”The yogic practice of satya (truth) focuses on carefully choosing our words so they do the least harm—and most good.”
We gathered for Satya 3 times a week on the beach with Christopher, Nikolena, Amber, and Sarasvati. We sat in a circle which was quickly coined, “The Dirt Circle”. Everything that transpired and what we speak about is sacred and not to be repeated but let’s just say things can get pretty personal! In this safe and supported circle we explored truth on all levels outside of us and within, some of use showed our vulnerability and pain, but all showed love. There was self-realizations achieved, love, support, and some tears. Some days it was a bit much to handle but in the end I think the experience and emotions and truths we worked through, witnessed, and were inspired by were well worth it.
Around the holidays we tend to indulge and sometimes it’s nice to give your liver a little cleanse. This is a super easy 3 day cleanse you can do from home. You con’t need anything fancy to do it. If you don’t have a juicer you can buy fresh organic apple juice from your local market or juice bar to use.
Easy Liver Cleanse
1 C fresh apple juice(approximately 3 apples)
1 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 a lemon juiced
1. This should be the first thing you drink in the morning
2. Mix thoroughly and drink. In about an hour your liver should release toxins. Drink plenty of water. Eat preferable 2 hours after you drink but you can eat after you detox if you need.
3. Repeat for 3 days
Staying in Style in Santa Monica with Air BnB
I booked my class at M.A.K.E very last minute but I was able to find great private accommodations on Air BnB close to the school and in a very nice building. Unfortunately the studio I wanted was only available for 1 night so I had to switch after the first night but both spaces were great to stay in. The first night I stayed in the larger 4p that had my own bathroom (with bathtub), private terrace, a massive closet and all necessary amenities (TV, WIFI, Netflix, towels, beach towels,heater, fridge,microwave…) It was a very cheek room, with tons of space, it would have been great for a couple or group of friends. I loved how spacious it was and it is the type of accommodations that you would actually want to spend time just having out and relaxing in. I was surprised at how quiet it was and I got a great night sleep in the uber comfy bed with a warm and soft comforter. The next day I moved to 2p although a huge size reduction it was still a great space with everything I needed; my own bathroom (with bathtub), a nice sized closet and all necessary amenities (TV, WIFI, Netflix, towels, beach towels,heater, fridge,microwave…) I will definitely stay in this location again next time I am in Santa Monica!
M.A.K.E. - Advanced Raw Cuisine Weekend Intensive Day 2
Wow, the food we prepared the day before and what we made in day two was so gourmet and delicious! I had always wondered how people made raw bread in a loaf and dehydrated it so that it dried evenly. Well the freezer is the secret! We had a mix of breakfast, lunch and dessert items throughout the day. Our coconut yogurt was ready after fermenting overnight and we each added our own favorite flavors to enjoy. I chose some lemon juice, vanilla bean powder, cinnamon , and fresh berries topped with the Buckwheat Granola we had put in the dehydrator the day before. It was extremely rich and filling. Next we prepared gnocchi to dehydrate for later and placed sliced and seasoned fruit in the sous-vide to marinate for the end of day celebratory dessert. Preparing the stuffing for the spinach coconut wraps was easy and fun to stuff into our little dumplings. These were really tasty with the sesame dipping sauce we made. The technique that I found super fun to do was using the smoking gun to smoke the red pepper sauce for our gnocchi. It really added a unique smoky flavor to the sauce that paired well with our gnocchi. We capped off the day with some coconut ice cream, topped with our sous-vide fruit and an oat crumble we made. I left with a wealth of knowledge and my stomach full and satisfied!
M.A.K.E. - Advanced Raw Cuisine Weekend Intensive day 1
After eating at Matthew Kenney’s gourmet raw food restaurant and touring the culinary school I decided I wanted to take one of the weekend intensive classes they offered. I thought it would be a great opportunity to see the difference between the teaching style, classroom, and equipment compared to Living Light. I was also really excited to try all the new advanced techniques that Matthew has created for fine raw cuisine. A lot was packed into the weekend but with two instructors and only 4 students it was easy to take in all the new information and techniques. The first day we worked on our coconut skills, made coconut/spinach dumpling wraps, prepared coconut to ferment for yogurt, made a beet soup recipe that included preserved lemon juice and rind, made Buckwheat Granola, and prepared dough for some sweet banana bread. It was cool to practice new techniques as well as equipment. At M.A.K.E. they use Blentec blenders and Sedona dehydrator so it was interesting to use different kitchen appliances then I’m used to. After all the preparation we got to eat the soup we made but the rest was not going to be ready till the next day so we left anticipating the new food and flavors the next day.
Tuesday’s Tool’s of the Trade - Travel Bag
My Dakine Satchel is the most versatile weekend getaway bag I have. It’s amazing how much I can fit in this bag! It has the multiple interior pockets to fit all my weekend essentials. An iterior fleece lined laptop sleeve fits my laptop perfectly for weekend work trips or if I want to have my computer to watch netflix, blog, or get on the internet and learn about the location I’m at. The sturdy vinyl trims and handles are comfortable to carry and I like the option of using the adjustable and removeable shoulder strap, especially when I stuff it really full and it’s a little heavy. All the metal hardware and zippered closure are heavy weight and strong. It has a few different sized interior organizer pockets that you can divide your clothes, skin care products or electrical assessories in. If this is an additional bag or carry on you’re bringing it has an open back panel to slide over a travel bag handle. Convenient, stylish, and ready to go!
Hill Street Cafe has Raw Food on the menu!!!
Hill Street has teamed up with local Vegan and Raw food Chef, Matthew Purnell to offer 4 raw food choices on their menu. I’m split between the Hemp Protein Greens and the Creamy Caesar for my favorite, but whatever the choice they are packed with nutrients and flavor. You may remember the raw food classes I took from him a little over a year ago. Now you can enjoy his fabulous creations at one of my favorite restaurants in Oceanside, CA.
This is a recipe I created to use up the excess of coconut meat I had on hand as well as some apple pulp from juicing. It’s pretty easy to make and they are perfect for a breakfast wrap or treat. Enjoy!
Raw Apple Cinnamon Crepe
4 C filtered water
2 1/2 C apple pulp
1 C coconut meat
2 tsp ground flax
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1. Add water, apple pulp, ground flax, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the Vita-Mix container(or blender) in the order listed and secure lid with plunger. Select Variable 1.
2. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10. Blend for 30 -45 seconds or until a smooth consistency is reached.
3. Add coconut meat secure lid with plunger. Select Variable 1.
4. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10. Blend for 30 -45 seconds or until a smooth consistency is reached.
5. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per tortilla and place 4 sections on teflex sheets. Smooth out into a tortilla with an off-set spatula working from the center out in a circular motion.
6. Transfer sheet to grid lined dehydrator tray. Put in the dehydrator at 105 degrees for 5-6 hours.
7. Once top is thoroughly dry remove teflex and flip onto a mesh lined tray and dehydrate for an additional 4-5 hours. You want the wraps to be dry but still pliable. To avoid the edges curling up you can place a mesh tray on top.
8. Add fruit, raw yogurt, and jam, nuts seeds, coconut nectar, dreamy whipped topping, almond butter & bananas, whatever you prefer roll up and enjoy!