CJDG In The Studio with Rebecca Overmann

As most of you know by now, I love to travel. And I love jewelry. So when I can combine the two, it’s pretty much perfection. We’ve launched a new series over on the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group’s website, called “In The Studio” where I get to visit my favorite jewelry designers and see where and how they work.

It’s so exciting to see where artists–and these jewelry designers are definitely artists–create their work. In many cases, their environment can inform their jewelry: the space, the light, the city they live and work in. And I’ve found that most jewelry designers surround themselves with interesting objects and images that all contribute to inspiration.

For this In The Studio, I visited San Francisco to see Rebecca Overmann. In a bright loft in the Mission District, some seriously gorgeous jewelry is all handmade with integrity. Here’s a glimpse of what I found, and you can see the full article at CJDGJewelers.org.

Thanks, Rebecca! You can see Rebecca’s new work at the Couture Show in Las Vegas at Salon 137.

New-new rings by Rebecca Overmann with angular planes and geometry, and her signature finish. Image courtesy of Rebecca Overmann.

Resident shop dog Mosley–at the bench!

Rebecca’s bench and a tray of new work. She does all the wax carving right here.

Rebecca Overmann

Succulents and rings sizers set the tone at the conference table.

Hand-carved wax molds means that Rebecca’s signature is evident in all of her jewelry.

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Podcast Episode 6: Party On!

Nom Nom Paleo Podcast Episode 6: Party On! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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Pat yourself on the back: you have the Paleo thing down at home, and you can order like a champ when dining out at a restaurant. But what about parties? Do you know how to navigate a non-Paleo shindig? Don’t worry—we’ll fill you in on how to be the best guest ever. Follow our advice, and you might even get invited back!

Show Notes & Links for Episode 6:

What We Ate:

While Henry was away on business, I experimented with Fiona’s Green Chicken to see if it freezes and reheats well. Answer: yes! The moral of the story is to always make a double batch of Fiona’s Green Chicken so you can eat half and freeze the rest for a future meal.

Main Course:

In this episode, we dish about how to be a gracious guest at a non-Paleo party. Sure—if you’re hosting the get-together, you have nothing to worry about. After all, you’re in control of the food. But what about non-Paleo parties thrown by people you don’t want to put off with your finicky food choices? Never fear: I have recommendations for plenty of flavorful dishes you can bring to share—without triggering any suspicions or questions about your platter of Paleo-friendly fare.

Here are some crowd-pleasers you can bring to a party:


  • Giant salad with greens, vegetables, protein, nuts, and a Paleo-friendly dressing
  • Tomato & Basil Salad
  • Fruit salad

Appetizers/Finger Foods:

Main Courses:

I also have tips to help you avoid coming across as a boorish caveperson in front of the other guests. (Yeah, I know you’re always on your best behavior—but I learned the hard way that we Paleo eaters sometimes forget how we come across to our friends and family.)

Above all else: chill out, be gracious, and a good guest! Have a good time at the party and if you’re famished, eat the food that you brought to share rather than face-planting into the box of cupcakes.

If you’re offered food that you can’t or don’t want to eat, follow the example of my good friend Melissa Joulwan, and respond with a simple “Not right now.” Say the phrase with a polite smile and sunny attitude, and no one’ll feel bad that you just declined a slice of cake. Even if the host insists on putting food on your plate that you’ve declined, just remember: no one can force you to stick anything in your mouth. My savvy brother-in-law, for example, will just _pretend _to eat unwanted food that my dad piles onto his plate.

  • Melissa Joulwan writes one of my favorite Paleo food blogs, The Clothes Make The Girl, and her two cookbooks, Well Fed and Well Fed 2, are filled with fantastic Paleo-friendly party fare (affiliate links).
  • I’ve been known to sneak an Exo Bar or some jerky in the bathroom if I start feeling hangry at a party.

Crush of the Week:

om Nom Paleo Podcast Episode 6: Party On! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Ollie sings his favorite song from Adventure Time, “Bacon Pancakes.” Owen tells us why watermelon is the love of his life. I gush about how I’m obsessed with The Glitch Mob, the coolest electronic music band in the world. Plus, one of the band members, Justin Boreta, is Paleo!

Question of the week:

As the mother of two young boys, what do you with your boys at parties? Do you let them run wild and gobble up everything in sight? Do you put them on a leash and not let them touch anything that is “Paleo-approved”? Or something in the middle?

At home, our kids eat the way we eat. But when they’re at parties, we trust Big-O and Lil-O to make their own decisions. Lil-O gets GI distress when he eats gluten, so he knows to steer clear of gluten. Big-O, on the other hand, sometimes opts to indulge his love of pizza. Both kids choose to eat non-Paleo things at times, but we’re okay with it because: (1) we control what they eat 90% percent of the time, (2) they don’t have life-threatening food allergies, and (3) we want them to be empowered to make their own food choices and not develop a complex about what they eat. But don’t take our word for it; listen in as our boys tell us what they eat at parties.

That’s it for this week! If you like what you heard, subscribe to our podcast and leave us a review on iTunes!

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://nomnompaleo.com/post/119606213133

Weekend reading: Organic Struggle

Brian K. Obach. Organic Struggle: The Movement for Sustainable Agriculture in the United States. MIT Press, 2015.

Here’s my blurb:

Brian Obach has written an important book for everyone who produces, buys, or considers buying organically produced foods. This is a well-researched and utterly riveting history of the issues that unite and divide organic farmers and consumers, firmly grounded in the political context of classic social movements. If you want to advocate for healthier and more sustainable food systems, you must read this book.

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://www.foodpolitics.com/2015/05/weekend-reading-organic-struggle/

Homemade Citrus Sports Drink Recipe

citrus homemade sports drink

This homemade citrus sports drink will give you the energy and hydration you need to finish your run or workout strong.

The summer heat is officially on its way, and many of you will soon be ramping up training for fall marathons. This means it’s the perfect time to share one of my favorite recipes from my Nutrition for Runners Program: this easy homemade sports drink recipe.

If you’ll be running over about an hour, it’s important to fuel during your run, ideally in the form of simple carbohydrates that are quickly and easily digested and turned into energy. As you exercise and sweat, you lose fluids and sodium, so it’s also important to replenish these while you’re working out, especially if you’ll be running for well over an hour. For a quick rough estimate of how many carbohydrates you should take in while on a long run, divide your body weight in pounds by 4. This will give you a good starting point for the grams of carbs you should aim to take in per hour (for runs over 1 hour).

In the winter months, I tend to stick with water and gels/gummies or real food fuel to meet my needs, but in the summer heat, a good sports drink can really hit the spot – and help to avoid any uncomfortable GI situations or dehydration and muscle cramps.

There are three key components to an effective sports drink: fluid, electrolytes, and carbohydrates.

To stay adequately hydrated, you’ll want to take in about 16 to 20 oz. (~475 to 600 mL) of water/fluid per hour. This number will vary based on how much you sweat and how hot it is outside, but it’s a good starting place and you can adjust as needed. Depending how heavy and salty your sweat is, you may also need to take in some sodium; there’s a little added to this recipe to keep you covered on that front. (Most energy gels/gummies also include some sodium.)

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All the ingredients in this recipe work together to keep you hydrated and energized during your run. Orange and lemon (or lime) juice provide fluid and simple carbohydrates that are easy to digest, resulting in a quick blood sugar boost for immediate energy. Pure maple syrup ranks low on the glycemic index, so the carbohydrates from maple syrup are digested at a slower rate, resulting in longer-lasting energy. Water and coconut water both provide fluid, and coconut water is also a source of potassium, which helps maintain fluid balance and cell function, along with sodium. I’d suggest adding the optional coconut water for particularly long runs or hard workouts because of the extra carbs and electrolytes.

Homemade Citrus Sports Drink

by fANNEtastic food

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: beverage gluten-free dairy free vegan


Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon (or lime) juice
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups water (or 1 cup water + 1 cup coconut water)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Add all ingredients into a large bottle and shake vigorously until combined.

Nutrition information per serving when made using water: 87 calories, 0.2g fat, 142mg sodium, 197mg potassium, 22g carbohydrate, 0.2g fiber, 18g sugar, 0.6g protein.

Nutrition information per serving when made using half water, half coconut water: 108 calories, 0.2g fat, 155mg sodium, 443mg potassium, 27g carbohydrate, 0.2g fiber, 23g sugar, 0.6g protein.

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You guys know I’m normally extremely anti-calorie counting, but for the purpose of sports nutrition, it’s important to know that you’re taking in enough calories/carbs during a workout. For that reason, I’ve included the nutritionals for this recipe in the above box for your reference. It’s really hard to eat intuitively when you’re in the middle of a super long run. :)

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If you’ve got a long/tough workout on the schedule this weekend (or anytime this summer!), give this homemade citrus sports drink recipe a shot! It’s a great real food variation on commercial citrus sports drinks and in my opinion is much more delicious. :) I hope you love it, too.

Interested in learning more about sports nutrition, fueling right without driving yourself crazy, and getting additional sport-specific recipes? Check out my Nutrition for Runners Program. It also includes training plans!

I’ll leave you with some related information/posts:

    Have a great Memorial Day holiday weekend! I’m taking Monday off, so I’ll see you guys back here on Tuesday. :)

Homemade Citrus Sports Drink Recipe originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on May 22, 2015.

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