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Thursday, May 30, 2013

3 Cardinal Rules To Look 10 Years Younger & Recipes Galore!

wait for it.....

So this is it.  37.  It looks a lot like 36...
BUT it feels totally different.  

same wall, different year...
365 days is a long time.  When you think about it a lot can happen in one day, and within that one day, a lot can happen in one one one phone one one chance meeting....and i feel that's what happened to me.  Of course there is no such thing as 'chance'.  It requires putting oneself out there, being vulnerable to your feelings, expressing your thoughts, and being READY to take the next big step -- big leap -- in your life.   I'm ready, are you?  Can you trust that the net is there to catch you?  T.R.U.S.T and believe.  

You are so much stronger, brighter, educated, empowered, and ready than you'll ever tell yourself.  
we get better every year....we dooooo!!!!  it's true.  or maybe it's the wine talking???  LOL i kid.
I ramble but stay with me, and i'll fill you in on what's happening, how to look 10 years younger,  and how to throw the best BBQ of your life (duh, with recipes for the best flipping juices/fresh pressed mixers, baked beans, and choco dipped strawberries...keep reading).

First....the news i've been withholding.  It's happening! I'm opening San Diego's first truly healing and totally un-intimidating and approachable healing cafe utilizing aspects of yoga's sister science, Ayuerveda.  WEEEEE!  I know that was vague, especially if Ayurveda is new to you, but right now that's all i can say.  You'll see there is so much more to it.  Wait for it, Friends.  So much is bubbling and i'm about to implode, but in all professional manner i must with-hold slightly.  Get excited.  I told you before when Beaming came I was up to good stuff, and if you thought that was good O-Oh-Oh you are in for a treat!  I can hardly contain myself.  AAHHHHHH.   Okay.....well maybe there's a little more to it.  Maybe there are some really incredible people tied in who are going to teach you everything you wanted to know about healing foods, and perhaps they give you the best yoga classes too.  OMG...i'm dying to tell you, but alas as my good friends know, I'm an incredibly awesome secret keeper sooooooo.....

So instead I'll share with you what you need to do to 'stay' young, and what you need to serve at a stellar BBQ if you are a healthy little vixen like muah married by common law to an east coast-beantown-beer- drinking-traditional surfer who wants nothing more to be named 'King of the Grill' and go down in life being known for his authenticity and skill of making baked beans (an impressively simple request if you ask me).  Okay HOT STUFF, here's what you've really been waiting for....

The three cardinal rules on how to look 10 years younger.  

Thanks for sticking with me.....

1.  Drink green juice and green smoothies often...daily.  Alkalize your body.  Stop eating acidic foods like caffeine, alcohol, dairy, and meat.  You can enjoy them occasionally, but not on a daily basis.  Ditch them quicker than your worst boyfriend.  They are the delicious little nasties that weigh you down and make you a not-hottie with no-glow skin.

5 recipes here

2.  Eat a primarily plant based diet.  Doesn't nature wow you everyday?  Get more connected to the earth and eat with the rhythms of nature.  Eat with the season, fresh organic produce, and eat healing foods.  This site is chalk full of awesome plant-based recipes.

3.  Move your sexy body...emphasis on the word SEXY.

I don't care what your 'shape' is. I've been many 'shapes', and one thing i learned is that confidence scaled a lot higher than weight.  So be you.  Yoga is great for movement.  It's less stressful on your body then a lot of other more rigourous routines (and stress raises cortisol which creates fat), opens up your hips, and if you take vinyasa, you'll get plenty o' cardio.  That's some sexy shit, yo.....and take it from me 'the 37 that looks 27' yoga teacher.

and now.....

Tips and recipes to throw the best BBQ of your life:

* A thoughtful guest list is key.  Don't invite folks you know have previously dated other attendees that may show up with another person or still have a bone to pick with their X, and don't invite 'friends' that are not getting along.  Duh.  Invite people who have fun relationships with other attendees and those who need to be connected to other couples/friends with similar interests.  Invite family and invite your friends children.  They are often the glue that makes the party super awesome and turns and upside down situation into the perfect masterpiece.

* Don't be married to an outcome.  Don't have an expectation for what it will look like and who will come.  Simply be pleased with what you have presented, who is there, and why you are celebrating.

*Be ready at the time you tell people to show up.  I know you think people don't show up early, but they do....they might even show up before the time planned.  That said, don't get bummed if they don't....just be ready either way.

*Don't be dogmatic.  It's great to have values, and 'food ethics' but people will show up with kind and amazing offerings and they should be as much a centerpiece as your offerings, and what you wanted for your party to portray. This is being a good host/hostess, and not suggesting that you know what everyone wants (cuz you know what?  i've been caught grabbing a weiner at parties too...get your mind out of the gutter...and most people think i'm vegan).

*Staying with the last topic, serve something for everyone. Serve something authentic to you and your upbringing/traditions, and also serve something that you are into now.    Most importantly serve up kindness, love, openness, introductions, and acceptance to all (including the guests that came with guests....they may be your next best friends).

* Be willing to host later than you thought.  It may turn into a dance party, and if it does count your lucky stars that you have friends that want to stay with you that late.  Get over your need for sleep, cut loose, and be willing to dance like no one is watching.  It's one night and let it be amazing.

* And lastly, here are some amaze balls recipes to consider:

Organic Soy Free Chocolate Dipped Strawberries (and choco dipped gluten free pretzels too)

you need:  one 16 ounce package of strawberries and 2 bars of dark chocolate

Start with clean DRY organic strawberries and organic dark chocolate.  If you want soy-free make sure there is not soy lecithin in the chocolate, a common additive.  Trader Joes 73% dark organic is perfect.  Use a double boiler or place a glass bowl over top a pot with a couple inches of water.  Chop 2 chocolate bars and melt in the glass bowl hovering over the pot (or double boiler, set the burner to med-high).  Once melted, keep the heat on medium and carefully dip your berries.  Place each dipped berry on a parchment lined cutting board or baking sheet.  Once done refrigerate to set, but don't leave in the fridge for more than an hour or condensation will set in on the chocolate when you pull them out.  Whatever chocolate is left, dip a bunch of gluten free pretzels in it, or whatever other dippables you have lying around your home.  


Watermelon mint juice 
(great alone or as cocktail mixer):  
the redder juice is just watermelon and mint, pinker is with coconut and lime

you need:  2 baby watermelons and about 1/3 cup of mint leaves

Use two baby watermelons and fresh mint (about 1/3 cup of mint leaves).  Cut the melons in half and scoop out the flesh.  Press the flesh and the mint leaves through a juicer.  

Watermelon, mint, lemon, coconut juice 
(also a great mixer):  

Juice 1/2 a baby watermelon and a handful of mint.  Mix with the juice of 3 limes, and fill the remainder of the container with harvest bay coconut water.

Steamed Artichokes with Majestic Garlic Dip: 

 all you need are artichokes and water...EASY

Cut the stem of the artichoke to only a half to one inch.  Place a steamer basket in a pot with about an inch of water.  Place the artichoke in the steamer basket stem side up.  Steam for approximately 30 minutes or until flesh comes off the leaf easily.  Check periodically, your water may evaporate and you may need to top it off.  Serve with Majestic Garlic Dip.

These last two recipes are perfect for BBQs and are contributions from my Grill Master Beantown Native Boyfriend. (They are not "clean" recipes, but rather celebratory recipes for gatherings.'s all about balance):

Grass fed, nitrate free spicy sliders:

you'll need one package of grass fed beef plus one package of mulay's sweet italian sausage.  Mix together and form into slider patties.  Grill and optionally top with cheese.  This recipe went over famously and even impressed or chef friends.  Bust out the slider buns and condiments to feed lots of hungry BBQers.

The Real Deal Boston Baked Beans (for those who aren't scared of a little salt pork)

2 lbs of navy beans, picked through, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
1/2 pound of salt pork, cut in half, one half diced into 1/4 inch pieces, the other half scored
1 whole onion, peeled
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1 Tbsp of dry mustard
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Cover beans with water in a stockpot and bring it to a boil for 10 minutes.  Drain but reserve the liquid.  Place sliced onion and diced salt pork in the bottom of a 4 quart bean pot, casserole, or crock pot with a cover.  Add the beans and top with the remaining salt pork.  Mix the maple syrup, molasses, mustard, salt, and pepper with as much reserved bean liquid as needed to cover the beans.  Pour over the beans, cover and bake at 325 degrees for 6 hours.  Stir occasionally and top of with reserved bean liquid or water as needed.

Okay Gorgeous now go bust out your juicer or blender, whip yourself up something that makes you radiate, put on your favorite shoes, look 10 years younger, and show the world what you've got today!  



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