Healthyish, Bon Appetit’s cooler wellness-focused cousin, splashed onto the scene in 2017 with a new mindset, innovative content structure, and unique voice for a food-centric publication. In a time where CBD lattes, adaptogenic herbal blends, and gluten-free zoodles are trending hard, Healthyish provides a trustworthy point of reference for wellness newbs and holistic living experts alike.
But Amanda Shapiro, the editor-in-chief of the site, sees beyond just covering splashy wellness fads and demystifying the uses of rhodiola. “Healthyish has always tackled the political and cultural aspects of food head-on,” she says, “I'd like to move the wellness conversation beyond ‘self-care’ and toward ‘community care’: How do we make wellness accessible to people who've been left out of the conversation up to this point?”
And to do that, Healthyish is moving offline and into the real world. “Editing Healthyish has really been a dream. For me, the most exciting part is meeting people out in the world who've connected with Healthyish online,” admits Shapiro. This year, Healthyish and Shapiro are making an appearance at Mercado Sagrado on October 13-14 in Los Angeles. “Whether it's through events like Mercado Sagrado or just in passing, I love hearing first-hand how stories and recipes have resonated with our readers.”
We caught up with Amanda to learn a little more about what the Healthyish team has up their sleeve for Mercado (hint: so. much. food.) and what to expect from the publication soon.
How does Healthyish fit in with the lineup at Mercado Sagrado?
Healthyish is obviously all about the food! We're thrilled to be curating the nourishment pavilion this year and excited about all the amazing vendors who'll be there. We're excited to be involved in the broader conversation around mindful consumption as well.
Your panel is all about living and eating righteously. Can you tell us about the shift you've seen in the way consumers value food sustainability and transparency now versus a few years ago?
Consumers are getting more and more educated about the food they eat, but there's still a lot of confusion and misinformation out there. People are looking for brands and products they can trust, and they're thinking about those brands as lifestyle choices, not just foods.
What's an action item people at home can do to bridge the gap between their communities using food? In times of division, how can food unite us?
Rather than seeing food as simply a common denominator that unites people, we should be using food as an entry point into hard conversations. What can a certain cuisine tell us about an immigrant community in this country? What story can a dish tell about racism and classism? How is the food on our plates helping or harming the health of our planet?
As far as an action item: I like chef and writer Julia Turshen's suggestion of hosting a potluck with a specific social justice mission in mind. Maybe you have everyone write a letter to their congressperson supporting a carbon emissions bill, or maybe everyone brings a donation to an LGBTQ-rights organization. These types of gatherings are a reminder that there's hard work to be done, but there's good food and good company waiting on the other side.