What a relief it is when we stop trying to be something and become someone.

Coco Chanel

What to Eat Wednesday: Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad

**I’m going to start doing a weekly feature of a delicious recipe created by myself or a friend every wednesday. Be hungry and confused no more!! WIN!**

While the recipe today is vegetarian and organic, it certainly is not a rule (catching a theme?). All the recipes will however be made of entirely REAL FOOD….which is, honestly, my guiding principle when deciding what I should eat at any given time. 

So Without further ado: 

4 Lbs. Organic carrots, peeled and chopped into large pieces
3-4 Lbs. Organic golden beets, peeled and chopped into large pieces
1 1/4 Cups shaved Pecorino Romano
1/2 Organic pine nuts, lightly toasted
1/2 Olive oil
1 Cup Fresh cilantro
1 1/2 Tbsp Champagne vinegar
1 Tbsp White truffle oil

Sea salt, to taste
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Combine chopped carrots and beets in a large bowl. Add olive oil and sea salt to root vegetables and mix until well coated. Cover 1-2 baking sheets with aluminum foil and spread a uniform layer of beets and carrots on both sheets. Roast for 60-75 minutes at 350-400 degrees, or until the vegetables have reduced in size and begin to look dark on the edges. Be sure to move the carrots and beets around on the sheet every 25 minutes to make sure they do not stick to the foil.

After roasting, cool the vegetables to room temperature. Pour back into large bowl and add the vinegar, white truffle oil, Pecorino, salt and black pepper. Stir to incorporate ingredients. Chill well. Add fresh cilantro right before serving.

Recipe created by my dear friend, Jared Levan.


Am/Am Not. Life's too short. And, you should know. 

First off, what is a blog without a blogger? That’s right…an annoying SEO site. Since this is not one of the latter, allow myself to introduce myself. 

I am Jessica. 26 years old. Self-proclaimed post-obsession blogatrix.

I am a retired competitive swimmer, hanging up the suit after 2008 Olympic Trials. I am a medical student at large. I live in Brooklyn, NY. I am a writer and an editor for a major educational company. All that is great but largely irrelevant to One Girl No Diet.

What is relevant is that, I hate hearing about your diet as much as you hate hearing about mine.  

So, what am I doing about it? Nothing crazy. I’m just NOT on a diet.  

I know what you’re thinking. “Ugh. Another fat girl trying to make being overweight/out-of-shape/lazy OK. No way.” hey you. it's me.

HOLD UP. In a nutshell, I am neither short nor tall; skinny nor fat. I’m 5’6” and a size 4.  Aside from a few digressions, I’ve been this size since I stopped getting taller (dammit!) at age 15.

I have evolved to realize that there is too much to be done, too many delicious things to eat and drink and too many spontaneous moments to obsess about food or even be on a diet.

So hooray. Life’s too short to be unsexy. And worrying isn’t sexy, pet.


Day One: My Body is Not a Project. 

Let’s play a game. I will tell you about this blog, you will read.

bloggy in brooklyn

I am tired of all the noise and think you should be, too. Every day we are infiltrated with (mis)information about diets/nutrition/exercise/body image. 

This can be as direct as radio/tv/internet ads (I can’t even listen to Pandora without being subjected to ads for the [ridiculously unsafe] hCG diet!) To passive/implicit acceptance on the part of our friends, significant others, coworkers, acquaintances of our diet-babble. I am tired of the thought that my daughter (and/or son?) will be subjected to this frenzy and this noise. So I am going to write this for them, for you and for me.

What I am suggesting is giving the typical obsession with dieting the finger. Think of all the other awesome shit you can do with that time and energy. Really. I plan on taking advantage of it, so should you.


This blog is:

  1. A place where I will discuss how i handle my perpetual state of un-dieting myself. Or where you can discuss your current state of dieting or un-dieting.

  2. A place to discuss recipes and my amateur chef-hood.

  3. An example for girls/women and even men/boys who would rather create, function, perform, understand, save the world than buy into the idea that we have to treat our bodies as projects constantly needing to be maintained, ordered, bullied, regulated and assessed. Our bodies are NOT projects; we do not have to be consumers of fad diets and unhealthy fixations. 

  4. A place for normal, fun, healthy people who want out of the fray of the American Diet Frenzy.

  5. A place to learn about and discuss nutrition, health and health policy. I did go to med school, after all.

This blog is not:

  1. A diet/exercise log

  2. A place where unhealthy lifestyles (at any end of the spectrum) will be encouraged.

  3. Full of negativity.

So, now that that’s off my chest, let’s get to the fun stuff.

Balance. Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures. So is exercise. So is mental clarity. And health is the consummate ideal at the intersection of these components.

Find you’re place on the Joy/Health continuum and you’re the winner. Let’s start.


I'm a girl. I'm not on a diet. 

Page 1 ... 104 105 106 107 108