Tuesday, July 19, 2011

jalapeño burgers!

these burgers came out soooo friggin good, i had to share!

jalapeño burgers

  • 2 lbs ground grass-fed beef from sonrise ranch
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 white onion
  • 3 jalapeños
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • finely chop garlic, onion and jalapeños
  • mix all ingredients with hands
  • make into patties
  • grill 1-2 minutes each side for medium rare inside or longer for more cooked
  • serve
  • enjoy! :)

i ate these as paleo burgers - basically with all the fixins and no bun. i also had them on top of salad which is always super yummy! :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

beef shank with bone marrow and bok choy and chinese broccoli stir fry

yummy beef shank with some bone marrow and bok choy and chinese broccoli stir fry!

beef shank

  • cook in skillet on medium a few minutes each side flipping a few times and covered while cooking - total time 8 minutes approx.


  • lightly sautee 3 garlic cloves chopped up and dried red pepper in coconut oil
  • add chopped up bok choy and chinese broccoli and stir
  • add teaspoon of ginger powder
  • add a few pours of tamari
  • add squeezed lime
  • cover and simmer for 5 minutes

Thursday, July 14, 2011

two awesome documentaries

just recently i watched two really awesome documentaries:

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (available on netflix instant watch)
check out the youtube channel for an idea of what this is about
great movie about a man who is determined to transform his health and his life by doing a major fast of juicing for 60 days. really amazing and inspiring! i wanna do a juice fast! plus, i just want a juicer! ;)

Ayurveda: Art of Being (available on netflix instant watch)
amazing to see these wise and confident these doctors of ancient practices treat many illnesses, even ones that allopathic medicine has not been able to resolve. one doctor says hes cured cancer many times!! the wisdom of ayurveda is simply amazing and it makes so much sense.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

hygiene experiment

in my journey to live a healthy balanced lifestyle, reduce the "toxin" intake of my body, live a simplified life, live a happy life, and one that supports life knowing it inherently has the wisdom to take care of itself, i have chosen to question our modern view of hygiene.

first let's reference wikipedia for a definition of hygiene:

"Hygiene refers to the set of practices perceived by a community to be associated with the preservation of health and healthy living. While in modern medical sciences there are a set of standards of hygiene recommended for different situations, what is considered hygienic or not can vary between different cultures, genders and etarian groups. Some regular hygienenical practices may be considered good habits by a society while the neglect of hygiene can be considered disgusting, disrepectful or even threatening."

notice that the statement defines hygiene as "perceived by a community" meaning that whether or not the act actually results in cleanliness, the act is seen as clean or accepted of how to preserve "health".

right now, many societies accepts using multiple products for our regular hygiene and health care of our bodies. for me, when i wash my face, if i dont moisturize my face immediately, i feel it begin to dry out which would feel quite uncomfortable. i need to moisturize my face to feel comfortable. i cant be without my chapstick, its my one thing i must have if i dont have my purse. i dont like that dependency. it doesnt make sense. first of all, as a female living in this modern society, the amount of products you have in a bathroom, is ridiculous, and is frankly cumbersome and unnecessary - or at least thats my theory :)

fear of dirt or overcleaning
i wont go into the history in detail, but pretty much since disease became a big problem in europe and america, people figured out that if we clean our hands more frequently, disease was less likely to spread. rightly so. with the progression of science and medicine, it became the solution to keeping disease away - clean, clean, clean. it was also a sense of ease, cleanliness, and "feeling good" ... nobody wanted to be the smelly person in the room. businesses gave us solutions to our bodily cleanliness desires to keep disease away, be healthy and smell nice or not at all.

unfortunately, i doubt any of these companies actually had long-term studies of how the cleansers affect the skin and body or even searched mother nature for solutions. 3 step cleaning was created, remember? face wash, toner, and moisturize. who came up with this? its not like we have something that has been passed down for years and its worked for generations.

my discovery has been that most soaps and facial cleansers are too harsh for my face and i have been progressively using less harsh soaps, looking to nature for solutions - plus, diet has helped a lot as well. i began to think about all the harsh cleansers that are used so frequently now and thought about how people in the "wild" live or tribes. do they use cleansers? do they use moisturizers? its not like we were born with a bar of soap, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, and face moisturizer. in fact, when people have babies, you dont see them buying special baby face cleanser and moisturizer - it only seems to happen ... when? teens? when people become self-conscious, when acne begins to appear. interesting. all of a sudden that bar of soap isnt enough and we need to go get ourselves some skin care products!

dont get me wrong, i LOVE the feeling of being clean and fresh ... i love using products that make me feel and smell like i just went to a spa.

ok, so the question is: how much is necessary?

how often is it necessary to cleanse oneself? is our body not capable of taking care of itself?

i believe our bodies have the wisdom and knowledge to be able to take care of itself as long as we listen to our body, treat it well, give it good quality nourishment (food), plenty of activity and sunshine.

our bodies produce natural oils, is there a reason? there must be. from what i have learned moisture provides life and dryness is death. it makes sense that our body naturally knows how to keep ourself hydrated. should our bodies need some help to do what it already knows how to do, looking to nature for solutions makes sense.

i have chosen to do an experiment:

i am going to see how my body does without using cleansers or moisturizers for at least a week ... or as long as i can to get my body to stablilize and see how it works "naturally" without the aid of products. 

  • i will take showers by simply using water and nothing else.
  • i will not use any cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer and chapstick
  • the only place i will use soap is on my hands as they come in contact with many surfaces

i began monday (july 11, 2011) with a "clean start" - i showered with soap, shampoo that doesnt leave residue and mosturized with coconut oil. ever since then i have been taking water showers.

so far, i find the showers feel just as refreshing. im definitely not used to not feeling "squeaky" clean, but i dont feel dirty. my hair is interesting as it isnt terribly oily. in the shower, where i am used to washing my hair and adding conditioner to give my hair that slick feeling, its now not easy to run my fingers through my hair with just water. however, when i get out of the shower, i am able to brush my hair with a brush with no problem at all. also, my hair looks great, not frizzy, and forms nice smooth waves - almost like my natural oils are acting as a pomade? ... i dont seem to notice any smell so far :) lol i have to consult others to make sure though as im sure ill get used to my own scent.

today is day 3! so far, its been interesting and im very curious how this will turn out. i will keep you all updated! ;)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

amazing coconut oil

today is my first day to try out using coconut oil as a moisturizer for my face, body and hair. i must say, i am very excited about this and very happy with it so far!

coconut oil is not only good for you, but also smells great. when i applied after showering i found a little goes a LONG way - i used it on my face, body and hair. it makes me so happy knowing that i am putting something on my skin that is healthy for me to eat. using one product to replace 3 products is even more amazing! i love it!!

here is a list of the benefits of coconut oil (taken from mercola.com):
  • promoting your heart health
  • promoting weight loss when and if you need it
  • supporting your immune system health
  • supporting a healthy metabolism
  • providing you with an immediate energy source
  • helping to keep your skin healthy and youthful looking
  • supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland

the picture above is the product i am using right now: Ojio Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 100% organic http://myojio.com/ ... i purchased it at Whole Foods.

other good coconut oil brands are Nutiva and Garden of Life

when choosing a coconut oil brand, it is important that the coconut oil is organic, not genetically modified, extra virgin, and not refined. dr. mercola explains this in his article on coconut oil.

also, it's preferred that the product be stored in glass jar which is another reason why i chose the product i did. from what i have heard, oil can leech plastic from the container, but i am not sure. i figure its better to be safe than sorry :)

for more articles on coconut oil health benefits:




Monday, July 4, 2011

raw oysters ... mussels ... radish salad ... dinner of awesomeness!!

i had been thinking we havent had enough seafood (me and craig) lately, so at the farmers market i thought it would be nice to have some mussels. we got to the mussels vendor, and they were giving a free sample of a raw oyster shucked right there! i had one and i was sold! so ... we bought both the mussels and oysters! and i made them both for dinner! haha ... it was my first time shucking oysters ... um not as easy as the oyster vender made it look, but i managed ... i think we still ate some shell bits from my not so clean shucking haha ...

so dinner was:

raw oysters with lemon garnish for slurping!

mussels cooked in a pan and covered with garlic, ghee, a bit of salt and 1/4 cup of water for 10 minutes on medium.

red radish salad with red onion and raw zucchini with a little fresh lemon juice

super yummy dinner!!!

we had a fun time designing the place setting of the table :P and taking photos of the dinner ... it was just too awesome to not make beautiful ;)

craig arranging the set up just perfect ;)

YUM! scraped clean! :)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

country style ribs & italian style veggies

SonRise Ranch country style pork ribs cooked in crock pot for 8 hours with pepper and salt sprinkled on top with italian style veggies (all from farmers market!): broccoli, yellow squash, red bell pepper, mushroom, garlic, tomato, olive oil, italian spices and red pepper flakes.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

apricot chipotle sausage, mushrooms & artichoke

SonRise Ranch apricot chipotle sausage with a side of raw portobello mushroom, oyster mushroom and japanese bunapi shimeji mushroom ... steamed artichoke with garlic butter dip! yum yum yum!! :D

sausage ripped open when i flipped them in the pan ... oops! ... exploding sausage? haha

fabulous breakfast!!

such a beautiful breakfast, i had to share! :)
eggs, bacon, avocado, mushroom, red bell pepper, spinach, wheatgrass, grass-fed gouda cheese with a fruit plate of figs, plum, blueberries and green grapes :) yummy!

fruit plate! :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

pork chops & asian stir fry

grilled pork chops and asian stir fry!

asian stir fry
green onion
red bell pepper
white wine

  • sautee onion, green onion and garlic with coconut oil till browned slightly
  • add squash, red bell pepper, cashews, tamari and white wine
  • cover and simmer for 5 minutes