Cozy up to a good book! Summer Reading List – Health and Wellness

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Summer reading list

Summer has arrived! There is nothing I love more then a lazy sun filled summer weekend spent cuddling up on the couch with my puppy Olive, a warm cup of tea and an amazing book.  Below are some of my favorite health and wellness books.

 

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Do Your Om Thing Bending Yoga Tradition to fit your own life

by Rebecca Pacheco

I loved this book. A little bit humor, a little bit yoga philosophy, Even if you do not have a yoga practice I guarantee you will get a lot out of the amazing lessons the author weaves through out this book. So inspiring! As soon as I finished, I started to think about reading it again.


 

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Success through Stillness: Mediation made Simple

By Russel Simmons

Buy this book right now. It will change your life. I simply can not recommend it more. I watched Russel Simmons on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. He talked about Mediation and this book, before the show was over I was already downloading it. I read it on vacation in one sitting. Russel Simmons breaks meditation down into easy bite size morsels, stripping away any misconceptions, he makes it so simple to work into your daily routine. But the book is way more then a “how to”.  Russel Simmons talks about his life, his success, and you even get a little yoga info too. Buy it, you will be glad you did.


 

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The Kind Diet A Simple guide to Feeling Great Loosing Weight and Saving the Planet

by Alicia Silverstone

I read this book a while ago, and still take time to flip through it again and again. It just never gets old. The Kind Diet is filled with stories, tips, tricks, recipes, and reasons why you should make a change to live cleaner and greener. I have made about half of the recipes and they were all delicious!


 

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Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen

First off this book is gorgeous! The pictures are mesmerizing. Yoga girl is part coffee table book, biography, yoga guide and has a few delicious recipes to boot! I just just started reading this book, and I can already tell I will be keeping it handy for a quick inspiration.

What are your favorite books on Health and Wellness?

♥Pamela

 

 

 

Movie Review! Bag It

 

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My review of Bag it the movie.

 

Q.What is the worlds number 1 consumable item?
A. Plastic shopping bags

I was recently told about the movie Bag it! A documentary about plastics, specifically plastic shopping bags.
I try to bring my reusable bags with me where ever I go. But like most people, I am not always prepared for an impromptu stop, and am asked the famous question, paper or plastic? I know enough to feel bad, and swear I will try to do better next time, but why?
Bag It does a great job of explain it all with loads of facts, lots of experts, and most of all a great funny attitude for a serious problem.
The movie is broken down into easy to digest pieces, what is the problem with plastic? where does it go? Is it bad for us, and why? We follow Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a quest to find out more about the plastic we have come to rely on.

Jeb is not a radical environmentalist with an agenda, but a lovable guy next door type with a few questions he wants answered. He goes well beyond plastic shopping bags, and the cities who have successfully (San Fransisco) and unsuccessfully (Seattle) banned them. Since the movie came out Seattle has passed a ban on plastic bags that went in effect July 2012. Jeb covers environmental impacts of all plastics, what these plastics are doing to us, the earth and the animals, and what we should do about it. His search for answers changes the way he lives his daily life, Will it change yours?
It was clear, funny and inspired me to get up immediately and put some smaller bags in my purse so I am always prepared.
Bag It! is available on Amazon Instant if your a prime member, or you can rent the movie. Its worth a watch. 

Watch the trailer here!

 

I am Grateful – Cook Book Review

Cook book review – I Am Grateful Recipes and lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude
After my amazing food filled trip to Santa Cruz I was excited to get home, and get cooking in my own kitchen, with my Cafe Gratitude Cook Book. or should I say Un Cook Book.

So far I have made four recipes from the book. If you are unfamiliar with Cafe Gratitude, let me get you up to speed as quickly as I can.

Cafe Gratitude is a Raw Vegan restaurant, and so delish! I am lucky enough to have the location in Santa Cruz, with in driving distance from me.  Cafe Gratitude has this amazing vibe. The menu selections are all named affirmations, so when you order instead of “I will have the macrobiotic bowl”, you say “I am Whole”, and the waitress always says it back. When I visited the San Francisco locations they would always have a question of the day they would ask as well, but I have not had that experience in Santa Cruz.

There is great documentary called May I be Frank, The star, Frank stumbles into Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco, and meets Ryland, the cafe’s manager. Ryland asks Frank, the question of the day, what is one thing you’d like to do before you die? Frank answers ‘I want to fall in love one more time, but with a body like this, no one will love me, because i don’t love myself.’ What follows is 42 days of Frank, with the help of the staff at Cafe Gratitude, take on his weight, health, relationships and loving himself in just 42 days. Definitely worth a watch!

 

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Back to the Cook Book!

I am having a little love affair with Kale right now, who isn’t? so the first recipe I tried out was I Am Giving, a marinated Kale salad. It was put together in almost no time, and tasted amazing! I left out the hijiki seaweed it called for, due to an allergy of mine, and didn’t add any thing in its place. In the book it has you put it all together and serve right away, but I prefer my kale ( I used curly) a little softer, so i made it about a half hour to 45 minutes ahead of time, to let it get a little less firm. The kale was perfect for me. I loved it, and Hubby loved it! We had quite a bit left over which I ate in a wrap the next day for lunch with a bit of brown rice and that was great too, the kale really holds up well in the fridge.
Next I whipped up  I Am Attentive, a spicy tahini sauce. Again, due to it being raw food, it was a cinch to prepare, I just put all my ingredients in my VitaMix V(Thank you Hubby!) and whirled it around for a few seconds. Done! I used the sauce on a rice bowl I threw together using a brown rice and quinoa mix, kale, avocado, cucumber, scallions, basil, and some cilantro. The sauce was hearty and just the perfect amount of spicy. I had left overs of this as well, which was surprising considering every one went back for more, so I put it in a dressing bottle and the fam has been using it on sandwiches and lots more rice bowls.

In short every thing I have made from this book has been great, some of the recipes can be a little complicated, but from what I have tasted so far I am sure they are worth it, if you have a lazy Sunday afternoon to spare. Next I think I will try some of the yummy desserts, or maybe some of the raw crackers!

I am Grateful Cook Book – 4 out of 5 carrots!

 

Taking Care of your dry skin this winter

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With winter comes wonderful family get together, cozy sweaters, crock pot meals and unfortunately dry parched skin.

Here are some of my tips on keeping your skin hydrated and healthy this holiday season,

Drink more water! The more the better. Toss in a few cups of herbal peppermint tea to keep it festive!

Exfoliate! I like to use my Clairisonic at least once a day, its water proof, so I keep mine in the shower to save time.

Moisturize the heck out of your skin I like Valentia Even Glow Serum. Its loaded with vitamin C, which brightens up your skin, and feels amazing. It is a little thick, which is great for winter dryness. My skin feels so smooth and amazing! And it smells delicious!!

Speaking of moisturizing, don’t forget the fragile skin around your eyes, Since I am obsessed with Vitamin C skin creams I tried Valentia True Glow Eye Cream and I was just as tickled with it as with my serum. It has that same yummy smell and just disappears into my skin, leaving my eyes feeling refreshed and bright.

Use a humidifier at night. This helps with both moisture AND anti aging. I use mine year round.

How do you change your skin care routine for the winter?

♥ – p

 

 

Movies I love: Vegan Documentaries on Netflix

The Best Documentaries you can watch right now from home

My favorite way to spend a lazy afternoon is to make some great snacks and sit down to watch a movie. Struggling to find something to watch? Check out a few of my favorite health related Documentaries.

Vegucated-

I can’t say enough about this movie! Watch it, watch it now! Vegetated is the story of 3 regular New Yorkers who take on the challenge of going Vegan for 6 weeks to learn what it is all about. Its a fun and honest look at what it takes to be Vegan and why you should.

FREE on Amazon Prime! and available for steaming on Netflix

Forks Over Knives –

I took my hubby to this movie when it came out in theaters.  I was Veg and we was not. Between this movie and going to a talk by Dr Neal Barnard we are now a Veg couple. This movie is hands down the best, especially for Veg curious people who are craving some scientific and practical information on changing their diet.

Netflix Instant and Amazon rental

Food Inc. –

This movie is loaded with great info, though not a fully Vegan centric movie, the first time I watched it I confirmed this is the right lifestyle for me. Food inc gives you a ton of info o n how your food is made and who is profiting by it.

Netflix instant and Amazon rental

 

BlackFish –

I missed this movie in theaters, but have streamed it a few times. This is a very important movie. Every one needs to see it, and think about the way animals are treated for our entertainment.

Netflix Instant and Amazon rental

Enjoy the movies and let me know what you thought!

♥Pamela