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August Workout: Abs….Pilates Style

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Summer is in full bloom and at the gym, everyone is crunching their way to swimsuit readiness. There are so many abdominal exercises that it can be overwhelming as to which ones really do the job — not only firming, but also increasing the core support of your torso. That’s where the Pilates method shines!…

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Happy Hump Day! Watercress and Raspberry Salad

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The firm and tender watercress is everywhere in the markets right now so take advantage of this beautiful peppery green. And there’s nothing that says summer more than fresh raspberries. This salad is light and simple and is spectacular with grilled tuna or shrimp. Serves 2 2 bunches fresh watercress 8 button mushrooms – sliced,…

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Happy Hump Day! Fava Beans and Pioppini Mushrooms

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These little emerald gems paired with velvety mushrooms are a tasty summer delight! The beans are a bit time intensive, but with a friend and a glass of wine nearby, the popping from the pod, blanching and splashing, and stripping them naked — this is beginning to sound like something other than cooking — is…

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Mindful Monday: Summer… A Natural Remedy

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Summer… a natural remedy Summer brings us outdoors into the world of nature; grabbing the attention of our senses with a feast of revitalizing energy. This time of year signals our bodies to move, restore, and mingle with nature. It’s also a time to refresh our thinking and edit stale ideas that are inhibiting us…

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Mindful Monday: Focus

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What we focus on is what we create, and it all begins with our thoughts – an incredibly powerful source of renewable energy. Each of us can help shift the world’s current energy tide and bring a new awareness and understanding to the global consciousness. This week, use the F.O.C.U.S. technique to restore your thoughts…

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Happy Hump Day! Sprouted Lentils with Avocado and Goat Cheese

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This is a delicious and nutrition side dish or main dish. I made it this weekend and served it with herbed roasted chicken. I ate it the next day for lunch with a poached egg on top. The richness of the warm yolk along with the tanginess of the goat cheese layered perfectly with the…

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Mindful Monday: Five Pieces of Peace

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ONE – Breathe: Take five deep inhales and exhales. This will help calm your body and settle your mind chatter. TWO – Set Limits: Figure out your time wasters and then set a time limit on how often or how much you do them today. THREE- Get a Mantra: What do you want? Put that…

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July Exercise: Bottom’s Up!

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It’s the last impression as you walk out of the room, but (excuse the pun) more importantly our glutes are a power muscle for day to day movement in almost everything we do. So making our bottoms look good is great, but helping them do what they should — which is to get us upstairs,…

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Happy Hump Day! Yvonne’s Favorite Midweek Summer Dinners

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It’s HUMP DAY Dinner… Dining Al Fresco! This glorious greens dinner is one of my summer favorites! It is the perfect accompaniment to any grilled chicken, and the pickled onions are super simple and easy to make. They will last in your fridge for a week, so toss them on your sandwiches and salads for…

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Mindful Monday: Abundance

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Far too often we focus on what is missing rather than what is present and available to us. When we experience loss or worry about the ‘lack’ of something, we leave very little mind space to find a solution or create abundance. Instead, we create more of what our thoughts are concentrated on. This week,…

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