Food-Shui

Here is where I share everything that is 100% legal for the gluten-free Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) that saved my life from autoimmune illness without medication.

For all I struggled to get started on this diet nearly 10 years ago, the miraculous benefits of SCD made it worth learning all the tricks and food combinations and recipies that really worked!

Food Shui is my way to work with you to create balanced energy and a mindful, happy relationship with real food, even if you aren’t Paleo, gluten-free or SCD… these are dishes that even Omnivores embrace.

Plus: cooking is the most prosperous feng shui activity in a home!

And… oh yes, and there’s lots of cool food science when I find it, too. Love those insider tips, tonics and nutrional breakthroughs!

apple cinnamon detox water

Today’s #GlowMoreDaily (check out the whole glowing series on Instagram here!) is an Apple Cinnamon Detox Water that’s refreshing and unique.  If you aren’t a cinnamon super-fan yet, you will be soon!  Continue Reading…

pear ice pops

Staying super-hydrated is a challenge sometimes.  Not everyone likes to drink water.  It’s often unappealing on its own, but there are many ways to make it a better experience.

Frozen fruit pops are not a culinary revolution, but they are a simple reminder to get more liquid in every day, in refreshing ways.

These pear pops are a #GlowMoreDaily post of the week. And they kick off a series of very compelling reasons to hydrate yourself more and totally revolutionize your life!  Continue Reading…

diy gummy vitamin C hearts

Today’s #GlowMoreDaily is a yummy, gummy wellness treat. I admired them for a bit beacause they look like stained glass in the sun… and then I ate every single one!   Continue Reading…

coconut cashew gluten free cookies

(my favorite coconut cashew cookies)

I found a diet that saved my own life.  Recently, I’ve found cutting-edge doctors who finally agree with me. And science is finally catching up. With some luck, it will gain true mass-popularity, because when it works, it’s magic.

It’s not easy to start, but it’s so much easier once you learn how it goes.  It’s a diet used by people with gluten-sensitivities, IBD of all kinds, autoimmune illness like UC and Crohn’s and even Autism and Lupus. I’m not a doctor, but I’m sharing this diet today because I’ve recommended it so many times personally and privately as support for people being treated for various illnesses to bring to their own doctors that I am stepping up and sharing it more broadly.  Continue Reading…

lolipops
I haven’t had “candy” in so long it’s nuts, and I jumped at the chance to make some lollipops.

While these aren’t really durable as candy in the long term (they turn to toffee fast out of the freezer) if you can’t have sugar, this Honey Toffee candy is a super-treat.

The candy is from the classic SCD diet book “Breaking The Viscious Cycle” which I’ll be sharing much more of very soon as it’s a life-saver for so many (including me!) And the methodology of the candy has been amended to work in a way that seems to work!

Honey Toffee Candy

1/4 cup water
2 cups honey
1/2 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp bourbon vanilla extract, or whatever flavor extract you desire

Place honey, water and vinegar in a high sided sauce pan and bring to a gentle boil. Once the boiling occurs and it begins to foam, slightly reduce heat as you do not want to burn the honey.

If you have a candy thermometer the honey mixture should be done at around 300 degrees. If you do not have a thermometer, you can place a small amount of the mixture in cold water to see if it hardens and firms up. Then cook it even longer.

Cool it off by putting the bottom of the pot into cold water…then let it cool.  It’s easier to pour.

Place parchment or wax paper over a large baking sheet. Lay down your lollipop sticks if you’d like to be adventurous about 3 to 4 inches apart and teaspoon the mixture onto the stick … about half inch up.

Or pour on one big sheet on parchment paper and let it freeze, then shatter it while frozen.

Store it in the freezer… and it’s so satifying as it melts…!

xoxo Dana

 

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feng shui 101And, if you want to dive in to your own personalized feng shui in a modern, practical way, Say hello to Feng Shui 101.  Its the guide I made for you to create your own personalized feng shui at home, in the office, wherever you may be… in 8 weeks.  It’s not filled with strict rules or what you “must” do.  Its filled with information, questions, exercises and even videos and classes to help you confidently create amazing spaces with killer feng shui and live with more flow.   Learn more about the 8-week feng shui adventure & grab your copy to get started right HERE…  And, as always, please let me know what happens!

Turmeric Honey Lemonade

Today’s “GlowMoreDaily” is a Turmeric Lemonade that is wildly happy-making in my life.

Science agrees, too!

It was after I shared some compelling pieces of research comparing Turmeric to the prescription antidepressant Prozac on social media and watched the comments and notes fly in — people who alleviated years of depression, people who traded psych meds for curcumin pills with joy- that I knew there was more than a cool study happening.

Turmeric is magical.

I love creamy coconut Turmeric Tea to dose up on turmeric, but a much more convenient, and purifying, lemonade is everyday bliss.  You’ll be looking forward to every batch! Continue Reading…

pumpkin_table_martha

It’s Fall and my house is typically flooded with people, but this year’s vibrance of entertaining is starting a few beats later than usual.  It was 100 degrees up till a few weeks ago in LA, so we’re just getting to Fall… even though butternut squash has joined kabocha and cubed pumpkin in the packed aisles of Trader Joe’s grocery store.

I have a lot of catching up to do with the season. And it starts by having people over!

Today, I’m celebrating my giant pumpkin of an enameled cast iron pot along with a fresh white Paddle Board with dip bowls – both gifted from Martha Stewart Collection – with some entertaining amazingness you can have on deck for last-minute dinners and last-minute guests literally any time they come by.

First, this soup, fashioned by my sister Nicole, is everything you want in a soup: non-perishable ingredients you can keep on hand all season, a few simple steps and zero additives, chemicals, gluten or  anything but goodness.  You can sub in cubed pumpkin if you’d like, but I love this sweet-savory squash soup.

Super-Simple Carrot Squash Soup 

I lb butternut squash, peeled,seeded and cubed
1 lb carrots diced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter/ or olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 clove garlic minced
6 cups water
tsp. dried coriander
sprinkle of nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In large pot melt butter. You can substitute the butter for 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Add chopped onion and carrots; cook until onions begin to become translucent, about 7 minutes.

Add garlic, cook for 3 min.

Add carrots and the rest of ingredients.

Bring to a simmer and cook until squash and carrots are tender, about to 20 minutes. Remove squash and carrots with slotted spoon and place in a blender and puree. Return blended squash to pot.

Stir and season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Garnish with fresh Cilantro.

And this, one, made with frozen butternut squash, can literally be on deck for any time people pop over.  It’s wickedly impressive served in a giant pumpkin pot!

cheese_plate_martha

Now… for Fall Cheese Plate 101.

  • Keep some sturdy dried fruit on hand (dried fruits like dates and figs are long-lasting staples)
  • Nuts are great as well, and they are long-lasting. I store mine in well-fastened Mason Jars to keep them fresh longer.
  • I use all fresh fruits that are extremely Fall.  Apples, Pears, Pomegranates, and for a bit longer in California, Grapes…  Typically I’ll slide apples and toss them in lemon juice and a bit of honey to keep them from browning.  You can also roast grapes  and have them as a more savory addition to the platter.
  • Because I’m 100000% gluten-free, I reach for root chips to brighten up platters.  Pure carrot chips, or, in this case, organic beetroot chips, are spectacular.
  • Olives work too, but I stick to spicy, more robust flavors since Fall and Winter are more resonant with root veggies and rich flavors.
  • If you go for traditional cheese, go for creamy and lush. I like simple cheese like swiss and cheddar and feta in Spring and Summer with light veggies and light flavors.  Fall requires, in my mind, lots of triple cream!  Or anything luscious (even cashew cheese) that rounds out the plate with protien.
  • And you can always put out some honey or preserves with a spoon, too.

Gorgeous, taste-sensations, dynamic for conversation…  soup and a “cheese plate”- even vegan- is a whole spectrum of a meal.  It’s thrilling that each bite is something to compose and explore.

Pair it with some memorable serving plates (and even if these weren’t gifted to me, I’d recommend them emphatically!) and you have Fall meals to remember, even last-minute ones that come together with creative and heartfelt synergy!

Have loads of people over this Fall and Winter.  It’s the abundance-generator and the love-making move of the seasons ahead!!

xoxo  Dana

 

 

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feng shui 101And, if you want to dive in to your own personalized feng shui in a modern, practical way, Say hello to Feng Shui 101.  Its the guide I made for you to create your own personalized feng shui at home, in the office, wherever you may be… in 8 weeks.  It’s not filled with strict rules or what you “must” do.  Its filled with information, questions, exercises and even videos and classes to help you confidently create amazing spaces with killer feng shui and live with more flow.   Learn more about the 8-week feng shui adventure & grab your copy to get started right HERE…  And, as always, please let me know what happens!

Make Yoour Own Rules Cookbook

When Tara Stiles does anything it glows.

It’s like sparks flying, colors dancing, sretchy leggings that dance with prints of mountains and clouds, words-opening-up-worlds-of – creativity- and- possibility- type of glowing.

What’s most striking is that she does all this with great simplicity.  It’s easy to do Strala yoga, it’s easy for anyone to be excited about hand-knit beanies and Reebok yoga gear full of fun… It’s all without barriers to entry.  There’s no need to be perfect, but you feel more perfect when you enter the space of all these dancing stars!

Tara brings the same heart and soul awesomeness to the kitchen with her new Make Your Own Rules cookbook.  It’s out on November 3rd, and today she’s let me share a few of her recipies full of plants and gorgeous stories, to inspire all of you to start making your own rules in life… and when you cook! Continue Reading…