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My new “thing.”  Filtered refrigerated water with cucumbers, lemons, strawberries, etc. I have Palm Springs to thank for this inspiration.

My new “thing.” Filtered refrigerated water with cucumbers, lemons, strawberries, etc. I have Palm Springs to thank for this inspiration.

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Eating in the heat

I can’t run in this heat.  So I have decided that it is a balancing game now, between eating more lightly and trying to work out in random, odd ways.  Today, I paddled around the pool on a boogie board.  It was weird.  But I am realizing now that fresh fruit and veggies never feel so good as they do when it’s HOT and you’re struggling to move.  I hate sweating when all I’m doing is sitting.  But carrots, cucumbers, kiwi, oranges, apples, grapes, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, tangerines, and lettuce are the perfect recipe for cooling off.  Hot food makes you hot.  Cold food makes you cool.  It’s simple math, really.  Time to go crunch some carrots.

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cooling cantaloupe

Cantaloupe doesn’t stand a chance of lasting more than 12 hours in my possession before I eat it all up!  I truly cannot control myself; there isn’t an ounce of willpower within me when it comes to this amazing fruit.  Especially on hot days, it hydrates and refreshes and even fills me up (probably because I eat nearly the entire thing in one sitting….yikes!)  What’s your favorite fruit?

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Post-Run Smooooothie
Now that it’s summer, I’ve found the best way to make smoothies is to find the summer (organic) fruits that are on sale (like strawberries!) and freeze them yourself.  That way, they’re most likely local (better for the environment!) and the price is usually better than the pre-frozen bags of blueberries/strawberries/pineapple, etc.
Tonight my smoothie consisted of: bananas, grapes (green and red!), strawberries, blueberries, fresh-squeezed orange juice, chia seeds and bee pollen.
What’s up with chia seeds?  I’m always shocked that not many people know about them.  Chia seeds are an amazing source of Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, protein, dietary fiber, manganese, and phosphorus.  Also, they don’t add any flavor whatsoever, so don’t worry about them changing the taste of your smoothie.  Another thing—they’re AMAZING for runners (and anyone exercising, really) because they have a way of helping you maintain hydration throughout your workout.  A lot of times, I toss some chia into a shot glass and fill it up with water.  I shoot two before I run and it is definitely a noticeable difference (especially in this heat!) Find them at Henry’s, Mother’s or Whole Foods.
Yum!

Post-Run Smooooothie

Now that it’s summer, I’ve found the best way to make smoothies is to find the summer (organic) fruits that are on sale (like strawberries!) and freeze them yourself.  That way, they’re most likely local (better for the environment!) and the price is usually better than the pre-frozen bags of blueberries/strawberries/pineapple, etc.

Tonight my smoothie consisted of: bananas, grapes (green and red!), strawberries, blueberries, fresh-squeezed orange juice, chia seeds and bee pollen.

What’s up with chia seeds?  I’m always shocked that not many people know about them.  Chia seeds are an amazing source of Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, protein, dietary fiber, manganese, and phosphorus.  Also, they don’t add any flavor whatsoever, so don’t worry about them changing the taste of your smoothie.  Another thing—they’re AMAZING for runners (and anyone exercising, really) because they have a way of helping you maintain hydration throughout your workout.  A lot of times, I toss some chia into a shot glass and fill it up with water.  I shoot two before I run and it is definitely a noticeable difference (especially in this heat!) Find them at Henry’s, Mother’s or Whole Foods.

Yum!

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Hana Farms - Home to some award-winning Macadamia Nut Banana Bread and tons of beautiful fruit!  Apparently they have “pizza nights” on Fridays & Saturdays.  Don’t know how they work that one out, but what a treat!

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Today we stopped off at an amazing farm stand on the road to Hana for some coconut juice.  Benefits: lots of potassium, fiber, calcium, and restores electrolytes. Yum!

Today we stopped off at an amazing farm stand on the road to Hana for some coconut juice.  Benefits: lots of potassium, fiber, calcium, and restores electrolytes. Yum!

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the water blue

“I need the sea because it teaches me…”  This evening, I sat beneath a Santa Monica sunset to reflect on a moment of realization I experienced a few hours earlier:

It was Manhattan Beach and the sand was too hot to bear.  I lifted myself from my beach towel, the wreckage of shattered heart-pieces, half-thoughts, faded memories and tokens that prove my growth.  I carried myself to the sea, my beautiful beast, the ‘scape that has remained beside me my entire 22 years.  It felt cold at first as it rushed like frigid wild fire from the tips of my toes to the tops of my knees.  In the minutes I stood there gazing at the water blue, the way she moves in confidence and bold pursuit, all for nowhere, all just to shake and roll and howl, I thought of all the ways the sea teaches me.

She teaches me strength and hugeness, boldness, how to be wild, how to be free, how to be.  But most importantly, when I stand by the sea with my feet immersed in the blue linen edges of her body, I feel part of her.  I feel entirely in love, complete, whole, independent.  With my feet in the ocean, I forget about the loneliness that captures me every so often, I forget about how I might like the feeling of falling in love again, I forget that I ever wanted someone to hold me in a way that promises to protect, I forget that it is normal to have another person to feel in love.  She teaches me to feel that much love all by myself, within my own sun-kissed skin, beneath the walls of my own wildly beating heart.  She teaches me to love the way I’m here, the way I breathe, the way it feels to be natural, completely me.  I feel at home, at ease, with peace.  My whole body forgets the toxins that I’ve learned from concrete: the fast food, the processed snacks, the beer in bulk, and instead, all I want in the entire world is a juicy cantaloupe, a pineapple, fresh orange juice, ginger, lemon, a handful of lettuce.  The sea teaches me and keeps me the person I was always supposed to be: fit, thin, vibrant, alive, strong, independent, fueled by whole foods, bred from the earth, one with the elements of pure life.

This is why I know now that the sea must always remain a constant for me; I realized I want to move to an ocean place to teach English for at least a year.  I want South America, or some tropical island that I’ve yet to discover, somewhere wild with the windblown whispers of the water blue…

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Midnight snack!
Cantaloupe straight from the ‘loupe :)

Midnight snack!

Cantaloupe straight from the ‘loupe :)

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If you’re a big drinker, get a juicer!
Recently I’ve found that the best thing for pesky hangovers is some fresh juice. (Don’t judge me!!! I just graduated college!!) :)
My favorite: an inch or 2 of ginger root, a few apples, oranges, a bit of lemon, and grapes.  The ginger helps settle your stomach, and everything else restores antioxidants, vitamins, etc… PLUS it’s super hydrating.  Win!

If you’re a big drinker, get a juicer!

Recently I’ve found that the best thing for pesky hangovers is some fresh juice. (Don’t judge me!!! I just graduated college!!) :)

My favorite: an inch or 2 of ginger root, a few apples, oranges, a bit of lemon, and grapes.  The ginger helps settle your stomach, and everything else restores antioxidants, vitamins, etc… PLUS it’s super hydrating.  Win!

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The REAL Backyard Bowl.  This is precisely why you should plan a trip to Santa Barbara this instant!

The REAL Backyard Bowl.  This is precisely why you should plan a trip to Santa Barbara this instant!

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The Backyard Bowl
If you live in Santa Barbara, I envy you completely.  This idea came straight from Backyard Bowls, an amazing organic smoothie/granola bowl place that will literally change your breakfast forever.  Click here for the website!
They’re super easy to make at home, though it’s slightly challenging to come by the amazing ingredients they put into their bowls at the Santa Barbara location.  Any Whole Foods, Henry’s, or Mother’s should be able to help you out though!
The simple version: make a smoothie with  whatever yumminess you want to eat.  I usually go for fresh squeezed orange juice, pineapple, raspberries and strawberries. Then pour it into a bowl and top with chopped fruit,  anything you like! I did kiwi, apples, bananas, and blueberries.   Sure beats a bowl of Cheerios! Sprinkle on some granola for extra crunch.  (Also, I add some honey or agave nectar on top because it’s amazing!!)
Some extra yums you can try:
bee pollen - just throw this straight into the smoothie part before you blend it.  It adds a chalky texture that I just LOVE!  Also, bee pollen has tons of phytonutrients, enzymes, beneficial fatty acids, free amino acids… if you haven’t tried it yet as a food supplement, I definitely recommend it!
Chia seeds - I recently rediscovered the beauty behind these little buggers.  They are the richest plant source of Omega 3’s, so eat up!! They are SO easy to add to your daily eats… throw them into literally any liquid and all it adds is texture, no taste whatsoever!  I would also add this to the smoothie part of the mix so it blends into the bowl.
Goji berries - These are seriously a treat!  The taste is tangy and delicious, and they’re full of antioxidants.
Grapes - I just love grapes… when they’re in season, I cut them in half and add them to the bowl after everything is blended up.  Mmmm

The Backyard Bowl

If you live in Santa Barbara, I envy you completely.  This idea came straight from Backyard Bowls, an amazing organic smoothie/granola bowl place that will literally change your breakfast forever.  Click here for the website!

They’re super easy to make at home, though it’s slightly challenging to come by the amazing ingredients they put into their bowls at the Santa Barbara location.  Any Whole Foods, Henry’s, or Mother’s should be able to help you out though!

The simple version: make a smoothie with whatever yumminess you want to eat.  I usually go for fresh squeezed orange juice, pineapple, raspberries and strawberries. Then pour it into a bowl and top with chopped fruit, anything you like! I did kiwi, apples, bananas, and blueberries.  Sure beats a bowl of Cheerios! Sprinkle on some granola for extra crunch.  (Also, I add some honey or agave nectar on top because it’s amazing!!)

Some extra yums you can try:

  • bee pollen - just throw this straight into the smoothie part before you blend it.  It adds a chalky texture that I just LOVE!  Also, bee pollen has tons of phytonutrients, enzymes, beneficial fatty acids, free amino acids… if you haven’t tried it yet as a food supplement, I definitely recommend it!
  • Chia seeds - I recently rediscovered the beauty behind these little buggers.  They are the richest plant source of Omega 3’s, so eat up!! They are SO easy to add to your daily eats… throw them into literally any liquid and all it adds is texture, no taste whatsoever!  I would also add this to the smoothie part of the mix so it blends into the bowl.
  • Goji berries - These are seriously a treat!  The taste is tangy and delicious, and they’re full of antioxidants.
  • Grapes - I just love grapes… when they’re in season, I cut them in half and add them to the bowl after everything is blended up.  Mmmm
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Good morning

Good morning