Tara Goodrum

I like words & snacks.

Is Drinking Decaf Coffee Better for You?

So you want to cut back on coffee. Maybe it’s because you want a better night of sleep or perhaps you've heard it’s bad for you. But breaking up is hard. And for every counterpoint, there seem to be countless health benefits to sipping the good stuff. If only a caffeine-free, coffee-like substitute existed… oh wait, it does. But is it really healthier?


What is Ghee, Exactly?

I add it to bulletproof coffee, slather it on my sweet potatoes and even apply it to the ends of my hair after a long day in the sun. But what does ghee even do? Is it anything more than a supposedly high-quality butter substitute?

What You've Always Wanted to Know About Supplements

While it’s important to get to know supplements and what they’re really good for (PSA: don’t believe everything you read), there’s another burning question that’s always on my mind: What’s the best way to take them in the first place?

Why You Should Consider Ditching Rosé and Drinking This Instead

Despite its name, orange wine is not made from oranges. And though many claim that orange wine is “the new rosé,” the two wines have little in common—aside from their summery colour.

Here's what you should know about the funky and bright vino.

Can You Really Do Whole30 As a Vegetarian?

While a life without cheese may not feel like one worth living, the list of things you can eat during Whole30 is long. And the recipes are incredibly delicious. For those already partial to a Paleo diet, it can feel like a breeze. For those who aren’t so meat inclined, that’s where it can get tricky.

What Are Adaptogens and Do They Really Live Up to the Hype?

Celebs like to sip them in smoothies, wellness bloggers whip them into Instagrammable elixirs and I like to sprinkle them in coffee. But do they actually do us any good?

I gave them a try—and did the research—so you don't have to.

The Trip of a Lifetime: India

On Jan. 1, I embarked on a three-month trip to Asia. These are stories about the curries, hikes, bikes, jellyfish encounters, and other awkward and uncomfortable (and wonderful) experiences along the way. 

First stop: India.

My Partner and I Have Totally Different Diets—Here's How We Make It Work

After months of drinking a bit too much and eating out a bit too often—a.k.a. the honeymoon period—the indulgence got old. And once we started to wind down, new habits (and preferences) started to reveal themselves.

Here’s how we found a middle ground.

Is Organic Wine Really Better for You (and Your Hangovers)?

When I read that organic wines decrease day-after vino woes—and have additional health benefits to boot—I nearly cried. Full-bodied reds are my vice, and though I could drink them like water in my 20s, my 30s have proved a different—and much more painful—story.

Is organic wine the fountain of youth I’ve been looking for?

How Eating Like Crap for 5 Months Gave Me a New Outlook on What Healthy Is

Though I shun strictness and total elimination of any foods, I do make a concerted effort to make healthy choices. But then I moved to a new country. And then I took a three-month trip across Asia.

Here's what happened when I threw all nutritional caution to the wind.

NY, I Love You. But Not For the Reasons You Think.

I moved to New York in 2009. If you’d asked me what community meant to me then, I’d likely have mentioned the wine shop that was a stone’s throw from my apartment. Nearly 10 years later, I left.

This is my love letter to NY.

Why Eating a High-Fat Diet Isn't for Me

Why are so many people eating so much fat? Is it really healthy to eat two avocados a day? Should we really be putting oil in our coffee? And if a majority of mainstream diets are high-fat, why don’t they work for me?

It’s time to turn to science.

WTF is Ashwagandha, and Why Have I Been Taking It for a Month?

As someone who loves drinking the wellness Kool-Aid—golden milks, probiotic tonics, collagen boosters, butter coffees, you name it—I was surprised to find myself skeptical and unenthused about ashwagandha. 

But someone wise once said, “Don’t knock it till you try it.” So I decided to give ashwagandha a chance and do some digging. 

The Crazy-Surprising Thing That Made Me Binge Eat—and the Diet That Helped Me Stop

I’ve been a member of the Clean-Plate Club for as long as I can remember. When it comes to eating, my perspective is the opposite of less is more. I live for seconds, thrive on thirds, and associate feeling stuffed with pure happiness.

So what changed?

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: A Story About a Girl and Her Notifications

I was surprised and taken aback when my husband suggested I turn them off. Everyone I knew got notifications — for everything.

Little did I realize, the attachment to my phone and the several pings and buzzes and prompts it produced was also costing me my sanity.

The Hard Truths I Had to Face to Get Healthy Without Dieting

Two months ago, I realized it wasn’t an unhealthy weekend I needed to recover from, it was an unhealthy five months. An international move and a whirlwind trip across Asia had rocked my world, and in the process, my healthy habits were aggressively thrown out the window.  

I didn’t just need a Monday reset; I needed about 100.

What No One Told Me About Going Freelance

Going freelance felt like I was taking control of my destiny and choosing happiness — and freedom, and luxury, and monetary glory. Boy was I in for a rude awakening.

Here’s what I wish I’d known, and looking back, how I would’ve done things differently.

These 2 Small Changes to My Morning Coffee Make Me Feel Superhuman

Coffee: Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. That’s how I used to feel, at least.

These two coffee hacks have transformed my coffee-drinking habits and make me feel superhuman—all day, every day.

Why I Chose to Jump: What Tall Trees and Unemployment Taught Me About My Future

I am a person who makes most decisions based on logic and balance. I like math because there is often one answer, and if you know the equation, you can get to the finish line. I like baking because following the recipe precisely almost always ensures success. While I take risks, they are calculated and considered. This was different.

29 Awesome First Date Ideas That Don’t Involve Sitting at a Bar

These 29 alternative first date ideas will get you out of your comfort zone, into some fun, and at the very least have you and your possible new boo bonding over the experience. Heck, use them for any type of date—first and beyond! They’re that good.

Stress Almost Ruined Everything I'd Worked For—but It Also Taught Me How to Take Control

Like many, I thrive on stress. As a result, I often find myself teetering on the line between healthy and unhealthy stress.

On one hand, putting pressure on myself has pushed me toward some of my greatest achievements. But there’s a downside too.

I’ve Tried Almost Every Cleanse. Here’s Why I’ll Never Do One Again

At this point, I’ve done seven. I experimented with brands, cleanse types, phase-in and phase-out strategies, exercising and not exercising—you name it, I tried it. But just like my personality, my body is stubborn. 

So why did I continue to torture myself?

Genius Tricks to Hide a Hangover at Work

Certain articles require in-depth research. And that’s exactly what I reminded myself of when I embarked on a two-week drinking mission. (All in the name of health, of course.)

Fortunately, my “research” paid off. 

WTF Are Rainbow Sprinkles Really Made Of?

Oh, rainbow sprinkles. They’re the life of the (ice cream) party, they bring the fun to funfetti, and they (literally) add color to everything they touch. 

But have you ever stopped to think about what’s in the culinary pixie dust?

My Addiction to Exercise Permanently Damaged My Body. But It Also Taught Me How to Love Myself

Exercise has always been an outlet for me. But while the benefits of exercise—staying in shape, de-stressing—are preached by many scientists and health professionals, it’s a “prescription” that can be easily abused. Which is exactly what happened to me.

I'm Actually Not a Social Butterfly (Confessions of an Extroverted Introvert)

If you ask anyone who knows me, they’ll describe me as outgoing, funny, full of life, and ambitious. And they’re not wrong. 

But the truth is, that projection of me—at least on paper—is a far-from-accurate portrayal of my true personality.

35 Realistic Ways to Squeeze Healthier Habits Into Super Busy Schedules

What if we told you it’s actually possible to be both the busiest and the healthiest version of yourself? It’s always easier said than done, but the impact a few changes can have on your mind and body is totally worth it.