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you gotta work with what you got…

i’ve thought a lot about my last post and wondered how i ended up here. my best friend told me that few people could decide to {poof!} make all those changes at once and that i should, instead, pick one and then the rest would follow. so. i’ve decided to change my eating habits with a 10 day challenge from the self health revolution.

i know, i know…is this just another empty promise? who knows! but i’m going to try my darndest – i mean, 10 days should fly by, right? and given the fact that i work at whole foods, how hard can it be? that was really the sprout (haha) of this solution – i can’t change everything at once, so the best i can do is change what is within my reach. instead of longing for faraway goals, like the farm; i need to focus closer: my health, trying to find some balance, making time for joy…oh wait, the list is already getting long!

the way i figure it, if i’m eating better, i will have more energy. if i have more energy, i will get back to my punch bag. if i get back to my punch bag, i won’t be so stressed out. if i’m not so stressed out, i will have more mental space to be creative. makes total sense, no?

you would already be proud of me…we do something at whole foods that we call “team member appreciation”. the week is full of yummy free food and activities – yesterday was pizza day – but i was quite content with my organic salad (with sprouts, edamame and flax seeds)…go me!

i do have to say that just this shift in starting something doable completely changed my energy level. i walked a little straighter and with more purpose. my mind raced with dishes i could prepare to stay on track. sorry i missed my meatless monday post, but the next 10 days will probably be filled with salads and smoothies! makes for healthy eating, but maybe not the most engaging reading.

maybe i’ll just start a food journal to document my 10 day challenge…


  • bragg’s apple cider vinegar & honey water
  • matcha tea
  • banana & greek yogurt
  • wasa multigrain crackers for snacking
  • giant organic salad
  • bragg’s apple cider vinegar & honey water
  • brussel sprouts, tomato & garbanzo bean salad for dinner
  • probiotic & enzyme supplements
  • 3 joe-joes < okay, okay, i know, i know!


  • bragg’s apple cider & honey water
  • matcha tea
  • kale, strawberry, blueberry & vegan protein smoothie
  • giant salad for lunch
  • wasa cracker snacks
  • today, we get our CSA box, so i’ll juice some of the veggies and see what surprises/inspirations are inside
  • no more joe-joes left, so i don’t need to worry about that temptation…i heard frozen fruits make a yummy snack!

wish me luck!


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meatless monday recipe: avocado wasabi salad…

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well, this one will have to be for little old me alone…the irishman doesn’t do avocados or wasabi…but this recipe looked too delicious to pass up! i don’t have much to say, it’s a salad. a lovely salad. a lovely salad with unique flavors. and i’m making it tonight for dinner.

i guess my lack of words could be due to the fact that this week, i conquered my fears and went for a spontaneous paraglide…say what? you heard me! little miss vertigo was flying high in the sky on tuesday. feet dangling over mountains. soaring up, up, up in the sky!

i had booked a surprise paraglide for the irishman’s birthday in june. we drove up to malibu, under the pretense of an awesome hike and a delicious mountaintop lunch (courtesy of the specialty department at whole foods). after about 45 minutes of wandering around in the blazing hot sun (i couldn’t find the rendezvous), we finally saw the guys – cliff ryder (yes, that’s his name) and his friend, steven. i went up asking about some super secret hiking trail. they said, they didn’t know the trail, but they did know it was tim’s birthday and they were his birthday present! it took him a moment to figure out what was going on. long story too long, we didn’t end up doing it that day, just hung out on the mountain with two amazing life-loving guys, eating cheese and olives and bread and having a splendid time.

fast forward a month later. it’s time for tim’s paraglide. we get out to malibu and they literally jump off the cliff. they fly low, over mountain ridges and soar up over a mountain and descend down to the sand. they land like little ballerinas in between sunbathers and beach goers. it is perfect. cliff takes us out for celebratory cocktails at duke’s and we try to figure out what to do next. cliff and tim are giddy from their ride. i’m a bit jealous, i must admit – but know that i cannot jump off like they did. cliff offers up kayaking and swimming (it’s an especially beautiful day in malibu). OR we could get in the car and drive to san bernardino/lake arrowhead and i could paraglide TODAY! gulp.

i decide to go for it! we drive for hours and end up at a beautiful berm. a rolling hill and perfect wind conditions. we run (i, rather awkwardly) and then, we are flying! gently, silently (minus my squeals), magically. it was amazing and life-changing.

we’re still waiting for videos from cliff, but if you live in l.a. and want to do something like this, we highly recommend cliff ryder! i’ll post the videos as soon as we get ’em…

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meatless monday recipe: quinoa taco salad…

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light. bright. perfect for summer and gluten-free? there’s so much to love about this quinoa taco salad!

i may have to up the spice level, but other than that, this is a lovely salad that’s sure to please! and would be an awesome addition to your july 4th festivities…

not much time for blogging today, i’m on the 3rd day running of events for the store!

so, cnjoy!

(wow, almost every sentence ended with an exclamation mark…yikes!)


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meatless monday recipe: hot skillet salad…

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this morning i woke up craving salad. not just any salad, but a huge, beyond entrĂ©e sized pile of veggies. it feels like i’ve been running on empty the last few days, grabbing a bite here and there and my body was shouting out for dark, leafy greens.

i am a sucker for carbs (they are my weakness – that and salty snacks…and okay, ice cream too), so my quick go-to meals usually involve some rice or pasta or big hunks of bread. but with daytime temps in the 60s (feels colder, could be the dramatic so. cal. girl in me who complains when the temperature dips below 70) and overnight lows in the 30s (say what?), the thought of a cold salad wasn’t appealing. thankfully, susan at fatfreevegan.com has decided to follow dr. joel fuhrman’s eat to live plan and posted this gorgeous, warm and nutrient dense hot skillet salad recipe! i love it when the internets answer my prayers! plus, we have dr. fuhrman’s book at work, and after having to exchange a recent jeans purchase yesterday for a larger size, i’m thinking i, too, should give his eating plan a try…

susan’s recipe is brilliant for a couple of reasons…i usually prepare my kale in this way, but it never occurred to me to throw all my veggies in there and call it a salad. i initially was thinking about making a citrus salad dressing (we’ve got tons of yummy in-season citrus in the store, including dekopon’s a.k.a. sumo’s < although i wouldn’t use those beauties in a dressing…boy, i am really rambling today). but a warm salad that will work with most of the leftover veggies you have in the fridge? that is a nice addition to my cooking arsenal.

thanks, fat free vegan!

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