Archives for March 2013

Has Chef Tal Ronnen Created The Best Vegan Cheese, Ever?


Oprah once famously said that Tal Ronnen is, “the best vegan chef in America” – and she would know, since he cooked for her as she went on a 21-day vegan cleanse. But Oprah is not the only one who sings Tal praises; he catered Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s vegan wedding, Arianna Huffington’s party at the Democratic National Convention, and the first vegan dinner at the U.S. Senate (talk about an impressive resume!). He also helped put together the vegan menu at Lyfe Kitchen (the kabocha squash risotto and chocolate budino are a must-try!).

Recently, Tal opened up his all vegan restaurant, Crossroads, in Los Angeles, where he offers mouth-watering dishes such as biscuits and morel mushroom gravy, wood-fried meaty lasagna, and pappardelle bolognese. But his new ventures don’t stop there; he is also working on Kite Hill, a new brand of “artisanal nut milk-based cheeses of remarkable craftsmanship”. As many vegans anxiously await this delicious creation, Whole Foods has already added it to its cheese section in Los Altos, Palo Alto, Oakland, Noe Valley, Portero, Franklin, Berkeley, Mill Valley, San Rafael, Sebastopol, San Jose, Cupertino, and Capitola (I’m still waiting for it to make an appearance in Los Angeles!). Tal boasts that this is different from other vegan cheeses, because this cheese is made, from beginning to end, in the same way that traditional artisanal dairy cheeses are made – but without the dairy of course.

I am excited to try this new cheese, because I know that if anyone can perfect vegan cheese, it’s the amazing team of people at Kite Hill. Right now, there are three options available for everyone lucky enough to stop by Whole Foods in the locations mentioned above; Casuccio, the softest of the three cheeses is described as having, “a soft fresh with a supple, silky texture”; Costanoa is a semi soft cheese and has a flavorful blend of fennel pollen and paprika; White Alder, is a soft ripened cheese that looks like brie (and I hope it tastes like brie too!). As soon as I get a chance to try these cheeses, I will report back with feedback. For now, I am excited for more vegan cheese options – looks like we can all have more wine and cheese parties in the future!

Are You Listening to Your Body?


One of my favorite parts of nutrition school was listening to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s founder, Joshua Rosenthal speak. He has an amazing ability to capture everyone’s attention, because he is constantly giving out good advice. He is a strong believer that our body talks to us, so we have to listen to what it’s saying. Below is a quote I had to share as it’s a wonderful reminder for us to love and listen to our bodies.

We can, and must, develop dialogue and relatedness with our body because it’s talking to us all the time. And please remember, your body loves you. It does everything it can to keep you alive and functioning. You can feed it garbage, and it will take it and digest it for you. You can deprive it of sleep, but still it gets you up and running next morning. You can drink too much alcohol, and it will eliminate it from your system. It loves you unconditionally and does its best to allow you to live the life you came here for. The real issue in this relationship is not whether your body loves you, but whether you love your body. In any relationship, if one partner is loving, faithful and supportive, it’s easy for the other to take that person for granted. That’s what most of us do with our bodies. It is time for you to shift this, and working to understand your cravings is one of the best places to begin. Then you can build a mutually loving relationship with your own body.”

Joshua Rosenthal, Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness

Are you addicted to sugar? Do you have trouble staying awake without coffee? Are you driven by your cravings? Join me for a free initial consultation and let’s get started on helping you deconstruct your cravings so  you can get your life back on track.

Is Your Period Out of Control?


Do you dread getting your period every month? Do you use your sick days so you can stay home and rest? Are you tired of missing out on activities you normally enjoy, but can’t participate in during that time of the month? If you feel that dealing with cramps, mood swings, headaches, bloating, body aches, and food cravings is taking over your life, you are not alone. Many women struggle with hormonal changes each month, but there are ways that we can work together to help you get back to doing the things you love, even when you are on your period.

Most of us have heard that sugar and caffeine can make your monthly period especially difficult to deal with, but did you know that there are foods that can help you fight menstrual pain? Schedule a free initial consultation with me today so we can talk about ways that you can alleviate the symptoms you are experiencing and you can get back to feeling great all the time! Don’t let your period dictate what you can and can’t do – get your life back now.

5 Pillars of Good Health


 Dr. Andrew Weil has long been outspoken about his support for Anti-Inflammatory diets. In particular, he believes an Anti-Inflammatory diet will help us age gracefully, assist those who are dealing with chronic inflammation, and help those who are seeking to lead a healthier lifestyle.  I was fortunate enough to have had him as a teacher when I was in nutrition school. And of course I enjoy the fact that the base of his food guide pyramid contains vegetables and fruits!

Recently, Dr. Andrew Weil revealed what he believes to be the 5 pillars of good health. After listening to him share his thoughts, I could not agree more and I wanted to provide a quick recap of his amazing advice. Enjoy!

5 Pillars of Good Health:

1. Eating Right: As you may have guessed, Dr. Andrew Weil strongly believes in the importance of making healthy decisions, which includes learning about good nutrition and making sure that you are doing your best to choose foods that are good for you (think: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans etc.).

2. Physical Activity: It’s important to incorporate a regular exercise routine into your daily schedule. Whether you love running, hiking, biking, yoga, swimming, or other activities, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you must make moving your body a priority.

3. Neutralize stress: I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to practice ways to neutralize stress; stress is very harmful on the body and since there are a variety of ways to deals with stress in a healthy way, it’s best to explore different options and see what works for you. The sooner you can learn to reduce your stress, the better and healthier you will feel.

4. Social Connectivity: I love that Dr. Andrew Weil talks about the importance of staying socially connected. In this technology filled world, we have so many ways that we can keep in touch with our friends and family. What’s even better? I recommend getting in the habit of organizing events with people who lift you up and make you happy; spend quality time with your favorite people and you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor, just by being with people you love.

5. Spiritual Well-Being: In his last and final tip, Dr. Andrew Weil discusses the importance of spiritual well-being. Whether you are part of an organized religion, enjoy meditating, writing poetry, or being in nature, make sure you are devoting enough time to your spiritual practice. Find something that grounds you and keeps you calm and happy.

Want to learn more about how you can reduce stress, lose weight, and get clear skin? Schedule a free initial consultation with me today!

Sugar Blues Workshop


The holidays were just a few months ago and I’m still thinking about sweets. In particular, I’m wondering how sugar affects you. Are you the type of person who craves sweets?  Do you have low energy in the middle of the day?  If you answered yes to either one of these questions, you’re in luck! I’ve created an amazing workshop that will be a turning point in your life.

On Saturday, March 23rd, I will be teaching a class called “Sugar Blues” and I would like to invite you to join the fun! The workshop will take place from 1:30-3:30 pm in the community room in the Montana Avenue Branch Library in Santa Monica (1704 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica CA 90403) and it’s free!

I’ve designed this class to permanently change your relationship with sugar. You will leave this class understanding the causes of your sugar cravings and you’ll receive practical tools for dealing with them. And, as a special thanks for taking a step towards improving your health, everyone who attends this workshop will receive a free gift – wow!

It’s not about deprivation. It’s about freedom – the freedom to eat foods you love and have sweetness in your life without the side effects or the guilt.

You don’t want to miss out. Mark this event on your calendar—your life is waiting.

Space is limited, so please contact me soon at or (310) 869-3634. Pass this on to anyone who you think might be interested in beating their sugar craving with you!

I look forward to seeing you!

Is Justin Timberlake Vegan? Read to Find Out!


In case you missed it, vegans got a special treat when Justin Timberlake hosted SNL and surprised everyone with a hilarious skit called, “bring it on down to VeganVille.” It’s a fun video to watch with such an amazing, positive message. Justin Timberlake is always a great SNL host, and this new video is one that we should enjoy again and again! I’m so happy Justin Timberlake and SNL decided to put this together. Watch him give vegans a shout-out in this funny video!


If you have more fun vegan videos, share please share!