Celebrity Health & Wellness Expert and Eco-Stylist

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.

Ani’s Vital Juice Spa + Synchro Swim Weekend

Read about the raw food lunch I enjoyed with Vital Juice, Los Angeles editor Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh and Kimberly Miguel Mullen.

Dance, Raw Food, & Good Friends

Last night I met up with DJ Andy Caldwell and a bunch of old school friends. Andy was spinning in Los Angeles.
By |April 13th, 2010|Health, LIFESTYLE, Music|0 Comments|

Moby in LA for ‘Gristle’ & Frances Fisher

Moby, one of my favorite musicians, was at the Skirball Cultural Center last night on tour speaking about his new book Gristle.....
By |March 24th, 2010|Events, Health, LIFESTYLE|7 Comments|

Post Genesis Awards Brunch

Sunday was the annual post Genesis Awards Vegan Lovers Brunch hosted by Chef Moira Nordholt and Ron at their lovely home on the beach in Venice.
By |March 23rd, 2010|Events, Health, LIFESTYLE|0 Comments|

Downtown LA on a Saturday Night

Living in the center of Los Angeles, I walk and ride my bike around my neighborhood, rarely drive, and hardly ever make it downtown. Saturday, I visited a new (to me) Japan Town mall in downtown LA where I stumbled upon a really cool bookstore and an Asian grocery store.
By |March 22nd, 2010|Health, LIFESTYLE, Music|1 Comment|

At the Veggie Grill with Kevin and Joe

I met up with the the publisher of VegNews Magazine, Joe Connelly, and the owner of Veggie Grill, Kevin Boyland, in West Hollywood for dinner last night.

Raw Food on Airlines in SE Asia

It can sometimes be a struggle to find a vegan option on an American airline. I was surprised that my flights in SE Asia on both Singapore and Silk Air both offered numerous vegan options, from Asian vegan to American vegan, and also offered a RAW FOOD option!

Cabin air pressure in flight is lower than air pressure at sea level, which means we have less oxygen being carried in our blood. Cabin pressure makes our digestion more challenging due to a 30% increase in gases trapped in our body. And, flying is dehydrating. I try to drink a liter of water for every hour of flight time.

I say a raw food platter should be served to everyone on every flight. It’s full of water, oxygen, and easy on the digestion. This isn’t rocket science, but simply common sense. Hopefully, this vegan and raw meal also helps offset my carbon emissions a little bit….

Mom Tri’s Villa Royale Paradise

Mom Tri, owner of the resort, totally gets it. His spa uses edible coconut oil, he has an organic farm in Chang Mai with a cooking school, and looks super fit and healthy.

This is one of 3 pools at Mom Tri’s, and salt water too.

Each morning I’d find a newly bloomed lotus flower. They’re beautiful!

This is just one of several decks overlooking the ocean for dining and drinking. What a view!

This is the beach at Mom Tri’s….turquoise water and white sands. I did get a minor jelly fish sting. I was with a doctor, luckily, who kept me calm, and though it left welts on my arm, it was really not a big deal. I tried to swim a mile a day in the ocean. It was bath water warm and such a treat.

Phuket, Thailand’s a Great Place For Friends

It was super special to get to meet up with 2 longtime friends from SF in Phuket, Thailand.

Dr D (which in Thai means ‘the good doctor’) runs the 21 Day Detox program, and he and his partner John Wood taught me all about detoxing almost 10 years ago. Dr D is currently living in Bangkok developing his clinic with cutting edge healing therapies.

Anthony Hall and I go way back to SF days of raves and web 1.0. He’s an amazing photographer, and artist in general. We’re both back in LA now…and combating jet lag! Anthony’s British…perhaps that explains his stern expression. But, I did manage get him to smile…..

Smiles and friends are two important pieces for fueling happiness. The sunshine and warm water and tropical environment helps too!

By |January 20th, 2010|Health, LIFESTYLE, Travel|0 Comments|