Wine Country Word and Wellness Retreat

Wine and Wellness Retreat

Wine Country Word and Wellness Retreat Join me and two other top wellness experts in the Central Coast of California on Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26 for a mind, body, spirit weekend wellness retreat. Stay at the beautiful Lodge on Lake Nacimiento near Paso Robles and enjoy morning meditation, hands-on food healing cooking classes, … [Read more...]

Psyched To Be Skinny

Psyched To Be Skinny

Book Review - I don't often review books on weight loss but this one intrigued me not only because of the engaging authors, but because their book, Psyched To Be Skinny, is not really about weight loss - it's about eating with a purpose. The right kind of purpose. Meet Dr. Denise Wood and Susie Garcia, RDN. Both accomplished women with a compassionate … [Read more...]

Powerful Seeds – Flaxseed

Ground Flaxseed aka Linseed

Powerful Seeds - Flaxseed The first in a series of features I will be doing on the nutritional power of seeds, today's spotlight is on flaxseed which is commonly known by other names including ground flax and linseed. Before I get into the nutritional properties of flax, specifically, I'd like to point out that seeds, in general, pack bucket loads of … [Read more...]

Flat Abs FAST!

Flat Abs In A Snap!

Flat Abs FAST! Have a class reunion, wedding, or just want to shine with a flat tummy in a hot new dress? These easy no-fail tips will get you flat abs fast! Yep, just a few simple adjustments can help you reduce belly bloat and give you a slimmer, sleeker appearance in as little as 1 to 7 days, depending on the degree of belly bloat.   Tips … [Read more...]

Best Activities for Healthy Kids

Kids getting for swimming

Best Activities for Healthy Kids Adults hear quite often that walking is good exercise. And it is! Walking is even more effective when you put a little pep in your step and pick up the pace. Many people wear a pedometer to track their steps and I always advise taking the stairs whenever possible, skipping the valet parking, parking further away from the … [Read more...]

13 Real Weight-Loss Foods

Smoked Tuscan Bean Soup

13 Real Weight-Loss Foods You've heard about fat-busting foods, foods that burn belly fat, bikini friendly foods... the bottom line is most of us want to lose weight. Dropping excess pounds leads to a more positive, healthy attitude, especially when combined with exercise. Studies show that even moderate exercise, just 30 minutes of focused movement three … [Read more...]

Food vs Exercise – What is YOUR Energy Balance?

20 Minute Cardio Burn - Part 1 Qigong Stretching

Food vs Exercise - What is YOUR Energy Balance?                 As I study for my ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) Fitness Nutrition Certification, one of the featured topics is Energy Balance. Energy balance, as defined by the ISSA, is a "multi-factorial regulation … [Read more...]

Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge

Aqua Lounge Cucumber Cobbler

Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge A new reason to visit Newport Beach, opening Friday, June 27, the Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge at The Island Hotel are more than just a restaurant and bar. In a spacious setting, these two new venues couldn't compliment and yet be more different than one another. The Oak Grill boasts one of the largest outdoor patio dining … [Read more...]

The Power of Plant-Based Proteins

Fresh Arugula

The Power of Plant-Based Proteins You don't have to be a vegetarian or vegan to enjoy the powerful health benefits and delicious flavors of plant-based proteins. What are plant-based proteins and why are they so powerful, anyway? Plant-based proteins are those that, well, come from plants, of course! They often get overlooked and undervalued because … [Read more...]

Summer Nights at the Hollywood Bowl

Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl preview

Summer Nights at the Hollywood Bowl For as long as I've lived in the Los Angeles area, one of my favorite Summer activities is going to an outdoor concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Whether you have box seats at the "Bowl", as it is commonly referred to, or bench seats, a night at the Hollywood Bowl is a magical, unforgettable, enchanting experience. … [Read more...]

Pinot Provence – A Taste of France in the OC

Asparagus and Buttermilk Vichyssoise

Pinot Provence - A Taste of France in the OC Farmer's Market Fresh without shopping or cooking. Located in the prestigous Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, one of Orange County's premiere dining experiences invites you to enjoy Farmer's Market Fresh tasting menus all Summer long. Pinot Provence is among the top restaurants presented by … [Read more...]