Christine was not intimidated. She asked me to tell her about the origins of my insomnia, and I explained that my sleeplessness began six years ago, during the summer of 2010, when I changed jobs and moved on my own to a small studio apartment in Brooklyn. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, I was scared to live by myself and was drowning in my new position. At night, my mind would race with worries: What was that strange sound in the hallway?
While EVOO is heart healthy, most people go overboard, soaking up as much as a tablespoon — or 119 calories' worth — with each chunk of bread, says Marissa Lippert, RD, the owner and head chef of Nourish Kitchen + Table in New York City. "Dunk a couple of slices in oil and you could end up consuming 400 calories before your meal arrives." Fix: Drizzle a little olive oil onto a small plate and add balsamic vinegar to dilute the fat and pump up the flavor. Or — surprise! — use butter.
"So how are you?!" a friend asked me at brunch recently. I hadn't seen her in a while and thought for a moment. "Great!" I replied. "Things have been going really well for me." Even I was surprised by my response; it's rare that I don't have a complaint at the ready.