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Yin Yoga & A Quick Meditation

I haven’t been writing much lately. Unfortunately, (or fortunately) I’ve been caught up in a lot of other things that needed my time, such as: being really laser focused and committed to a detoxing diet for Crohns, writing and getting

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Anti-Inflammatory Juice: Remove Toxins and Feel Energized

This recipe is actually a version of a juice reccommended by my Doc! Recently, he designed a specific diet for me to acheive the following goals: Detox unwanted metals and toxins Dissolve lymphatic waste build up Relieve my liver and

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Outdoor Adventure: Charmlee Malibu Hike

I’ve been having some fun here in LA so far. Of course, while living on the westside, you get to experience all the beauty of the local beaches. There are endless outdoor adventures to embark on. Biking on the path,

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Originally posted on Duct Tape and Bubblegum:
Photo Public Domain Courtesy U.S. Library of Congress. Remixed by Duct Tape and Bubblegum Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? If so, then I know how you’re feeling. This…

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Super-Easy Beginner Green Juice Recipe

It’s about damn time! I apologize for it taking so long for me to post this! Between work, life and moving to LA; I haven’t had a chance to post my juice recipes…umm, oh and there was that (over-due) girls

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Quest For Perfectionism

Finding balance is a big inspiration for this blog. I have had difficulty with this in the past, and of course it’s always an evolving journey. ūüôā If you think about it, so many things lead back to balance. In

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Meditation Challenge: 10 Minutes For 10 Days

  Being in a new environment (LA) and also noticing that I‚Äôve lost my morning meditation ritual got me thinking. Having a morning ritual can really set you up nicely for the rest of your day. It allows you to

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Learning To Go With The Flow Of Life

Just when you think you’ve got things figured out, the Universe swoops in with a big change. This is just the way things seem to work, right? Sometimes I think it’s a lesson or reminder to not get to comfy

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Inspiration In Action: Charlie Reijnen

After meeting Charlie and getting to know her, I was truly inspired. I won’t talk too much about her story because you will hear about it in the interview, but I definitely think she is a great role model for

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3 Reasons To Love SFO Virgin America Terminal

Sometimes travelling can be stressful, tiresome and just plain gross. This past holiday season, a lot of travelers might have been anxiously anticipating the likely stale airport experience. Myself included! But not if you’re travelling through SFO > in the

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Quick Clean Cabbage Salad

This past week, the hubby and I headed to Portland to celebrate my big 3-0! Portland is known as innovative foodie land, and we definitely ate like queens n kings. I’ve been known to say, “you don’t know me yet

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Turning 30

Yup! I’m turning 30! People say your 20’s and 30’s are about finding yourself. As I turn 30, I reflect on not just this year but even this past decade. It’s a closing of my 20’s ~ so many crazy

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Tragedy Into Triumph

¬† “Some of the most devastating things that happen to you will teach you the most.” ~ Ellen Degeneres, Tulane Commencement Speech – 2009 This post almost didn’t happen. The first hang up I¬†experienced¬†was the¬†intimidation I felt about¬†writing on something

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Vega Performance Protein Smoothie

I first heard about Vega during my training @ Whole Foods. Out of all the amazing nutrition options, Vega really stood out. Backed and formulated by Brendan Brazier (Professional Ironman Triathlete) – packed with natural, plant-based protein and being dairy/gluten/soy

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Parsley: My Secret Weapon For Detoxing

Having a case of the ‘acheys’ the other day, I headed out to try a supposed superhero for Arthritis and Inflammation: Parsley. I’m always looking to find out more about Anti-InÔ¨āammatory foods. And, if you’re like me, some of the

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Healthy Hearty Fall Recipe: Brussels Avo Salad (Part 2)

Here we are in Part 2 ~ discovering the delicious Brussels Sprout Salad with Avocado & Pumpkin Seeds (adapted from Whole Living Magazine). This dish pairs amazingly well with the Creamy Farro (Part 1). If you missed that post, you

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Healthy Hearty Fall Recipe: Creamy Farro (Part 1)

I love grocery shopping. I don’t know if it’s all the food choices or just the fact that I can finally afford to cook fun recipes with exotic ingredients. I’m just a happy camper in the grocery store. And on

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Inspiration In Action: Shayn Almeida

Today, I ran into Shayn Almeida @ where?……yes, Cafe Gratitude. I’m aware ~ this place is becoming a problem for me. Shayn is a yogi and works with Seane Corn as her assistant. I’m so happy we got to talking!

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Inspiration In Action: Travis Eliot

I’m so excited to be introducing the: Inspiration In Action interview series to my blog! I have always been connected to and fascinated by intuition and inspiration. I love connecting with others and especially, learning about what lights the fire

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Road Trip: Sequim

Feeling fall round’ the corner, I felt antsy to get out in nature and enjoy these last sunny crisp days. I say “last” because I can only anticipate rain is on the way, as we’ve had something-like 70 days without

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Cafe Gratitude: Cucumber Melon Gazpacho

While visiting LA a couple weeks ago, I was excited to stop into the new Venice ~ Cafe Gratitude. I can’t say enough about the amazing creations @ this restaurant. And that’s what they are: art!…beautiful, thoughtful, vegan items that

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Bainbridge Island Summer

As these sunny long days wind down, I find myself thinking about this first summer on Bainbridge and how wonderful it has been. I love this island: the small town feel, the gourmet eats, the friendly folks and of course

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Wedding Bliss…..The Mr. & Mrs.

August 11th 2012, I married my best friend and true partner. I feel so incredibly grateful… This summer has been busy ~ to say the least. The wedding planning alone is way more work than ya think (it really does

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Indulging…the healthy way! (Crab Endive)

Good afternoon y’all- Skip is sick, it’s raining and it’s my day off……perfect timing to cook up some delicious things! I’ve been craving some not so healthy items this week. With the wedding coming up – I’ve really been trying

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Beach Workout 1

I really cannot remember back to when my ‘beach workout’ obsession began. I think it started due to the fact that after I quit competitive gymnastics, I was bored with the gym and regular workouts. ūüôā Embarrassing yes, but starting

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Detox Day 3 ~ Rejuvenate, Restore, Relax

Today is a complete chill out, relaxation day for me. After Hot Yoga last night (and it definitely kicked my butt), my body needs to ‘just be’ today. It’s a perfect day for this – as it’s incredibly nice outside

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Detox Breakfast, Day 2

Good morning y’all! Yesterday was a nice transition into this detox. I’m feelin good! I’ve done cleanses and detox programs before, but one thing to remember: everyone is different and therefore their needs, metabolism, sensitivities, etc. – are going to

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Back To Blogging…(and doing what I love)!

Well, hello WordPress and…..anyone…who’s still….out there?! I took a little hiatus. Life and work has been a bit challenging. Then again, I’ve had the pleasure of discovering a new island (yes, we’ve island hopped to Bainbridge!) and I’m a lucky

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Healthy Snacks

After taking some time off this summer, I’m officially back to work. And, what a transition! It’s interesting how quickly we can loose our self-care routine. After just two weeks, I’m feeling completely wiped out and exhausted. Time for a

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Hello, Fear.

A little friend who like’s to pop up from time to time ~ decided to stop in for an extended visit. So, I thought I would spend some more time on this… Fear can come in many shapes and sizes.

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Stop And Smell The Roses

I’m learning about all the ways to nourish yourself, find inner peace…and incorporate balance into your life. Sometimes you gotta just -stop- and smell the roses, so to speak. When we slow down, we create time and space for ourselves…to

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Dear Quinoa, I Love You!

I can’t believe I just discovered quinoa, 3 months ago. Where has this amazing grain been my whole life? ūüôā I’m smitten with quinoa…for a bunch of different reasons: It’s gluten free, wheat free, dairy free. It’s loaded with protein;¬†this

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Sweet Summer Days on Vashon Island: Pink Salmon

Apparently, this is the summer of learning. I feel like I am at adult summer camp! ūüėČ Something special happens here in August. It’s so special, that it only happens every 2 years…only in August.¬† ūüôā It’s the run of

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Rock Climbing: Exit 38

Location: 45 minutes East of Seattle, near North Bend ~ Washington. Climb: Exit 38 (off the 90), Interstate Park (I think!) What a super fun day! I got to be in the outdoors, learning some pretty great skills and with some inspiring kids

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Yoga: Dancer Pose

When I first discovered this pose, I fell in love. Afterall, I am a dancer and a gymnast first. It’s fun to play around with poses…especially when you take them outside. ‘Natarajasana‘ (not-ah-raj-AHS-anna) is Sanskrit for Dancer & King…which explains

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Sweet Summer Days on Vashon Island: Hiking

One of the many ‘sweet’¬†things Vashon¬†has to offer,¬†are the abundance¬†of: land, nature and parks. There are over 18 parks, and hundreds of acres of trails just waiting to be explored. I feel so grateful that I have a forest (literally!)

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Grillin’ up some Halibut

Summer is such a great time for fish! If you can get it freshly caught, it’s¬†quite a delicious treat. Don’t be afraid to talk to your fishmonger! Look for sustainably, fresh caught fish and avoid farm raised, if possible.¬† Ok,

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Yin Yoga

A little info on Yin Yoga, then a sample practice sequence: Yin Yoga is a ‚Äúpassive‚ÄĚ practice. A gentle, softer approach ~ where we get to slow down and begin the restorative process for our body. (i.e. Seated meditation is

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Kris Carr and her “Crazy Sexy Life”

While reading all of these health and nutrition books, I keep running into a couple of reoccurring theories. One I feel strongly about is based on eating processed (altered) foods and the negative effects it can have on our body (not calorie or

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Sweet Summer Days on Vashon Island

This new category will definitely be making an appearance a time or two ~ as I am learning that Vashon is truly a special place. Usually, each 24-hour day has 2 low tides and 2 high tides. The low tides are

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Farm to Table: Kale

Alright! I got my Kale (from Hogsback Farm ~ check out my last posting) and we’re ready to cook it up. Usually, I do a steam or a gentle stir fry with my Kale. Tonight I wanted a little something

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Inflammation

As a child I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis ~ an auto immune disease. Until recently, I wasn’t aware of how much we can be affected by health scares. Although¬†my RA is in remission, the inflammation still lives in my

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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

MAN!!! If you haven’t seen this guy, you’re in for a treat. Below I’ve posted¬†two YouTube video’s for you to view. Why aren’t we teaching kids about food . . . and where it comes from? Why don’t we have

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Green Goddess Smoothie

Feelin strong over here ~ as I drink my “goddess drink” (totally made that up!) This isn’t an everyday thing, but I try to keep a balance and add in greens throughout the week. I say, “I feel strong,” because

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Force of Nature aka: Laird Hamilton

  I really do think things happen for a reason… The other day,¬†I randomly stumbled upon Laird Hamilton’s new book “Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul, and of course Surfing.” I immediately remembered back to the day in Kauai, when

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Healing With Music

Have you ever felt better after listening to a song or an album? Music can be a huge releaser and of course, a form of expression. Just as certain colors envoke certain emotions, it has been mentioned in studies that certain notes

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Cacao Balls

This is a super healthy, super fun discovery. Not only¬†are these fun to eat, but it gave me a reason to bust out my little food processor.¬† ūüôā One of the best things about this treat, are the nutritional benefits:

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Wisdom from Bryan Kest

“Nobody can do the work for you. I have to untie my own knots. I have to develop the strength to disempower my own habit patterns. Nobody can do this for me. And this is what the practice is all

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Hello, Washington! I’m home…

Moving from California to Washington was bittersweet. Growing up in such a beautiful place provided so many wonderful opportunities… Fast forward…and here we are! It’s SO green here! Living on Vashon Island is definitely an adventure. There are so many

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Helping students heal anxiety through Yoga

This is a subject I am close to. Yoga can help heal anxiety: revealing symptoms and helping to address it’s root causes. The body and mind both respond to various yogic tools, including:¬†asana, pranayama, lifestyle adjustments and tuning the senses

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