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15

Feb

The Perfect Alkalizing Lunch

An alkaline body is a happy body, and my Saturday lunch put a really big smile on my face.  

Alkalizing foods will allow the body to function at its optimum level, slow down the ageing process, lower your cancer risk, drastically improve your energy level, brighten your skin, and help to fight off free radicals.

Inversely, an acidic body “decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it’s ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness.”

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Ok, ok ok. The ingredients!!!

Organic Sweet Potato and Greens Bowl

  • 1 small organic yam
  • 1/3 cup of organic, soaked and sprouted quinoa
  • 4-5 organic rainbow chard leaves
  • 1/2 organic avocado, chopped
  • Sprinkled organic nori

Each element of this meal is warming, soothing, and super super alkalizing.

And some more reading for you…a site I found with an awesome and thorough list of alkaline vs acidic foods: 

http://www.rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm

14

Feb

Healing and Tightening and, yes, All Natural.

I use this face mask once a week and feel like I have left a spa every single time.  It’s pretty amazing, and the ingredients will knock your organic socks off!!

I began seeing Skin Remedy owner, Justine Kahn about a year ago.  Her skin care boutique prides itself in their integrated green approach to holistic skincare, and uses all natural and organic ingredients in every treatment and lotion that touches your skin. 

Every (incredible) visit to Justine’s shop, she refills me with her Green Kale Mask, which is featured here on Refinery 29… Go SR!!!!

http://www.refinery29.com/homemade-beauty-products#slide-18

I come home with her powdered kale/colloidal oatmeal mixture, and have my way with it at home! 

I mix one scoop of Skin Remedy’s Kale mask powder, 1/2 cap of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, a dollop of organic honey, and a tiny splash of organic aloe vera juice.  You want just enough ingredients to create a smooth paste to spread over your skin.

This ultra-healing (the aloe! the honey!) and anti-bacterial (ACV! Colloidal oatmeal!) mask brightens, tightens and is super blemish fighting.  I use it right before bed, or even a couple of hours before I’m out the door to show off my glow!

You can find Justine on Sacramento and Spruce in Laurel Heights, San Francisco.  She’s an inspiration to me!

http://skinremedysf.com/

05

Feb

SHOP SEASONAL - Hey, It’s February!

What I’m buying, preparing and cooking with during the month of February?  Green smoothies sweetened with apple, brussel sprouts roasted in coconut oil and chili flakes, and my last fix of winter squash in soups and atop organic arugula salads.

Ohh but there’s so much more to enjoy. Here’s the list of Bay Area seasonal specialties you should stock your fridge with over the next month.
Apples
Arugula (1st month!)
Asparagus (1st month!)
Beets (YR)
Bok Choy (YR)
Broccoli (YR)
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage (YR)
Carrots (YR)
Cauliflower (YR)
Chard (YR)
Collards (YR)
Garlic (YR)
Grapefruit
Kale (YR)
Lemons 
Lettuces (YR)
Onions (YR)
Oranges
Spinach (YR)
Squash, winter (last month!)

*YR = year round crops

Teaser.  What can you look forward to lining the farmers markets asiles in the next few months?  My mouth is already watering….
Artichokes!
Strawberries!
Avocados!
Peas!

Shop Seasonal lists are based on information from the ”Buy Fresh Buy Local: The Eater’s Guide to Local Food”. Bay Area, 4th Edition).

03

Feb

Check out the hot fuchsia shade of these rainbow chard stems. This eye popping color needs to be bottled into a (toxic-free) nail polish or lipstick tube S T A T!

Check out the hot fuchsia shade of these rainbow chard stems. This eye popping color needs to be bottled into a (toxic-free) nail polish or lipstick tube S T A T!

01

Feb

Chilly Friday night at home and the oven was in full use! Organic chicken thighs roasted in lemon with roasted root veggies and wilted lemon kale. Spices used: cayenne, garlic and thyme.

Chilly Friday night at home and the oven was in full use! Organic chicken thighs roasted in lemon with roasted root veggies and wilted lemon kale. Spices used: cayenne, garlic and thyme.

31

Jan

Sustainable Flor-ing.

localchills:

A year has passed living in my very own place, and could not be more grateful. Living on my own, I have been the sole decision-maker of what foods and products to bring into my home, which is extremely empowering and rewarding.

A particularly great purchasing decision I made while decorating my…

Naturally Protected.

localchills:

Headed to a sunny poolside for the weekend and packing my favorite sunscreen. I love this product and this brand. DeVita makes 100% vegan, paraben free cosmetics that are certified organic, gluten sensitive safe, and contain no GMO’s. Just really clean, all natural, super safe ingredients.

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30

Jan

localchills:

Starting this book tonight. Should be an informative read on innovation and theory around reinventing food policy and bringing healthy/sustainable foods to all populations.

localchills:

Starting this book tonight. Should be an informative read on innovation and theory around reinventing food policy and bringing healthy/sustainable foods to all populations.

In My Makeup Bag...

localchills:

Product rec! Product rec! This is going to be a staple in my makeup bag for quite some time. The brand is Josie Maran and she fills the white space in the all-natural but high quality makeup marketplace. Lets be honest….a non-allergenic, non-toxic foundation that actually offers coverage and…

12

Jul

World Renowned Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease

It is going to take big name doctors like this guy here to change the school of thought and overall care of traditional doctors and medicine.  We must begin to agree on processed food being the culprit and whole foods being the cure.