Whole Foods Market's 3 Day Whole Body Sale

How's that "New Year, New You" resolution coming along? Need a little boost? Well, Whole Foods has got you (and me) covered!

One of my favorite aisles at my Whole Foods Market is the supplements aisle. What can I say? I'm crazy like that. I like to wander down the aisle and stock up on different items that keep me going throughout the year. When I'm getting a little run down... after too much indulging in oh, say, Vegas... before I jump into a Couch to 5K challenge... or pretty much any time I want to be healthy, which is, duh! ALWAYS... I head over to Whole Foods Market and get myself a few things that I know will help me be at my best.

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So you KNOW I am excited about this!

3 Day Whole Body Sale at Whole Foods

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For THREE WHOLE DAYS, Whole Foods Markets in Southern California, Arizona, Las Vegas and Hawaii will be having a fabulous Whole Body Sale! Between January 24 and January 26, you can stock up on ALL your favorite supplements for 25% off! Load up on Proteins, Meal Enhancers, SuperFoods (chia, flax), Probiotics, Vitamin A to Zinc, and everything in between! Because they're ALL on sale!

Did I mention that ALL supplements are on sale? Oh good.

So if you...

Have a New Year fitness resolution? Support it with these great products:

  • Vega Sport Performance Protein
  • Ultima Replenisher Electrolytes
  • Now Foods MCT Oil
  • MRM Glutamine Power

Need to cleanse and detox your bod after a season of a little too much indulging over the holidays?  

  • 365 7 Day Quick Cleanse
  • 365 Organic Psyllium Powder
  • Bio-K+ Probiotic
  • Reboot Wellness Booster

Looking to shed some winter weight?  These supplements will come in handy:

  • Garden of Life Raw Meal Replacement
  • Nature’s Way CLA
  • Genesis Today Garcinia Cambogia*
  • Genesis Today Green Coffee Bean*  (As seen on Dr. Oz!)

*SIDE NOTE: Genesis Today are the supplements I stock up on the most, and I can only find them at Whole Foods Market. A few years ago, I got to meet the owner of the company, Dr. Lindsey, and learned so much about the supplements and how they help in all areas of your life. From mood to fitness to anti-aging, these supplements are amazing! If you see a lady walking out with a cart full of jars from Genesis Today... it's me!

Click to find the Whole Foods Market nearest you.

Don't miss out on this incredible sale. Your body will thank you for it!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market.

Return to Eden (or Back at The Ranch)

Nearly two years ago, I was blessed with a week of wellness that changed my life. That was the week I spent reenergizing and renewing my spirit at Rancho La Puerta.

A Different Place in Time

It's easy to see why Travel + Leisure named Rancho La Puerta the "World's Best Destination Spa" the last two years, as well as earning their title of "Development and Community Building" award. It was a lovely life at The Ranch even if it was only for one week. Only an hour southeast of San Diego, in the desert mountains of Tecate, B.C., being at "The Ranch" felt like a world away at a time in life long forgotten.

Every morning, we woke to hike up mountains as the sun rose. We ate whole foods grown at The Ranch. We strolled along random paths going from pilates to yoga to meditation classes... swimming in the pools, walking in the labyrinth, or just resting among the flowers. It was so lovely and serene. It was the kind of quiet that invited amazing thoughts and revived dreams tucked behind the weekly to-do list.

It was the kind of living that reminds your soul of something that's been missing all this time.

RLP Peeps are Fun... and Sexy!

Don't let my wistful description of Eden fool you. It was a LOT of fun, too! There were lots of group activities, wild dancing, and plenty of laughs. I went with friends, but I could just as easily have gone alone. Being among other people that wanted to get back to a different lifestyle made it so easy to spark up cool conversations with strangers at the gazebo over the regular afternoon smoothies. You'll be treated to amazing presenters teaching visitors about an array of topics like sculpting, writing workshops, meditation, sacrocranial therapy (that was a cool class!), and visiting cooking instructors who teach, among other techniques vegetarian, gluten free, and outdoor cooking.

My favorite presenter? Oh, you know... just renowned sex researcher, Dr. Beverly Whipple of G Spot fame.

 

Twice I've visited, and twice she's been there. Pretty lucky!!

While I was taking in all the goodness of living more naturally and enjoying the time with other like-minded people, I couldn't help thinking how great it would be to have my kids there. I knew that I wouldn't have the same experience of being able to shut out the world and take time for myself, but part of me thought this would be such a great experience for them.

Plus, they're just so gosh darn cute that I start to miss them after a few days.

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And now they can!

Rancho La Puerta introduces Family Weeks

Rancho La Puerta is typically restricted to visitors 16 and older. My older daughters would be able to enjoy this Garden of Eden, but at 8 and 10, the littlest ones would not. So when I heard the great news about Family Weeks, I was immediately delighted at the prospect of introducing them to The Ranch. As happy as I was knowing that it would now be possible for my kids to experience a week of conscious living, I also wondered how would taking the whole family to experience this holistic lifestyle might impact my need for quiet time and reflection. But after speaking with the RLP staff, I realized that Mom and Dad and kids would definitely be able to have the best of both.

Rancho La Puerta has set up a wonderful program for the kids and for families. Similar to the class and activity schedule that RLP has for adults -- something edifying, entertaining, and energizing at all hours -- kids will have plenty of opportunities to participate in fun and learning. Programs will be tailored to age groups: 7-11, 11-14, and 14-17. Children (and parents if they choose to) will be able to select from a wonderful schedule of camp-style activities, lectures, culinary experiences, and classes from renowned artists and speakers, such as:

  • Bio Construction (aka purposefully playing with mud)
  • Art Workshops (sculpting, painting, turning recycled materials into art)
  • Storytelling (a lost art)
  • Brazilian Drumming (FUN!)
  • Anime (taught by a former Disney artist)
  • Gardening (more fun with dirt!)

The schedules were also created with family time in mind, making time for families to come together for meals and resting times. I can totally picture The Joneses sitting out on the patio near the fountain, enjoying our delicious meal.

And after lunch, lounging in hammocks under the giant oaks or taking a siesta on the patio outside our family's villa, a light breeze blowing through the the trees.

Ahhhh, what bliss!

Not Your Average Summer Vacation

There are no TV's, no video games, not a single roller coaster. No giant ball of twine or world's largest thermometer to Instagram to your friends. You won't find hot dog or cotton candy or fried food stands here. There are no overpriced hats and tee shirts to tell all your neighbor's where you went this summer.

And I think that's what you would love the most about a family vacation at Rancho La Puerta. Absent of all the noise of the world, there's just tranquility, mindfulness, whole foods, a return to the love of nature... and time. Time to bond. Time to listen to each other's hearts. Time to build memories.

It's a legacy of living that will have a powerful impact on our children for years to come. Our world has a lot of healing to do and our children are the key. I truly believe that a week at Rancho La Puerta could have an amazing impact on not only the future of the children that come to this beautiful Garden of Eden, but the future of those around them.

Dates and Rates for Family Weeks at Rancho La Puerta

  • August  4-11
  • August 11-18

Rates for Family Weeks are $3,000 per person for adults and $500 per child from 7-17 (plus tax). Rates are good for all guest room types, so if you book soon, you and your family could be lucky and get a two room villa with living room, kitchenette, and a patio with a view like the one above.

Even if guests are not bringing children, these are great weeks to experience the ranch at that low rate. A week at Rancho La Puerta is typically $7,000 for the week.

For more information or to make a reservation for this unique family experience, call 800/434-7565

Want to see more pictures from Rancho La Puerta? Click over to my Flickr RLP photo album.

Fresh from the Garden

One of the fabulous experiences we had at Rancho La Puerta was to enjoy a hands-on cooking class at La Cocina que Canta (The Kitchen That Sings) with visiting chef, Robin Asbell. Under Robin's watchful eye and with the help of the staff of La Cocina, our group prepared a wonderful pescetarian meal. (Pescatarian = vegetarian with some fish added in for those of us that are too chicken *pun intended* to go full veggie.)

The veggies were straight from the organic garden behind La Cocina. In it are vegetables that grow according to seasons and without any pesticides. Flowers bloom throughout to attract bugs and pests away from the veggies.

Lead by Salvador, the Guardian of the Garden, we picked all the veggies and herbs we needed for our lunch.

I was so proud of the leek I pulled. I'm a dork. Sue me.

We also got to sample some jujubees fresh from the tree. Didn't even know there were jujubees!

The salmon we served was wild, not farm raised. No, we did not go to Alaska and fish it out ourselves.

Once inside, we set about to chopping, shredding, cutting, slicing, boiling, whisking, stirring... and singing! We had lively music playing the whole time we prepared our meal, and with our group, it wasn't long before we were belting out Besame Mucho! It is the Kitchen That Sings, after all!

Kari and Nancy chopping away.

Kale, kale, we all love kale... right?

Caron giving an onion chopping lesson.

We all had our own stations. Some people made dessert. Others made the soup. There were a few salads and a goat cheese gnocchi that I am still dreaming about. (Oh my GOD, that gnocchi was good!!!)

The part of the meal that I prepared was really a meal in itself. Most of the time was spent in the preparation and making of the dressing, believe it or not. The rest was done in just minutes.

Looks good, right? Well, I can't just show you the deliciousness and not share. Here's the recipe, care of chef Robin Asbell:

Light Tuscan Bean and Kale Salad with Broiled Salmon and Gorgonzola Bruschetta

SALAD:

Light, flavorful balsamic dressing is made low-fat by using vegetable stock as a base in this recipe. Just a touch of flavorful olive oil and crunchy kale give these creamy beans all the flavor of Tuscany.

3/4 cup Vegetable Stock 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt to taste 2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1/4 balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 bunch kale, stems removed 1 15oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 15oz can navy beans, rinsed and drained 1 large beefsteak tomato, diced

SALMON:

1 lb salmon fillet, skinned and boned 1 large lemon, zested 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil Coarse salt and cracked black pepper

BRUSCHETTA:

Baguette bread, sliced in 1/2" pieces 1/2 cup fresh basil 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil 1 pinch kosher salt 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola

1: Put large pot of water on to boil and add the kale. 2. In a small saucepan, combine stock, cornstarch, sugar, salt, rosemary, and garlic. Stirring CONSTANTLY, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer gently until thickened. Add vinegar, pepper flakes, and oil. Simmer briefly and remove. Place in fridge to cool. 3. Remove kale when done. Drain and spread on clean dish towel. Roll dish towel and squeeze to remove excess water from the leaves. Remove and then coarsely chop the kale. 4. Rinse and drain beans, then place them on a clean dish towel to dry thoroughly. Put beans in a bowl and gently toss with the kale and dressing. Set aside and get to work on salmon and bruschetta. 5. Preheat the broiler to 350. 6. For salmon, cut into four portions, rub with oil, and sprinkle with lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Broil until cooked, 3-6 minutes depending on thickness. 7. For bruschetta, place slices on sheet pan. Chop basil finely and mix with olive oil in a small bowl. On each slice of bread, portion basil and gorgonzola on top. Broil for just a minute, watching carefully to just melt the cheese.

Next time you come over, I am totally making this for you!!

Buy Robin's book, The New Vegetarian. I did!!

Thanks again to Rancho La Puerta for hosting me for a memorable week in the Garden of Eden just south of the border. I will never forget it!!

Thanks to Vixen for making my fun apron!! She has lots more where that one came from. Check out her on-line shop, Apron Frenzy. (Yes, I paid for the apron.)

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Hikers in the Mist

Every morning, we wake before sunrise, pull back the drapes, and admire the serene landscape. It's lush in a way that reminds the soul that even in the harshest of environments, beauty can thrive.

The morning routine is simple: Suit up in a few layers, put on your trail runners, grab your water bottle and room key, and vamonos! The layers keep us warm in the early morning chill as we cross the ranch to meet our group.

By the time we arrive, our bodies are beginning to warm up from the inside out. I fill one jacket pocket with almonds, the other with tissue. We grab some fruit and follow the hike shepherds out past the vineyards.

The pace is a quick clip out in front, and following the leader can be a bit challenging when we're still yawning. But soon we are invigorated and wide awake.

Although we all start at the same spot, all hikes vary in almost every way: difficulty, terrain, vistas. Talking to staff members about skill level and ability will give each hiker a good idea about which trail to take. Even when hikers fall back on a hike, the shepherds are always there to make sure no one is left behind or lost.

Once we conquer our mountains, we return to the vineyards for a stretch. Shepherds guide us through a series of stretches and then send us off for the day. Most hikes end by the time the old bell clangs and clamors, calling us to nourish our bodies.

We walk towards our breakfasts, knowing we earned every morsel!

This week, I am a forever grateful hosted guest of Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico.