This is my second year running the Encinitas Half Marathon (my 5th half marathon). It’s a fun race with great energy and a beautiful ocean front course. Encinitas is known as “the Golden City” because it’s thought to be located on a spiritual vortex. It attracts many naturopaths, healers, and spiritual advisors and is home to Yogananda’s Self Realization Fellowship. For many years Tim Miller, one of the first Ashtanga teachers in the US had a studio there. Encinitas is undergoing a transformation but the golden city retains its special vibe.
Today is Valentine’s Day so in addition to making vegan, gluten-free brownies (that turned into a big chocolate mess), I wanted to share how you can use Feng Shui for love (self-love and relational love). I am fascinated by the principals of Feng Shui and love learning how energy flow, called “chi”, can be harnessed to improve various areas of your life. There are simple things you can do in your home or office to highlight health, prosperity and creativity while attracting helpful people, travel, and greater love to you.
“Beware the barrenness of a busy life” ~ Socrates
As a therapist, I’m big on boundaries! Mostly we talk about boundaries in relationships because we can lose ourselves in enmeshment, dependency and other dysfunctional patterns. But it is becoming clear that many people are psychologically dependent on their phone and coexisting in two worlds. Phone overuse is problematic and even dangerous. Is it time to set boundaries with your phone?
In October, my husband and I began a wheat-free, low carb diet after noticing our weight was creeping up despite our healthy eating habits and daily exercise. Going on a “diet” inspired my husband to research various trends like cutting carbs, the Paleo diet, keto diet and wheat-free eating. He learned a lot from watching videos and reading articles and uncovered surprising and unexpected information that’s changing the way we eat. The Wheat Belly video by Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, had the biggest impact on us.
The Winter Solstice is my favorite day during the crazy holiday blur (I mean) season. It’s the shortest (and darkest) day of the year which makes it the best day for introspection. I like to share this day with others so I baked Winter Solstice Cookies aka chocolate chocolate chip cookies to celebrate the richness of the dark.
I wanted cookies that were wheat-free, gluten free, vegan, easy to make and seductively delicious and found this fantastic recipe by Demeter of The Beaming Baker.
Have you noticed how difficult it is to lose weight lately? Is your muffin top expanding even though you’re eating healthy and working out? If so, then this video by Cardiologist Dr. William Davis explains why wheat is causing us to gain weight and intensifying chronic illnesses like arthritis, IBS, fatty liver disease, and schizophrenia. He’s a health crusader who goes against the grain in speaking the truth about wheat, “The worst crop ever created in a laboratory.”
Let’s face it, meditation is not easy. In fact, it’s downright uncomfortable! Trying to meditate can leave you feeling more like a stressed out New Yorker than a peaceful Buddha. Isn’t that creating the opposite effect???
The mind is one of the hardest things to discipline so it’s normal to feel impatient and antsy when trying to conquer it. But, this is a good indication that your “thinking” has run amok So why, with all this discomfort, should you meditate?
I had two reactions when I first arrived at the Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary in Thailand that rescues and rehabilitates overworked elephants. Part of me was giddy with excitement to see such amazing animals up close but I also felt a deep sadness in the pit of my stomach when I learned what they had suffered prior to their arrival.
Social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest are making veganism more popular. And as it becomes more mainstream, “vegan friendly” options are increasingly available. Countries and restaurants that were traditionally “meat based” are trending towards plant based selections free of meat and dairy. This makes me happy! I’ve recently had several friends proudly prepare vegan dishes or want to come over for an “all vegan” meal. I am grateful for their enthusiasm.
But veganism is still new, and I’ve met curious people who want to learn more about it. In this post, I respond to the top 10 frequently asked questions I get about being vegan. I hope my answers help anyone who is thinking about becoming vegan or knows someone who already is.
I never planned on being vegan. But as a young girl, I loved animals and ate like a rabbit so I naturally gravitated towards a vegetarian diet. By the end of college, I completely stopped eating meat, chicken and fish. That was 26 + years ago when my journey with a plant based diet began.