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!

make your own rules diet

Today I raced through Hollywood to get to a very special yoga party.  Typically I don’t do yoga.  Nor do I do anything on Sunday morning except go to my Buddhist temple. But this was not an ordinary Sunday… it was a Tara Stiles Sunday Strala Class and book party!   Hovering over a sunny Hollywood, dancing around on a yoga mat, nothing could be better!

Feeling open, free, full of green juice, orange juice and loads of spaciousness and love, today I wanted to talk a bit about doing life your own way.

dana claudat

Early mornings in the W Hollywood are colorful lights and lots of shining space.  A perfect place for a morning like this!

Tara is the proponent of making your own rules for everything.  While she’s known for yoga, her spirit of staying connected to everything she loves… her own Tao… filled the space.  The room was filled with the most gorgeous pants I’ve ever seen in a yoga class- cloud pants, rainbow stripes, all part of her line wth Reebok) , and jewel toned mats to match the crowd.  Super fun music was spinning beside me in a DJ booth.  The breakfast afterward at the pool was an array of favorite recipies from her book all about… yes… staying connected to the things that make you happy.   In the case of Make Your Own Rules Diet, it’s about staying connected to the food you eat and becoming intuitive, choosing foods that make you happy and finding your best way to eat.

strala yoga

Fun stuff, right?!

Diets and Me are a tricky situation.  When my dad was in jail when I was only 11 he sent me a package of two books.  It was the Pritikin Program book and another book called Fit For Life.   He sent his super-skinny young daughter a letter and two diet books from his white collar prison.  For some reason I still admired him since he was my father and I was compelled to read them intently.

Within a year of that gift I had thoroughly indoctrinated myself in the rules of both books combined.  I am not going to say that this kick started my deacade of near-death anorexia, but I will say that these two books stand out as a shimmering guidepost on my journey into a young hell.  The rules of when and how to eat, the rules of what and how many calories could be configured like a game.  I was taking power-walks in the freezing cold in New Jersey and turning yellow from the lack of protien.  My family doctor thought my liver might be failing. My hair was pouring out.  I took naps in school in the nurses office until they threatned to expell me if I didn’t go to a hospital. I knew that death was on the horizon when I skid down into the 80lb range at 5’9″.

My own turning point was a time I still can’t articulate and definately don’t want to oversimplify, but it happened and it can happen for you if you are struggling.  It was borne of loving so much more of my life than my self-imposed death.  It was a giant act of rebellion against all the rules I learned in these books to learn to feed myself and to get well.

That’s why I don’t work with rules.  I work with people and spaces.  That why my friends don’t color in the lines… they create the lines.  I’ve gravitated toward a life that is the opposite of dogma. There’s still lots of structure and responsibility in life and tons that has to get done.  There are best practices, wise ways to approach situations, good advice… But no rules.

Tara Stiles lives the no-rules philosophy.  The Tao Of You is what Strala yoga is all about.  There’s no wrong thing to do in a Strala class.  There’s no bad.  There’s a lot of lauching, cheering and a ton of breakthroughs.  In the middle of the class my friend looked at me and said, “Wow! I’ve never been able to do a Crow pose before!” And that’s what happens.

Did you know that in some cultures women aren’t told that they can’t have kids after a certain age so they have babies into their 50’s? Did you know that rules you adopted that you don’t really even believe in, or perhaps fear, could be making your life really difficult for no good reason?

Here’s what I’ve learned from years of knowing and adoring Tara about making your own rules…

It works.

It works.

It works.

And you only have to be able to stand in the truth of who you are and allow yourself to have the happiness and lightness and space all around you.  We all have our bad habits, environments that make us feel less-than-awesome and the times when everything is heavy.

It’s OK.

You can find lightness anywhere. She’s showed me that, too.

It works.

And its so deceptively simple to move in ways that make you feel good, to wear clothes that make you feel good, to choose friends that make you feel good… to even design a whole life that makes you feel good.

But it works.

She lives it. It works.  People around the world are living it.  It works.  The ways she’s inspired me have been game-changing. Yep, it works,

Check out Make Your Own Rules Diet for the inspiration, the awesome food and the very straight talk about being who you are, where you are, as you are.  I’m so excited to read this on the plane to Japan tomorrow!!!  Let me know what you think! Do you make your own rules with food? With life? Would you dare to do it??? 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!

chakra foods

(dahn yoga)

This clever chart of chakra colors and foods is a very fun way to see what colors you might want to eat more of this season.  Stick to local and seasonal food as much as you can.

If you are looking at this and thinking, “What is a chakra?” THIS big round up & introduction to chakras will help you to understand and test out a little chakra energy adjusting for yourself!    xoxo Dana

pumpkin pie  Pumpkin Pie is not just a holiday thing, its a Fall thing in my life.  Growing up, our pumpkin pie came from the apple orchards at the shore.  With fields of pumpkin as extensive as the apple trees, they took the pumpkin very seriously.  With an overtone of nutmeg that

I never had any other time of the year, orchard pumpkin pie  was something I could even convince my grandma to let me have for breakfast.  I still do it, today, but in a new version without grain, sugar or dairy…!

You can make this with butternut squash or kabocha squash that is peeled, seeded, roasted in coconut oil, cooled  and then pureed. But I stick to pumpkin… and its awesome! Continue Reading…

sunflower smoothie

Today, I needed to start an energy-smoothie-streak.

Not only do I have a pile of very fun stuff to finish, I have a bunch of parties to visit…and of course that’s really my motivation to get energized!

Did you know that your brain alone- just thinking critically and not even moving from a chair- requires a massive amount of calories and nutrients to be brilliant?! Continue Reading…

Stay-Well Tonic!

cider vinegar tonic

This is an easy one to keep in your repertoire of stay-well goodies as the seasons change.

Stay Well Tonic

  • 1 TB Cider Vinegar (*I do raw, the unpasturized one, but any will do)
  • 1 TB Honey (*can be raw or regular, just make sure its real honey, there have been reports about some honey not actually being honey lately, but mixed with corn syrup, etc)
  • a few strong shakes of cayenne pepper
  • 1 lemon, juiced.

Mix it all up in a mug and add near-boiling water.

If you are a fan of drinking hot water and lemon in the morning, this is a nice switch that harkens back to the master cleanse but with much more potent kick of the apple cider vinegar.  Surprisingly, though, I find it very drinkable.

Tip: if you drink it slowly, keep a spoon nearby to keep stirring or your last sips with be all cayenne pepper!

Every time I drink it, especially if I feel allergic or a sore throat,  I feel 100%  better!!!  I hope you do, too! Enjoy!  xoxo Dana

 

coconut carrot cake paleo scd

Coconut carrot cake… topped with white chocolate buttercream.  I am thinking this is worthy of a celebration all by itself!  Continue Reading…

healthy life lounge rainbow juice

(healthy life lounge) 

One fabulous form of color for your life comes from the spectrum of colored plants that can paint your life in fresh energy.

I’ve noticed that I intuitively have more blueberries when I’m looking for more creative vision in my life, I get into red foods when I want to feel more grounded… its something I think I do after years of working with chakras and feng shui colors.

If you have no idea what a chakra is, THIS piece from Mind Body Green will get you up to speed. 

If you didn’t know that there were feng shui colors, THIS post will fill you in as to the power of colors in feng shui.  

If this all sounds too far-out for you, this can be simplified greatly.

Think about it: On a basic level we do eat with our eyes (more on this HERE as it’s been scientifically tested!) as well as our digestive system, so the colors of your food do make a difference in some way even if it’s purely aesthetic!

Why not eat and drink more rainbows… especially if it could possibly change your mood and even your magnetism?! Continue Reading…

biscotti

Today I took a snapshot of my morning snack. I eat a whole lot when I write a lot (mental energy burns calories!) and I wasn’t intending this to be on the blog, but I had to share it.

Almond Biscotti are something I haven’t had for over 10 years.  Longer.  I’ve had to- long before it was trendy- give up all grain and gluten and even sugar and most sugar substitutes except honey- to spare myself a life of living on steriods and other scary medications to treat an autoimmune digestive disorder.   No flour and grain seemed a small price to pay for awesome health, but man, there are times when you just want something crunchy with coffee and tea.

I am thorougly addicted to these almond biscotti.  Even if you eat tons of gluten they are ridiculously satisfying and rich.  There is a trick to making them which I will share, as my first batch became a giant pancake in the oven that later got salvaged into brilliant, crunchy biscotti.   I hope you love them as much as I do! Continue Reading…