Sam Talbot Shares Diabetes-Friendly Recipes
"The Sweet Life" author dishes about health, wellness, and good eating.
What's your best health habit? Your worst?
I think a shot of wheatgrass every day is my best health habit. It's a little funky at first. It tastes like grass. But once you join that bandwagon, you start to feel great. You get so many nutrients from just that 1-ounce shot. My worst health habit? I'm a sucker for french fries.
In restaurant kitchens, you must face all sorts of foods that aren't diabetes-friendly.How do you deal?
Moderation. My pastry chef at the Mondrian liked sugar. And his pastries and desserts were really wonderful. I had to try them as the executive chef, and I would take a bite. But the temptation of walking by a bowl of french fries? I have to fight tooth and nail not to eat them. At the Surf Lodge, there were fries flying out of the kitchen all day long. You just have to talk yourself through it.
You split your time between New York City and Montauk. What's your workout regimen like?
I usually work out every day. At home, I do a lot of pull-ups and sit-ups, and I do yoga. I work out at the gym with free weights. I also do 2 miles on the elliptical machine every day. And then when I'm in Montauk, I surf.
What's the hardest part of your fitness routine?
I'm absolutely terrified of the ocean. But I force myself to get in the water. I like that quote, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” You feel more enriched or enlightened. There's always a moment of sheer terror before I go in, but I get out there, and I surf and I swim, and I do what I need to do to stay healthy and fit.
When you're stressed out, what do you do to reset?
I go outside and look at both of my feet on the ground and take big, deep breaths. I just focus for a minute and realize that I'm not curing cancer, I'm not curing diabetes, I'm just cooking. I take five, 10 deep breaths, and then I go back in and attack the things on my checklist one by one. My exercise routine helps, too. On the days when I don't exercise, I start to come undone.