A basket of raspberries for breakfast, carrots and radishes with a dusting of dirt for snack, egg salad with fennel fronds and celery over a bed of lettuce served for dinner. Yesterday's strategic eating day from my CSA box. The whites of my eyes glow extra bright today!

Twice a month it feels like Christmas. The excitement of picking-up my Oak Hill Farm of Sonoma CSA box at Blue Barn Gourmet (from The Farm to The Barn) never disappoints, especially this time of year. It's like the gift everyone wants - a box of local, sustainably grown, seasonal vegetables and fruits that out shine grocery store pickings in flavor, color and varietal.

This Week's Share:

Red Beets, Carrots, Celery, Rainbow Chard, Fennel, Lettuce, Zucchini, French Breakfast Radishes and Raspberries

David Cooper, Oak Hill's young and jovial farmer, is keeping up with Mother Nature. She seems to have lost her weather agenda or opted to improv through 2011.

The glory of being a member of a CSA (Community Support Agriculture) is that you learn an important, universal message, "You can't have everything you want, when you want it." So true when speaking of local produce - as non-materialistic as such a want may seem.

As the seasons change (or forget to change), so do the contents of a CSA box. From winter roots and squash, to summer berries, peppers and my favorite, tomatoes, let Mother Nature decide what you eat and when you eat it. What I love about my CSA box is that it invokes creativity in the kitchen or equally gratifying, it promotes eating more raw vegetables because well, they simply taste worlds better when fresh out of the ground.

Like candies on Christmas. 

For more information about Oak Hill Farm, please visit their website. To find a CSA close to your home, please visit Local Harvest.

CAN CAN Summer

It's a new season and time for our next cleanse. Yay!

A whole lot of sunshine in jars to give you a healthy glow!

CAN CAN Summer is here! 



Slow down, stop, breathe


My motto use to be, "You can sleep when you're dead," but these days I set small goals that help me slow down, relax and be reminded what it feels like to feel good.

Like remembering to breathe. It may sound fundamental, but it takes consciousness to breathe deep. I start in the morning. First breath, be reminded that you're alive. Second breath, think about the day you're embarking on - a new day.

Add a goal to the day's to-do list. A goal that helps you to slow down and breathe.

Currently, I'm working on posture. Try sitting up a little taller or stand up straighter. If it does not come naturally to you, work on it. Tighten up and lengthen your abdominal core, shoulders back - yet relaxed, chin up. Now a deep breath in. Feel the positivity in the body's alignment. A feeling of empowerment and a look of confidence. Most of us could use more confidence.

Yoga is all about posture. At a recent class at International Orange, I fully-realized the importance of my goals - breath and posture. The first gives energy; the second power. The 90-minute practice felt amazing! I was reminded to slow down, stop and focus on my breath. Albeit it's like a long-distant friend that I don't see too often, I crave to practice yoga. It's a discipline of consciousness.

During a cleanse, you're more present in your actions and thoughts making it a complimentary time to practice yoga. 

Be reminded that stretching, breathing a little more deeply and properly aligning the body feels so good. 

We exercise, we sleep, we eat, but do we ever stop?




Turn off your phone.

Get outside.

Chew your food.

Call an old friend.

Practice meditation (if only for 10 mins).

It's all part of slowing down.

Slow down, stop, breathe.