Breathe In, Breathe Out

Now, every Monday I decide that I am going to start running again, or at least walking. (And, like everyone else in the world, I also decide that I’m going to start a diet.) Well, last week, I actually did start running and stretching and doing a couple of little crunchy things for the belly and yoga, too. And, I did it all because my friend Helene said, when you come to Paris, maybe you’d like to go to the park with me and my new coach, Meir. What we call a trainer, the French call a coach, but it’s all meaningless to Meir, since he’s Israeli!

Working out in my apartment with Meir this week made me realize how much I love moving and how much I’ve missed it. Can I continue to do it without him around when I fly back to New York today? We’ll see. To help, yesterday I took 85 pictures of Meir in various stages of pretzelness and calm.


I hope I can keep this up. What I know I’ll be keeping up is the “tea” I’ve been making after every session. It’s not really a recipe, but I’ve written it below. For now, I say ” OM”.

Ginger-Orange Infusion – more a rough idea than a recipe

1 orange or tangerine

Hunk of gingerroot

Honey, optional

Peel the orange – don’t worry about leaving some of the pith attached – and cut it into wide strips. Toss it into a pot of cold water, bring the water to the boil, drain the peel and rinse it under running water.

Peel a piece of the ginger and cut it into very thin slices. I toss a strip or two of orange and slice or two of ginger into a big mug and pour in boiling water. Sometimes I add honey and other times I don’t. I’ve been leaving the zest and ginger in the mug and pouring boiling water over them as I empty the cup. The first cup is really strong and spicy and then it gets milder and milder – and so do I.

Dorie Greenspan