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    It’s a RAWvolution!

    by  • January 7, 2014 • classes, community, potluck • 0 Comments

    I am hosting a RAWsome 7 day cleanse … raw vegan style!  Give yourself the experience of 100% raw for 7 days or whatever works for you–it will rawk your world!  The actual cleanse begins on Monday, January 13 &  goes through the 19th.  As a virtual participant, you will receive your detailed handouts on Saturday the 11th.  Handouts include info about the raw vegan diet, tips, shopping list, meal plan & recipes for the week.  You will also have access to a private raw food cleanse group on facebook (starting Saturday) that will include daily support, videos & an opportunity for questions.  Join this RAWvolution!

    IN PERSON, 2 PART CLASS:  If you are local & would like to come to the actual “It’s a RAWvolution” class on Sunday the 12th (it includes making & sampling 7 recipes) & a dinner party on Wednesday the 16th please register here.  This option includes everything else mentioned above. $79 Click HERE to register

    Happy 2014! Got any RAWsolutions?

    by  • January 1, 2014 • classes, community, exercise, Holidays • 0 Comments

    Ah, a new year.

    Life can get so busy & chaotic during the month of December & I often sway a little from my path between all of the long days in my studio painting & all of the family celebrations.  And by that I mean, I don’t sleep enough, I cut out on my exercise routine, I make food choices based on convenience … you get the picture.  Anyways, as a new year begins, I love to take time to pause, reflect & regroup.

    It has become my New Year’s tradition to begin January 1st with a juice feast, so today I nourished my body with fresh vegetable & fruit juices.  Yummmmm!  A juice feast of any length of time gives me a chance to slow down, to really listen to my body & to gain some mental clarity.

    I’m not big on rules & resolutions, but I am big on living my best life.  So with my best life in mind and my juicy January under way,  I will share with you a few of my rawsolutions for 2014:

    1.  Sundays Unplugged:  I plan to unplug on Sundays & stay clear of my phone, social media, email, texts, apps & anything else that makes me accessible 24/7.  I deserve time to simply be.  🙂  I will allow myself to take photos & share an occasional instagram picture–as an artist, I have a hard time letting go of the visual beauty that surrounds me.  🙂

    2.  More Juice Mondays:  I plan to stay connected to my body & enjoy a day of juice feasting each Monday (or whatever day of the week works best).  And if an entire day won’t work, 3/4 of the day is perfect.

    3.   Good Things Gratitude Jar:  I have set aside a jar & lots of paper to begin my “good things gratitude jar.”  At the end of each day I will take a few minutes to think about all of the blessings in my life & I will write down anything that comes to mind that made my day special.  At the end of 2014 I will empty my jar & re-visit all of the magic from my year.

    4.  Books!  I love to read, but I don’t always make time for it.  I plan to carve out time each day to sit with a book.  Speaking of books … we have started a health/plant-based book club called the Raw Maine Book Club.  Check it out & join the fun.  Our first book is “Healthy at 100” by John Robbins.

    5. Yoga & Movement:  I have a pretty consistent yoga practice and I plan to keep it that way.  Yoga keeps me connected, breathing, moving, grounded, fit and free of back pain.  I am grateful to yoga & the gifts it has given me … and to PPY, where I practice.

    6.  All things Love, Peace & Gratitude:  I will find love, peace & gratitude in each being that crosses my path and all things that I do.

    Balance in life is always high on my list too, but I think if I am able to put into practice everything else on my list, balance will follow.  🙂    Feel free to check in with me or ask me how I am doing with some of my rawsolutions & feel free to share your own!  I will be posting updates about my January Juice feast too, so stay tuned … & if you are interested in a cleanse of your own, I have several on the class calendar!

    NEW WINTER /SPRING CLASSES POSTED.  Hope you can join me!  Cheers!

    Let’s Make Party Food Together

    by  • December 1, 2013 • classes, community, Holidays • 0 Comments

    With the Holiday Season in full swing & lots of tempting & unhealthy food options around us, why not learn some great crowd pleaser recipes that are beautiful & healthy!   If you live near by, I hope you will join me tomorrow night for this RAWsome time.  We will prepare a bunch of sweet & savory treats & eat them too!  Registration is required:  http://www.eventbee.com/event?eid=105601193

    And if you don’t live near by, I hope you will make an effort to learn a few new recipes that you can share with y our loved ones this holiday season!  We are all worth it!  xoxo

    46 Million Turkeys Project

    by  • November 20, 2013 • community, Holidays • 0 Comments

    Turkey Trot
    10×10 oil on canvas
    www.paintsquared.com

    Spread the turkey love & join the 46 Million Turkeys Project.  Grab a pen & paper or a rubber stamp TODAY & start creating turkeys.  Mail them off to with a few bucks to the address listed on the website & remember each of the turkeys that will be eaten this Thanksgiving.  Donations will be split between 2 non-profits:  the Harlow Gallery & the Peace Ridge Animal Sanctuary.  Get creating TODAY!  🙂

    I am grateful for you today & everyday!  Thank you for being you!

    “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!

    FALL CLASSES

    by  • September 26, 2013 • classes, community, potluck • 0 Comments

    Come join me for some RAWlicious classes this Fall.  I’ve got all kinds of goodies on the calendar  … from hands on dinner classes, to more intensive themed classes and certification classes too.  And don’t forget about raw food potluck on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 5:30-7:30pm!  Click here to view the calendar & to sign up for some RAWsome fun!  

    Girl Gone Raw classes are fun, informative, inspiring & nourishing on every level … and they can simply be life changing!  What are you waiting for?  Come play in the kitchen!

    And remember that I do parties for 5-7 people too, so get a group  of friends or family together & come in for a rawmazing time!

    RARE OPPORTUNITY: Dr. Brian Clement of the Hippocrates Health Institute in Maine

    by  • September 13, 2013 • classes, community • 0 Comments

    Wow!  What a great opportunity for us to hear from Dr. Brian Clement of the world renowned Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Clement will be speaking at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick on Thursday, September 19th–details below.  I will be there & hope you can make it too.  Registration is required.  Click on the flyer below to be taken to the registration page.  Have a RAWsome weekend!  🙂  xox 

    SUMMER CLASSES

    by  • June 25, 2013 • classes, community, entrees, potluck, recipes • 0 Comments

    Join me for some amazing raw vegan gourmet food fun this Summer!  

    Click on each link for details about the classes & events.

    All of the food in my classes is organic & I promise you will

    be inspired to make positive changes to your life.

    CLASS: Change your life with Green Drinks (smoothies & juices)

    Thursday, June 27, 6-8 PM

    $45

     

    CLASS: A Day in the Life of a Raw Foodie

    Sunday, July 7, 10am-12:15-pm

    $65

     

    CLASS: Summer Soups & Salads

    Wednesday, July 10, 6-8:15pm

    $65


    POTLUCK: Monthly Raw Vegan Potluck

    Sunday, July 21, 2013 5:30-7:30pm

    On the Eastern Prom, to the right of the

    monument at the bottom of Congress St.

     

     

    Raw Food Dinner Series

    Monday Nights, July 22, July 29,

    Aug 5, Aug 12, 6-7:30pm

    $150 for series or $45 for 1 dinner

     

     

    CLASS: Juice Feast (3 Part Class)

    Wednesday, July 31, 6-7:30pm

    $65

     

    CLASS: Alissa Cohen Level I Class

    Sunday, August 11, 10-1:30pm

    Chef Certification Class, $125


    The World According to Monsanto – a documentary

    by  • May 29, 2013 • community, movies, Uncategorized, videos • 0 Comments

    May 25th at 2pm marked the global “March Against Monsanto.”  Dozens of cities across the world participated in this event, including Portland, Maine, and it was such a thought provoking rally and march … and infuriating, really.  I keep having thoughts about Monsanto pop into my head I can’t help but wonder how they came about & how what they do is ok.

    So who is Monsanto?  Monsanto is a HUGE multinational agricultural biotechnology company that is literally ruining our global food source.  Monsanto is behind genetically modifying seeds, amongst many other damaging things.  They have modified seeds to create crops that grow in “desirable” ways and that are dependent on their very own herbicides & pesticides.  And they have patented their seeds requiring farmers who use them to buy their seeds each season.  These gmo (genetically modified) seeds then contaminate other fields and crops over and over again.

    Profit, profit, profit is what Monsanto is all about & the implications for their actions are absolutely horrific … I have barely scratched the surface.

    Nature is perfect and beautiful as it is.  When we start changing the DNA makeup of seeds in a chemical laboratory  to get them to do what we want them to do, we wreak havoc on the environment & our bodies.

    60-70% of today’s processed foods contain gmos (genetically modified foods) and if you are a dairy and or meat eater, your dairy & meat are contaminated too because factory farm animals are fed gmo foods.

    A recent study in rats who ate an all gmo diet developed tumors and lived less than half of their life expectancy.  Does that sound healthy & harmless to you?

    I watched the French documentary “The World According to Monsanto” over the weekend and I hope you will too.  We all need to educate ourselves about what is happening with our food supply & speak up with our voices & our pocketbooks.

    Eating organic food is one way to stay clear of gmos.  Certified organic food is never genetically modified, so support your organic farmers & take care of your bodies!

    Click here to watch the film The World According to Monsanto.

    And click here to read an article from Natural News about GMOs.