Spring this year in Southern California has been hot, cold, hot and cold and I’m so confused. I keep swapping our down comforter for the cotton one only to replace it the following day with down again. Well, this crazy Spring weather is perfect for this light, healthy, vegan and gluten-free Coconut Red Lentil Soup. It’s warming spices, sweet coconut milk and bright spinach feels like you are eating sunshine in a bowl. I don’t often think of soup in the Spring but this uplifting soup really hits the spot.
Siem Reap is a tourist hot spot because it’s the closest city to the famous temples and ruins of Angkor Wat (see photo blog here). It’s also a fun place to discover with its kind people, balmy temperatures, night markets, artisan shopping, $1 beers, top notch cafes and superb Vegan restaurants. Here is a list of the 5 best things to do in Siem Reap other than Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. Originally built by Hindu’s at the beginning of the 12th century AD, the city of Angkor was the Hindu capital for the Khmer Empire until Buddhism permeated the area at the end of the 13th century. Angkor Wat is the largest temple and still functions as a place of worship today. This world famous temple is the pinnacle of Kymer architecture and an icon for Cambodia. Many tourists arrive before sunrise to photograph this legendary place as the early morning clouds show pink in the lotus pools.
Singapore is called The Garden City because amidst the modern high rises, super malls, and abundant food stalls, thousands of trees have been strategically planted. In 1963, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew envisioned litter-free streets and lush greenery to highlight Singapore as a well-organized city that would attract tourists and foreign investment. His mission was accomplished.
The moment you land in Singapore, you notice how clean and green it is. Even the airport has gardens. Trees line the roads softening the concrete edges of this vertical city and manicured gardens lure residents to enjoy the natural space.
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?
Costa Rica is a beautiful country in Central America that’s protected over 25% of its land for forests and reserves. It looks and feels like one giant rain forest with warm people, earthy beaches, crazy rain and cloud filled sunsets. If thrill seeking is what you’re after, Costa Rica has a ton of wild adventures but it’s also a great place to go if you want to slow down, relax and rejuvenate. Either way, it’s hard to resist the warm water, lush greenery and “Pura vida” vibe. Read More
Hot soup is the BEST when you are fighting a cold or flu and this 15 minute vegetable soup soothes the throat, clears the nose, and warms the body. It’s light and healthy and only takes a few minutes to prepare. Make it for yourself or a loved one who’s feeling under the weather.
Cooking is the LAST thing you want to do when you’re ill, but eating fresh healthy food is medicine for your body. This fast, vegan soup is loaded with fresh veges and dark leafy greens and only requires a minimal amount of chopping, sauteing and simmering. It’s simple.