlier. But I would guess that most of us have a little extra time that we spend on checking messages and other things online, that we could use in a different way. Instead of spending it on little things, reclaim that sacred time for more powerful actions.

My New Course: The First Hour – Create Powerful Mornings

I’m excited to offer a new course, called “The First Hour: Create Powerful Mornings,” as part of my Sea Change Program.

I invite you to join us in this 4-week course, by joining Sea Change today.

Sea Change is my monthly membership program for changing habits, learning mindfulness and changing your life. Each month, we focus on something different, and this month it’s creating a powerful morning routine.

What you’ll get with this course:

  1. Two video lessons per week
  2. A challenge to do a short morning routine session six days a week for the whole month
  3. A weekly check-in for the challenge so you stay accountable
  4. A live video webinar where you can ask me questions

I encourage you to join me and have your efforts to change your old patterns be supported by me and more than a thousand other Sea Change members.

Join Sea Change today and start the course.

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