3 tips to keep a romantic getaway truly romantic

I’ve just returned home from two weeks in Bali and a quick stop in Tokyo!

Both Destinations were absolutely wonderful and oh so delicious.  My husband Joe and I LOVE to travel to exotic destinations and enjoy all of the local food.  Needless to say, one thing we did a lot of during this romantic getaway was eat.  This is one piece of travel that could certainly send things south (ironically, growing up in Wisconsin has always made me want to head south).  The best way to feel good and enjoy every moment fully is to pay attention to what goes in your mouth.  

Asian food is my favorite…

without a shadow of a doubt.  More specifically, Japanese.  Balinese is a close runner-up.…

A little Himalayan salt for hot and sticky nights

Hello from Bali!  As I sit here melting (willingly) in the sticky heat, I am enjoying a nice, lightly salted glass of water.  Why, might you ask, am I torturing myself when there are plentiful delicious beverage options?

If you don’t know this fabulous secret, get ready to learn a super simple trick to stay hydrated in the heat:

Himalayan salt! 

This super simple ingredient is an electrolyte.  Sprinkle a little in your water on a hot day, and you’ll have a magical rejuvenating drink. 😉

julyA little Himalayan salt for hot and sticky nights |  by: July Westhale

Our beloved Dr. Mercola has much to say on the cultural importance of salt.  He cites the historical etymology of the spice: “the word “salary” comes from the root “sal,” because Romans were paid in salt.  …

Travel: 5 Lessons for International Sensual Foodists

As I zip around my house packing for a trip to Bali, via Japan; then back to Cali, south to Los Angeles,  and onward to Tulum, Mexico followed by Burning man…I thought this might be an appropriate time to discuss being an international Sensual Foodist.

Last week, we ran though a concise list of the best food to pack for travel.  The items I mentioned will, of course, only make it halfway through an international flight.  Once we arrive, we’re on a mission, called organic veg for real.   

Ms. Mckenna is also a Sensual Foodist, and thus, I am happy that she’s has these simple 5 tips to keep in mind while globe trotting.

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5 Lessons for International Sensual Foodists |  by: Mckenna Toston

 

Early last year, upon the suggestion of a complete stranger, I took a spontaneous trip to India.…

Sensual Foods that travel

Last week, my husband Joe and I attended UPW, a four day seminar with Tony Robbins.  We prepared and packed everything we needed for food, but some things worked, and some didn’t.  This is a follow up to last week’s article.   If you are traveling and have a cooler or fridge in a hotel room, this is certainly a meal plan I highly recommend.  I was satiated and my taste buds did not crave anything more with these tasty meals.

 

The first time I attended this event in 2011, I felt like someone had beaten the crap out of me by the first day. By the fourth day, I was feeling like roadkill.  It’s a few days after the event now, and I feel like a million bucks.  …

It’s all about UPW. Unleashing your power within

I’m sharing this article  early this week in lieu of an upcoming event.  I’m super excited and would be so happy to hear from you if you’re also attending!

Starting tomorrow, and until June 29, my husband Joe and I, and our 12 year old son will be attending UPW (Unleash the Power Within) with Tony Robbins.  We’ve purchased front row seats this year, in effort to be engaged and attentive like never before.

 

This is a four day event, that can affect the physical body and mind like a five week event.  For the entire four days, the room is kept freezing cold.  Tony has us jumping up and down and physically active; to the point where you feel as if you’ve been in the gym all day.  …

Let’s talk about sex. Does she lead?

Let me fill you in quick.  My husband Joe and have been studying with Freddy Zental Weaver and Elsbeth Meuth, the founders of TantraNova for nearly five years.  We have the privilege of assisting them, as they lead couples through a week-long workshop at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.  I believe in Karma, as does Joe-who mentions that ours must be exceptionally good, to be doing this work in this freaking incredible location.  It’s true.  It’s really incredible.  We get to hang out in paradise for a week, and are fed the most delicious and nourishing food I’ve ever tasted.  Every day we have conversations with new friends, that share the desire to discuss global or universal concepts (engage highly stimulating conversation).…

The feel good buffet: 5 lessons I learned at Esalen

Where is your paradise?  Is it a tropical, exotic destination-with white sandy beaches and hot, sticky whether?  Or, are you more adventurous and love to hike in the mountains, or forests with huge redwood trees?

For me, being in nature is almost always paradise.  One of my favorite destinations isn’t too far from home.  Esalen Institute is in Big Sur, California.

My husband, Joe and I feel absolutely blessed to assist our Tantra teachers, Elsbeth and Freddy Zental, co-founders of TantraNova institute.  We’ve spent weeks with them at Esalen over the past 3 years.

If you have the opportunity to visit this magical place in the world; do it!  It’s perched up high, right on the Pacific coast-the edge of America!  …

Chew to avoid stinky embarrassment

Do you chew well? No really. Do you chew your food when you have a meal? Let’s be honest, we’ve all scarfed down a piece of pizza at one point or another.  You don’t need to feel bad about it.  There’s certainly a time and place for everything.  I can tell you that I do not always pay attention to chewing.  Sometimes, I’m gabbing away with friends or my lover and just enjoying the moment; somehow mindful chewing is temporarily neglected.

Just a few weeks ago I attended a course at CreativeLive and spent three incredible days with the lovely Darya Rose.  I can’t say enough about her work and about how much I love her message.  She’s not only a Foodist, she’s a total (self proclaimed) science-geek!…

Candy bars are no longer a sin

emiliaCandy Bars are no longer a sin |  by: Emilia Wysocka-Treder

Did you ever eat Bounty candy bars as a child (or last week)? How about Almond Joy? We all know these sweet treats are delicious, but the alternative, made with real food and whole food ingredients-isn’t even a comparison. If you ever miss this candy bars, get ready for exciting news: you can make them in your kitchen with only 6 ingredients!

At the beginning of last year, I made a big decision to change my diet. It was time to give up the things that weren’t giving me the energy I needed to teach Pilates and just feel great every day.

I’m currently making more conscious decisions about the food that I eat and candy bars certainly aren’t on my shopping list.…

Meal time enlightenment, thanks to a Buddhist chef

Absolute bliss!  That’s what I felt when the bright orange kobocha squash made contact with my taste buds.  It was so creamy, and it was if it was melting in my mouth.  I didn’t ask about the seasoning, as I was experiencing such joy; my mind was clear of any other thoughts or curiosity.  I did taste a slight hint of dill which was peculiar and unique.  It might not sound appealing at first, at least not for me, but I was pleasantly surprised.  Have you ever been so incredibly delighted by food that your mind becomes clear of all thoughts?  My senses were fully ignited and engaged during this particular meal.

Where was I dining may you ask? Shangri-La in Oakland, California. …