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Gluten gets such a bad wrap and it blows my mind because unless you have Celiac disease, why on earth are you not questioning the mass amounts of agro-chemicals and pesticides that are needed to harvest conventional wheat and why on earth are you not questioning the multitude of additives that are in your food? I want to understand but I also have to say that for the millions of Americans jumping on the gluten free bandwagon, and believe that eliminating only gluten will be a quick fix are depriving themselves of everlasting results and even more sad? You will always be in the dark when it comes to understanding your body, knowing the real triggers that make it hurt and what the best solutions are.

Speaking of solutions, I have some! Continue Reading »

 

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It is hard for me to understand the appeal of processed food when fresh whole foods are so vibrant, alive and just pretty as all heck! It’s as if the answers to everything in life are so clear through your food – eat (do) that and become that or eat (do) this and become this. Think about it. Our choices have an outcome and a consequence no matter what. Also, we are often given choices where what is best for us is clear and present and with food, life and radiance vs. lifeless and dull, well it seems such and obvious choice. I find it hard to understand how people that have the most options, are the most educated and seem to have it all and can afford vibrant fresh food still opt for McDonald’s. They still order Domino’s and eat at Panda Express for lunch on a regular basis. Clearly beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder and perhaps dancing with the unfamiliar i.e. trying a new food, shopping in new spaces and cooking is too terrifying a thought. Or the excuses like not having enough time come into play or it’s too hard to do… But why don’t you have enough time or why aren’t you up for the challenge for something so worth having? Why do you want the easy way out?  Maybe some don’t feel they deserve to have such color and beauty in their life, I don’t know but I do believe there is a lot we can learn about our self and our fears through the food choices we make.

There is a revolution happening in the world and our food system is at the epicenter of it. Because of the lack of transparent and mandatory GMO labeling, disease infiltrating our communities and racism and classism littering our food system, there are so many great conversations and resources to keep us on a happier more positive path. Doors are opening to real conversation to educate all communities, rich, poor and in between, on the health and happiness benefits of consuming fresh seasonal food and how to have access to it!

So, for example, if you don’t have a farmer’s market near you, don’t fret! You can still eat super clean by making sure that the fresh produce section of your supermarket is the first place you hit up when grocery shopping. Not the middle aisles. Also, one easy way to avoid additives and pesticides galore in your food is to make sure anything grain (cereal, crackers pilafs, bread et al) is certified organic. To harvest conventional grain like wheat, enormous amounts of pesticides need to be used to dry it quickly and release it for processing. Make salad dressing at home (a five year old can do it) and try your best to avoid protein bars and instead eat a little nut and dried fruit mix (many brands add canola /vegetable oils to their mix so still read your labels). Also, please use grape seed, safflower or avocado to cook with instead of canola or vegetable oil. This is huge so please heed the caution. Always opt for real butter over margarine or Earth Balance organic and sustainable spreads (there are one or two without canola oil)! Set a standard for yourself. You deserve better so read ingredient labels more, even of foods you aren’t buying that day, just to learn more and for goodness sake, believe you are worthy enough to take the time to learn how to cook. There are a gazillion videos on YouTube. You have options.

Fearing food and turning away from inconvenient truths may mean that you fear other things in your life like letting go of control or trying new things. Not having time for something as crucial in our modern day as making cleaner food choices means there is a huge enormous wall up that is keeping you from your well-being and most likely, many other amazing opportunities in your life to grows and explore.

Always remember that shopping and eating should be acts of joy. Eating beautiful food from nature allows you a daily opportunity to show appreciation for all that you are blessed with. Food, cooking and breaking bread should be something you want to incorporate more of not run away from. It brings families that are growing apart together again. It brings relationships that lost their way into a safe and trusted space where communication can flow easier and food opens the door to laughter and creates memories. Food brings everything together! Why are you resisting? Don’t you want that?

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What a great show of love I received from Green Beauty Maven and Celebrity make-up artist Kristen Arnett of Green Beauty Team! She came to LA for the Indie Beauty Expo and came to my studio for one of my amazing facials and a girl’s catch up session but it got quiet real fast as my hands just breathed life into her skin and she went to her happy place. Her skin LOVED IT!

Take a read at her glowing review here and also watch our video and see some of my favorite massage techniques here.

Oh, and don’t forget to touch your face (clean hands please;)

xo

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I love cooking with fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley, mint and chives but coming home after a busy day and chopping herbs can be a drag, don’t you think? I know many of you feel the same way and this is why it is so important to prep your food for the week so your beautiful fresh foods won’t go bad.

I’m sharing one of my favorite kitchen tips for you. For most herbs like the ones mentioned above, quickly rinse and thoroughly dry by shaking the bunch outside or letting sit in the sun for a few minutes and then wrap in a clean kitchen towel and press gently to remove any excess moisture. Once dry, chop herbs like you see in the pictures below and store them in clean glass jars, leaving at least an inch on top for you to place a bunched up dry paper towel (preferably unbleached) to cover the jar completely but loosely and refrigerate.

I have stored cilantro and parsley like this for ten days in the fridge and it remained bright green until the last day. Chives and mint will store for about five days.

I love adding herbs to any dish because they bring a fresh brightness to it as well as tons of antioxidants and minerals. Also, on a busy week, adding herbs elevates the most simple foods like boiled potatoes, pastas, tuna salads and grains and it feels so great to indulge in something so beautiful that took so little effort and time to make..

Basil and other herbs are not meant for this method but for tips on how to prep those and and your other fresh foods from the market join me for a Shop, Prep and Cook class at the Santa Monica Farmers Market‬ ‪and ‎Mar Vista Farmers Market.‬ Just stay in the loop on my Facebook page for classes, website and ebooks launch and culinary tours too. xo

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