My first encounter with Trader Joe’s was through a beautiful care package sent years ago from Northern California by a dear friend. I do not remember any of the goodies she sent me except one: The Comodyne Oat Towels, the best make-up remover on planet earth! Soon after, I started my frequent business trips to San Jose and going back to Trader Joe’s to pick up more of my Oat Towels was a mere necessity. What would have been a simple errand run on my first stop in this store turned into a memorable experience. The place instantly filled me with a sense of comfort, curiosity and community. A grocery store like no other, Trader Joe’s is even easier to love and enjoy with this one brilliant idea: A cookbook and shopping handbook designed specifically for it. [Read more…] about Recipes for Happiness: Cookbooks Exclusively Made for Trader Joe’s
One of the best things that can happen to us in life is discovering a passion, or watching someone close to us discover theirs. In this case, it is my husband who made the discovery, and I his spectator. This was not a thundering bolt of a discovery full of drama and a change of lifestyle overnight. That’s the stuff of novels and movies. His was a quiet, leisurely and slowly yet steadily growing passion. The object of desire: Cooking. He is surprisingly talented in the kitchen too. His methodical approach, well-refined with precision, attention and creativity, are the ultimate recipe of success! And yes, the pun is well-intended and brings me to the topic of this post: A vegan fall soup recipe to your health and well-being. [Read more…] about Wholesome Eating: A Fall Vegan Soup Recipe
The Quest for Creativity through Food:
How well do you eat during the busy days of the week? Eating well does not mean never indulging, and if that were the case, I would cheat often! Eating well is enjoyable and rewarding and smart. And eating well sets your mind free to be sharp, to produce, to create, to write, to think, to plan, to accomplish, to focus, and to break old boundaries and habits. And to be the best blogger you can be with all the energy and creativity which shall abound from good food!
The exploration of food in the recent years of my life has more than just helped me shed those stubborn last 15 pounds. It has helped me get to know my body and the workings of my inner system to the point that I can recognize reasons why I may not feel well at times, and I can often, with the right nutrition and care, reset my clock in less than 24 hours. Here are some of the learning for you!
Food is not just fuel and we do not eat merely to survive. Diets would be much easier if that were all we ate food for. Good food satisfies our hunger. Good food lifts our energy. Good food makes us happy. Good food feeds our brain. And good food is welcomed by the body because it promotes its highest inclination, that of staying strong and healthy.
My taste buds used to change every 3 to 6 months or at longest, every year. I would lose desire or taste for my favorite meals and snack. My borderline obsessive health discovery journeys have sped that up as I look and test to find the very right ways to feed my body and do justice to my cravings. Incidentally, over 2 years ago, I lost all craving for granola, one of my favorite snacks and meals.
[Read more…] about Making the Perfect Granola at Home