take care of your eyes!

Your eyes are the window to the world. It's important that you take care of them. Eat lots of fruits and veggies! Carrots, loaded with beta carotene are especially helpful in maintaining healthy eyes. That's because beta carotene is an antioxidant that reduces the risk of macular degeneration.

my entire family thinks i have an eating disorder!

About 25 years ago, I started suffering from World War III ransacking my gut.  It was not only incredibly painful, but also extremely embarrassing. As soon as I’d eat (or even mid-way through a meal), I’d get horrendously bloated, have excruciating pain and have no idea what the culprit was. Often times whatever bomb that was exploding in my gut was so humil...

wake up in the morning and drink water

Ideally, we should be drinking at least 64-80 oz of water a day.  Water help our bodies detoxify, fight off infection and can even help with weight loss. Here are some ideas to help you get enough in. 1.  As soon as you wake up in the morning drink a cup of hot water and lemon 2. A few minutes later, follow it up with an 8 oz glass of room temperature w...

your holiday tummy tamer

It’s no surprise that people overeat during the Holiday seasons, especially during Thanksgiving. Overeating can not only cause unwanted weight gain, but can also have side effects such as pain, discomfort, depression, sleepiness, and feelings of guilt. Who would want to experience that just from overeating? While I would never recommend that you over-i...

hibiscus pomegranate tea

Pomegranates are in season!  You'll love this tea that you can drink warm or cold! 1/4 cup loose hibiscus tea, or 12 herbal tea bags that contain hibiscus 4 cups boiling water 1 cup pomegranate juice or nectar 4 cups cold water Lemon wedges, for garnishPreparation 1.Steep loose tea (or tea bags) in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. 2.Strain the...

salad jars

I absolutely love these Ball® mason jars. They are ideal for fresh preserving recipes such as salsas, syrups, sauces, fruits and vegetables. Make a salad, place the dressing on the bottom, fruits and lighter greens on the top and shake when you're ready to eat.  They stack perfectly in your refrigerator and pantry as well. Stock up today so you have a pla...

grateful for the bigger picture

A few weeks ago, I received an upsetting phone call from one of the yoga studios for whom I had been teaching a few classes. My classes were being cut. I was stunned, hurt, angry and immediately began to question myself. Did the students not like me? Was I not a good teacher? Were people complaining? It’s so easy to go to that negative place where insecurity...

my favorite kitchari recipe

About a month ago, I did an Aruyvedic cleanse.  I was required to eat Kitchari every day since it has a ton of protein but it's so easy to digest. I spent time searching through recipes so I wouldn't get bored.  Since then, It's become a staple in my diet this last month.  It's something I look forward to not only eating, but cooking as well!  It’s really ea...

I believe in the power of fruits and veggies. don't you?

I like real food

if it's got more than one ingredient in it, reconsider.......

pumpkin rice risotto

Ingredients: 1 cup of gluten-free white rice 2 cups of water 2 cups of vegetable stock (organic) 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 3/4 cup onion, finely minced 1 cup pumpkin, puree (not pumpkin pie filling) 2 cups of frozen peas (organic) Spices: 1/4 teaspoon of the followin...

exercises you can do when you're stuck in bed

A few weeks ago, I received a private message on my  Facebook Fan page : Hayley, love what you do and your attitude. Having said that, I am on FB with a large group of folks that have debilitating and invisible illnesses. Many of us are unable to care for our most basic daily needs… It would be soooo helpful if you could offer helpful methods...

the "real" cucumber water

Cucumbers are now known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol—three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers. In addition, they have major anti-oxidant and anti-inflammotory proper...

the good, the bad and the ugly on SOY

For the past twenty years, I’ve been extremely health conscious.  I’ve been trying to cultivate an optimal vegan diet, pouring over labels, reading words I could not pronounce, in an attempt to make sure I was getting an adequate amount of protein and other essential nutrients into my diet.  I took the time to plan all of my meals and added products, includi...

another yummy avocado salad!

YUM YUM YUM! Try this nutritious and delicious, cleansing avocado salad. So perfect for this time of the year! 1 avocado split in half - do not peal out the center, just take out the pit yellow peppers diced in small pieces cilantro sprinkled on top cherry tomatoes sliced in half green onions chopped pine nuts sprinkled on top

sun-dried tomato hummus with raw veggies and gluten free tortillas

I got the inspiration for this recipe from my friend, Dennisse Lisseth , founder of the Green, Healthy & Fit . I played with it a little bit and now want to share it with you. Ingredients: 2  cups garbanzo beans soaked overnight (you can use a 15 ounce can Chickpeas drained and rinsed) 1 garlic clove 1/4 cup Sun-dried Tomatoes in Oli...

raw dark chocolate glazed red velvet donuts

donuts: 3 cups almond meal 2 1/2 cups dried shredded unsweetened coconut 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp agave nectar or honey 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 small 2 inch chunk of organic raw red beet (or enough to color the cake red) raw chocolate glaze: 1/2 cup melted coconut oil 1/2 cup raw cacao powder a pinch sea salt 1/4 cup agave nectar...

the 100 workout!

Try this one on for size.  I bet your quads will be burning for days!

do you love your yoga mat? i love my luvmat!

For all of you yogis out there, I have found this FABULOUS yoga mat that I absolutely LOVE! And guess what - the company's name is  LuvMat ! Their belief? That every being's truest desire is to be acknowledged, listened to and LOVED. If you support personal empowerment, check out their website,  www.luvmat.com

easy, avocado salad

an easy raw, vegan salad i love to eat.... 2 swiss chard leaves to place salad on 2 ripe avocados, in thick slices 1 red onion, sliced in half moons a generous handful of cilantro cherry tomatoes, sliced in half olive oil drizzled on top pinch of Himalayan sea salt & pepper