Get Inspired

Last year my new years resolution was to paint more. I admit, even after buying all the paints and tools I needed to make the art happen, my supplies somehow ended up buried away on the shelf collecting dust.  So, this year I’m attempting to get back in the game and create more art!

I was thrilled when my boyfriend bought us both tickets to a screen printing class at a studio called Workshop in San Francisco’s Western Addition.  We got to screen print paper, shirts, sweatshirts, bags, and anything else individuals brought to the class.  If you live in the Bay Area, I recommend checking out the classes, because they offer all sorts of cool craft classes, like sewing, beer brewing, pizza making, etc…

IMG_4115Anyway, Ed and I took this class and we got to make some dope shit!  I love trying new things and getting inspired.  Humans hunger for art and music, along with play, fun, touch, romance, intimacy, love, success, adventure, and spirit, so creativity is actually a significant form of nourishment for our bodies.

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My masterpiece. #SFnative

The point here is be open to trying new, inspiring things.  Look for fun events and gatherings going on in your own area and give them a shot!  You never know who you’ll meet or if you’ll find your new passion.

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The back of Ed’s shirt- isn’t it rad?

October Unprocessed Month- Can You Do It?

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This idea might seem completely laughable to some people, but October is the month to step up and take the challenge of eating only unprocessed foods.  The concept certainly can seem a bit unnerving.  A whole month without anything processed, how will we do it?

Our society has become so accustomed to eating packaged, processed foods that the idea of going a whole month without them seems totally daunting.  Health blogger, Andrew Wilder, started this challenge in 2009 and by 2013 had 15,000 people sign the pledge and take part.  Through the challenge Andrew found three ways to cut back on processed foods by following these three steps:

  1. When you eat grains, eat only 100% whole grains.
  2. Don’t eat high fructose corn syrup.
  3. Don’t eat hydrogenated oils, trans fats, or anything that’s been deep-fried.

Since starting my health coach training back in July, I’ve already made huge steps toward eliminating processed and fried foods.  It truly is amazing how much better your body feels and how quickly you’ll shed some pounds.  It became more noticeable how crappy I felt after eating french fries, pizza, or Milano cookies (some of my favorite junk foods) and how happy I felt after switching to healthier, unprocessed foods.

The goal isn’t to have the perfect diet, because that can become stressful and is just setting yourself up for failure.  In fact, Andrew even makes a point to say that if you need to make an exception that’s ok.  Just make sure the choice is deliberate and not out of habit.

However, there are so many delicious recipes out there, that why not treat your body better and try home cooking for yourself instead? Andrew has lots of healthy recipes to try on his site, so browse through and challenge yourself!

Click here for recipes

(Source: https://eatingrules.com/)

Eat Seasonally

I can’t believe it’s fall already.  Personally, I love the fall, the change in weather, the holidays, the layered clothes… I also enjoy of fall’s foods.  Time to finish up the last of the cold, refreshing fruits and veggies, like watermelon and corn, and to stock up on the produce seasonal to fall.

Eating with the seasons is important for our bodies.  Those fruits and vegetables that keep us cool during the hot summer months are not what we need during the fall and winter.  Historically, our ancestors ate with the seasons, consuming warm, meaty meals to keep their body temperatures up during the colder months.  Modern food processing makes us forget that we were never meant to eat certain foods in each season, although sometimes we do start to loose our cravings for particular foods as the seasons change.Fall produce

Fall is meant for warming, grounding foods, like sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, and garlic.  Also focus on warming spices, like ginger, peppercorns, and mustard seeds (Source: WhFoods).  Not only will foods taste better, but by eating what’s fresh and in season, we also get the most nutrients from our food.  There are less pesticides needed to produce in-season foods, and the prices are reduced for the produce that’s in abundance.

Here is a full list of foods that are in season during the fall months:

-Artichoke

-Beets

-Beet Greens

-Bell Peppers

-Butternut Squash

-Carrots

-Cauliflower

-Chard

-Corn

-Eggplant

-Garlic

-Potatoes

-Radishes

-Spinach

-Sweet Potatoes

-Wild Mushrooms

-Almonds

-Apples

-Chestnuts

-Cranberries

-Limes

-Pears

-Plums

-Pomegranate

-Rasberries

-Tomatoes

Meats in season:

-Duck

-Lamb

-Lobster

(Source: EattheSeasons)

Here are a few recipes to enjoy in the next few months:

Chicken Pot Pie

Curried Carrot, Sweet Potato, and Ginger Soup

Easy Artichoke Recipe

Support Boobs with Avon’s Walk for Breast Cancer 

Support Boobs with Avon’s Walk for Breast Cancer

Get involved with Avon’s annual Breast Cancer Walk.  I have done the Avon Walk in New York and now this year I’ll participate in San Francisco and it’s a fun thing to do with friends and family for a huge cause.  Most likely you know someone personally or know someone who knows somebody personally who has been affected by breast cancer.  Someone in my family is a survivor of breast cancer and that’s not the only person I know who has been affected.  So get out there and support victims, survivors and breasts!  Men can get breast cancer too FYI!

To register or learn more, please visit here –> Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Go For A Hike

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I love to hike.  I have a lot of fond memories of hiking with my parents and friends and I’m lucky that the Bay Area offers great trails all over.  Today my boyfriend, Ed, our friend,Jack, and obviously Bandit ventured down south about 40 minutes to Half Moon Bay.  When you arrive you drive through this tunnel and come out with this gorgeous view:

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We embark on our hike with fresh Italian sandwiches from Columbo’s Deli in Pacifica (so good).  The first thing we did was walk up a path to get a view of the beach down below and a spot to eat.  Well, not only did we get a view of the surfers and ocean, but a whale swimming around!  At one point it popped its head out of the water and bobbed for a few seconds.  So cool 🙂

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The other big news from our hike was that we took the wrong path, perhaps because it was so foggy, and got totally stuck on one part of the mountain pretty far from where we wanted to be.  The path we took completely narrowed out once we began descending down the mountain and poison oak seemed to be popping up more on the trail.  We were up for an adventure though and continued until we eventually came to a dead end that stared up at a steep, 10-12ft sandy cliff.  I was so proud of how easily Bandit was able to run up the side of the cliff, while the rest of us struggled a little more with climbing.  What was at the top of this cliff? A “No Public Access” sign.  Great.

Meanwhile, I snapped some beautiful photos!

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We did eventually make it down the mountain.  Because we had to enter into some areas where we definitely were not supposed to be, some parts of the story shall remain a mystery, but I’ll tell you that we definitely didn’t turn back around.  The hike turned out to be a crazy adventure and if you’re ever in Half Moon Bay I highly recommend McNee Ranch  State Park, but stick to the labeled trails!