Hiking the Dolomites with REI

Hiking the Dolomites with REI

The Dolomites, situated in Northwest corner of Italy on the Austrian border, are considered one of the most a beautiful mountain landscapes in the world.  Once known as the “Pale Mountains”, this natural paradise was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2009. In early July, my husband and I treated ourselves to a week hiking the Dolomites with REI (outdoor adventure company) and are still giddy from the experience. Sipping cocktails poolside sounds relaxing but active trips can be life-changing. When my heart was racing after 2 hours of vertical climbing, I felt completely present and at peace. The alpenglow colors illuminating the rocks at sunset, the emerald pastures, greenish-blue lakes, flowering meadows, vertical walls, and cragged peaks make this one of the most remarkable mountain ranges to explore. If you aren’t convinced yet, keep scrolling…..

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My Favorite Tips on How to Travel as a Vegan

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Traveling as a Vegan Has Gotten Easier

I used to worry a lot about how to travel as a vegan. And, at times, those worries were justified. But, mostly traveling as a vegan ends up being fun and easy. In fact, some of my FAVORITE vegan meals have come unexpectedly from restaurants around the world. Not only are more countries adopting vegan friendly attitudes but environmental sustainability is moving plant based eating into politics all over. In fact, Portugal recently passed a law requiring all civic restaurants to offer a vegan option. This law is intended to promote healthier eating, decrease harm to animals, and reduce long term environmental impact (source). Personally, it’s been my dream here in the U.S., but I’m thrilled it’s starting somewhere. This EXCITING news is music to my ears and makes me more eager than ever to plan a trip to Portugal next year.

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My Favorite Vegan Hack Snacks

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I’m a creature of habit and when it comes to food, there are certain things I eat ALL the time. This list of vegan hack snacks is the bread and butter of my existence!! In fact, these vegan hack snacks are so unassuming, I had to think twice about adding them to the blog – you know – revealing my most intimate eating habits??? Anyway, here they are, the quick “fast” snacks I eat so often, I barely notice.

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Encinitas Half Marathon 2018: Notes

Encinitas Half Marathon

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.

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A Big Chocolate Mess and Feng Shui for Love

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.

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Is it Time to Set Boundaries with your Phone??

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“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?

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The Benefits of 3 Months Wheat-Free

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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.

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Winter Solstice Cookies aka: Choc choc chip Cookies (vegan, wheat-free)

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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.

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Wheat and Your Weight

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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.”  

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