Vegan Golden Milk

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On my amazing yoga retreat in Kaua’i, we drank yogi tea and golden milk. I’ve had yogi tea before, but I was surprised at how delicious and comforting golden milk is so I couldn’t wait to come home and make it myself. My friend hasn’t sent me the recipe yet, so I decided to recreate it and it’s delicious!

Golden milk is not only yummy, it’s also really good for you. The key ingredient is turmeric, which is a very healthy, anti-inflammatory spice that can be sprinkled on vegetables, tofu scrambles, rice, and it can also be used to make an incredibly soothing vegan drink. This process is simple and thanks to the other spices that I added, the health benefits of this drink are phenomenal. This milk is sure to keep you healthy and happy, especially when it’s cold outside or when you’re feeling like you need some healing comfort. Turmeric is particularly helpful if you have any aches or pains, or are currently trying to heal from an auto-immune disorder. It’s important to use a plant-based milk for this recipe as dairy is inflammatory and will not be helpful in keeping you healthy – in fact, it will increase inflammation in your body, which we do not want.

Feel free to adjust the recipe to your liking and enjoy!

Ingredients:

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

2 cups organic almond milk (or a plant-based milk of your choice)

1 heaping teaspoon turmeric

2 whole cloves

4 whole peppercorns

1 cinnamon stick

Ground cinnamon to sprinkle on top of your drink (optional)

Fresh, grated ginger (optional)

Instructions:

Add all of the ingredients to a pot, stir, bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure that the turmeric is blended well. Add ground cinnamon to each glass and enjoy!

Our All-Day Women’s Retreat Was a Roaring Success!

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As many of you know, on Saturday, October 10th I lead an all-day retreat for women in beautiful Temescal Canyon. I am so happy to say that the retreat was a roaring success! I am so grateful to all of the women who joined us and I will forever cherish the many memories that we made together. I am planning another retreat for spring 2016, so I hope that you will join us!

I kept the retreat intimate so that the women would be able to bond and truly take time to enjoy themselves. As promised, we spent the day relaxing, doing yoga, creating vision boards, eating delicious/healthy food, meditating, I gave a health workshop, we received massages from Takahashi Chiropractic, we learned to create time to help ourselves recharge, we discussed breathing techniques for staying calm, and so much more.

I shared some of my favorite books with the women so that they could browse through them and order them if they wanted to; there was a mix of cookbooks, memoirs, plays, and more!

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IMG_1361Special bonding time for Elaine and her girls!

IMG_1360Mother-daughter bonding time!

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IMG_1358Best friends and their daughters!

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IMG_1342Mother-daughter-in-law bonding time :)

IMG_1307Time to create vision boards!

IMG_1302Vision boards are a great way to set some time aside to figure out what you want in life and how you can make it happen – and then you select images and words that are in line with your vision and you put them together on a board. Keep the board somewhere you can see every day and set an intention for how you will reach each of your goals. In time, your life will be exactly the way you envisioned it, because you are taking conscious steps each day to live the life that you know in your heart is meant for you.

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IMG_1350Me and Ileana with her vision board :)

IMG_1349Me and Virginia with her vision board.

IMG_1347Notice how she has the word, “no” on her board. We talked about the importance of saying “no” to others so that we can make time for ourselves, instead of saying “yes” to everyone’s else’s wants and needs, but “no” to our own.

IMG_1344Scarlett with her vision board.

IMG_1355Look at all of these vision boards!

 

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IMG_1329It was definitely hot, but Temescal Canyon is so beautiful!

 

IMG_1330We were able to spend time in the gazebo!

IMG_1338Thank you to Ashley for all of your help during the retreat – you are amazing!

IMG_1333Me and Scarlett in the gazebo.

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IMG_1311Thank you to Jennifer from Takahashi Chiropractic for providing all of the ladies with amazing chair massages! They were so happy :).

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IMG_1268We enjoyed delicious, fresh fruit throughout the retreat. It was so hot, so fruit was the perfect snack!

IMG_1331These wraps were so delicious that my mouth is watering just looking at them – yum!

IMG_1339This beet salad was so simple and incredibly delicious.

IMG_1365Everyone loved lunch! Everything was vegan, organic, delicious, and healthy. Thank you Pretty, Healthy Foods for catering such a yummy lunch – you’re the best! Now that Pretty, Healthy Foods is in LA, if you have an event that you’d like to have catered, or you want an amazing chef to prepare your meals for the week, you must get in touch with them – they’re the best!

IMG_1378Thank you to this beautiful woman for being my friend and supporting all of my dreams. I am truly grateful to have you in my life, Kelsey!

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IMG_1375You can’t have too many pictures with one of your best friends :)

IMG_1382I will always be grateful for you J! Thank you for being a wonderful friend – and for being a part of our retreat. All of the women loved having you lead us in our yoga practice and teach us more about sage. Thank you!

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IMG_1393We ended the day with yoga and a sage burning ceremony.

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MassageCertificateEach of the women attending the retreat received a $29 certificate for an hour long massage and a FREE initial consultation with a chiropractor at Takahashi Chiropractic – and Ashely won a FREE massage in the raffle – wow!

EpsomSaltwithWildOrangeAs part of saying “thank you” to each of the women for joining us on the retreat, I filled jars with Epsom salt and infused them with Wild Orange essential oils. Epsom salt is a great way to get magnesium in your body; most people are magnesium deficient, so it’s often necessary to supplement this essential mineral, which helps keep us calm, relaxed, and helps fight anxiety, depression, and stress. Wild Orange contains antioxidants and is calming and energizing. By smelling the Epsom salt infused with Wild Orange, the women will be refreshed, rejuvenated, and relaxed. They may also opt to take a bath and add some Epsom salt or fill a bowl with water and soak their feet in water and Epsom salt.

ZatikRoseHipSerumZatik’s entire line of products is absolutely amazing! They use yummy, organic ingredients that are wonderful for your skin. This Rosehip Black Seed Organic Oil Serum is perfect for hydrating your skin. Each of the women received one of these in her gift bag; as winter approaches, this will be exactly what everyone needs for warding off dry skin. Thank you, Zatik!

IMG_1266Thank you to all of the women who made this retreat possible. This was truly a magical day and I hope to see you all again next year!

Your Healthy Happy Getaway: An All Day Retreat for Women On the Go

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Imagine if you could spend a day learning how to create the lifestyle that you’ve always wanted, so that you can enjoy the health and happiness that you deserve.

On this all-women’s retreat, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing.

If you feel stressed out, exhausted, overwhelmed, and are struggling to find the time and energy to keep up with your busy life – you’re not alone. And, it’s not your fault. We all have so many commitments and obligations; it’s easy to see why we often neglect our wants and needs. But on this retreat we will learn how to manage stress, decompress, love ourselves, and prioritize our mental/physical/emotional/spiritual well-being.

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We’ll have the day to do yoga, meditate, create vision boards, write positive affirmations, eat delicious plant-based food, listen to a nutrition workshop, and more. We’ll create an intention for the way we want to live our lives and we’ll learn how to carve out the time and space we need to live our dreams. We’ll finally be able to tend to ourselves, instead of constantly putting everyone else first.

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If you want to:

  • Relax, Recharge, Refresh
  • Be in the company of amazing women
  • De-stress and decompress
  • Do yoga and meditate
  • Receive a FREE mini massage from Takahashi Chiropractic while you are attending the retreat
  • Attend a workshop filled with information on how to be healthy, happy, and at peace with your body
  • Create a vision board that will make your dreams a reality
  • Be surrounded by nature in all its beauty
  • Eat delicious food catered by Pretty, Healthy Foods

Then this retreat is for you!

In order to ensure your continued health and happiness you will leave with:

  • A free one hour consultation with me (a $125 value)
  • A bundle of beautiful sage
  • A massage certificate for $29 from Takahashi Chiropractic
  • A free initial consultation with Brandon Takahashi at Takahashi Chiropractic
  • Organic, natural skin care from Zatik
  • Your new vision board
  • A sense of calm, peace, and tranquility
  • A deeper love for yourself
  • A community of women who share your wants and needs
  • Energy to fulfill your purpose in life

Join us on Saturday, October 10th, 2015 (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) in beautiful Temescal Canyon for the relaxing getaway you’ve earned. Space is limited so reserve this experience today by clicking the link below, which includes a reserved parking spot for the day!




Don’t need a parking spot – want to park on the street instead? Click below.




Your relaxing retreat awaits. I am excited to see you soon! Namaste.

 

 

 

Top Ten Best and Worst Foods for Your Health

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I saw this great compilation of the top 10 best and worst foods for health and longevity on Dr. Fuhrman’s site and had to share it with all of you. Of course a diet that’s rich in plant-based, whole foods is best for us, because these are the foods that are packed with nutrients, but are low in (bad) fat and calories. By contrast, the worst foods for us are processed and loaded with fat, salt, and calories. It’s easier than we think to include healthy foods in our diets, but it can be hard to cut down on unhealthy foods that we are used to eating.

If you’re struggling to eliminate processed foods from your diet, have a sweet tooth, or don’t know how to change your diet and lifestyle for the better, that’s what I’m here for! Contact me for a FREE initial consultation and we’ll get you started on looking and feeling your best. Remember that the foods on the worst list are the ones that not only contribute to weight gain and obesity, but they are largely responsible for diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. Change isn’t always easy, but it’s possible. Let’s work together to help you enjoy delicious foods that are healthy, while we crowd out junk that’s not serving you. Be radiant. Be well. Be the best you possible.

Cheers,

Christina <3