Monday, June 29, 2015

Your Recipe For Success - L.A. Just Got More Beautiful - Holly Jean Cosner is in L.A.

There is nothing like feeling strong, centered, and powerful.  That's how I've been feeling this last week.  I've gotten to do Pilates with Holly Jean Cosner now for a couple of months and the transformation is fantastic.  My belly has never been so flat and fit.  I've never felt more able to take on anything.  That's actually saying a lot, because I've always been somewhat fit.

If you have thought - Ah Pilates is boring, or maybe you thought it was for dancers - or whatever you might have thought - let go of all of those thoughts, and go try a class with Holly in Los Angeles.  She moved there today. (Classes start Wednesday - July 1st)

I could feel the loss when I got up this morning.  I had my breakfast and realized that while I still have wonderful teachers here in New York, I was not looking forward to a week without getting to be in Holly's classes.  She is special.  Strong and gentle, her voice, her music selections, her inventive ideas that keep Pilates fresh, and interesting - these are all things that help you to work out better than you ever did before.  Be more successful in every area of your life - because it all starts at your core.

Then there is the personal attention.  She knows bodies better than anyone I've ever met.  She knows how a slight adjustment can make all the difference for you, and she gives you corrections in such a way that you remember them.  She doesn't have to repeat herself.  It's kind of amazing really.

Check out her schedule in L.A. at Yogaworks.  She is going to be teaching:
M/W/F/ Sun   Pilates in Hollywood, Larchmont  and West Hollywood
M/W/Thurs/ F  Barworks in Studio City

Oh and try a Barworks class.  I didn't venture into one until her last day here.  It was so much fun that I wish I had done it more.  It is more of a fitness class than anything resembling ballet.  My legs started shaking at one point but thankfully you move on to other muscles and get the whole body in there.  The music and Holly's voice kept me going and the hour flew by.  Give all of her classes a try, and after a few weeks you will notice how strong you are, how much more energy you have, and how good the world looks to you.  I will miss her.  (Okay L.A. keep a couch open for me, I might have to start visiting....)
Here are my legs in the back of the studio.... yeah the super white ones...

And as always if you have questions - need a little support with food - we still do phone coaching sessions for

Monday, June 22, 2015

Fast Monday Recipe - Get Summer Started With Ease - vegan, vegetarian, macrobiotic, paleo, gluten free recipe

Happy Summer!  As the official start went along with Father's Day, you might not have gotten to the market and are now wondering what to have for an easy meal today.  Gourmet fast food in a flash, is simple to do, when you know how foods are put together.

It's one thing to know how different food items work in the body to create energy, vitality, and your sexiest self.  It is another skill to have the ability to make delicious food fast and healthy.  This is the part where many people toss in the dish towel and head for the drive thru.  If that's you - book a single session today and get coaching that you will use for the rest of your life.  Having a few extra skills on how to feed yourself will go a long long way.  Feel great this summer and forever.

Here is one idea that you can do with just about any vegetable in place of the asparagus.  Use garlic in place of onion, and basically customize to your liking.  Ume paste is not only delicious, it is highly aklalizing, is terrific for making flat stomachs and clearing away gas, indigestion, or even fatigue.  While it is very strong right out of the jar, it is mild when cooked into a mixture.  Plus it tastes great with cooling tofu and basil.

Asparagus Ume Tofu with Basil
Prep time: 6 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

For each person:

5 stalks asparagus, washed and trimmed
2 oz. Tofu, cubed
1/2 small onion, sliced
1/4 Cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 tsp. umeboshi paste (you can find it in health food stores or Japanese markets - be sure to get one that is good quality like Mitoku and not one that uses artificial ingredients.)
Olive oil

Cut the asparagus spears in half.
Put a small amount of olive oil into a fry pan and saute the onion for a minute.
Add the rest of the ingredients and saute for another minute.
Put a lid on the pan and turn the heat to low.
Simmer for 7-8 minutes and stir.
Replace the lid and cook for a minute or two more.

Tip:  You may wish to add pepper - if there is not enough ume for your taste, you can always add more to your portion.  If there is too much for your taste - squeeze lemon on.

Monday, June 15, 2015

21 Day Challenge - Less than a week to go

We're less than one week away from the official first day of summer.  Did you take the 21 day challenge?

If you did, and you are doing it, Congrats.  How's it going?  If you missed a day, did you start right back up?  If you didn't, why not start right now?  It only takes three weeks to begin habits that will give you something that you want.  Something that can last forever.  What do you want?

A slender physique?
Clear a few ailments?
A boost for your libido?
Greater energy?
Clear skin?

You can create anything, but you need to empower yourself with the tools you need.  In order to have a different result, you must do something different than you have been doing.  There is that great quote: "The chains of a habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken."  Do something now that begins a habit of health, energy, vibrancy and living your life more fully.

If you are struggling and want some support.  Sign up for a session at  Sessions are private, effective, and completely customizable.  Give yourself a long lasting gift this summer and start living how you want to live.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Cherry Sorghum Pilaf - vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, gluten free recipe

Please do not tell Sorghum - I'm not finding him my favorite grain.  I bought a whole bag of sorghum thinking I would probably love it as much as I love brown rice, millet, quinoa, teff and all of the grains you have known me to talk about.  I didn't love sorghum.  Sorghum is gluten free, and I recently tried it with a salmon recipe that I enjoyed, but I've been remiss finding more ways to cook it that go well with its chewiness, and distinct flavor.

Recently, I saw a recipe in the New York Times using whole grain and cherries.  I had never thought of pairing up cherries with a savory dish, but I gave it a whirl.  The sweet cherries, touch of green onion and thyme are just what sorghum needs to be more fun to eat.  I used broth, but water would work just as well.  In the original recipe they cooked the cherries and grain separately and put them together later.  As some of you know, I've been living with one burner and no stove.  Two steps seemed silly.  Here's my fast and easy version of this pilaf.

1 Cup Sorghum, rinsed and soaked overnight
2 Cups water or broth
pinch of sea salt (if your broth is salty, skip the sea salt
1 cup cherries - pitted
1 pinch thyme
1 green onion, chopped
splash of balsamic vinegar
earth balance or flax oil to taste

Drain the soaking sorghum and place in a pot with the 2 Cups water or broth.  Bring to a boil, add a pinch of sea salt (if using), turn the heat to low and place a lid on the pot. Cook for 45 minutes or until tender.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.  If using flax oil instead of earth balance - you can add it when serving. 

*Note - if using store bought broth, be careful of it being overly salty.  You can always use part water and part broth if it is. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Fast Skin Savers

I had a friend in town last week and we ate some fun healthy meals.  Four meals, in two days, from restaurants though, and my skin broke out from the excess oils, and spices.  (Okay, and probably quantity too...) I headed to Chinatown to get some burdock.  Burdock being a blood cleanser, it usually gets my skin back to normal in just a few days.  Plus I like its earthy sweet taste.

I could have bought burdock in any health food shop, or Asian market, but I enjoy a walk through Chinatown and picking up other unusual foods along the way.  Spring and early summer are when the stalls are overflowing with pink lychees, purple or green kolrabi, viagraesque mountain potatoes, and of course piles of different greens. 

Always one to try new things, I took home a bunch of leaves on thick stems that I had never seen before.  The Chinese people tried to warn me that I needed to use them in soup.  Liver soup especially, but with meat, they told me.  I think they really meant - Hey white girl - don't eat these leaves raw - they aren't lettuce.  I cooked them in with my burdock and other veggies, and they were delicious. Something like spinach without the acidity. 

The next day - my skin looked better than ever.  It couldn't have been the burdock alone.  It had to have been the greens.  I used them a second night and woke up with a fairly perfect complexion.

I took a photo and plunked it into Google images and found these are gougicai or goji leaves.  Ironically the goji berries never agreed with me.  The leaves seem magical.  I want to find out more about them.  So far all I have found is they are good for the liver and kidneys.  In any case - the combination of burdock and these wonderful liver cooling greens is nothing short of magical. 

Keep in mind this is currently a study of one - so not exactly a big sampling of how it would work on other people - but stay open to the power of plants.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Refreshing Kanten Parfait - gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, macrobiotic, flexitarian, great recipe

Would you want the luxury of ice cream, with more health benefits and none of the detriments?  Kanten is a dessert that ought to come into vogue here in the U.S.  It's a normal dessert in Japan.  Here I've turned a simple kanten into a fun fruity, creamy, parfait that is satisfying, refreshing, and fun to eat.

To make kanten - simply use your favorite juice.  Apple makes a great base for adding summer fruits, but here I found a mango orange blend that I wanted to try.  In a saucepan heat one tablespoon of agar flakes (Here is what they look like - you can find various brands in your healthy grocery store.) for every cup of juice in a sauce pan.  Let the agar dissolve, stirring every so often to help it along and check.  Add any fruit you might want.  If you let it set with just agar and juice it will be like Jello.  If you add citrus or dissolved kudzu, you get a creamier kanten.

For the creamy layer I blended 8oz of firm tofu with 2 tsp. vanilla extract and 1/4 - 1/3 C. sweetener.  (I used honey because I had it on hand.  Use your favorite sweetener, from agave to maple syrup.)

Cool both in the fridge and layer before serving. 

Agar is soothing to the intestinal tract and can help relieve constipation.  You can make hundreds of different kantens with this method.  Vary the juice, the fruits, serve plain, or with a tofu whip, make it creamy or could make a different kanten every week.  See which one is your favorite.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Bite into Summer - It's time to have your best summer ever...Take a 21 Day Habit Challenge and Change Your Life Now!

June 1, 2015 - That's today!  What is one thing that you'd like to change?

Your weight?
The amounts you eat?
What you eat?
Your exercise?
Doing the 5 Tibetan Rites?
Oil Pulling?
Healthier treats?
Eating for energy?
Toleration elimination?

You might have a long list of things that you wish you were doing daily.  For now - pick one.  Start today.  Then by the official start of summer - you will be in the groove.

All of my coaching clients will get extra tools to help them change habits this month.
It's time to start living successfully towards the life you envision for yourself.

Who do you want to be?  What is the best version of yourself that you can imagine?
Would you be willing to create a new habit?  Make a change?  Start now.  Start today!
Yesterday, today was was the future.  It gets here one day at a time.
Whatever it is that you tell yourself that keeps you from having what you want - change that.
Create a new habit over the next 21 days and it will start you on a path that you can feel great about.

If you need help - book a session HERE!

P.S. Tomorrow we have a slimming dessert recipe  - Yes - that's right - slimming and dessert in the same sentence...all vegan, gluten free, macrobiotic, vegetarian....even Paleo if you want to put a label on it.