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Self Sabotage & a Summertime Soup

Would you find me lazy and thoughtless if I posted a recipe without any measurements?

What if the photo of said recipe was taken with my old iphone on top of a wood table and not a marble countertop? 

Consider the possibility that I took the photos quickly and in not a good light. Mostly because I was hungry. (Hunger plays a role in most of my decision making). 

Would you still like me?

Would you still want to eat my soup?

The thing is, I really wanted to share this recipe. There are many recipes, tips, thoughts and bits of information that I'd like to share, but other things seem to get in the way. Things like perfectionism, self doubt, procrastination and Handmaids Tale.

This is something that has come up for healing for me in this past year as I have transitioned my life from Los Angeles to Boston. I have been given the gift and curse of questioning everything when it comes to my business.

I am not a food blogger. I have fewer followers on Instagram than your grandmother, and I am SO BAD at self-promotion, not because I don't like bringing attention to myself but because I'm surprisingly un-photogenic and can't seem to take a damn photograph that doesn't make me question why my husband married me (vain, I know). That and the fact that I really only show up for my marketing when I feel like it, a strategy we all know does not lead to success.

I also know a lot about nutrition, and am qualified to give nutritional advice. I am even more qualified to teach people how to move better, something which I guarantee is life changing. Resistance training is like medicine to the body-trust me when I say that you need it in your life.

A dedicated practitioner of the beginner's mind in all facets of life, I am obsessive passionate when it comes to staying up to date on the latest health and fitness research, trends and products. My idea of a good time is experimenting with this information in my own life in order to better relate to my clients. Thankfully I have like-minded friends and a mother that also work in the industry, with whom I can have endless thought provoking discussions.

Ultimately, my main objective is to improve the lives of others, while continuing to improve my own. I want my clients to feel: confident / comfortable in their bodies / strong / flexible / powerful / able / vulnerable / empowered / knowledgeable and whatever else it is that they want to feel. I love to teach them about their bodies and what kind of movement will benefit them. I love to support them in feeling connected to the big picture and how exercise and nutrition are connected and affect/are affected by other parts of life. I know in my bones that I have the ability to do this, as I've done it before and will do it again.

But what good are skills, knowledge, empathy, etc, if I'm not reaching you?

I will leave you with this. You, too, are something special. YOU have something unique to offer the world, and failing to do the uncomfortable work of getting yourself out there is actually a DISSERVICE to the rest of us. I would tell you not to let your self doubt get in the way, but who am I to talk?

Let's both take action right now. More specifically, imperfect action. One small step, together, toward our goals.

Mine is posting this insanely delicious, gorgeous, easy on the tummy, farm-to-table soup without any measurements. What's yours?


Local Summertime Carrot Soup


Ingredients: 

  • Bone Broth
  • Carrots
  • Kimchi  
  • Ghee
  • Micro Greens 
  • Salt/Pepper

 

Directions: 

Chop or grate carrots and heat up in a pot with the bone broth at about a 1:1 ratio. Once the carrots are cooked through, pour them in a blender with the carrots and kimchi. Blend to your desired consistency. Transfer back to the pot and stir in ghee and add salt & pepper to taste

Note: I bought every ingredient from the Boston Public Market. Feel free to substitute for anything that is local to you. If you prefer not to use animal products you could replace the bone broth with mushroom and the ghee with coconut or avocado oil. 

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Baked Fish w/ Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice

Hello, friends!

I thought I would pop in and share a  meal has been on regular rotation in my household lately and has yet to disappoint. 

In an attempt to feel bright and clear headed for the onset of Spring I have been focusing on my gut health and am making sure my meals are nutrient dense and easy to digest. Taste is still a main priority, of course, and I am enjoying getting creative in the kitchen with a variety of clean proteins, healthy fats and all the colorful fruits and veggies I know do my body good. 

Naturally once a successful meal makes its way into my life it is likely I will repeat it again and again. Some may call it obsessive, but I prefer to think that if it ain't broke don't fix it. 

Without further ado, here it is in all its simple glory - light, satisfying and perfect for lunches and dinners alike. Feel free to use any type of fish or even chicken or tempeh. Honestly, you can change the whole damn recipe if you'd like. It is your life, after all. Enjoy!

Baked White Fish:

(Serves 2)

  • 1lb White Fish such as Halibut, Cod or Haddock (I buy mine at the Boston Public Market)
  • Avocado Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Chili Flakes
  • Pink Sea Salt & Pepper 

Preheat oven to 350. Place the fish in a Pyrex or other baking dish. Coat each side of the fish with a generous drizzle of avocado oil and lemon juice and sprinkle on the chili flakes, salt and pepper. Place dish in oven and cook 15-20 minutes or until flaky.

Mediterranean Cauli-Rice:

(Serves 2)

  • 1/2 Bag Frozen Cauliflower Rice
  • 1 Cup Dinosaur Kale, finely chopped
  • 1 Cucumber, diced
  • Handful of Olives, diced
  • 2 T Fresh Parsley, diced
  • 2 T Ghee
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Red Boat Fish Sauce
  • Pink Sea Salt & Pepper 

Heat up the ghee in a skillet and add the cauliflower rice and kale. Heat until cooked through and add in a sprinkling of coconut aminos, fish sauce, sea salt and pepper. Remove from heat and combine with the cucumber, olives and parsley. 

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Pick Me Up Potion

I've always had an affinity for medicinal tonics and hot drinks. Show me something that's healing, tasty and novel and I'm sold.

Perhaps it was my obsession with witchcraft as a kid. I was crazy for Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Craft, Hocus Pocus and The Wizard of Oz, and bought several earnest books about witchcraft which I have kept front and center in our bookshelf, mostly in order to startle the cat sitters when we are out of town.

I truly believed that one day I would develop magical powers. (Here's lookin' at you, 30th birthday). The closest I've come to that, however, is experimenting in my kitchen and finding various ways to use interesting ingredients that promote health, wellbeing and mental clarity. After all, we now know that witches were healers. 

There is a huge part of me that has learned to be grounded and minimalistic in my approach to wellness. Eat whole foods that are grown locally and sustainably. Eat 3-4 well rounded meals per day with appropriate amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fat. Walk a lot and do intelligent movement in the gym. Enjoy yourself when out with friends and family. Have fun, be kind and never deprive yourself. Let me just say, as a disclaimer, that this part of my approach is entirely responsible for keeping me healthy. It is my foundation, and without it I would be unstable. 

Yet I find myself wanting a little extra, which is not to say that you should too. It's just that I personally crave a sprinkling of fun and enchantment on an otherwise uncomplicated situation.

I become giddy at the mention of wild mushrooms, pearl powder, collagen, kombucha, matcha or ashwagandha. If only you could have seen me the day I read Amanda Chantal Bacon's Moon Juice Cookbook. Heart pounding, I ordered a juicer, nut milk bag and dehydrator faster than you can say "lusty adaptogenic brew". (This is the kind of language she uses to describe her Hot Sex Milk on p. 121). I have found few things more seductive, food wise, than this book.  

I also find it exciting to learn of the benefits that humble kitchen and pantry staples such as cinnamon, turmeric, pink sea salt, parsley, lemon and ginger possess. 

That time I went overboard at the Moon Juice Shop

That time I went overboard at the Moon Juice Shop

This recipe is in a similar vain to Bacon's recipes. A zingy hot cocktail to leave you balanced, sharp and light on your feet. Matcha is stimulating yet calming, and boasts 3x the amount of antioxidants than regular green tea. Lemon is all kinds of healthy with its high vitamin c and phytochemical limonene content. Ginger is stimulating in its own way while also being soothing to the digestive system. Finally, the Beauty Dust. An absolutely delightful mix of beautifying herbs!

Pick Me Up Potion

8oz Hot Water

 1 tsp Matcha Powder

1 inch piece of Ginger Root

1/4 Lemon with the Peel 

1 tsp Moon Juice Beauty Dust  (feel free to substitute with a green or collagen powder!) 

Throw all the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth and frothy. Enjoy!

At the risk of sounding cheesy I believe that life is brimming with magic when we are willing to acknowledge it. I see it with my clients all the time - when low back pain disappears, energy increases and it just becomes easier to physically move through life. How starting the morning off in a positive way changes the course of their entire day. 

I feel that magic when my stress melts away while chopping vegetables for dinner at the end of a long day; when I take a moment to look up at the trees on a wintry dog walk through the woods with my mom; when I'm walking home in a pure state of bliss after a delicious yoga practice. Heck, sometimes all it takes is a great cup of coffee. It may not be the type of witchcraft my younger self had imagined, but it feels pretty magical to me. 

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Ode to an Olive

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who love olives, and those who don't. My husband is the latter, and quite frankly I pity him. 

To say he is missing out is an understatement. In my mind olives fall under the category of "foods sent to earth from heaven above", along with bananas (nature's cake), dates (nature's candy) and cocoa powder (nature's brownie mix). A salty, fatty little morsel to pop in your mouth whenever the mood strikes. 

Hungry while cooking dinner? Pop an olive. 

Feeling snacky mid afternoon? Pop an olive (or ten). 

Find yourself hangry at happy hour? Pop 3 olives because DIRTY MARTINI. An adult drink for adult people who are no longer interested in mixing Smirnoff with gatorade. (I never did that). 

Need something into which to dip your crudites? Olive tapenade!!

The list goes on. Olives taste wonderful on a salad, on chicken and fish, or mixed into tomato sauce. They provide a nutritious punch and a sophisticated taste. Needless to say, I have them on hand at all times.  

Let's take a quick moment to celebrate healthy fats. Once vilified, they are back with a vengeance and we are all healthier and happier for it. Glowing skin, healthy brain functioning and satiety between meals, don't mind if I do! Olives also happen to be high in antioxidants, nutrients and minerals and have a high water content making them an ideal snack to gorge oneself on. <insert winky face> 

I also find it quite charming when a fruit masquerades as a veggie. Who's to say a fruit can't be savory? 

Way to go against the grain, kalamata.

Do your thing, picholine. 

Here's to you, nicoise for not giving into societal norms.

Quick shout out to the avocado who's on a similar path.

I just wanted to show some appreciation for a food that I love. A staple in my diet and kitchen. A real, whole, mostly unadulterated food that is as yummy as it is healthy. This is not to say that you too should eat them, but rather a casual suggestion to give them a try.

STEP 1: Walk yourself to your favorite market and peruse the antipasto bar. STEP 2: Try a few different mixes and see which ones you like best. I often gravitate toward a greek mix with chili. STEP 3: Serve them to company or hoard them all for yourself. STEP 4:  Repeat steps 1-3 for the rest of your life. 

Or not. It's totally up to you. 

 

 

 

 

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