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Detox Diet: A Pure Beginning

It’s bright. It’s fresh and tantalizing with possibilities abound. It’s a new year and it’s an opportunity.

As 2012 came to an end I spent the final weeks savoring every moment with friends, family and copious amounts of tamales and peppermint bark. Now that the holiday hustle is over,  I’m ready to celebrate the New Year with an earnest heart.

Well, as of the 8th of January 2013,  I resolve to evolve. I’m beginning my year with a healthy leap by taking this first week to concentrate on a dietary detox – An internal cleansing to revitalize and refocus on the pure and natural. To simplify.

Here are the parameters for the next 7 days:


**Whole Grains

**Refined Grains

I’ve done this cleanse a few times in the past and it has allowed me to refocus on a healthy, conscious lifestyle. To rediscover what real food really tastes like when it’s not altered and to set a foundation for the months ahead. Through the challenges of this detox I am given new perspectives on food and encouraged to be creative.

Other benefits that I have experienced:

  • Cleansing my internal ecosystem of pollution
  • Feeling energized and vibrant
  • Noticing my hair, skin and eyes look healthier
  • Helping my body eliminate toxins stored in its tissues
  • Stress relief
  • Mental clarity

I strive to maintain a clean and healthy diet but sometimes I feel like pizza, wings and beer is just the ticket or a Reuben sandwich on a rainy afternoon is divine. That’s okay with me as long as it only consists of a very small portion of my overall diet. To appreciate and enjoy raw, vegan and gluten free foods is just as important to me as understanding how nutrients from eggs and meat are good for me too. For me, it’s about balance and every year I get more knowledgeable and understanding of my own body’s needs, making me an increasingly happier and healthier person. It is certainly a journey and it’s different for everyone which is why I would encourage a detox of your choosing.

There are many detox diet plans that can be found online or at the library and I find it to be an interesting topic to research. Instead of buying a product or pledging to any one idea – I designed my detox to suit me and my goals. Typically, when detoxing, you should cut out caffeine entirely but I allow myself one cup of green tea in the morning for the antioxidants and to jump start my brain for work.   If you want to add a bit of highly refined sea salt or wild caught salmon, go for it. If you want to allow more then 1-2 tbls of olive oil per day but no legumes, that’s good too.

If you’re interested in to trying the detox above here are some notes and tips:

Detox Tips

The incredible machine that is our body has the means to naturally detoxify but with an increasingly polluted environment and the artificiality of the food industry, it can struggle to keep up. So taking a week, that’s your week to cleanse and renew, can get you ready to take on the new year in full stride.

Cheers to a happy and healthy you! If you have any questions please let me know!

*Disclaimer: I am not a health expert by any means.  I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or anything of the sort. Everything stated above is based on my own experience and may or may not work for you, too.


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Summer 2012! The Bucket List

Every summer I do my best to squeeze every bit of joy from the long, warm sunny days. I make a calendar of all the weekends of summer and fill it with fun activities and adventures. This year I made a bucket list to go along with my calendar so whenever I have free time I can make a check off the trusty bucket list! I’m excited to share these adventures with you and hope to inspire you to create your own and maybe spark some ideas.


1. Wind Surfing in Hood River

2. Zip Lining in Southern Oregon

3. White Water Rafting

4. Learn how to row in a racing boat at Dexter Lake

5. Bicycle Booze Cruise

6. Surfing on the Oregon coast

7. Bike ride picnic

8. Where the Wild Things Are themed Party

9. Hike Kentucky Falls

10. Make and fly kites

11. Float the McKenzie River in an inner tube with friends and beers

12. Make homemade bread and jam

13. Volunteer

14. Find a drive-in movie theater

15. Go fly fishing

16. Try rock climbing (even if it’s at a gym)

17. Go canoe camping as much as possible

18. Grow garden full of all the veggies and herbs

19. Kayak and surf in San Diego

20. Go berry picking at a U-Pick farm

21. Go sand boarding at the dunes

22. Morning yoga practice on the deck

23. Keep up with work-out routine

24. Bike commute

25. Practice sewing

26. Play more Tennis

27. Spontaneous trip to the beach

28. Play in as many Sunday softballs games as I can

29. Make sun tea, herb berry ice cubes and popsicles

30. Have a water fight

30. Send postcards to friends I haven’t heard from in awhile

31. Go to a first Friday art walk

32. Ride my long board (skateboard) more

33. Go Skydiving

34. Go out Salsa Dancing

35. Go Go-Carting

36. Make my own sushi

37. Go wine tasting

38. Go backpacking

39. Summit Diamond Peak

40. Festivals: Sasquatch, Oregon Country Fair, Eugene Celebration

41. Focus on AquarEye (Become a better blogger, keep shop updated, do more DIY projects, go to flea markets, work on new jewelry styles and techniques. Keep it original and fun)

42. Savor, enjoy, and appreciate every moment


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Skip The Festival Fare and Bring Your Own Deliciousness

I’m in full prep mode for SASQUATCH this weekend and one thing I heard a lot from veteran festival goers is that the food is expensive and mainly just burgers, hot dogs and pizza. I’m hoping to fuel my body for 4 days of moving and grooving in a much more wholesome way. Here’s the plan:

Food Menu:

Friday: Day 1

Breakfast: Acai Energy Bowl

Lunch: Salami Sandwich

Dinner: Fajitas

Saturday: Day 2

Breakfast: Acai Energy Bowl

Lunch: Tuna Sandwich

Late Night: Sausage

Sunday: Day 3

Breakfast: Savory Muffin

Lunch: Salami Sandwich

Dinner: Polenta, tomatoes and parmesan, served with Kale and Mushrooms

Monday: Day 4

Breakfast: Savory Muffin

Lunch: Salmon Pesto Tortellini

Dinner: Festival Food  (Okay, maybe one meal)


PB&J, Goldfish, Granola, Pita and Hummas

Shopping list: 

  • Sambazon Acai Smoothie packets – found in many frozen food aisles
  • 3 Bananas
  • Green Juice – Either Odwalla or Naked brands
  • Sandwich Bread Buns – I like the ones from our market’s bakery
  • Galio Salami Chub Roll
  • Salad Greens/Spinach
  • Jar of Roasted Red Pepper
  • Can of Tuna
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Sausages
  • Buns
  • Steak (local, grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free if possible)
  • Fajita seasoning packet
  • Garlic
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Can of  black beans
  • Green & red bell pepper
  • Onion
  • Pre-made Polenta Tube
  • Can of crushed tomatoes w/basil
  • Bulk Parmesan (non-refrigerated)
  • Small bunch of fresh kale
  • 5-6 Large Crimini mushrooms
  • 1 Baguette
  • Packet pesto powder – I like the Simply Organic one pictured above
  • Dried tortellini – I find this in our bulk foods section
  • Smoked salmon – I like the vacuumed sealed variety that doesn’t need refrigeration but canned salmon, tuna or chicken works well too.
  • Hummus
  • Pita bread
  • Chia Seeds
  • Coffee
  • Gold Fish crackers

From Home: A few paper towels, garlic press, sea salt, pepper, olive oil, red pepper flakes, homemade granola and savory muffins, a sheet of tin foil.


Acai Bowls

{Acai (Ah-sigh-ee) is a berry from the Amazon region in South America. This super fruit is packed full of antioxidants, omega-3s and amino acids and makes for a delicious high energy and nutritious breakfast!}

1.  Put contents of the frozen smoothie packet into a bowl or jar and break up with a spoon.

2.  Add granola and a splash of green juice (depending on your desired consistency) mix and top with sliced bananas and chia seeds.

{Chia are small seeds that can regulate your blood sugar so that you have sustained energy throughout the day. It has a high level of complete protein to raise your energy levels and the gel like substance that forms around the seed when soaked in liquid helps keep you hydrated.}

Salami Sandwiches:

Spread hummus, layer greens, salami on sandwich bun and a few roasted red peppers.


1.  Put steak in a ziplock bag with olive oil and/or light beer with full packet of fajita seasoning. Marinate and grill to your liking.

2.  Slice peppers and onion (I will do this at home and put in a zip lock to save time) and sauté with garlic in a cast iron skillet over the grill.

3.  Open can of beans, remove paper label and place on grill next to the skillet to heat up.

4.  Serve and assemble with warm tortillas.

Polenta Bites:

1.  Cut polenta tube into ½ thick slices, pat dry with paper towel and brush both sides with olive oil. Place on hot grill and cook on each side for 8-10 minutes until crispy with grill marks.

2.  Chop kale, slice mushrooms and saute with olive oil and garlic (toss in any left over peppers or onion from the fajitas) in the cast iron skillet over the grill. Open can of tomatoes, remove paper label and place on grill to heat up.

3.  Top polenta rounds with a spoon full of tomatoes and parmesan. Serve with veggies.

Salmon Pesto Tortellini:

1.  Bring sauce pan of water to boil on single burner camp stove and cook tortellini.

2.  Prepare pesto as directed on packet.

3.  Add pesto to cooked tortellini, stir in parmesan (I add red pepper flakes too) and crumble smoked salmon on top.

I also made granola (Oats, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and blue berries) for the first time. It came out well but I will need to tweak the recipe in the future to perfect it. I will also make amazing savory muffins before I leave on Thursday (buttermilk muffin with Canadian bacon, scallions and red bell peppers) I seal these in ziplock bags and take them on backpacking trips for a quick meal in a muffin form.

What do you think? Do you have any great camping/festival recipes or food tips and tricks? Any questions?

Enjoy, eat well and be well!


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May 2, 2012 · 10:54 pm

The Chop Off

I cut off 16 inches of five years worth of hair on March 11. A full foot and a half of weight off my head.I feel so liberated and humbled.

I donate my hair to Locks of Love every 4 or 5 years. This was my 3rd donation. Locks of Love is a wonderful organization that uses donated hair to provide hair prosthetics to children in need suffering from hair loss due to medical conditions. To gift your hair is to give the kids a sense of normalcy and self confidence back. I highly recommend supporting this cause. For more information about the organization and how to donate visit their website:

Cutting my hair off also gives me a sense of rediscovery. It is as if I derive a lot of my femininity from my hair. I was rather attached to my long curly locks. To take away that security and imagine myself in the situation of a condition that causes hair loss – to put myself in their shoes is to find new ways to cut off traces of vanity and restore inner essence.


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Where Motivation May Lay

Why hello, resident clouds of Eugene, please won’t you dump more precipitation more heavily upon my pulchritudinous wings so that I may be too weighted with affliction to have my sporadic flight to discovery today?

This weather makes me want to stay in bed, long to be in the warm embrace of cleverly designed feather stuffed fabric with an endless flow of hot tea.

The key is finding that inner inspiration, lighting that fire of desire in all the aspirations you have to grab hold of the motivation in order to shine on even when the cloud cover is thick. For me it is the understanding of the blessings in my life. Spark, flame, lit, fire, spread.

– Be

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Pushing Through

Last night, my amazing boyfriend, Francis and I went to a $2.00 local movie theater created as a memorial fund for a young man named David Minor. The theater has been a rolling success in honoring Minor while playing movies recently released on DVD and those by request paired with serving up local food and beer.

We got to the theater as the film 127 Hours was beginning. The film is based on the autobiographical book by Aron Ralston entitled Between a Rock and a Hard Place. The story takes you to the heart of his experience mountaineering in the great Canyons of Utah on a solo excursion. He leaps and climbs in confidence with an air of invincibility when a boulder loosens sending him to the bottom of a dark crater in the earth trapped by his mangled arm. Miles away from civilization, with little food and only a Nalgene bottle half full of water he realizes that he had not informed anyone of his trip and that the idea of a chance for rescue wouldn’t hold the measly milliliters of water he had to survive on. After days of loosing sanity, with the very last of his human energy in full fueled adrenaline, he breaks and amputates half of his own arm with a dull knife and sets himself free. 

Above is a photo of the true Aron Ralston as he continued to mountaineer.

His story reminded me greatly of the book Life of Pie in that the description of the state of survival can only be a sum of words strung together in attempt to convey the radical feelings only fathomable to those who have experienced them. The ability of a human to endure such conditions of extreme famished solitude in dyer situations and not “loose it” fascinates me.

“The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar.” – Yann Martel (Life of Pie)

In acts of survival people have proven to push the limits of what was once inconceivable.

I think back in my life when I was in situations where my survival instincts came out to play and I am thankful that they have remained sharp. I believe that there are many survival skills to keep polished in the repertoire.  I am an outdoor recreation/activity enthusiast and the film made me ask myself if I am the kind of person who will cut off my arm with a dull knife to continue on in this life.

This reminds me that day to day I need to continue to strengthen – mentally and physically because you never know when your rock, your anchor will loosen.

– Be

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