Protein Shakes aren’t just for Bodybuilders

Happy New Year!

How was New Year’s Eve for you? Did you set intentions or make resolutions? I love the energy of pivotal moments like 11:59 on December 31… Incredible shifts and transformations are swirling around in my life, and it’s taking some effort to embrace them. I am enjoying the idea of a clean slate as I dive into 2016.

Joe and I are in awe on a daily basis while PsychedelicTimes.com is rapidly growing and evolving. It’s taking energy and focus that we’re offering with anticipation. As if this wasn’t enough on the menu for this first month of 2016, we’re also nearing the launch date of a book I’m co-authoring! This means we are implementing some new hacks in the kitchen and condensing time, for a few meals each week.…

The sequel sensual music video

Happy Holidays! 

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Kissing carrots in the “Our Gourmet Life” kitchen

 

How do you feel right now? I’m feeling really peaceful. The hustle and bustle energy that Christmas seems to bring each year has died down, and I’m so relieved. Even though we have chosen not to carry on this tradition for at least five years now, I still feel the intense energy of this time of year. My husband Joe and I don’t buy “presents” for each other, and buy only one for Joey, our 14 year old. This year, we actually didn’t buy him one at all. It’s one of the best decisions we’ve made. The uncomfortable, unnecessary pressure of Christmas consumerism has dissolved almost completely.

I know that New Year’s Eve has yet to come, and I really encourage you to to let this tradition live on.…

If you can do it in the kitchen…

Then you can do it all over!

It may be a bit of a pun, but it’s not a joke at all. Today, I was on a conference call with a group of incredible authors (or authors to be). We’re collaborating on a book, with the focus as relationships. I can’t share much more, but I will say that I’ll be a published author next year, 2016!

This article isn’t about the book, it’s about the process, and what’s unfolding as I write the book. On the call today, one of the co-authors mentioned how I am conveying how the microcosm in the kitchen is the macrocosm of the whole relationship. In other words, what happens in the kitchen is a smaller picture of what happens in the relationship as a whole or on a daily basis.…

Sensual Food is about the sex…

sex
seks
noun
verb
  1. 1.
    determine the sex of.
    “sexing chickens”
  2. 2.
    informal

    present something in a more interesting or lively way.

    “the department set up a task force to help sex up the concept of conserving water”

When I introduce myself as a “Sensual Foodist” I usually get a reaction, followed by a question. What the hell does that mean? Ever heard of this definition? Presenting something in a more interesting or lively way? I like to talk about food in a more interesting or lively way. It’s just how I feel. I’m passionate about it. I’m passionate about putting something in my body that helps to make me feel amazing-inside and out. Yes, it’s about the sex, too.…

Come Grocery Shopping with me!

I have a LOT of girlfriends who love to go shopping together; shopping for clothing. I can’t stand shopping for clothing! I’d much rather shop for FOOD! I’m fortunate to have a LOT of girlfriends who also love food, and they love going on culinary adventures. Farmer’s markets are some of the most exciting places in the world, if you use all of your senses to engage in the experience. I created a three minute video of one particular adventure because it was a whole morning of sensory pleasure with three women from completely different parts of the world.

International Donut Team
on our way to Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco

 

Mercedes, is from Buenos Aires, Argentina;  Yuliya, is from Osipovichi, Belarus; and Emilia is from Gdansk, Poland.  …

Santa likes it sensual

Nothing naughty, really.

There’s no doubt that Santa likes it sensual.

SENSUAL FOOD that is!

Because it’s a holiday, and I want to make sure Santa stays jolly, I am posting this article a day early.  He’ll appreciate it, and I’m sure you will too.  Read on for a quick story.  Merry Christmas!

seeing is believing!
                                                                                                  photo credit: Benjamin Hager

I have a little story I’d like to share from just this past weekend.  My husband Joe and I were filming a tantric kissing video for a good friend of ours.  We demo the many tantric kisses, and just have a fun day being silly and sensual.  One of the kisses is done with a piece of gorgeous fruit. We get close and “sensitize” the lips with the fruit, by lightly pressing and tracing both top and bottom lips.  …

Probiotic-rich Cheese recipe for your belly

 

julyThanksgiving is over, but the Holidays have just begun! We’re in full swing now and it’s a great time to consider what’s going on in our guts.  Yep. Totally serious. I want to talk about your gut.  It’s a very important subject.  The happy little guys (called flora) that helps us digest and assimilate our food can be damaged during holiday drinking and overeating.  If you’re not doing either of these activities, bravo!  If so, let’s get some probiotics in do some work! 

This article from the lovely July includes a great recipe to use for the holidays.  I don’t advocate using much dairy (because I’m all about high quality or none at all), but read on for a few tips if you’re open to going that route.  

What does a record breaking athlete eat?

My dear friend, iX-chel Sandivel is a truly driven individual and record breaking athlete. In her competitive running days, she nationally ranked in the 10,000 meters, and placed 11th at the NCAA II Track & Field Championships.  She is a former Nike elite runner for “The Janes.”  Ix-Chel is now a women’s empowerment coach.

ixbarefoot
elite beach running

I met iX-Chel in an unsuspecting place and felt an instant connection.  She is consistently cultivating her skills and is truly a well-rounded teacher.  I love learning from her and we have so much fun together.

Our unsuspecting meeting place was a nail salon in Las Vegas.  Both iX-Chel and I visit nail salons once in a blue moon.  To add another silly twist to this scenario-my husband came to pick me up at the salon and was waiting for a few minutes near all of the glossy fashion magazines (gotta love him)!  …

Blend your smoothie on the spot!

Have you ever whipped out a Vitamix blender at the farmer’s market for a super fresh smoothie?  Neither had I, until I joined forces with Chef Jillian Love! I am absolutely blessed to have this amazing lady in my life.  She is dedicated to her cause and she truly walks the walk.  She is the founder of the Bay Area Raw, which is an organization that brings together leaders in the conscious cuisine world for events and networking.  Jillian is a vegan, raw food chef and has been educating people internationally for over a decade!

My husband Joe, our son Joey, Jillian and I went on a mission to make the ultimate sensual food smoothie in the middle of the Saturday San Mateo farmer’s market.…

Can ditching sugar can sweeten your relationship?

Delicious, sweet, moist, rich piece of yummy chocolate cake!  How do these words make you feel?  I love chocolate.  I love chocolate cake.  I love desserts.  All of the time? Probably not.  Most of the time? Yes.

I believe it was the day after my 11th birthday.  It was either a blistering cold “snow day” in the Midwest, and I didn’t have school.  I woke up and turned on the history channel-wait, I’m making things up now.  I turned on MTV and went in the kitchen to find breakfast.  Somehow, no one was awake but me.  My favorite mornings as a child were the ones where the house was mine!  I grabbed the few left over pieces of the chocolate cake out of the refrigerator from my birthday party two nights prior. …

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