• Archive for October, 2013


    by  • October 31, 2013 • Holidays, snacks, sweets • 0 Comments

    Pumpkin Bites
    makes about 12 pumpkin bites
    1 cup cashews
    1/4 cup plus 1 Tbs goji berries, soaked 10-15 minutes in water
    1 Tbs coconut oil
    1 1/2 Tbs raw coconut sugar OR agave, honey or maple syrup
    pinch sea salt
    Place ingredients together in a food processor & blend until a doughy mixture forms.  Shape into balls.
    pumpkin features:
    2 Tbs raisins
    fresh herb stems cut into 1/2 inch pieces
    Flatten raisins with your finger & then cut into quarters to create the eyes.  Cut raisins in half to create the mouths.  Gently press features into pumpkin bites.  Cut herb stems into pieces & stick in the top of your pumpkins.  Place pumpkins in fridge to firm up.  ENJOY!

    “The Power in YOU!”

    by  • October 31, 2013 • classes, community, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

     It’s so true that the power lies within you.  You can choose joy.  You can choose nourishing food.  You can choose fitness. YOU & only you can choose whatever it is you want … you are the keeper of your own life.

    I personally choose a diet high in raw & living foods, yoga, family, laughter, time outside in nature, time with people that lift me up.   I choose joy & peace.  What do you choose?

    The power is in you.  This is a powerful message and one that we can often forget as we get sucked into the drama of our everyday lives.  So for those of you in the greater Portland area, I’d love to invite you to join me at the Bay Club on Saturday from 9-4:30 for a day of love, nourishment & self-discovery.  You can participate in many different mini-workshops, including massage, reiki, zumba, yoga, breathing, body composition analysis, raw food with yours truly & so much MORE!  And lunch is included.  You can check out the details & register by CLICKING HERE.

    And for everyone, near & far ponder this Thomas Edison quote:  “If we did all of the things we were capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”  And then step outside your comfort zone & RAWK this world & your fabulous life!

    Kick the Dairy Habit!

    by  • October 18, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    photo from Wisconsin Dairy Products Association

    I was a cheese and yogurt junkie.  I ate cheese and yogurt every single day for years and years and absolutely loved them.  When I first entertained the thought of going vegan, I thought there is no way I can give up my cheese and yogurt long term.  So when I set out on my vegan adventure, I took it one day at a time and you know what, I did not miss dairy at all!  In fact, I felt better than I had in a long, long time!  I had a debilitating menstrual cycle and would pop 12 advil a day, 3 days a month, just to make it through.  Almost immediately after giving up dairy, I was able to breeze through my menstrual cycle without ANY advil.  I gained 3 days of my life back each month.  That’s HUGE!  I had no idea how much dairy was messing with my body.

    When you really think about milk and its purpose, you wonder how on earth we actually began to drink it.  Cows produce milk for their babies … it is the equivalent of breast feeding.  Calves drink their mamas milk and grow from approximately 70-100 pounds at birth to about 500-700 pounds at 10 months.  WOW, huh?!  Moooooooo!  Cow’s milk makes calves grow like crazy.  Do you want to grow like crazy?  🙂   It’s pretty simple when you think about it … human milk is for humans & cow milk is for cows.

    As a former dairy addict, I am happy to report that I love my nut and seed milks, my homemade coconut milk, nogurts, dips, spreads, cheezes, nice creams, puddings & cheeze cakes!  I make all of these things from “scratch” in my kitchen & I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  Whole foods, plant-based dairy alternatives are RAWsome!  My body thanks me and I think the cows do too.

    ** CLASS **  If you want to learn more about kicking the dairy habit, please join me on Monday night for a fun evening of food & conversation in my “So you think you can’t live without dairy? Yes you can!” Class!  Registration is required.  This class is a gourmet eating event & you will also receive a nut milk bag to take with you.  Sign up today!  ** CLASS **

    Photo from collapseboard.com

    If you want to learn more about the MANY, MANY reasons why you should say goodbye to dairy once & for all, check out these links:

    No Happy Cows, John Robbins

    The China Study, T. Colin Campbell

    Forks Over Knives

    PETA on Dairy