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Thursday&Friday in NYC- a recap

For as much as I learned in three days with Natalia, I feel like I learned almost as much in two hours with Gil. Renae and I had appointments with him and Lola came along for the ride, believe it or not, we actually sat in on each others sessions! That’s how much we wanted to pick his brain. For the record, it was not the slightest bit awkward, I’m not sure how that’s possible but I guess we’re into some pretty weird stuff. Gil was kind enough to let us record our “interviews” while he was working away, as soon as I get a copy (Lola and Renae…hint, hint ;)) I’ll be sharing in the form of quotes or audio clips. I do recall drilling him on the following:

Why colonics are more important for someone eating cleanly than someone living a mainstream lifestyle.

Why some people have more success with a paleo-style or an 80/10/10 lifestyle.

What are some things that can be done to offset radiation (especially as a Flight Attendant).

His thoughts on probiotics and fermented foods.

Helpful tips for someone prone to nausea (myself).

His thoughts on living a long-term clean lifestyle in a city environment.


I did not take this particular video but I’m loving the series of clips that have been posting on Youtube:

Thursday afternoon I met up with my mom, stepdad, and baby sister who live in Maryland. It was their first trip to New York so of course I took them to Pure Food and Wine for my THIRD sundae of the week.

Friday morning we drove into Philadelphia where I used to go to school. I met up with several friends including getting to meet a couple of ladies that I’ve enjoyed getting to know in the online world! Courtney of Spirulina Junkie and Sarah of Queer Vegan Food are just the sweetest couple doing so much good in the world and it was a heap of fun getting to chat with them over green drinks at Philly’s Jar Bar. If you’re not familiar with their websites, definitely go have a look!

…Well that’s the end of the NYC updates but I have so much planned as a result of this trip. I’m very much looking forward to starting my own health coaching practice in the near future as well as looking at attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. For now, I will see you next on What I Ate Wednesday!

My adorable baby sister and I

Rainbow love on the drive between NYC and Philly.

Sarah, Courtney and I at Jar Bar.



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Monday in NYC- a Recap

Monday was the first day of class and we woke up giddy despite having slept less than 5 hours (it beat 3 the night before!). I remember feeling a little nervous to finally meet the woman who has had such an impact on my life and who I’ve admired for so long.

The place we stayed was about a 40 minute walk from Natalia’s and we left early enough to pick up tasty beverages from Organic Avenue. I absolutely fell in love with Organic Avenue while there and think I might be going through withdrawals now that I’m home. I do have to confess, I picked up a cold-pressed coffee along with my spring water and green juice. After getting so little sleep it felt like it was in order. While it’s certainly not idea, I have heard that cold-pressed coffee is significantly less acidic that your standard cup.

Natalia’s home was lovely and welcoming, she managed to fit twenty-something of us into her living room! Natalia herself was everything I had ever envisioned her to be, I wondered if maybe I would be let down, like I’ve idealized her too much but really, she’s a goddess. Completely glowing and lean, despite just having given birth and carries herself in such a calm, confident manner. Her teaching style is very clear and eloquent and without being dramatic in her presentation I felt completely inspired by the information. I wrote furiously that first day, filling up a third of my notebook. I also got to meet Jen of Jen’s Food Challenge! I had no idea what I was getting into with this lovely lady- what a heap of fun we had getting to know each other! I’ve encouraged her to put a “face” to the blog so we can get to know her beyond her delicious recipes!

I’m poring over my notes from this first day and feeling like I want to share but that I’m still absorbing everything. The introduction she gave really summed up the “why’s” of detoxification beautifully. If you have more specific questions about what I took in I’m happy to answer them in the comments section but it feels like too much to delve into.

After class was over, a few of us got together for dinner at Quintessence. I kept it a bit lighter than the night at Pure with a yummy veggie soup and a big kale salad. Alright, there was some raw pecan pie. It was fabulous. Fun was captured:

Every trip to Organic Avenue we got one of these adorable and handy cloth bags! I kept all of mine for future use.

Mountain Valley Spring Water, Green Juice, and Cold-Pressed Coffee.

I don’t recall exactly what this was but it was lovely enough that I snapped a shot on my way to Quintessence.

Live-Live! I’ve wanted to check this place out ever since The Raw Food Detox Diet came out! I got some delicious raw rye bread and some Dr. Cow’s nut cheese here.

Rejuvenation Balls anyone??

All of our options looked so delicious, it was hard to choose!

My “Buddha Bowl”- a big kale salad coated in sesame dressing.

The most impressive dish of the night- Lola’s raw Indian food!


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Catching up Post-NYC

Hello from the airport again! I really did not expect to get this behind in posting, I fully intended to update every day! Unfortunately the place I was staying had a suuuuuper slow internet connection and well, a post without pictures is a little boring.

Hopefully my updates aren’t boring but on my end It’s just been the most inspiring week and I might explode if I don’t share bits of it! I’ll try to throw recipes in between New York updates to break it up.

Day one was Sunday! Class wouldn’t start until Monday so I drug my baggage up to my new temporary residence (airbnb for the win, we paid almost nothing to stay 5 days in the city). Shortly after I arrived, Lola joined me and we hunted the city, unsuccessfully, for comfy yoga class attire. This was the first time I’d met Lola and our connection was instant! By the end of the day it felt like I’d known her my whole life.

Our wanderings led us to a meet up at Organic Avenue with Ana who had taken Natalia’s course previously and whom I was also meeting for the first time (again with the insta-connection). Seriously folks, this girl is amazing. We had an inspired afternoon chatting about future blog collaborations and even recording one of our conversations with the intention of sharing it here 🙂

Later on in the evening we made a stop at One Lucky Duck for more green juice and enthusiastic (read: too loud for this tiny cafe) chat about colon cleansing and detox life.

This day alone would have been worth the trip to NYC- how often to you meet three friends who immediately feel like sisters and who you gladly deprive yourself of sleep to stay up with and chat about everything from dramatic energy healing sessions to bowel movements 😉

It may also have been worth the trip for a meal at Pure Food and Wine. Renae joined us for an evening of decadence at this famed raw food restaurant, little did I know it would be my first of three meals at this extraordinary place!

I’ll leave this post with a few pictures, next go-round I’ll chat about our first day of class with Natalia!

Outside of Pure Food and Wine


Ana and her Caesar Salad.

Renae with the Raw Taco Salad.

Lola turns a Caesar Salad shot adorable.

Outside with full bellies. Don’t let the mat fool you, we never quite it made it to yoga 😉

After three hours of sleep the night before we all should have crashed but I think we were lucky to get more than five hours on any given night. We may have finally come close to running out of things to talk about by that last day!


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What I Ate: Road Trip Style

I feel sorry for anyone who road trips me. I am not one of those people who limits their consumption of liquids for the sake of fewer bathroom stops 😉

My lady and I are away for the weekend visiting her family, so in honor of the occasion, I bring you a “What I Ate” style post for a day on the road:

Heading out of our hotel this morning I filled up my water bottle with hot water from the breakfast bar and dropped in a 50/50 mix of Ginger and Caramel teas with stevia. A Dr. Ohira’s probiotic was washed down with this concoction.

Mid-day we stopped at my FAVORITE natural foods store of all time in Missoula, Montana: The Good Food Store. Brit picked up a veggie sandwich and I ordered a TRAY full of delicious liquids. I’m sure the baristas had no idea that the entire order was for me 😉 My afternoon consisted of a 16 oz cucumber/parsley/celery juice (with a touch of stevia), a 16 oz americano (yes, it happens sometimes), and a 16 oz carrot/spinach juice with cinnamon and nutmeg. Many roadside bathrooms were attended.

It was “taco night” at our destination and I discreetly loaded up my plate with greens and salsa with a side of raw smoked sheep cheese from our earlier health food store excursion. It was a big ‘ol chunk of cheese, probably 6-ish ounces, but I did my best to share (*sighs* so difficult…) samples of our “fancy cheese” 🙂

Dessert was a mug of Blood Orange Chocolate tea (stevia-sweetened) and a shared bar of delicious, creamy, local dark chocolate. I tried to have a slightly smaller serving of chocolate tonight as I did have coffee earlier and well, I want to sleep tonight (oh yeah, and it’s acidic and stuff).

That’s it for today, we’re tucked away into a cheesy little hotel for the night, happy Easter weekend!


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The Final Green Juice Giveaway and Homeward Bound!

Four exciting weeks of green juice giveaways have come to an end! The final winner is Ritchie Benevedes so Ritchie, just shoot me an e-mail at veggiecentrickitchen@gmail.com and I’ll let you know what I need from you 🙂 If you are not Ritchie do not despair! We are going to make everybody a winner. If you’d like to try out these fabulous juices, Michael is offering a discounted sample pack, just like the winners got, for one time only and the offer expires April 15th.

All you need to do is head on over to Vegus Juices and put in an order for one wheatgrass pack (don’t worry, you’ll get the whole sample pack of 4 wheatgrass and 3 broccoli sprout juices). In the “notes” section of Paypal when you’re checking out, just enter “Veggie Centric”. I definitely recommend that you try these if you’ve been looking for a juice substitute that’s 100% raw, full of life, and easy-peasy to travel with.

On the rare occasion I’ve been able to get to a Whole Foods this month I’ve snatched up this extraordinary treat from Exotic Superfoods: frozen, raw young coconut water. No need to risk your life hacking open a coconut (in a hotel room no less). Actually I quite enjoy a good fresh coconut but in this situation, the bottled version was perfect. I’ve been making travel-friendly (are you sick of that phrase yet this month?) versions of my Coconut Water Green Juice which you can do by tossing in a shot of Vegus Juice or a scoop of spirulina. I had Britney try a sample while she was here. She deemed it “horrific” and said it tasted like “cereal milk”. She managed to say it sweetly 😉 All that to say, this one may not be for your less-than-green-crazed friends.

I’ll leave you with a fun sign that was outside my hotel. Not that I was interested in their hormone-laden, pasteurized cow dairy offerings, but I was amused by the stevia factor. As I write this, I’m in the Phoenix airport waiting to go home! The extra dose of sunshine was appreciated but I could not be more excited to get back home. Happy weekend!


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What I Ate Wednesday

I’m home for about 24 hours. I had an appointment today but it’s back to Arizona tomorrow for another day on call. I realized last night how much I’d missed my cat-friend (he totally missed me too) and this morning how much I missed my rebounder! I miss Britney all the time so there was no realization there.

Today I’m taking a cue from Megan, who’s “What I Ate” posts have been so enjoyable and inspiring, and I’m sharing my day’s eats with you.

This morning I had around 32 ounces of herbal teas in various flavors. Acai Berry and Mint were both on the menu along with a Dr. Ohira’s probiotic.

By early afternoon I was quite ravenous and after I dropped Britney at work I headed to the Whole Foods Jamba Juice for a 16 ounce carrot juice. Probably not organic but it worked in a pinch.

While at Whole Foods I picked up ingredients to make 32 more ounces of carrot-kale-romaine juice for later. I added a few drops of chocolate stevia and split it into 2 servings.

Bell peppers were on sale so I went colorful for dinner. A big bowl of these chopped up with arugula, about 5 ounces of shredded Zamarano Mitica (a raw sheep cheese), minced raw garlic, and a meyer lemon-stevia dressing.

Post-dinner I broke off a little under 3 ounces from my ONE POUND Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bar. I didn’t photograph it but it was eaten completely melted. Absolutely delicious.

And that folks, is a pretty standard day at The Vegetable Centric Kitchen 🙂


Filed under Goat Cheese, Recipes, Travel

Cheesy-Lime Kale Salad…in a bag. And a Winner!

Thank you to everyone to entered the first Vegus Juice Giveaway! There will be THREE more chances to win this month and feel free to enter every time, until then I’d like to present our winner of the week…

Sharon Felton! Sharon, you can e-mail me at veggiecentrickitchen@gmail.com so I can get your info and have these lovely juices sent out to you!

So I realize that the food photos while at the hotel are less than appealing…I promise the recipes are still delicious though!

I often get teased for my “salads in a bag” when I’m away. While my juicer makes the packing cut, my tupperware does not. I do my best to fit most of my groceries into my backpack and tote bag but when excess kale requires a plastic bag it does not go unused: it becomes my new salad bowl for a day! Not perfectly sanitary I’m sure but I’m not much of a germ freak (all the germ freaks are making notes to themselves never to be near me without hand-sanitizer. I’m not that bad, I promise 😉 ).

Cheesy-Lime Kale Salad in a Bag…bag optional.

1 bunch kale
2-3 limes
4 oz raw goat cheddar
1 clove garlic
NuNaturals stevia, salt, and pepper, (I actually just used stevia)

Remove kale leaves from stems (save stems for juicing). Tear the leaves into bite sized chunks. Shred cheese, juice limes, and mince garlic (or, if your at a hotel room like me, hack at it with your plastic butter knife). Add to salad and season to taste. Feel free to use a bowl.

Last month I wrote an article for Modern Hippie Mag called Staying Healthy on the Road. Coincidentally, it happens to have been posted right in the middle of “Travel Month” which was completely unplanned, I didn’t even know I’d be traveling when I wrote it! Check it out, I’d love to hear what you think 🙂


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