REFLECTIONS

This is my journey – things I’ve discovered along the way, people who have inspired me, books I love to read over and over again, recipes I create to feed my whole being, moments I simply want to share with you… my reflections!

Cleansing… Clearing the deck!

July 20, 2013

People ask me all the time about cleansing. They say… “I want to cleanse. Which one should I do?”  I always ask, “why?” Often times the answer comes out right away or it’s hidden… “I want to lose weight.” As you can see, it doesn’t really matter which cleanse the person wants because the intention is to lose weight quickly, and not to necessarily detox….  Read More

Breathe… one!

July 08, 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I’m sitting on my deck overlooking the Long Island Sound, watching the waves roll softly onto the sand. There’s a breeze, but it seems to be pushing the intense summer heat around rather than cooling me! Still the clear blue sky, the sugar maple shading the picnic table, all of it inviting. So I sit sipping my…  Read More

Yoga + Food = Bliss

March 04, 2013

The Sanskrit word “sadhana,” means to accomplish something. It’s goal-oriented and achieved through consistent and dedicated practice. It’s a word that is associated with yoga, and for me something I think about when I eat. My daily sadhana includes yoga asana, meditation, and mindful eating, to stay in shape physically, mentally, and emotionally. It’s a practice that I’ve developed over the years, never thinking of…  Read More

Lake Atitlàn and a Punk Rock Shaman!

January 31, 2013

It’s cold outside. I’m sitting in my living room, hot chocolate in hand and thinking about a warm place I experienced last Spring. It’s the kind of place that makes you reflect, its beauty fully sinking in as you sit back, eyes closed, smiling. That place for me is Lake Atitlan, three hours from Guatemala City, up the winding road and a bumpy boat ride…  Read More

10 Tips To Prevent Common Colds and Flu

January 16, 2013

I haven’t been sick in probably 20 years, not even a common cold. Food is my medicine and always has been, and I adjust my meals according to the season. It’s winter, and this morning, waking up to a winter wonderland, I’m enjoying a soothing cup of hot water with lemon. In the last few weeks, I’ve heard too many people sneeze and cough and…  Read More

10 Health Tips for a Happy New You 2013

December 31, 2012

“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.” ― Rabindranath Tagore  It’s New Year’s Eve, the last big holiday with gathering of friends and family. It’s the big bash, the  big feast, with Champagne flowing all night. It’s extravagant just one more time this year. It’s excessive… and has been since Thanksgiving! For me Dec 31 is…  Read More

Yoga, The Mood Barometer!

November 17, 2012

I love yoga. I love it so much that I will drive an hour to the shala, practice for almost 2 hours and drive back home for at least 30 minutes and often times longer, depending on traffic. Otherwise said, in the early part of the day, I am out for almost 4 hours for the purpose of quieting my mind and getting centered, so…  Read More

The Yoga of Food, A Time-tested Practice!

November 11, 2012

Another year has gone by and I’m starting anew, reflecting on all the wonderful things I’ve experienced over the years. I feel lucky to have grown up in a French-Chinese family, and having traveled all over the world enjoying an amazing variety of foods. My love of cooking came from watching my French grandmother at the stove. She never measured, but smiled while feeling her…  Read More

Enjoying the holidays, mindfully!

November 10, 2012

Once the leaves turn and trees start losing them, it’s a sign that the holidays are upon us and all we can think about is getting together with family and friends, and feasting! It’s a frenzy we’ve grown accustomed to, rushing and stressing, trying to get things done, and making sure we have enough food to feed an army! The holidays are exciting and in…  Read More

Riding out Sandy

October 29, 2012

It’s Monday, October 29, 2012 and I’m hanging out with my friend Graham. We’re going to ride out the storm here in the Hudson River Valley, two hours north of New York City in the Catskills mountain range. I made the decision to drive up here on Sunday morning, rather than stay in a shelter in Westport, CT where Sandy will hit hard, especially by…  Read More