Archive for Month: January 2011

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An afternoon with the winemaker at Schug Carneros Estate

Last summer I interviewed Mike Cox, winemaker at Schug Carneros Estates.  I had just learned that not all wine is vegan and Mike’s interview educated me further.  At the conclusion of the interview Mike suggested I visit next time I was in Sonoma. I did.  On a grey, cold day in Sonoma earlier this month my husband, two friends and I visited Schug Carneros Estates. Mike had quite an experience planned for us! We started outside. A few interesting tidbits: *Schug sits on 50 acres in Sonoma, in the Carneros appellation. *The Chardonnay grapes are on the flats, the Pinot […]

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Vegan Pizza Day…was yesterday

I’m addicted to vegan food blogs so it really didn’t take long to figure out that Saturday, January 29 was Vegan Pizza Day. Having just come off of a cleanse I really didn’t want to 1) go to a restaurant, 2) buy a processed frozen pizza, or 3) use processed foods on a pizza. So, I decided to get creative. Okay, I did start with a prepared whole wheat pizza dough, which I brought to room temperature and rolled out. Then I added: *A layer of Cashew Cheese Modification:  I used red wine (that’s what I had) and just 1T […]

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Fitness Friday: Motivation

My 12-week half-marathon training plan began January 10 but, oops, I started cleansing on January 16.  Don’t get me wrong. You can work out when cleansing, I just happen to lose my desire to do so.  The first part of the cleanse I’m a bit lethargic and have low-energy. When does my energy bounce back? Usually over the weekend that I’m either fasting (Master Cleanse) for three days, or, in the case during this cleanse, juicing and eating small, raw meals. Not easy (or recommended) to work out when fasting! Throw in a few snow and ice storms, the most […]

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Juicing & Raw Foods on the Cleanse

On days one through six of the cleanse I enjoyed meals packed with whole, healthy foods. This led up to a three-day juice/raw food diet. Oh, there was juice!  Here’s how it shook out: Saturday: Lemon water upon waking, 8am juice, 10am juice, noon juice, 2pm juice, 3-5pm Master Cleanse beverage (water, maple syrup, lemon juice and cayenne pepper) as needed, 6pm juice. Sunday: Lemon water upon waking, 8am juice, 10am and noon Master Cleanse beverage and then…..food: 2pm Spinach-Papaya Salad 6pm  “Udon Noodle” Soup I loved both of the raw meals. My husband, the omnivore?  Not so much. I […]

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Cakebread Cellars: A wine tasting primer + A tasting

In December I got a tweet from Cakebread Cellars: “Our wines are vegan!”  You don’t have to tell me twice!  (See my post Vegan Wine? if the concept of “vegan wine” is new to you.) We exchanged email addresses and the next thing I knew I was planning to meet the fine folks at Cakebread on my trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley in January. I asked if the winemaker would consider writing a tasting “primer” for me, and my readers, in advance of the trip.  I am so happy she said yes! *** Meet the winemaker:  Julianne Laks […]

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Fitness Friday: Treadmill games

I’m two weeks into my half-marathon training, following Hal Higdon’s 12-week novice training program.  His training programs have gotten me through two marathons and sixteen half-marathons since 2004.  Why novice as I approach my seventeenth half-marathon? I alternate between the novice and intermediate programs, based on where I am at that moment in my training.  I took a good deal of time off from running in the fall to nurse an IT band issue so my base is only about 9 – 12 miles a week; novice feels right for winter training.  Winter training. Sigh.  We have had so much […]

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This is cleansing? Nutty porridge, red beans & rice, quinoa salad, and more!

Before I get to my cleansing eats I want to share something fun.  On Monday I was guest blogger on Bitt of Raw.  It was Bitt’s post: 10 ways anyone can include MORE raw food into one’s diet that inspired me to go higher raw. Stop by Bitt’s great blog for information on vegan, gluten-free and raw eats, and check out GUEST POST: JL goes high raw! *** The Cleanse is on! Last Friday my nutrition counselor, Jill, wrote a guest post describing the cleanse I’m on.  It’s day four and it’s going well  — I dragged a bit on […]

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Vibrant Vegan Vegetable Dishes (or My First Vegan Cooking Class)

I experienced my first vegan cooking class! Actually, my first cooking class ever.  Okay, my husband and I did sign up for a cooking class several years ago, with another couple, for a Valentine’s Day dinner at a local culinary school but the school accepted way too many people for the class and essentially had 6 -8 people assigned to one cooking station.  The result?  I sat back and drank lots of wine (as in major headache the next morning) and watched everyone else hover around doing nothing. I learned zero and therefore did not consider it a cooking class.  […]

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Three San Francisco / Napa Valley restaurant reviews on This Dish is Veg!

I recently visited San Francisco and Napa Valley and wrote three restaurant reviews for This Dish is Veg. Check them out! Millennium in San Francisco Ubuntu in Napa Saha in San Francisco. Be sure to add This Dish is Veg to your RSS Reader! Don’t miss TDIV’s animal rights, vegan, vegetarian, and eco-friendly news! Have you eaten at Millennium, Ubuntu or Saha?  How was your experience?

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Fitness Friday: The Nutritional Cleanse

For this week’s edition of Fitness Friday I’ve invited my nutrition counselor, Jill Mulholland, to write a guest post on cleansing. What does this have to do with fitness? Everything!  Fitness, for me, is about nutrition, exercise and overall wellness. Why now? Because I’m beginning a two-week cleanse Sunday. Is this a diet? No.  I’m not dieting.  Cleansing is not about weight loss. Will I be posting a daily journal? As some of you know, I posted daily during my fall cleanse on my Facebook page (you can read my daily and summary journal posts here) but during this winter […]

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San Francisco and Napa Valley: (some of) The Food!

I had a wonderful trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley!  I joined my husband in San Francisco mid-week (he was there for a conference) and on Friday we drove to Napa Valley to meet our friends, Lisa and Vince, who flew up from San Diego. Once the trip was over, as I looked at all of my photos and notes, I knew that I had way too much material for one post.  Here’s the posting plan: 1.  This post taking you through a few meals via photos. 2.  One post on our visit to Cakebread Cellars. 3.  One post […]

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Vegan Breakfast Casserole

I recently shared this recipe on Healthy Living Blogs and decided it deserved a post of it’s very own (the original recipe is buried in a much longer post!) JL’s Vegan Breakfast Casserole Serves 4 Pre-heat oven to 375; Spray a baking dish with olive oil Saute the following in a skillet for about 8 minutes: 1T olive oil 1 half of a small yellow onion, diced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 small stalks of celery, diced 2 small carrots, diced 1 half of a large green pepper, diced 2 cups of kale, torn into small pieces Dash of […]

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Fitness Friday: Scale? What scale?

On January 1st I declared: January diet? Nope, I bought bigger clothes. Skipping a diet does not mean that I’m not concerned about my health or fitness. I’m just no longer fixated on being “skinny.”  More specifically, I’m not interested in targeting a number on a scale that requires me to diet year-long to stay there. I intend to CONTINUE to work out and eat right.  With that, I plan to write a Fitness Friday blog post for a couple of weeks to stay in touch with you about how this new found liberation is going.  I’ll rely on you […]

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The (higher) raw vegan adventure

Before I get to my adventures in raw food I wanted to share fun news!  One of my blog posts is now syndicated on BlogHer.com!  Check out January Diet? Nope, I bought new clothes, now part of this fabulous initiative: I am honored to be a part of the Own Your Beauty campaign! *** The (higher) raw vegan adventure No, I am not “going raw,” but, as I mentioned in my 2011 “firsts and repeats” post, I do hope to incorporate more raw foods into my vegan diet. Check out the benefits of a raw diet from Kristen’s Raw. Sunday […]

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2011: Firsts & Repeats + New Year’s Beans & Greens

Friends, I want to thank you for the overwhelming response, via comments and email, to my New Year’s Day post January diet? Nope, I bought bigger clothes. Your kind words and sentiments mean so much! And, because I’m your friend, my boots are made by Novacas and I purchased them from Moo Shoes. *** 2011 Resolutions?  Nope.  Goals?  Sort of. I have decided to approach 2011 with a spirit of anticipation—to look forward to several firsts and repeats as a journey, not a destination.  Here are a few things I anxiously await experiencing. Firsts! This year I will not diet. […]

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January diet? Nope, I bought bigger clothes.

Hey, if I could embrace my grey hair in 2010, after dying it for 20+ years, why not embrace a few extra pounds? Each January, for the past five years, I’ve found myself weighing about 8 – 10 pounds over my “happy weight.”  I would buy the latest edition of The South Beach Diet, re-enroll in the online Weight Watchers plan or purchase a personal training package from my gym. I would diet. By March or April I would find myself down 10 -13 pounds, below my “happy weight.”  I would spend my spring and summer running marathons (now half-marathons) […]

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