Take us with you on a grocery shopping trip. What’s always in your cart (real or virtual)?
Erica: I always have a cart full of fresh greens—spicy arugula, different types of kale, escarole and/or spinach. I like the greens that work as well raw as cooked, just for variety. Always avocados, always lemons, and the rest is whatever looks good.
Zoe: Lots of greens, avocado, ‘kraut, pastured eggs, grass-fed steak (I don’t eat meat, but I cook it for my kids), and for a soup I always have bone broth, mushrooms, onions, leeks and potatoes on hand!.
How do you stay healthy?
Zoe: I try to make sure I’m sweating on a regular basis — however that happens, it doesn't matter. And I take a LOT of supplements: Vitamin C, Glutathione, Magnesium, Astragalus, Mushroom Extracts (Earth & Star), Vitamin D + K2, B12, Glutamine, Spirulina, Chlorella….
What’s the one ingredient or spice you can’t live without? Why?
Olive oil. Full stop.
How do you “treat” yourself?
Erica: Cheese. Next question?
Zoe: More cheese.
What must-haves are in your pantry?
Erica: Many different types of oil—coconut, high quality EVOO (ahem!), avocado, walnut, etc. And about one million herbs and spices—I use Thyme, Turmeric and Curry at least once a day in various uses.
Do you like hosting dinner parties? If so, do you have a dish that’s your claim to fame?
Erica: I love to cook and host others! My specialties include a wide range of veggie-based soups (Carrot-Curry, Greens, Vegan Borscht), and I love making little dips and canapés to graze on before sitting down for a meal. We also have a family tradition of Garlicky Caesar Salad which I inherited from my uncle and have repurposed using kale.
Have you been to Greece? If so – did you find a product, dish or drink you loved? If you haven’t, what would you do and see there if you could?
Zoe: Yes! My dad is from Greece — he’s actually from one of the Blue Zones, the island of Ikaria. Hands down, my favorite Greek food is Haloumi cheese. We like to toss it on the grill and sprinkle it with some lemon and oregano. It’s magical.
What are your favorite fitness resources/favorite workouts?
Zoe: Tennis! I’m not a workout-for-the-sake-of-working-out kind of person — it really has to be disguised as a fun activity to keep me motivated.
Say you only have 10 minutes to squeeze in a workout. What do you do?
Erica: It’s amazing how quickly you can get your heart rate up with very little movement, which I learned the hard way, trying to work out with a broken foot. But even sitting in a chair, you can do “jumping” jacks, shadow boxing, and tons of aerobic activity that gets your blood pumping quickly.
How do you keep your mind and body fit? What are your routines for movement and mindfulness?
Zoe: During Covid, I bought a beautiful piano and have been learning to play. It’s been the most incredible practice for my mind, body and spirit.
Do you have any wellness goals for 2022?
Zoe: Less. social. media.
Do you have a scent, sound, or taste that helps you relax?
Zoe: The sound of liberating a cork from its bottle.
How do you stay the course when you’re not feeling motivated?
Erica: I try not to spend time thinking about how motivated I am or am not. Keeping workout gear clean and folded, visible and ready to put on helps me go on autopilot before I have a chance to change my mind.