Friday, August 22, 2014

Vegan & Vegetarian Food in Cape May

I just spent three days in Cape May, NJ with my husband and his family. I almost didn't go because generally touristy seaside towns and healthy vegetarian food do not coexist. Usually the only food on the beach is of the deep fried and seafood variety. Also, #realtalk, I simply hate the beach. However, determined to both spend some quality time with my new family and not starve, I scouted out these vegan-friendly restaurants.

Empanada Mama's Cantina
This was my favorite place. We went here twice. The food was fresh and cheap ($5 for 3 tiny, tasty empanadas, $4 for a colorful red cabbage salad). It also had the most adorable kitschy decorations. There were vegan, vegetarian, and meaty empanadas making it a pleasing lunch for eaters of all stripes. I overheard that they make gluten-free empanadas too. Everything is super casual and served in take-away containers but you can eat inside or outside the restaurant
600 Park Blvd, West Cape May, NJ 08204 // (609) 972-3977 // Website // Empanada Mama on Yelp

Bliss Homemade Organic Ice Cream
Bliss makes all of their ice cream in their tiny oasis-like shop located in a touristy outdoor mall. I enjoyed their blueberry lavender coconut-based vegan ice cream. It was creamy and just sweet enough. While I was there, several smiling people left holding green smoothies.
326 Carpenter's Ln, Cape May, NJ 08204 //(609) 884-3350 // Website // Bliss on Yelp

Friday, August 15, 2014

3 Life Lessons My Wedding Taught Me

I got married on Saturday! Here are three things my wedding taught me that I think can be applied to any life situation.

Everyone has a different idea of what's awesome. 
If you're planning a wedding, or any other major life event, most people are more than willing to share this idea with you, sans solicitation. Generally, I'm not a fan of giving or receiving unsolicited advice, but it was interesting to hear what makes other people happy. There's a pretty big diversity of dreams out there. Hearing them helped me get a clearer and stronger sense of what I wanted. It also reminded me how important it is to ask questions and listen to others when they are floundering and seeking guidance. The answers are inside of them. It's just up to us to support and empower them to find the answers that will fit their definition of success and joy. 

People love to help others.
They really do. One of the nicest things you can do is let others help you. For me, that's pretty dang hard. I have a natural inclination to "sweat the small stuff" and worry about things being done my way. I chant everyday to help my use my attention to detail for good as well as to be able to take a chill pill sometimes. 

You can't do everything yourself. Sometimes you've just got to let other people help you. Yeah, they won't do it exactly as you would've done it. (Perhaps they'll do it better!) In the end, those details don't really matter as much as the loving bonds that are strengthened. In this age of automation, a time when almost any service can be purchased, it's rare and precious to have an occasion when people can really show up for you. Let the love rain in, feel the abundance, and let that give you the energy to pay it forward. 

Don't expect to be happy just because you're getting what you wanted.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Turn Your Sugar Cravings into a Life Transforming Experience

Cravings are awesome because they aren't about bullshit. They are raw and real. A sugar craving can offer you so much information about how you're really feeling underneath all the "I'm fine" or "Everything's okay."

Next time you get a sugar craving, a chocolate craving, or a craving for anything that doesn't support your health and life goals, ask the craving some questions. It will tell you the truth if you listen without judgement. Here are some questions I ask my cravings.
  1. Does my business/professional life feel abundant right now?
  2. Am I sexually fulfilled and feeling at ease with my romantic relationship status?
  3. Am I surrounding myself with friends that contribute to my happiness and growth?
  4. Am I creating and participating in experiences that excite and stimulate me?

Friday, July 25, 2014

5 Things Healthy People Do in the Bathroom

Dry Brushing
Dry brushing using a brush like this one (and no moisturizer) to brush your entire body. It supports your body's natural detoxification system by increasing the circulation of lymphatic fluid and blood flow. It also removes dead skin cells and makes your skin incredibly soft.

I first got wind of dry brushing in Kris Carr's book Crazy Sexy Diet four whole years ago but just started doing this spring. Don't wait as long as I did to try this. It's so awesome! Check out Dry Brushing 101 on GreenSmoothieGirl to learn more.

Tongue Scraping
Tongue scraping is a detoxifying Ayurvedic self-care ritual that freshens breath, improves digestion, and makes food tastier by to removing bacteria, food debris, fungi, toxins, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue. To do it, every morning pull a tongue cleaner (a long, thin, flat piece of metal that is bent in a "U" shape) across your tongue a few times. (More info here.)

I've never done it before, but I just ordered these stainless steel tongue cleaners on Amazon for me and my fiance today. So many healthy people I respect have been raving about it, so I can't wait to finally try it! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Amazing Amaranth Breakfast Bliss Porridge - RECIPE

I finally tried amaranth! This teensy gluten-free "grain" (which is actually a seed) made the yummiest, creamiest warm breakfast cereal. Amaranth is high in protein, a great source of fiber, a has plenty of iron and calcium to boot. What a great way to start the day!

Some of you may be thinking, "It's July. Whachu talkin' 'bout warm cereal for?" But eating and drinking warm things can actually cool you down.

Try my recipe for amazing amaranth breakfast bliss porridge.

You'll need:
  • amaranth
  • almond milk
  • tahini
  • honey or agave
  • seasonal fresh fruit
  • ground ginger
  • ground cardamom
  • sea salt

Monday, July 7, 2014

How to Remove Cat Hair from Upholstery [VIDEO]

Tired of going through a dozen sheets of sticky paper on your lint roller only to still be left with a massive amount of pet hair on your furniture and clothes? Don't feel like lugging out the vacuum and its upholstery attachment every time you need to spot clean fur from your favorite chair?

Check out my latest video to see how to quickly and easily remove cat hair, dog hair, rabbit hair, ... any kind of pet hair (or pet fur, if that's what you'd rather call it) without a lint roller or vacuum!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to Create a Life You Love

Do you know you are a brilliant artist? My Buddhist practice has taught me you are constantly creating your world with your words and actions, and even your thoughts.

Remembering this, pull out your magic markers and draw up something bold and beautiful for yourself. Let your wrist get giddy with excitement, causing you to color beyond the edges of the paper, enjoying the freedom of exploring, being big, and making room for beautiful imperfection. Absolutely sprinkle some glitter all over everything! And certainty, do it without apology, without shame, and without concern that so-and-so might not like you because you didn't include her favorite colors. (Feel free to point out to So-And-So that she has her own paper and markers too.)

You are powerful and magical. You can create a life you love by being bold enough to live it. (Click to tweet.)

If you read that and think, "Yeah, that's great, but I'm afraid," I want you to know that shaking in your boots while taking baby steps toward a life you love also totally counts!

As my graduation from Institute for Integrative Nutrition's Health Coach Training Program grows closer (it's tonight!) and as I build my coaching practice, I feel more and more conscious of- and grateful for- my magic markers. I graffiti doors onto brick walls. I turn periods into question marks. I create possibility.


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