Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bok Choy Redux

Dear Friends and Fans of Battling with Bok Choy. I'm sorry that I have been MIA for a while! But I'm back! Here's a recap of what's been going on for the past 10 months or so =)
  • Living with Tim in Sunnyside
  • Got married to Tim on November 20, 2010! It was such an amazing day!
  • Took a few get aways- Florida in March and ate delicious oranges and tomatoes, Savannah in July and ate delicious local shrimp that was so sweet it tasted like candy!
  • Ran after-school programs for a non-profit called Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation
  • and I'm currently a nutrition program for Sports and Artswhere I got a chance to develop, design and train teachers on aspects of Holistic Nutrition that they have been teaching since the beginning of July!
  • Did I mention that I'm teaching in that program as well?! I am so happy to say that I have this lovely opportunity!
It's been quite a whirlwind of months! One of my favorite parts of being married is the cooking! My husband is an amazing cook and relishes in the joy of making food for both of us! I am really lucky, as my mother reminds me on a daily basis.

Tonight at our favorite supermarket Trader Joe's we just picked up bok choy so I figured I'd just revive "Battling with Bok Choy" here and see what comes up.

Hope you're all well!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Truly Open Pantry!

Above, you can see what's available for all to eat in my Pantry! When David Wolfe came to speak at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition he said something that really resonated with me..."take the doors of your pantries, put everything in glass, let people who visit you see what you are choosing to feed yourself."

Well since Tim and I rent not own our apartment in Sunnyside that's not really an option but I thought I'd take some photos so you can get a good idea of how we store our food and what we food we choose to spend our mula on!

Above is the left side of our Pantry where we keep all of our nuts (awesome trail mix on the left there), oils, sweeteners (several options- raw agave, raw honey, and sugar in the raw) teas and coffee, and other goodies. You may notice that we keep a lot of stuff in glass.

It's important for us to keep the food that we get in glass containers if possible for several reasons:
1. Depending on the food (if it's something like nuts or popcorn for example) it stores for a longer amount of time without going stale in glass as opposed to plastic bags.
2. We can actually see what we're eating and how much of it! You'd be surprised how many people don't know how much of something they're eating because they can't see it!
3. It's just more aesthetically pleasing. When I open my pantry and see glass containers full of tea bags or colorful nuts and dried food or a basket full of all of our pastas, rices and grains it just makes me want to eat them!

As you can see, the right side of our pantry is where all the grains, beans and goodies live. Some that you may notice are flax seed, whole wheat linguine, organic buckwheat and millet. Once we brought in that basket for our pastas and rices the whole place got so much more manageable and organized which is mandatory when you have a small space with limited storage.

The last picture is kind of cheat and a major plug for farmer's markets everywhere. This picture obviously isn't taken in our pantry but just outside of it is our table with all of our goodies from the Sunnyside farmer's market! The last bit of summer local Long Island corn, some prunes, apples and pears from New Jersey and some horseradish cheese from Lancaster, PA. The guy told me he makes the cheese himself and has to literally where a compression mask because of all the horseradish! Now that's dedication.

If you are in NYC please check out to find out where your local farmer's market is. If you are outside the NY area check out to find a place near you to get fresh food!

Friday, September 3, 2010

And the other thing....

So I think I mentioned on here a few times that I'm getting married! Woohoo! So I did a wedding website for Tim and I that you all can check out. I think it's great! Leave us little notes in the guest book to let us know what leads to awesome marriages!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Oh My God, Omega!

A few weekends ago I had the amazing good fortune to attend the Being Yoga conference at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. As a yoga instructor this has always been a dream of mine! I couldn't believe my luck when last Wednesday, Daniel Sullivan owner of Tumeric,- a rawbeverage company that I have been consulting for this summer, invited me to represent Tumeric and give away free samples to all the yogis in attendance! I of course graciously accepted his offer and come Saturday morning was waiting on the corner of Madison and 57th street to get picked up!

Tumeric is a raw, non-pasteurized, incredibly anti-inflammatory, good for you, tastes good, drink! I have been helping the company get their finances and accounts in order and in the mean time getting to drink this delicious stuff.
Being Yoga at Omega was a whole conference dedicated to bringing your yoga practice and the calming essence of it to every other aspect of your life. Being yoga is a truly difficult thing to do but while being in a beautiful surrounding like Omega it becomes a little easier to do!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Month of July and of course...Fruit Flies

I can't believe it's been over a month since my last post! Lots has happened in the interim and I'll give you the brief overview: 4th of July was spent in CT with Tim, my fantastic fiance, my wonderful parents and great family friends celebrating my mother's birthday. The next weekend Tim and I celebrated our engagement with some sincerely amazingfriends and family and I was surprised by an engagement ring to wow all engagement rings by Tim.

Then I went to one of my favorite cities in the US of A Detroit to see some great friends like Jamie, Greg and their newest addition Lucy, Lauren and Ryan (above with their amazing backyard garden that wows all other backyard gardens!) and to celebrate the fantastic union of Amber and Josh.

After that I achieved one of my greatest goals. Graduating from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition! I am now a CERTIFIED HolisticWellness Coach and am so happy and feel so accomplished.

I have come a long way. Not only since the beginning of the program but since I was just a wee thing of 5. My mother's first Meet the Teacher night with my 1st grade teacher Mrs. French she was greeted by a very hilarious and slightly grotesque site when she
walked over to my desk...a swarm of fruit flies.

After overcoming her embarrassment she reached into my desk and pulled out every piece of fruit that she had given me since the start of the school year. Mrs. French walked over to her with a spray bottle and paper towels and requested that she not send me with fruit for a snack as I was clearly not eating it!

As I had my last lunch with my amazing IIN friends in Central Park I shared this story and we all had a chuckle about how ironic it was that the little girl who couldn't even stand to have a grape for snack now decided to make her work making sure everyone knows how to take care of themselves nutritionally.

Til next time.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Stay Cool, Man!

As I am sitting gazing out at my amazing fire escape garden I am reminded of how lucky I am to live in the amazing city of New York. While these next few months can be really H-O-T in the city I am looking forward to getting used to using natural ways to cooling down.

Here are my TOP 5 tips on how to keep cool when the temperature is rising
Up! Up! Up!
1. Hydration- Keeping hydrated is super important when you are sweating like crazy in those all too comfortable un-air-condtioned subway cars!
Best ways to keep hydrated? Water! Drink water first thing in the morning before you even eat anything- for an extra bonus, even on hot days, heat it up in a kettle and put some lemon in it to really kick start the digestive system.
If you are really exerting yourself by doing awesome things like playing outside and find yourself dehydrated, forget reaching for Gatorade (tooooo much sugar!) and instead reach for the Coconut Water.

2. Air Conditioner- keep it running on low fan to keep the air circulating. No air conditioner? Keep the windows open and get a fan to again, keep the air circulating!

3. Eat what's in season- what's in season is in season for a reason! Those juicy peaches and plums and strawberries are great sweet treats and deliciously refreshing!

4. Clothing- Wear light breathable clothes like in a cotton or hemp so you can get a nice breeze right through your clothes.

5. Bandana- (This one is from my amazing fiance, Tim!) Take a bandana or a wash cloth dip it in the coldest water you got and place it on an area of your body that has major arteries: i.e.: the back of your neck, top of your spine, your chest or your forehead.

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Yoga and Raw Food Expo 2010

Classmates and Amazing Health Coaches Liz Hall, Lisa Chin, Bettina Ridley and Me

I had the incredible delight to attend this year's Yoga and Raw Food Expo hosted at the Hotel New Yorker. This is something that as a yoga practitioner I have dreamed about for years! This was my year though to be thoroughly immersed in the amazing efforts and products that people have been creating to further the wellness industry.

I attended the Saturday afternoon/evening of the 3-day expo and must say that I was impressed with the amount of information and vendors they had there! I came across a few fantastic companies that I feel the need to plug here as I support their efforts and believe that they are the key people to catapult wellness to the forefront of the media and people's minds.


Davina Reeves, Miss New York USA & Consultant for Tumeric...and me!

Excerpt from their Story:

"Each bottle is artisanally crafted with a purpose and a destination. We strongly believe that our vision, guided by great passion and Love for our product, will manifest change and improve the lives of many. Our goal is to enable people to realize and activate their fullest health potential through awareness, education, and experience. Tumeric- is committed to offering the very best in natural, sustainable health resources and practices."

How do you get this fantastic elixir?

Visit one of their locations in the New York Area

Zen Bottle

Founder Lindsay Noel Kemp, her colleague and me holding up just a few of the great Zen Bottle designs


Providing superior products for optimal health and to encourage the general public to take responsibility for their health and environment by making conscious choices.

Enlighten Your Bottle Mind & Spirit - Not only for health and vitality, but expansion, transformation of consciousness, and eventually, transcendence.

Enlightened Bottle - the superior water bottle is a reusable glass bottle. Glass is the only known material not to leach. Reusable helps heal the body & the environment.

Enlightened Mind - making a conscious choice to take responsibility for your choices… even down to your water bottle

Enlightened Spirit. - feel connected and enlightened as your intentions reflect in the water you drink

How do you get these great bottles?

Order off the website or in person at shows- call 888-ZEN BOTTLE for more info

Natural Nourishment

Founder Mike Monaco

Excerpt from their website:

Our goal is to provide the best quality food for you dog. We make our food every week. Quality assurance comes from the simple fact that my two dogs are eating the same food that we make for your dogs. All our ingredients are human grade and many are organic. Even the bones come from chicken backs that restaurants use to make stock. The meat is from a local butcher and the vegetables are from local markets. I believe that commercial grade dry and wet dog food is the worst thing we can feed our dogs. If we didn't believe this, we would have never spent the hours involved to start making raw food for our dogs.

How do you make sure your pups are getting the best food they can?

Contact the founder and chef himself, Mike Monaco at or 631-


Scale Down Cookware

Excerpt from their website:

ScaleDown LLC offers the best in non-stick titanium cookware. Each pot and pan has exceeded rigorous German quality-control standards and won the prestigious German TUV independent Technical Control Association Product Safety stamp of approval for durability. This cookware offers even heat distribution and requires little or no oil, grease or water to cook your foods perfectly—what could be healthier or easier?

How can you get the supplies to literally bake a cake on the top of a burner?

Call or email them to put in your order: 518-587-6130, 888-905-1122,