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How to Use the Oil Cleanse Method for Clearer Skin

Megan Hannan by Megan Hannan | May 31st, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Detox, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Home | tags: acne, aging skin, breakouts, castor oil, clear skin, dry skin, face, jojoba oil, myrrh essential oil, natural beauty, oil cleanse method, oily skin, olive-oil, rose hip oil, tea tree oil

oil cleanse method

About two years ago I started the process of cleaning up what I was putting on my body, not just in it. Your skin is your largest organ; everything that goes on it ends up in you; so anything that was going on my skin was subjected to intense scrutiny. Sixteen months ago I finally ditched my face wash, and started using the Oil Cleanse Method.

Recipe: Bitter Greens & Citrus Breakfast Salad with Poached Eggs

Pooja Mottl by Pooja Mottl | February 27th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: arugula, ayurvedic medicine, balsamic vinegar, bitter, bitter greens, blood oranges, cara cara oranges, citrus zest, clementines, coffee, complete proteins, control food cravings, cravings for sweet, digestive health, dijon mustard, dressing, egg yolk, eggs, endive, escarole, local produce, mizuna, mother nature, mouth, natural sugars, northern California, olive-oil, orange harvest, orange wedges, oranges, organic, palate, pasture-raised, poached egg, radiccio, recipe, red wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar, salt and pepper, salty, seasonal dishes, seasonal shopping, shop local, stimulate digestion, sustainable shopping, sweet, tabasco, tastes, watercress, weight-loss, whole-grain toast, winter produce

Bitter Greens & Citrus Breakfast Salad with Poached Eggs

There are several pieces to this unique and oh-so-yummy recipe.

The first has to do with the use of bitter greens. Bitter greens, such as radicchio, arugula, mizuna, escarole, endive and watercress, bring a pungent yet wonderfully unique flavor to the palate. Their bitter notes, similar to what you get from citrus zest and coffee, are also tinged with a fresh coolness, and do wonders for your digestive health. In many cultures, bitter greens are used to stimulate and tone the digestive system and in Ayurvedic medicine, bitter tastes aid in weight loss and help control food cravings — particularly the craving for sweet. When paired with natural sugars, such as what you get with ripe, luscious oranges, bitter greens will make your mouth sing!

Seasonality is another key to the dish. Winter signifies the orange harvest, especially in Northern California, where I currently reside. In this recipe I used small clementines, but feel free to experiment with Cara Cara oranges, blood oranges or any local orange that you can get your hands on. The more local and sustainable, the tastier the fruit!

But the real “pop” to this recipe is the dressing! The rich and deep sweetness of the balsamic paired with fresh-squeezed orange juice coats the greens and vegetables with just the right amount of bitter, sweet and salty. Then, combined with a hint of spicy Tabasco, myriad tastes come alive!

With the addition of pasture-raised, organic eggs, this dish packs in one of Mother Nature’s most complete proteins. Just remember to accompany a poached egg with some whole-grain toast to soak up all that yolk. Enjoy!

Warm Up with 100 Calories or Less!

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | February 26th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: apples, baked apples, baked cinnamon apple, bananas, beans, butter, canellini beans, carbohydrate, carrott, casserole, chicken broth, chickpeas, cinnamon, fat, feeling cold, fiber, fight the cold, gain weight, healthy meal plan, heat you up, loose weight, Low Calorie, maple syrup, nutrition per serving, nuts, olive-oil, oranges, plum tomatoes, protein, red kidney beans, salad, Sara Ryba, saturated fat, sodium, soup, spices, tasted almonds, the firm, toasted walnuts, vegetable broth, veggie soup, warm snack, warming recipes, winter cold, winter fruit, zucchini

By The FIRM Nutrition Expert Sara Ryba, R.D., C.D.N.

I love winter, but I don’t love that cold feeling I get on my insides. In order to fight back against the cold while staying on a healthy meal plan, I’ve come up with these simple 100-calorie-or-less warming recipes that will heat you up from the inside out.

Take a look below and you’ll find that warming comfort food does NOT have to be fattening!

Tips for Starting Your 2008 Garden!

John Schaeffer by John Schaeffer | February 11th, 2008 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: biodynamic, compost, farming, gardening, olive-oil, organic

I recently attended one of my favorite gatherings: the Biodynamic Association of Northern California (BDANC) winter meeting. The meeting was at the Frey Ranch in Redwood Valley, which is a phenomenon in itself — about 1,000 acres complete with biodynamic vineyards and organic winery, olive trees, organic gardens, chicken and other poultry farming, and of course abundant solar energy.

Extra-Virgin Tuscan Olive Harvest!

John Schaeffer by John Schaeffer | December 10th, 2007 | 4 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: biodynamic, farming, oil, olive-oil, organic

There’s nothing quite so satisfying as seeing the harvest come in after years of planning and toiling. This year’s olive harvest at our farm was no exception!