Happy New Year!

KimChiSproutsI hope y’all have had a happy and healthy start to your new year. I’ve been busy reflecting and figuring out what my goals and focus will be this year. I love to set goals!

Here are my top 3 recommendations:

1. Eat More Ferments (or Start!)

Fermented foods are tasty and good for your health. I find it’s the most effective and cost-effective way to get your probiotics. It’s easy too. Wondering how to start? I’ve got three good options for you.

  1. Attend a workshop – Here’s a link to Back to Basics or a refresher taught in my personal kitchen. I’ll be adding more dates and topics later this month.
  2. Get a copy of Lisa’s Counter Culture: Pickles and Other Well-Bred Foods and get going.
  3. Sign up for coaching or a session with me privately. Yes, this can be done remotely.

Herbal-coffee-ad-300x2502. Cut Caffeine

It’s easy to get hooked on caffeine to get through your day. This seems especially true for me during the dreaded afternoon slump (seems like we either reach for sugar or caffeine or both). Here are some excellent reasons to consider ending your relationship with caffeine or perhaps considering reducing your intake.

Good news is that I did find a great Herbal Coffee that is actually delish and good for you. I absolutely love the two organic hand-blended herbal coffee by Jessica from the amazing website, Delicious Obsessions. Be sure to mention Lisa’s Counter Culture for a free exclusive eBook of her coffee blend recipes with your coffee blend purchase. This eBook is not available anywhere else and is a $17.99 value.

Another good option is to add some bone broth to your day. Read my post on The Soup On Broth to find out how and why.

So far so good, cutting back caffeine has actually increased my focus and energy. But it does take a few days or perhaps a bit longer to acclimate. So don’t give up, you can do it.

3. Get Moving

Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 7.51.48 AMExercise or getting off your rear and stepping away from our devices is vital to our health. We are designed to move. Commit to a walk or try a Plank Challenge (How to do a Perfect Plank). My family has been having fun with our Plank Challenge. I actually managed a 4 minute plank yesterday.

Another favorite workout is the 7-Minute Workout. No fancy equipment or gym needed. And who can’t find 7 minutes during the day? I love short-burst interval exercises that you can do anywhere…so no more excuses. I personally use this free app to my 7-minute workout. Commit and get moving.

What are your resolutions this year? Let’s get inspired and share. Add your comments below.



The Soup on Broth

Is Bone Broth the New Superfood? Bone Broth is hip (in case you missed the memo). There is even a drive-through broth shop in New York. Kidding aside, people are returning to the basics and finding that there is excellent deep nutrition to be found in basic broths. Homemade stock and bone broth are much […]

Top 8 Reasons Why (Ferment) Storage Matters

Optimizes probiotic potency Boosts nutrient retention Reduces oxidation Maximizes a digestive healing program (i.e., AIP or GAPS) Maintains flavor and texture Reduces pathogenic mold or off-flavors Longer-term storage (garlic and kraut can easily keep for a year or longer) Optimizes fridge or cold storage space This article is specific to storing ferments after the active […]

Kauai: The Search for Good Eats (Part 2)

Part 2: Eating Out More to come: Part 3: Food to Pack In case you missed it, Part 1: Stocking Up Overview: It’s pretty easy to eat local, organic fresh food in Kauai. Many eateries have dedicated gluten-free menus printed (and on their websites) or menus with gluten-free items marked. I’m going to highlight the places […]

Kauai: The Search for Good Eats (Part 1)

Part 1: Stocking Up Coming Soon: Part 2: Eating Out and Part 3: Food to Pack Disclaimer: I absolutely LOVE Kauai and find almost everything tastes better here. So keep that in mind. I have been to Kauai at least six separate visits so far…perhaps a bit more. We tend to make certain indulgences on […]

Meal Ideas and a Workshop

Summer is winding down and fall is fast approaching…But the fermentation season is still going strong! I’ve was honored to contribute a guest post on Fermenting Green Tomatoes on my dear friend Jessica’s site, Delicious Obsessions. I love this site. Some of my favorite DIY and meal recipes are discovered on this jam-packed blog, recipe […]

Summer Fun and Official 2nd Edition Launch!

Summer time is here! I absolutely ADORE summer. Endless summer sounds like heaven to me here in California. I’ve been enjoying the expansion of my coaching practice (did you know that I offer this?) I can work with you locally or remotely on all sorts of health and wellness goals. From simple “How to hack […]

Make Your Own Cold Brew Decaf Coffee

My caffeine habit had started to sneak back up. My overall energy level had dropped and my sleep wasn’t as restful. I needed to detox or at least a caffeine vacation. A replacement or swap for my beloved afternoon tea and coffee was needed ASAP. My first thought is to think of a similar satisfying beverage.  […]

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