Celebrity Health & Wellness Expert and Eco-Stylist

Got Juice?

 

Ani’s Favorite Green Juice Recipe:

Dandelion
Kale
Cilantro
Jalapeño
Fennel
Basil
Turmeric
Cucumber
Celery
Spinach
Lemon

I love green juices, and think of them as my daily multi-vitamin. In the same way I would never think to live off a bottle of vitamins only, I don’t think to starve myself on a 5-10 day juice fast in order to detox (unless I had a tumor to starve or some other acute health crisis).

It seems to be a new trend here in LA that people with unhealthy processed diets and lifestyles, who even smoke, suddenly think it’s okay to starve for 7 days on a juice cleanse to make everything better. How about focusing instead on creating a healthier lifestyle through exercise, clean eating, mediation, and happiness rather than starving? These are the real keys to longevity.

Green juices are wonderful for vitamins and minerals, and for nourishing our bodies. But, it’s so much more FUN and less painful to enjoy delicious Raw Foods while accidentally DETOXing! Feasting on Raw Foods, rather than starving on a juice cleanse, is safer and healthier for you.

We’re designed to be eating whole foods. Starving our bodies on just juice cannibalizes our muscle mass, slows down our metabolism, and will make us gain weight as soon as we eat again (besides throwing off our hormones, along with triggering a slew of other biological reactions). It’s painful to starve ourselves. Why deny ourselves when instead we can feast and enjoy delicious Raw Foods to cleanse and detox?

I’d rather eat clean, detoxifying foods, than starve myself. Wouldn’t you agree?

 

Ani’s dineLA Restaurant Week Vegetarian Roundup

dineLA has invited me to name 10 restaurants offering vegetarian items on their dineLA restaurant week menus....

Donate Life Rose Parade Float, New Year Day 2012

on new year's day, i got to help with the float for the Rose Parade, which was on Jan 2nd this year. Donate Life is an amazing organization that raises awareness so we stick that pink dot onto our driver's license to help save lives.

A Day in the Sun

I'm a monkey (Chinese year of the Monkey), so was drawn to the rings. It looked hard, but it really doesn't take strength, but rather, finesse. You just need to build momentum, and have calloused hands would help too.

Kanga’s 9-Year Birthday + Dogversary

Kanga, my dog, rescued me 9-years ago on Labor Day Weekend in Portland, OR. To celebrate, we went to Huntington Dog Beach on the final hot day of summer!

Walk for Farm Animals with Gene Baur in Santa Monica, CA

I had the honor of leading Farm Sanctuary's Walk for Farm Animals with founder Gene Baur in Santa Monica, CA. It was the biggest turnout yet.

Feeding My Hair with an Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is my DIY version of a hot oil treatment for my hair. It relaxes, stimulates hair growth, and moisturizes...

NYC Raw Food + Friends

Moby, Shania Twain, Anthony Andersen, Dhrumil Purohit, Philip McCluskey...Pure Food and Wine and Quintessence

Moby, Frances Fisher, and DiamondSnake

Moby was performing with his new band DiamondSnake last night in Hollywood, where I bumped into Frances Fisher and Eva. We had a blast dancing up a storm. You can see Moby on stage behind us rocking out to his new Heavy Metal music.

Community Gardens in South Los Angeles

During my silent 10-day Vipassina mediation last October, I had a vision to work with kids in underprivileged neighborhoods teaching them how to garden, grow food, and make healthy food. These neighborhoods lack fresh produce or healthy food options. The only way to save lives is to teach kids about food, real food. Growing our food builds confidence and self reliance. It’s important for kids to understand where their food comes from.

Neelam Sharma is the Executive Director of Community Services Unlimited, Inc. and is largely responsible for the development of CSU’s food justice and youth training programs. She helped create The Healthy School Food Coalition, The LA Food Justice Network, and the California Food Justice Coalition. An inspirational lady…passionate, intelligent, and beautiful.

Neelam and I met at the Expo Center garden, where I first met Dana Clay, the Urban Farm Assistant responsible for this beautiful garden. I found a curry tree for the first time, and the leaves tasted pungent, like curry.

They even had a cherimoya tree! Yum. The last time I saw a cherimoya tree was in Baja. I love cherimoya, and just picked up 3 at the local farmer’s market. Visit CSU’s weekly Farm Stand in front of the Expo Center on Menlo just north of MLK on Thursdays from 3-6pm.

Find more about Community Services Unlimited events, and how you can volunteer on their website. A special thanks to my good friend Bryant Terry for introducing me to Neelam and CSU, inc.