We’re Getting Married??

About two years ago today, if you told me that I would be a future wife and stepmom, I would have called you one loco bird. Life continues to surprise me when I ease up on the reigns, letting the universe guide the way whilst trying enjoy the ride. But, wow, I would never have thought that I would be as lucky and as blessed as I am now. Things seem to keep coming together, the lessons seem to keep building on one another, and while of course there are still difficult times… I am really happy and honored to be able to live my life each day.

me and my boi

And sometimes you just need to stop and remind yourself of all the good things… so I guess I will use this as my rehearsal space for Thanksgiving Dinner. All that fills my heart with joy and that I am truly thankful for….

My amazing parents. They are the best people I know and have given me so much support, love, and encouragement. As my dad has always said… I won the womb lottery.

my hilariously kooky dad

Not only is she a saint… she’s hot stuff to boot

My future husband. He is the love of my life and I am so happy about it. Kind, gentle, funny, patient…. wickedly handsome! He is always there for me, even when I don’t ask for it. And he’s one heck of a cuddler. How did I get so lucky?

My family and family to be. My sister, my cousins, Ben’s parents, the kids!, and all of my family are truly great people. I am so proud that they are a part of my life. They are all great and loving people who make me very happy.

Greens & Good Food. Not everyone is so lucky to have great, nurturing food at their fingertips. I am that lucky, and for that I am thankful.

Inspiration. There are countless people out there who inspire me almost on a daily basis. Kris Carr, my teachers at Bauman College, all the folks at Happy Girl Kitchen, Julie Forrest, my yoga students… believe me I could go on. I am so grateful for those who are passionate about what they do and their lives and spreading that enthusiasm.

My Friends. I guess you could put them under the inspiration category and the family one too. I miss most of them from my daily life due to distance issues, but I love and cherish them all the more. I feel like I have the greatest friends… funny, intelligent, and they (for the most part) love tea! And I love them.

My Experiences. Costa Rica. New York. Paris. You guys really helped shape me. Thank you.

My doggie Izze. She is the sweetest.

Da CUTEST

And….cozy sweaters, hot tea, spices, good information, my yoga students, my yoga teachers, nature, beauty, a home, love in general, good wine, good dessert, good butter!, great ideas, imagination, guidance, wisdom, hail merry tarts, fresh baked goods, reindeer vests, winter squash, tropical locations, photos, organization, doctors, health, christmas movies (especially Home Alone 2)…. I could go on forever baby.

What are you thankful for?

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Get Real.

I love being inspired. I love the way information, beauty, people, and various experiences make me feel alive and human. School was always more of a social event for me growing up. It was something necessary for the volleyball team to exist, for friends to interact daily, to be able to score the cafeteria cookies that were rarely allowed under my mom’s household supervision(with good reason I must say). But now, I have a new found love and excitement for school beyond the sneak attack sweets. I actually love and am interested in what I am learning. What a novel discovery.

real food.

Anywho, today we spent a fair amount of time talking about fat. And being someone who reads nutrition and health books for fun, I thought I had a good grasp on fat. Yeah, we need it. Yeah, its good for you. And all those things being true, I just had to share with you some of the great things that expanded my knowledge today… and for some reason, just plain excite me.

1. Eat traditional, whole foods. People have been eating for some time now. Look back to the ancestors for key clues on how to eat a healthful diet. Did they have GMOs and chemical pesticides to help grow their foods? NO. Buy organic. Could people turn whole milk into 1% without heavy machinery and heavy processes? NO. Eat whole fat whole foods. Fats are highly nutritive. Of course we shouldnt be eating them in huge quantities, something the Standard American Diet loves to tout, but high quality fats are wonderful for you. But there’s a catch. Butter isn’t just butter. Toxins are transported via fat molecules, so that low-grade poor quality butter (or worse MARGARINE)  you are buying at the supermarket just isn’t cutting it. Buy great butter (Kerrygold, Strauss are examples) quite whining about the price tag, and simply eat a bit less of it. Low grade butter is simply bad for your health and the environment, great quality butter can be highly nutritious. Great, I’m glad we figured that out.

2. High Quality, Organic Fats Aren’t the Problem. It’s so crazy that good and nutritive fats seem to get a lot of flack these days. Why don’t we look to the real problem foods. The stuffs people call foods, but aren’t even really foods. Packaged crap (excusez-moi) from pop tarts to oreos don’t even contain recognisable ingredients. If you couldn’t figure out how to make the ingredients in your kitchen, put it back on the shelf.  High fructose corn syrup. Natural Flavors (hello MSG). Dextrose? Yellow #6? What the hell has happened to us? And people blame butter for our problems? Unbelievable. The additives, colorings, excess sugars, and chemicals that go into our foods are major players in modern-day problems ranging from hormone imbalances to ADD in the kiddos to cancer. . Modern day problems…. modern-day foods? Our bodies weren’t designed to handle coke and cheetos. Wise up and eat real food.

3. Eat whole fats. High quality oils are great don’t get wrong. Especially olive, sesame, and coconut oils. YUM. But look to get the majority of your fat from whole foods. Enjoy avocados, nuts, seeds (so important!), wild salmon, cultured organic dairy, and olives just to name a few. Eating the whole food gives you the great fats, along with the fiber and multitude of vitamins, good bacteria, and minerals that come along with the whole stuff. Feed your brain, feed your body. You actually need these stuff to function properly.

I could go on and on. But I wont. I rather make soup. With real food.

I think Michael Pollen summed it up best:

Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Thoughts?

On Cabbage.

Oh the wonderous crucifers! Brussels, kale, broccoli oh my. I’ve long been a fan. Amongst these lovelies you will also find the amazing cabbage to be a part of the cruciferous family. With a fresh and nutty flavor, brought out when it is cooked (sautéed, roasted, and braised are popular methods) it is amazingly tasty. Its versatility ranges from deliciously raw to cooked to fermented…hello saurcraut my friend. Maybe its my German heritage, but I highly doubt that I stand alone when it comes to raving about this crucifer. The nutrient profile seems endless…. high in vitamin C (goodbye winter cold). potassium, folic acid, vitamin B6, biotin (shiny hair!), calcium (beautiful bones), magnesium, and manganese. Even more impressive about this veggie is its high phytochemical content. Say what? High anti cancer compounds don’t seem to hurt these days. Its a low-calorie, high nutrient food and even is used to help treat people with ulcers. A true superfood.

Hanner’s Cabbage Salad

Thanks to my dear friend Hannah for this recipe inspiration. Simple and amazingly delicious.

1/2 head of red or green cabbage, shredded or finely chopped

1 whole avocado, cut into small pieces

4 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

sprouts, optional

sea salt and pepper to taste

Place all of your ingredients in a large salad bowl. Massage the ingredients together so the avocado breaks down a bit and the  cabbage softens. Let sit for a few minutes or refrigerate for a half hour. Serve and enjoy the deliciousness! (not to mention all those nutrients)

How do you enjoy cabbage?