Archive for 2013

Optimum Health Institute – A Great Resource

I finally made it to a free Sunday open house tour (and dinner) at Optimum Health Institute (OHI), a gem in the Lemon Grove area of San Diego that focuses on a balance of body, mind and spirit.  All spiritual traditions are welcome at OHI. The San Diego spot has a nice relaxing atmosphere and […]

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Pumpkins R’Us

My first job as a teenager was baking unhealthy but oh-so-yummy muffins early in the morning at an L.A. shop. Decades later, I am still a fan of baking and sweets. Nowadays I experiment with healthier alternative sugars like coconut nectar syrup and coconut sugar, and gluten-free flours from buckwheat to chickpea to brown rice […]

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Grateful and Healthy

It’s the time of year for spending chilly days with loved ones and focusing on gratitude. As Oprah says, being grateful is by far the most powerful thing you can do to change your life. I keep a daily gratitude journal, noting even the small things like a colorful candle on my table or a […]

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Support Refugee Causes, Especially at Holidays

I had the pleasure of seeing Emmanuel Jal (pictured) speak and perform last weekend. A refugee from Sudan, he tells powerful stories of growing up in a war zone and refugee camp, losing relatives, and suffering from starvation. He motivated the crowd to make a difference through local youth programs and activism. International Rescue Committee […]

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Special Weekend for San Diego Veggie-Lovers

It’s an exciting time in San Diego for herbivores and their friends. For years, many other cities have had vegetarian festivals; it is wonderful to see San Diego catching up with the trend. This weekend is the second annual San Diego Veg Festival in North Park along Herman Ave between University Ave. and North Park […]

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Bad Ass Power Cookies Spice Up Life

Inspiring people in the worlds of fitness and healthy eating for years, John Lewis aka Bad Ass Vegan has done it again. Now this motivational man offers us a nutrition-conscious cookie. Read more of his personal health transformation story here. Like many health nuts, John would love how he felt eating spirulina, the green superfood […]

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Chocolate for a Cause

Rescue Chocolate is not only organic, vegan, fair-traded and certified kosher — all the things conscious shoppers want in their treats — but it’s delicious and the company gives 100% of the net profits to animal rescue groups around the U.S.! Each flavor represents a different rescue issue, and the chocolate bar names are creative: […]

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

The Power of Enough – Alchemy of Presence

I wanted to share an article written by my lovely friend Parminder Randhawa. She is a Certified Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master who also leads women’s healing circles, dance events, and personal growth workshops.   For more info on Alchemy of Presence, contact Parminder at (858) 444-7993 or email  In an age constantly pushing us towards more, I am […]

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Snacking on Superfoods

It’s been fun experimenting with new organic superfoods lately, with Navitas Naturals serving as one of the main companies I purchase from.  Tart goldenberries from South America supply Vitamin A, fiber and protein. Even tastier for snacks and smoothies are goji berries, full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant-rich mulberries. Coconut fans will love some of […]

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Power to the Young Ladies

So many people in San Diego are doing vital work to help the community. Among that crowd you’ll find 100 Strong San Diego members Jacqueline Penhos and Olivia Dixon mentoring young women. The two ladies hosted the Women Empowerment and Career Enhancement 1st Annual Fundraiser on Sept. 7 at World Beat Center.  Speakers included Dr. […]

Sunday, September 8th, 2013