Health Cocktail

Pen and Palate Health Cocktail

illustration: tram nguyen


A few weeks ago I started doing the dreaded Paleo diet, because I was turning 30 and felt I wasn’t living a GOOP enough life. I didn’t think I would be able to do the diet, however, unless I could snack on a lot of green juices (see: GOOP aspirations), so I borrowed my sister’s juicer, as she is a school teacher and has not nearly enough time to waste on this labor-intensive activity.

In addition to being a well-respected teacher, my sister is also something of a Paleo guru, in that she has gone on the diet to great effect and generally knows what works and what doesn’t. (“Effect” in this case meaning both feeling healthy and losing a few pounds, JUDGE ME.) She gave me a very strict regimen to follow for 10 days, which involved eating only vegetables, protein and, when one is very desperate, a handful of almonds.

“But what about wine?” I asked her.

“Oh, wine is fine,” she said.

That seemed wrong somehow.

“Well, red wine. Red wine and vodka are okay when necessary.”

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