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Raw Kale Pecorino Pesto

Yesterday I intended to post in “What I Ate Wednesday” style…and then I realized my commute was catching up to me and that I left my camera cord in Seattle by mistake! So I dug into my “Emergency Backup Recipe Stash” and pulled out this deliciousness to share:


1 bunch fresh kale
3 oz raw pecorino romano (sheep cheese!)
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp olive oil
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Remove kale leaves from stems and discard stems (or save them for your juicer). Shred cheese. Place all ingredients in food processor and blend to your desired pesto consistency.

I ate mine on lettuce wraps with red bell pepper slices!



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Questions for a Cleanser with Lola York

I want to thank the extraordinarily sweet and insightful Lola for agreeing to be a part of my Questions for a Cleanser series. I love that doing the cleanse and blogging about it has become a way to make incredible new friends! For the first in the series, see Sylvia’s (AKA The Roommate) post here. Also, make sure you read all the way to the end for a delicious dinner recipe from Lola herself!

Who are you?

Bonjour everybody, I’m Lola York (extends hand/hug)! I’ve been working as a professional modern dancer and dance instructor for the last couple of years and am currently transitioning to a brand new path. I recently took a job as the business development manager at Raw Shakti Chocolate (the most AMAZING chocolate I’ve had to date) in Asheville, NC. I started my blog, Ooh Lola! in October of last year and it’s been one of my favorite creative ventures to date. I’m a family girl, I love design and fashion, nature, sleeping in, drinking tea, talking for hours with friends, vegetables, romance, and I have a weakness for all things whimsical and eccentric.

What were your reasons: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc for embarking on the cleanse?

All of the above! I think I was particularly excited to gain more insight from the Detox The World team and interact with the amazing community that has developed around them. I know from past experiences that a well-executed cleanse is sort of like hopping on a rocket ship to your highest potential. I’m one of those people who enjoys that sort of thing

What detox symptoms, if any, have you experienced?

The most significant detox symptom I’ve had is a heightened state of sensitivity which has been both a blessing and a challenge. Since starting the cleanse, I’ve been particularly intolerant of loud noises, areas where I feel another’s fear being projected onto me, and continuing along any path that feels wrong. It’s been the sense of my life’s volume dial being particularly turned up. I’ve had significant emotional purges – moments of screaming louder than I ever have (I could physically feel the unblocking of my throat chakra), tears flowing, and surges of joy with bouts of giggling.

What positive changes have you noticed?

Wow, where to start!? For starters, my life is completely different than it was 23 days ago! I have a new job, new creative goals, and many new individuals in my life. I’m watching my body morph into the one I’ve always wanted which feels like a miracle. I’ve become so much more in touch with the reality of my feelings and desires – the ones that come from my heart, rather than the ideas of who I thought I was supposed to be.

What was your lifestyle like (regarding food and health) prior to the cleanse and what are you planning for after the cleanse?

I returned to the Rose Program about 4 months ago after turning my back on the work for several years. I read Natalia Rose’s first book, “The Raw Food Detox Diet” in 2007 and knew that I’d found my guide. Since then, I’ve come back to the work and abandoned it, always knowing that it was my key to mental, emotional, and physical freedom. Prior to the cleanse I was following a relatively relaxed version of Natalia’s “Detox 4 Women” approach: Juicing until lunch, and having two properly combined meals centered around fresh vegetables. At this moment in time, I’d like to carry the Rose Cleanse fundamentals forward for an indefinite amount of time! I like feeling like superwoman.

Are there any tips or inspiration you would like to share with fellow cleansers or those curious in a cleansing lifestyle?

1. Be a bad-a$# and do some colon-cleansing. It’s not scary or painful and it’ll change your life forever.
2. Realize how lucky you are to arrived upon this path. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this blessing.
3. Show off when you eat out. I’ve eaten out countless time since beginning the Rose Cleanse, and ultimately I feel like I win every time! I have the most beautiful food, the largest quantities, and I always have desert (chocolate in my purse, thank you)! I love to cook but navigating menus while adhering to the Rose Program/Cleanse is one of my favorite pastimes.
4. Read Rande’s blog because she is a beautiful person and her recipes are so creative and delicious!
5. Eat Chocolate.
6. Hold your choices up to the light. As many times as possible in a day, remind yourself that you choose to live a life based in love rather than fear.
7. Respect your natural cycles. Becoming more aware of my moon cycle has been one of the most life-saving practices on this journey. I blogged a little bit about it here and also on Natalia’s community board regarding more practical applications of these realizations. Certain times of the month radically alter how cleansing feels, and I often need to make adjustments to cater the program to my needs. Just the awareness gives me more compassion for myself, without the gentility and flexibility of which … I might fall right off the wagon!

Serves one very hungry Rose Cleanser!!

Sunday Evening Comfort Food:

1 Portobello Mushroom
4 Stalks of Kale
1/4 Onion
2 tsp Butter
1 package Kelp Noodles (opt: soak for 1 hour prior to cooking)
4 oz Pecorino Romano Cheese
2 eggs

In a pat of butter, saute chopped portobello mushrooms, kale, and onion until tender over medium-high heat. Add kelp noodles to veggies for 1-2 minutes, or until warm and softened. Turn off stove top, pour pasta into serving dish, and toss with cheese. Return pan to medium high heat and quickly scramble two eggs in another pat of butter. Top pasta with eggs and hot sauce if desired. Serve with a ginormous salad (duh!) topped with cheese, lemon juice, and stevia. I’ve really been enjoying raw parsnips grated on top of mine. Bon appetit!!!

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Sweet and Salty Fennel Fries & Rose Cleanse Day 21

Sweet & Salty Fennel Fries

Sweet and salty…crispy and chewy…absolutely delcious 🙂 I ate these hot from the airplane oven and tossed with a salad of fresh greens, soft sheep cheese, sun dried tomatoes, and a lemon-stevia dressing.

I’ve had the pleasure of coming across a few bits of inspiration this week and I thought I’d share. Some great stuff to check out over the weekend:

Sign up for the Rawpalooza and listen to the first interview with the amazing Dr. Fred Bisci.

Whip up a batch of Kimberly Snyder’s Coconut Green Smoothie.

Another winner from Mind, Body, Green: All Things Must Pass.

Tera Warner interviews Colon Hydrotherapist Extraordinairre, Michael Perrine.

I discovered this awhile ago but my body has been loving yoga to the max the last couple of weeks. My go-to spot is My Yoga Online.


Ingredients for Tasty Fennel Fries:

2 bulbs fresh fennel
1/2 Tbsp organic butter
sea salt and stevia

Preheat oven to 350. Remove stems from the fennel and pull apart the layers, cutting into fry or chip-like sizes. Melt butter and coat fennel pieces, sprinkling with salt and stevia. Place in a single layer on baking trays and bake for 45-60 minutes.


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Greek Pizza Salad and Rose Cleanse Intro

Greek Pizza Salad

I threw my first dinner party last night! I’ve been wanting to play hostess for way too long now and finally got a chance. As I planned my dinner menu I hopped back and forth between wanting to make a Greek salad or something with pizza style dressings. Then the lightbulb came on. Greek. Pizza. Salad. Ohhh my goodness. It was a win and perfect alongside baked salmon, lemon butter broccoli, a couple bottles of red wine, and caramel filled dark chocolates.


1 large head romaine, chopped
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups dry roasted mushrooms (halved and baked dry at 250 for 1.5 hours)
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
5 oz. goat or sheep feta
1 cup chopped sun dried tomoatoes (soaked until soft)
1/2 lb cherry tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp fresh oregano

Toss the romaine, onions, and mushrooms in a large bowl. Place the soaked sun dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil, and oregano in a food processor. Pulse until smoothed together but still chunky. Pour into the salad and add crumbled feta and olives. Mix so everything is coated.

I mentioned a few posts back that I’ll be participating the The Rose Cleanse starting January 1st. I know there are a few of you who will be having some fun along with me and I hope you’ll share your experiences, for those of you unfamiliar, here is a description of the cleanse:

The protocol is really simple. From the time you wake up in the morning until the evening you will consume fresh-pressed, raw vegetable juices (either from your own kitchen or from a local juice bar), herbal tea, and if needed, organic vegetable broth. This will serve to awaken the accumulated waste matter in your body. Around 5:00 or 6:00 at night, you will break your short “mini-fast” with a satisfying, vegetable centric meal (think big salad with baked winter squashes like acorn or spaghetti squash or sweet potatoes with a touch of butter and sea salt) OR a meal centered around a big salad with raw goat cheese and wild, organic fish.

You will combine this eating protocol with cleansing techniques (e.g. enemas and/or colon hydrotherapy, sweating, movement, body brushing) to assist your body in releasing the accumulated waste that needs to leave your body. These can be done on a schedule that you feel comfortable with from both a time and budget perspective.

So basically, its a mini juice fast followed up with a vegetable centric dinner.
Honestly, I’ve been playing with this health and detox lifestyle for awhile and I like to live this way most of the time anyways. I am, however, looking forward to the chance to step it up a bit. I love my days on juices but the last few months have seen me slipping into an off-and-on caffeine habit. Speaking of bad habits, there’s also that one where I eat for entertainment instead of nourishment. I’m sure I’m not alone here! Most days, my body doesn’t ask for anything hearty until dinner time but I find myself anxiously snacking because I feel that it grounds my nervous energy or distracts me from boredom. I’m also glad for an excuse to takie a little sugar break (experimenting with all these sugar free dessert recipes for the E-book has been the perfect preparation :D). And yes, as stated above, “cleansing techniques” will be employed. I’m totally down with the body brushing/colon cleansing/sauna sweating type adventures that are so helpful when embarking on a cleansing journey.

I’m undecided as to whether I’ll post daily during January or just give occasional updates, I don’t want to overwhelm anybody with endless cleanse chatter 😉 The only thing I’ll guarantee is a heap of delicious vegetable inspiration!


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Creamy Baked Zucchini Pesto over Kelp Noodles


2-3 zucchini’s, chopped and baked til soft and dry

1 cup basil

1 clove garlic, chopped

3 oz. sheep pecorino, shredded

2-3 drops stevia

juice of half a lemon

salt and pepper to taste


Place all ingredients into food processor and blend til smooth. You may need to add water for blending. Serve over kelp noodles with cherry tomatoes.
My very favorite dessert: Slow Roasted Beets, Cheese and Dark Chocolate.

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