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Self-Care for Extremely Busy Women

Feb 15, 2022

I begin this show with a reflection on a begonia plant that taught me something important about resilience. My 2016 essay What a Begonia Taught Me About Going Through Hell is my paean to perseverance. May it give you hope if you’re traveling your own tough road.

My main topic today is about healthy eating and all that comes with it… I’ve done this pretty much solidly for the better part of 40 years, and I’m here to say that it can be done. If you get organized and strategize a bit. The key is home cooking made easy—and a whole lot of Ziploc freezer bags.

Among other things I cover:

  • What to do about sugar
  • Some of the healthy staples I buy every week no matter what
  • A great salad dressing hack
  • Why an Instant Pot can save your life
  • What makes a snack healthy?
  • How to handle cravings for those crunchy/salty/sweet no-no’s
  • Why your freezer could become your best friend

Hope this inspires some healthy cooking on your end!


Suzanne’s essay ‘What a Begonia Taught Me About Going Through Hell’

Maldon Smoked Sea Salt

Alter Eco Brown Butter Chocolate Bars

The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook

Smitten Kitchen Recipes


Suzanne Falter is a writer, podcaster and essayist whose work has appeared in SELF, O, More, Fitness, New Woman and The New York Times, Tiny Buddha and Elephant Journal. She is the author of multiple self-help titles including How Much Joy Can You Stand? (Ballantine) and the upcoming book, The Extremely Busy Woman’s Guide to Self-Care (Sourcebooks). Suzanne also hosts the Self-Care for Extremely Busy Women podcast where she interviews leading self-care authorities and shares her own ideas.