At the beginning of each year, I give a special gift to my community.
I ‘m asked all the time what cookbooks I recommend, what my favorite foodie sites are, which blogs I follow, what beauty products I like…
So I made you a resource list…a guide for “clean living.”
If you are new to adding more plants in your diet or staying away from processed foods or just need a few more cool cookbooks to check out, you will love my list.
AND speaking of cookbooks…I am giving away a FREE Crazy Sexy Kitchen, by Kris Carr. All you have to do to win is leave a comment below with your “clean living” recommendation. I will pick randomly from the comments and will announce the winner on Monday, January 21st. Right here on this post.
OUR LOVELY WINNER IS
“I just adore Kris.”
In a nutshell, you strive to eat more whole foods (a lot of greens, gluten-free grains, and organic produce), you use natural ingredients when cooking, and you are eco-conscious. You tend to follow the 80/20 guideline: 80% of the time you eat clean, move your body, practice gratitude; you do what makes you feel amazing. The other 20%, you go out with your girlfriends, have wine, eat pizza at the birthday party…all without guilt. You listen to your body and really tap into the body, mind, and spirit connection.
Obviously there are tons of great resources out there, with recipes, nutrition info, forums, etc… you just need to know where to look. Everything from recipes to cookbooks and nutrition, to blogs are on my list. All my favorites in one place just for you.
And of course, if you got one that I left off the list, feel free to add it in the comments. (You can win a prize while you are at it, too!)
Here’s my love list:
(Win a copy!): I absolutely adore Kris, and I was so stoked to get her new cookbook, Crazy Sexy Kitchen. I recently made the Save the Tuna Salad on Rye, and I must say one word; heaven. Plus the pictures are to die-for! This cookbook will inspire you to experiment in the kitchen with new foods (think seaweed) as well as favorites like kale and quinoa.
: I started following Sarah’s blog a few years back. Then I got lucky and won a free copy from Hooked and Happy . AND now I’m “hooked” on the recipes. The green and Red Lentils Enchiladas are delish! Also, I enjoy reading her stories that go along with the recipes. Sarah is so down-to-earth and practical and knows what your kids will eat without forcing the “no dessert if you don’t eat your peas!” rule. You might have to switch out some of the ingredients with natural sugars, but this cookbook has great ideas for kids especially if you get the turned up nose thing at the dinner table.
: I am really digging raw foods and using new tools like a dehydrator and nut milk bag. Sarma’s book is beautiful…it makes you want to eat the food right off the pages. If you ever have been to Pure Food and Wine in NYC, you will know why I picked this book. The food is out-of-this-world delicious. There are tons of amazing smoothie and salad recipes to try, and I keep finding new things to make all the time. What a treasure!
: Staying Healthy with the Seasons is an oldie but goodie. I think I bought this book over 10 years ago, but I always go back to it for information on seasonal eating and the connection of nature and our bodies. Did you know the kidneys and bladder rule the winter season? Therefore we need to eat certain foods (i.e. adzuki beans) to support these organs to keep us in balance at this time of year. Fascinating. This is such a fun book to have on your bookshelf so you can reference it as the seasons change.
: The Desire Map is actually a program; a collection of soul-searching multi-media goodness. I ordered my kit a few weeks ago and have already dived into the first book. Danielle is a brilliant writer, and I’ve seen her speak live, and let me tell you, her voice can put you in a state of calm instantly. She is so wise, real, and kick ass (with a touch of love). She talks about how you want to “feel” when it comes to what you desire in life. I’m excited to have this resource guide me this year.
6. Justine Musk: Now this lovely lady is a friend of mine; she’s a brilliant, I mean, BRILLIANT, writer. Justine recently wrote this blog post that sparked every cell inside of me. Take a look: it is time for you to go on an adventure .
Also she has a free download I have up in my office: 25 Badass Ways to Say NO. I like #3 (I’d rather stick needles in my eyes.) AND #14 (My ladyballs are not that big). I’m not sure if I’ll ever say #14 out loud, but I like it! Justine’s 25 ways are great reminders to take care of yourself.
7. Daily Love: I read this blog everyday. In fact, I get a message of Love each day in my inbox. Mastin writes about his daily life and how to connect with others as well as with ourselves. Very honest and thought provoking… as he states on his site, it’s like getting a daily dose of e-multivitamin for your soul.
In fact, read his latest post: Why we should forgive Lance Armstrong, right now
8. Gluten-Free Goddess: A big part of eating clean is adding in gluten-free options. Karina does a fantastic job of using gluten-free ingredients in her recipes. Muffins, cupcakes, soups, and appetizers…and she even has an informative going gluten-free cheat sheet and baking tips for those who want to go full-force. I love going to this blog for inspiration and new ideas on the gluten-free front.
9. 101 Cookbooks: I’m a huge fan of this blog! If you are a foodie, you need to visit (that’s if you haven’t already!). The recipes are delicious, and I like how Heidi documents the process of the cooking steps. She calls it a recipe journal. Love it! Pictures are beautiful as well as the recipes are easy to switch up to your liking or you can follow along step-by-step.
10. Favorite post: This post will get your juices flowing for the New Year. Scott Dinsmore of Live Your Legend wrote this amazing blog post on productivity. I know I fall into the habit of saying, “I’m just so busy! I don’t have time for ___________.” You too?
Read How Richard Branson Started Over 400 Companies: The Most Productivity (and Confidence) Hack of All Time. You will be surprised by Richard’s one word answer to getting shit done.
11. WELL in L.A.: My lovely friend, Monique (see #12), introduced me to Erin and her site, and I fell in love instantly. The graphics, colors, photographs…and the best part, clean living! I visit her blog all the time to just look at her pictures. Beautiful! She writes about the clean life regarding food, clothing, products, and her message is crystal clear: connect, play, and continue to be your super healthy and ultimate best self. Live well.
12. Goddess Huntress: My girl, Monique, has the #1 non-toxic beauty site out there in cyber land. Hands down. Goddess Huntress is my go-to site for any questions I may have regarding paraben-free makeup or safe sunscreen for my kids,etc… She also gives away tons of cool beauty products and does reviews so you are informed on the safest and latest for your body. I trust her 100%, and she has been our beauty expert for the Renewal Detox programs.
13. Dr. Aklaitis: The BEST plant-based skin cream in the world. I use the eye cream religiously each night, and the I love the fact that all the ingredients can be eaten. A good rule: don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat. This is extremely hard to do, but with the Dr. Aklaitis products, easy as pie. Even Giselle thinks so. I’m also digging the Nourishing Treatment Oil. It smells divine and you can use it on your face, body and hair. So lovely.
14. Vitamix: Okay, I have a huge crush…on my Vitamix. I made a delicious after-workout smoothie with kale, banana, almond butter, Vega protein powder, and coconut milk. And it was fast and easy with my mac-daddy blender. You can make soups, stews, frozen daiquiris (just like in college!). You can make anything, I swear. It saves me in the kitchen especially when I need to puree ingredients for a quick soup. If you don’t have one yet, save every penny you can to purchase one this year.
15. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead: This documentary is about an Aussie who lost a huge amount of weight when he started juicing. He travels to America to help another guy with the same rare disease juice for 60 days. Pretty cool film and a repeat from last year’s guide. I am truly inspired by Joe.
16. Hungry for Change: This film is riveting and edgy plus extremely educational. As a nation, we need to take charge of our wellness NOW. The American diet is destroying our health, and this film uncovers the truth about sugar, processed foods,etc… You HAVE to watch Hungry for Change. Have your kids watch it with you. It will change the way you think about your health. You can watch 20 minutes of the film on hungryforchange.tv to get a taste of the vital message.
17. MC Yogi: Need something fun to listen to during the work day or while you prepare dinner? I truly enjoy listening to MC Yogi’s soundtrack; it’s a mixture of hip hop, Sanskrit, world music. It’s kinda like taking yoga off your mat and onto the dance floor. The messages in his songs are spiritual and fun at the same time. You can download a free song or hear samples of his music on his site. (My favorite song is Hanuman by the way).
18. Origin Magazine: I’m a magazine junkie, and Origin by far is one of my favorites (along with People, but that is another story and you can’t compare the two. No way!). When it comes to humanity, sustainability, art, lifestyle, music, I can get lost here. I soak in each story about Russel Simmons, Jane Fonda, Deepak Chopra, Julia Styles… the interviews are raw and honest.
19. VegNews: Another mag I pick up each month is the fun VegNews. The writing is flirty and carefree, but it’s also packed with tons of information on health news, recipes, and pop culture in the veggie world.
20. Wild Sister Magazine: Each month I look forward to downloading my new copy, curling up on the coach with a cup of nice tea, and sinking into each article written by powerful women from all over the world. Goddess Leonie and Gabby Bernstein are contributors as well as many beautiful, soulful, intelligent women from New Zealand to the U.S. Also, I’m honored and proud to be a writer for Wild Sister. Very.
Check out a few of these resources and tell me what you discovered. A new recipe? A new blog to inspire you? A new wellness tip?
Now I want to hear from you. Add your clean living resource in the comments below. I’m sure there are tons of great resources I forgot to mention.
**I read blogs from many health coaches, fitness experts, mommy bloggers who write the best entertaining and amazing content. Mommyologist, The Literal Mom, Savory Simple, The Mongul Mom are just a few. I am working on a special list that contains my clients’ and friends’ blogs and books. Stay tuned!
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