Avoid Weight Gain During the Holidays

With all of the holiday cheer, parties, and celebrations going on, we could suddenly find our clothes fitting more snuggly. Here are 5 tips to help avoid gaining weight during the holidays: Do something active everyday this week...and then keep it going! Walking briskly outside in the cold burns more calories because your body works harder to stay warm. Mix it up so you don’t get bored. For example, lift weights 2-3 days a week, do 20 to 30 minutes of cardio 2-3 days a week, stretch or do yoga 2 days a week. I like to walk outside for my ‘rest’ day. Pump extra heavy weights to boost your muscle mass while increasing your metabolism. Plus, it helps us build denser bones to avoid osteoporosis. Choose a weight that you can lift 8 to 10 times, and do three sets. I like to go heavier and heavier each set and can only lift 6 by the last set. Eat in, eat healthy, save money, save calories! Making your own food. It’s so much healthier when you know what’s in your food. Bulk up on vegetables, healthy fats, and your favorite protein. Use plates for portion control. Use a salad dish or side plate instead of a large dinner plate. Make sure 2/3 of your plate is filled with vegetables. And...remember to join me for my #apDetoxChallenge on Instagram @AniPhyo January 1, 2, 3.  

By |December 28th, 2015|Detox, Green Living, Health, LIFESTYLE|0 Comments

Ani’s Reboot, a New Year Detox Challenge

The end of the year is approaching quickly, and the New Year is always a great time to reboot our bodies with a healthy detox. I’m hosting an on-going 3-day New Year Detox Challenge throughout the month of January 2016. How does this work? You pick the 3 days during the month that works best for you and your schedule. This way you have a much higher success rate! I'll email you recipes and tips during your 3 days. And, every Friday my favorite post on Instagram using #AnisReboot will win a copy of my ebook Ani’s Tart Cherry Recipes. My New Year Detox Challenge is simple, it’s a whole food diet. For 3 short days we will eliminate gluten, dairy, processed foods, and refined sugars. I also recommend eliminating animal products if possible. Why Detox? We may have indulged in a bit more sugar and alcohol than usual during the holidays. Or ate less than ideal food. Plus, it’s a good idea to detox and reboot with each season. What better time than at the New Year? Boost Pump up your immune system during these chilly winter months. Strengthen your digestion’s ability to break down food and absorb nutrients. You’ll be left feeling energized. Tone Up Get leaner and more toned by eliminating common allergens and inflammatory ingredients like wheat, dairy, and animal products. You will be amazed to see how inflammatory foods make us look and feel puffy. Glow Give yourself the gift of a New Year detox. Make yourself a priority. Your body will thank you, so will your skin. It will be fun, and you will feel happy for making time for yourself. By the end, you will notice you are glowing with inner health. Sign Up Sign [...]

By |December 14th, 2015|Beauty, Fitness, Green Living, Health, LIFESTYLE|0 Comments

I’m a Wellness Lover

celebrating wellness in the sun I’ve been feeling a shift happening over the past few years.... in my mind, body, and spirit. The way I feel in my body has changed, and so have my priorities. The way I dress, apply my makeup, exercise, and even the way I eat have been evolving. I’m less willing now than ever to compromise the things that help to keep me happy like sleep, sun, healthy food, and time with loved ones. Some may define this as a midlife crisis…but not me. As I embark upon the second half of my life, I’m embracing this opportunity to recalibrate myself to be the best I can be. I'm deep diving into wellness, and I’m super excited for what’s the come. My cookbooks have always been about wellness and our eco-lifestyle. They have included themes on beauty, fitness, hormones, detox, eco-fashion, longevity, community, and even money. I’m setting up now to bring you even more tips and ideas around overall wellness and living a healthy lifestyle. I’m looking forward to sharing my wellness journey with you. Thank you for sticking with me! xo

By |December 1st, 2015|Beauty, Fitness, Green Living, Health, LIFESTYLE, Travel|8 Comments

Watch the Video of Ani on The Dr. Oz Show

Ani Phyo - Juices to Benefit the Body The Dr Oz Show Syndicated National 11-10-15 2-3 PM 04_28 from Dr. Oz Show on Vimeo.   This segment aired on Tuesday November 10, 2015 on The Dr Oz Show where I was invited to talk-up the benefits of tart cherries, along with all fresh fruits and vegetables. All produce, especially when raw and unheated, provides us with powerful antioxidants to help slow the oxidation, rusting, and aging of our cells....keeping us feeling and looking younger, longer! In addition, antioxidants combat inflammation and pain, and help to combat illnesses like cancer and even Alzheimer's disease. It's easy to power up your defenses by enjoying more fruits and vegetables like cherries. They are delicious. My appearance inspired me to create my e-b00k Ani's Tart Cherry Recipes. You can also sign up for my newsletter to receive a free copy of my Ani's Tart Cherry Elixirs e-book too. Find out more about the beautiful necklace, earrings, and bracelet I'm wearing designed by Los Angeles' own Lisa Kim, metalmythologist. Visit her at her website: LisaKimFineJewelry.

On An Organic Ranch

This summer has been full of the most amazing adventures stretching from the desserts of southern Utah all the way to Yosemite, CA. But, the highlight by far was visiting my friend Natashia's ranch and vineyard in Northern California. There's a gigantic organic garden here with a row of peach trees, apple trees, raised beds of strawberries, tomatoes of all sorts, many varieties of kales, and even potatoes. Heriloom, cherry, and roma tomatoes taste incredibly delicious picked straight off the vine. This was my harvest today. Diced the potato and sautéed it up with kale, quartered tomato, garlic, onion, and rosemary. Served it topped with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes. Blended up a strawberry smoothie, and ate the peaches on their own. Yummy! On the way to gathering ingredients at the farm, I stopped off to visit the horses, chickens, turkeys, cows, and goats. The goats were surprisingly social and interactive. Plus, I recently learned goats are the best rock climbers! This little guy is so adorable! I want to take him home with me to LA. Fresh air, sunshine, rolling hills, beautiful animal friends, and organic fruits and vegetables. This must be heaven on Earth!

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 http://www.aniphyo.com/certification/

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?

By |August 7th, 2015|Beauty, Fitness, Green Living, Health, LIFESTYLE, Travel|0 Comments

Save a Life, Rescue

I'm fostering this sweet dog named Anderson, and I'm helping him find his forever home! If you're in Los Angeles (MarVista) tomorrow, please come meet us at the"Wags and Walks" Rescue Adoption Event: Sunday May 17, 2015 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM  The Dog Bakery 12112 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 Anderson just finished 5 months of obedience training while living with a professional dog trainer, he can ride a skateboard, loves children, is a total sweetie, and cuddly lover boy. Please help me save Anderson's life by sharing information about this adoption event, Anderson, and the dog rescue Wags and Walks. Dogs are our canine companion, family member, and best friend. They make our hearts feel warm, make us laugh, are great to cuddle with, motivate us to go outside for a walk, and help us to feel unconditional love. Rescue a dog today and save a life! xoxo

By |May 17th, 2015|Green Living, Health, LIFESTYLE|0 Comments

Mushroom “Bul Go Gi” Recipe

    Please join me for lunch today! This Korean inspired recipe is from Ani's Raw Food Asia. It's my vegan, gluten-free, and raw version of Korean BBQ, made with marinated shiitake, crimini, and wood mushrooms. I call it Mushroom "Bul Go Gi" (page 186). Use your favorite green leaf, like romaine or red leaf lettuce as the wrap. Then, top with cucumber, carrot, thinly sliced garlic, and my delicious Gochujang Sauce (page 225) made with unpasteurized miso (for living enzymes), sesame oil, and chili powder, to taste. Add a sweetener syrup like agave or coconut nectar too to balance out the spice, salt, savory, and sweet. Super yummy on a rainy day here in LA (thank goodness, we need the rain!). Mushoom "Bul Go Gi" Lettuce Wraps BulGoGi 4 cups sliced mushrooms 2 T tamari 1 T toasted sesame oil 1/2 T minced garlic 1/2 cup Asian pear, microplanes or pureed in food processor Fillings 1 clove thinly sliced mushroom 1 Korean or jalaeno pepper, sliced 1 cup julienned cucumber 1 cup julienned carrot Wrappers 8 red lettuce leaves, or more Toss together all BulGoGi ingredients in one bowl. Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes, until softened. Prepare fillings, and set aside. Squeeze excess marinade from mushrooms, and place into each lettuce leaf. Top with fillings. Drizzle with Gochujang Sauce, below. Serve and enjoy! Gochujang Sauce 2 1/2 T unpasturied miso, any color 2 T toasted sesame oil 1/4 cup agave syrup or coconut nectar 1/2 teas chile powder, or cayenne, to taste Whisk to mix well. One last tip: I just moved my car out of my garage and onto the street so it will be 'washed' clean by the rain! Conserving water during our [...]

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 [...]