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Ani’s Raw Food Certification Level 1

My students made me this beautiful stack with marinated mushrooms and onion, sliced tomato, oregano and rosemary marinara, cashew cheeze, and fresh Italian herbs today at my Ani’s Raw Food Certification Level 1.

I love showing everyone that elegant food need not use many ingredients nor be complicated to make. Each recipe uses a couple ingredients, seriously! And, is really quick to create. The sophistication comes in the plating, presentation, and use of easy to make sauces.

One of our students this weekend is a Le Cordon Bleu trained professional chef who’s mind was blown by Raw Food’s functionality, and fresh flavors! She said “I’ve been making my food way too complicated!”. We all laughed.

Get in my belly!!! Yumminess!

Our final Level 1 for 2015 is September 19+20th. I’d love to spend the weekend eating the most delicious, nutritious, and inspiring food with you. xoxo


Get Outside!

One of my favorite ways to spend a beautiful day is sitting outside on top of a rock in the sun! Bouldering and climbing is my obsession these days. So are breathing in fresh air, being connected to nature, and taking a moment to just be. It helps to center me, and helps me put my life into perspective after a busy week.

What are you doing to get outside this weekend?

Superfood Brownie Recipe

Superfood brownies are the perfect workout food fuel for my climb today. They can stay out of the fridge, and travel well. These brownies are my homemade energy / protein / superfood bar.

The following recipe is from Ani’s Raw Food Detox.

1 c walnuts
1/4 c cacao powder
1/3 c pitted dates
pinch salt

Process walnuts, cacao, salt. Then, add dates to bind together.
I will sometimes roll the batter into balls, but this time I pressed it into a lined pan and sliced ‘bars’.

I topped with cacao nibs (for extra energy) and goji berries (for added vitamin C and antioxidants) too.

Bon appetit!


It’s National Women’s Health Week!

It’s National Women’s Health Week! I’m the proud representative for women in their 40’s, and am working with the Office of Women’s Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. to help encourage women to make our health a priority!

Over the past several years, my focus on wellness has been comprehensive across fitness, sleep, stress, and nutrition. I’m realizing how much the hormonal changes that begin in our early 40’s affect our physical and mental health moving forward. So, now is the time to really grab hold of our wellness.

A great way to start is by making yourself a priority by scheduling appointments and physicals. I’m booking my doctor’s appointment this week to have my physical exam and my blood tested for everything (including my liver and kidney function, cholesterol, and hormonal levels). I’m also going to ask for a baseline EKG of my heart. And, since I live in Southern California where the sun is really strong, I’m going to see the dermatologist to check my moles and skin. I’m not concerned about any health issues, but want to baseline where I am today. Other appointments to consider include:

Dental exam and cleaning
Comprehensive eye exam
Blood pressure screening
Diabetes screening
Baseline skin exam to determine skin cancer risk
Breast and pelvic exams, pap test, and bone density test (I choose breast ultrasounds, rather than mammograms, to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure)

As our hormones change in our 40’s, it’s even more important to get adequate sleep and rest, and to decrease our overall stress. I’ve shifted my lifestyle to do less, and rest more. To spend less, consume less, and have more free time to play, laugh, and love. High levels of stress will basically guarantee onset of chronic illnesses like […]

Surf and Sun in Thailand

Another amazing beach day in Thailand on the Andaman Sea where the sand is soft and the water is body temperature. Soaking up the sun and loading up on my vitamin D!

Thailand’s Herb Gardens

Loving the herb garden here at the Ritz Carlton’s Reserve at Phulay Bay in beautiful Thailand at Krabi. They grow their own herbs, in addition to super spicy red Thai chilies. We’ve been using these super fresh herbs in my Raw Food Lifestyle Classes this week.

It’s paradise here with tons of tropical fresh fruits like tamarind, papaya, jackfruit, and longan. And delicious Thai baby coconuts and cashews too. I think this must be Heaven!


Ritz-Carlton’s Reserve at Krabi, Thailand

I’m made it safely to Krabi, Thailand where I’m relaxing at the villa now that prep for our 5-day Raw Food Lifestyle Retreat is finished for today. Super excited to be teaching Raw Food Lifestyle classes Wednesday thru Sunday here at the Ritz-Carlton’s Phulay Bay resort.

I’ve crafted exclusive Thai-inspired Raw Food, vegan, superfood, gluten-free recipes using local Thai ingredients. Plus, we’ll be talking about treading lightly on the Planet, natural beauty, fitness, healthy detox, nutrition, and ways to lower stress while increasing vitality and longevity.

If you’re in Krabi, please join me here Wednesday thru Sunday!  We’re going have tons of FUN!!!!


March 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The beautiful Ritz-Carlton Reserve at Phulay Bay has invited me to develop an exclusive 5-day wellness program for their Thailand resort to launch in March 2015.

This exclusive retreat will include vegan raw food cooking classes and recipes featuring local ingredients and flavors with a focus on the Home Chef, along with my eco-green living, healthy lifestyle, fitness, natural beauty, and detox philosophy.

I will personally be at Phulay Bay teaching classes from March 18th to 22nd, 2015. These classes are complimentary to resort guests. And, guests completing all 5-days will receive a Certificate of Completion equivalent to my Level 1 Home Chef Raw Food Certification Course.

So, please book your stay now at the Ritz-Carlton Reserve website, and join me at Phulay Bay! I look forward to seeing you in paradise.


Makeup vs. Natural?

Makeup can do wonders for a girl’s self esteem…but, at what cost to our health? Makeup is often full of toxic colors and chemical preservatives. We Raw Fooders believe skin cancer is caused when toxins we place on our skin (like sunscreen, makeup, moisturizers, etc) react with the sun. Now that’s a food for thought!

But, wearing makeup can be fun. We just need to make sure to choose natural mineral colors while avoiding common poisons like BHA, BHT, dibutyl phthalate, diazolidinyl urea, and parabens.

I have to wear makeup for photo shoots, like this one for a local magazine here in LA. And, I always bring jojoba oil and use it to cleanse my face immediately afterwards. Coconut oil works great as a makeup remover and skin/hair moisturizer too.

I try to avoid putting things on my skin that I won’t eat. It absorbs through just the same!


Summertime on the Slopes


Big Bear Lake is a popular Southern California winter destination for playing in the snow. I didn’t realize how many people go in the summertime to splash around on the lake and hike in the forest.

We rode up the chair lift to the mountain top, found a ton of trails, and hiked for hours in the woods at 8,600 feet elevation! The air was super fresh, the pines smelled delicious, and the views were spectacular.

Hiking in nature is the perfect way to recharge and to detox from urban life. It helps me relax and reconnect with what is really important to me….my health and happiness!

I noticed a ton of people brought their mountain bicycles to ride along the many trails, and down the mountainside on the ski runs. That looked super fun, and I will be bringing my mountain bike next visit.

Have you visited a winter ski resort in the summertime?

I actually preferred it better in summer, since I am completely over snow now. Having grown up in freezing Buffalo, NY, if I never see snow again, I don’t think I would miss it.