Showing posts from March, 2013

Turmeric Juice:A Powerful Healing Beverage

A Recipe for Turmeric Juice: A Powerful Healing Beverage By Chloe Park When I lived in Bali, I fell in love with the Balinese-style turmeric juice, Jamu Kunyit. 
Tumeric is known to be one of the most powerful healing herbs. It is great for bones and joints as it has anti-inflammatory properties. It prevents metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer. 
Turmeric's also a natural liver detoxifier and a kidney cleanser, and it speeds metabolism and aids in weight management. Plus it heals and alleviates conditions of depression, psoriasis, damaged skin, arthritis and more. 
For these reasons, turmeric is ubiquitous both in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.
Here's what you'll need to get started:  5-7 inches turmeric 5-7 tamarind2 lemonsraw honeywaterblenderstrainerbowlmason jar(s) or other glass jar with lid 1. Peel turmeric. Your fingers will turn yellow. Don’t worry! All-natural dish soap gets it right out. If your cutting board or countertop get stai…

Starting 10 Workout


Yes to Life Juice Recipe


8 Tips For Recovering From Gluten Exposure

8 Tips For Recovering From Unwanted Gluten Exposure By Allison Hodge After moving from San Francisco, one of the most conscious cities tailored for healthy eating, to Hong Kong, a respected multi-cultural cuisine-laden island in its own right, I’ve had the unfortunate experience of dealing with unwanted gluten consumption. The first time around, I was admittedly a willing candidate, adopting the “When in Rome” attitude and agreeing to dine at a dim sum restaurant.  
What was I thinking? I’ve had foods with gluten in other countries and experienced no ill effects, so I thought I would test my chances. I regret to report that although it was delicious at the time, I paid for it and learned my lesson — no can do gluten.
Since then, despite my best efforts to avoid gluten, I’ve been exposed to it unwillingly and unknowingly. This never fails to leave me in a hungover state, doubled over in bed with awful bloating, nausea and abdominal pain accompanied by a mental fog that do…

RAW Luscious Lemon Bars

Luscious Raw Lemon Bars! So simple!!

1 cup almonds
1 cup soft dates
1 vanilla bean or 1 TB vanilla extract or almond extract
Zest from one organic lemon
2 TBS lemon juice (ideally from the lemon above)
1 cup dried coconut
½ tsp. sea salt

Place almonds in a food processor and process into a fine powder. Add dates, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest to the processor. Process again until well mixed. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl mix your coconut and salt. Place this mixture into your food processor and blend until well mixed. Transfer mixture into a glass brownie pan (8x8) and press down. Refrigerate for about one hour.
Serve and enjoy!!

Grilled Leg of Lamb w/Aspargus & Chimichurri

Grilled Marinated Leg of Lamb with Asparagus and Mint Chimichurri

2 Sprigs of Thyme Leaves
9 cloves garlic, 7 minced and 2 whole
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 (6-pound) boneless leg of lamb
2 pounds asparagus, trimmed
2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 cups fresh mint leaves


1. Stir together the 7 minced garlic cloves,thyme, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper in a large bowl. Rub the marinade all over the lamb in a bowl, then truss tightly and marinate at least 3 hours in the refrigerator.

2. Preheat a grill for direct and indirect cooking over a medium-heat fire. Grill the lamb over direct heat until nicely charred, about 8 minutes per side, turning often. Then move to indirect heat, cover, and cook until the internal temperature reaches 125 degrees F for medium-rare, about 50 minut…

RAW Chocolate Ice Cream

Creamy Rich Raw Chocolate Ice Cream
What you need:  2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
3/4 cup raw honey
2 cups nondairy milk (I like using Ani Phyo's raw almond milk)
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I use organic)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I use organic)

What you do:  1. Add avocado and honey to vitamix and thoroughly blend. Add the milk a little bit at a time until well blended. Add cocoa powder a little bit at a time until thoroughly blended. It should be the consistency of a chocolate pudding. If you wish a less richer ice cream feel free to add more milk.
2. Add vanilla and blend again.Than add your ice for consistency of ice cream.
3. Place in an air-tight container in the freezer until firm. Freeze left overs. Prior to serving left overs remove container from freezer and allow to defrost for about 15 minutes or so.
Source of recipe: I created this recipe which is on my newest blog,

DIY Eye Cream- Only 2 Ingredients

A Great Eye Cream(DIY)

This is what has to say about Vitamin E:

In terms of skin health and skin care, vitamin e benefits are numerous. In fact, skin care products that contain vitamin e have become an essential part of healthy skin care.
Antioxidant First of all, because of its antioxidant activity, vitamin e is vital in protecting skin cells from ultra violet light, pollution, drugs, and other elements that produce cell damaging free radicals. It is believed that vitamin e is most effective in its natural alcohol form rather than its acetate form where it is a less effective antioxidant. Watch for this in the labelling of skin care products.
Regulator for Vitamin A The vitamin e benefits for healthy skin care also include its ability to regulate vitamin a in the body, which itself is important for healthy skin.
Anti-Aging Benefits of Vitamin E Vitamin e added to lotions, creams, and other skin care products, as well as taken orally, plays a role in th…

Sandbag Soiree Workout-12 minute Athlete

Sandbag Soiree Workout
Workout equipment: Workout type: 12 minute
Timer setting: 18 x :10 x :30 1. Sandbag burpees
2. Handstand push ups
3. Jump lunges
4. Sandbag squats
5. Tuck jumps
6. Plank jumps (front to back

Blueberry Honey Coconut Cups

Blueberry Honey Coconut Cups By

Blueberry Honey Coconut Cups Prep time:  8 mins Total time:  8 mins Serves: 12 Ingredients 1 cup Coconut Cream Concentrate or 1 cup homemade coconut butter1 cup blueberries1 cup Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil⅓ cup raw honey¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut¼ cup cashews, chopped (or other nut of choice) Instructions Place a small saucepan over medium heat.Add your blueberries and honey. Mix to help break down the blueberries.Once your blueberries have esploded (that means exploded, but is just more fun to say that way), add your coconut oil and coconut cream concentrate.Mix thoroughly.Remove from heat and add your shredded coconut and cashews.Line your muffin tin with silicone liners or paper muffin liners, pour mixture into each cup to a height that you prefer, then place in freezer for 20 minutes.Consume.Store in freezer if you have self control.

5 Signs Your Hormones Are Out of Whack

5 Signs Your Hormones Are Out Of Whack By Dr. Martha Calihan When we hear the word "hormones," we often think of a woman’s estrogen and progesterone levels, and occasionally a man’s testosterone level. But there's so much more to these naturally occurring chemicals than you may realize.
We have many different hormones that determine a state of balance or imbalance, from thyroid-stimulating hormone, which regulates the thyroid gland, to follicle-stimulating hormone, which directs ovulation in women. To achieve optimal, sustainable health and wellbeing, we need to strive for hormone health that includes the proper balance of all bodily chemicals. Below are five symptoms that indicate your hormones may be imbalanced.
1. Fatigue
Sometimes the symptoms of hormonal imbalance can be nonspecific. In these cases, it’s important to consider hormonal imbalance as a possible cause of the symptoms. For example, someone who suffers from fatigue could have an imbalance in…

DIY Ghee

Ingredients: Unsalted butter- 500gms Method: In a heavy bottom vessel  and add butter. Melt it in medium flame.The whole process should be done in medium flame or low flame.

When the butter starts boiling, the froth will be formed on the surface and the crackling sound will be heard.

When the cracking sound stops, some brown spots may begin to form on the surface .

Turn off the flame and allow the residue to settle in the bottom of the pan and let it cool. Filer it using a strainer and transfer it to a jar.

It will solidify when cooled. It could be stored in room temperature and used as required for up to 3 months or refrigerate and use.

Allergy Season Smoothie


DIY Makeup Remover by Michelle Phan

“Taking off the day” isn’t always the easiest thing to do! When it’s time to hit the hay, it’s sometimes the last thing we want to do. Whether it’s a Yes to Cucumbers facial wipe or a cotton ball soaked in cleansing water, taking off our makeup is necessary, no matter how sleepy we get. Makeup left on overnight not only clogs and congests the pores, but also leads to lash breakage if mascara is involved! We’re here to make this process easy and fun! Make your own natural makeup remover at home with easy to find and inexpensive ingredients! Check it out…


Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Aloe Vera Water (most drugstores, heath or grocery stores will carry aloe vera water. If you can’t find it, though, filtered water will work just fine!)

A re-sealable bottle (you’ll need to shake up your mixture in this)

A few gentle cotton pads (for application)


Aloe Vera water comes from the Aloe Vera plant, which is used in herbal medicine for its soothing abilities. It is a cooli…

Crockpot Cochinita Pibil:Yucatecan Pork

Crockpot Cochinita (Puerco) Pibil: Yucatecan-style Pork with a Telenovela Twist Any special prep?Wash your banana leaves.  I put mine on a cookie sheet, pour in some warm water, and used my hands to rub off any residue before rinsing them under running water.  Pat them dry for good measure.

Achiote Paste – you can buy it, but it is better to make your own:
Store-bought achiote paste (which is called for in the recipe) typically includes “stuff you may not want to eat” – like preservatives, MSG and food dyes.Home-made achiote paste can be made easily by grinding whole annatto, cumin, allspice, pepper, nutmeg, and then adding in water until it forms a paste.  If these are not spices you’ll use regularly, consider buying them in bulk – Whole Foods, health food stores, and sometimes the healthy food aisles of your grocery store have a bulk spice display.
Pickled Onions – these are considered essential to the overall flavor of the dish.  The tanginess complements the pork’s flavo…

Awesome Explosion Workout-12 minute Athlete

Awesome Explosion Workout
Workout equipment: Workout type: 12 minute
Timer setting: 18 x :10 x :30 1. Box jumps
2. Dive bomber push ups
3. Kettlebell swings
4. Pistols (alternating)
5. Burpees
6. Sit ups

Kale Power Salad w/ Meyer Lemon Dressing

Lean Green Power Salad
Recipe by Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious.

With the many nutritional perks of kale, why not whip up a kale salad packed with fresh avocado,  pomegranate seeds, pecans and crumbly goat cheese along with a wonderfully tart Meyer lemon vinaigrette? It’s the perfect dish for a light lunch or even a hearty dinner. You can even add your favorite kind of protein like grilled chicken breast! (If you’re not on the kale bandwagon just yet, I’m sure this salad will give you a change of heart!)
Yields 3-4 servingsIngredients: 4 cups chopped kale1 avocado, diced2 oz chopped chicken  1/2 cup pomegranate seeds1/2 cup chopped pecans1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese For the Meyer lemon vinaigrette: 1/4 cup olive oil1/4 cup apple cider vinegarZest of 1 Meyer lemon3 tablespoons freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice1 TBSP RAW honey
Directions: To make the vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Meyer lemon zest and juice, and honey in a small bowl; set aside.

To assemble…

Only Food Rule That Matters

The Only Food Rule That Really Matters By Alex Hamby Food is a fascination of mine. The pursuit, preparation, and consumption of it brings me pleasure. Yet my love affair with it hasn't always been quite so... enlightened.
Food is a reflection of our society and its self-esteem. Take, for example, my walking past the Vice President of Human Resources the other day in the break room at my day job. His eyes were fixed on the Maury show (another paternity testing episode), and spread out before him was his Jack in the Box, burger, fries, and diet soda lunch. Our eyes met, he shrugged knowingly, then returned to his lunch as his time was short and I'm sure he needed to devour his "meal" quickly and return to his busy day.
I can't judge him. No matter how much I wish I could say the right thing — that perfectly constructed series of words that could convince him and others to make a change — I simply haven't found them. I can't seem to convey to …

Thyroid Tonic


Cherry Almond Smoothie

1 1/2 cups almond milk 1 tbsp.RAW honey 1 (10 oz.) package of frozen cherries 1/4 cup almond butter

DIY Bullet Ring

DIY: Jennifer Fisher Inspired Bullet Ring
You guys might remember this bullet cuff project from a while back.  I think that was when I first developed an obsession with Jennifer Fisher’s edgy/cool baubles.  Then I saw this ring and just had to make my own little version.  I just love all of her pieces, so so much.  PS – the clutch pictured is also a DIY… one of my favorites.  You can see the tutorial right this way! Materials / Where to Buy:  Bullet (I bought these, and pulled one off of the strip using pliers.) // Masking Tape // E6000 Glue // Ring Form // Gold Spray Paint // (not pictured) piece of cardboard/poster board to spray paint on! Top photo by Lydia Hudgens, all other photos by Stripes & Sequins

Fast & Furious Challenge Workout-12 Minute Athlete

Fast and Furious Challenge Workout
Workout equipment: Workout type: Challenge
Workout time: ? Timer setting: Stopwatch Complete 21, 15, 9 reps:
Burpee pull ups
Handstand push ups
V up

Sweet Potato Bisque by the Blender Dude

Sweet Potato BisquePosted by bd The heat has finally started to break where I live which means I’m going to be on the lookout for some great soup recipes.  Here’s one from Blendtec featured as their “Recipe of the Week.”  Sweet potatoes are loaded with Vitamin A!  Coconut milk isn’t mandatory but works great in this one.  A recipe for it is right here.
1 tbsp. olive oil 2 medium sweet potatoes, baked 1 medium onion, rough chopped 1 clove garlic, rough chopped 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth 1 cup lowfat milk 1/4 tsp. chili powder 1/4 tsp. ground cumin 1/4 tsp. black pepper
Add oil to saute pan and cook onions and garlic over medium heat until tender.  Remove skin from baked sweet potatoes.  Add broth, milk, seasonings, sauteed onions and garlic, and baked sweet potatoes to jar.  Run on “High” speed for 1 1/2 to 3 minutes, depending on desired temperature (“Soups” cycle with a Blendtec).  Serve warm.