How can you not revere Robin Williams for his earthly contributions, his quick ridiculous wit, endless celebrity impressions, his selflessness, and that certain sweetness he carried with him? His wild, and often manic zany nature sometimes made me feel a little uncomfortable and while funny I quite enjoyed his quieter more dramatic roles. I think it is safe to say that Robin was quite special. Energetic, charismatic and hilariously funny to many but he was not quiet about his demons.  He was quite vocal actually and the undertones and sometimes very blatant overtones showed up in his comedic as well as his dramatic roles.  His filter was thinly veiled.  I respect him for that. He did not hide. He was unabashedly authentic. My thoughts go out to all that loved and knew him in real life and may you find peace and strength in each other.

He was loved and so are you. 

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A while ago I myself uttered the words,  “Now I understand why people resort to killing themselves.”   I said it.  Those words came out of my mouth followed with, “Don’t worry I am not going to off myself.”   Recognizing how serious these words were.  Immediately I thought whoa…. I am really fucking sad…because I was not looking for drama or sympathy.  I was speaking my truth in that moment.  There I was telling people I am super duper sad and  nothing seems to be shaking it. Go to yoga they say.  So I did. Go to the gym they say…so i did.  It’s no joke.   I have not been diagnosed with depression or anything like that but it was a realization that things can be that bad for people and I was too close to that edge for comfort. I knew that I was a little if not moderately messed up and in that knowing I wanted to remain smart about gaging it even in the midst the circles I was running in my head. just.make.it.stop. and by IT I mean the things that are continuously hurtled at us, snatched from our hands and just out of reach. Continuously. Relentlessly. Piled one on top of the next.   I had come to know the depth of that feeling like I never had before. What would I do if these feelings got worse or more persistent?  Nope.  Not happening.  Thoughts quickly turned to get me out of this gross place.   I don’t belong here.  Yet there I stood with stuck feet in a vat of numb unrecognizable mush. What do I need to do?  What do I need to stop doing? 

When this sneaky little b*tch shows up,  and and pitches a fucking tent it becomes harder and harder to find peace, joy and comfort in your own skin no matter how badly you want it. It compounds on itself.  There are times that we must fight our way out of it and often need to let go of things we thought were good for us that are actually very very bad and sometimes things are just taken from us.  It could be a million different scenarios as all of our realities play out differently. Divorce, death in the family, miscarriage, job loss, debt, illness, infertility, postpartum,  perhaps it turns turns that your partner is a professional asshole, or you have just succumbed to the the fact that coffee and dairy are no longer welcome in your wellness protocol.  All causes for major anxiety and depression.

At times we are forged by fire to trust our gut intuition and take zero bullshit from anyone. At other times we are made to surrender.  We should always ALWAYS examine our feelings and thoughts to see how we feel in our bodies. Does it fuel? Does it inflame?   Can we do anything about it right now? With angels come demons and how charming, convincing and deceptive their fiction can be on our psyche. We must trust that we are making adjustments and taking action that will lead us down a better path.  A brighter healthier path.

If you find yourself anywhere near this place take the time to examine what has taken root in your world,  take out the trash, pull some weeds and do everything possible along the way to nourish your body mind and spirit.  Not sure  what  to do to rearrange the behaviors and thought patterns that cloud your every thought?  Get in touch with someone you trust and tell them that you NEED help. On the flip side of that listen to those you love that are trying to tell you maybe in not so many words, that they are really fucking sad.  

This song has been in my head for the last couple of days.  Seems to make sense somehow.  

 

Always be truthful and kind and treat yourself sweetly, 

xo, amy

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If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung,
Would you hear my voice come through the music?
Would you hold it near as it were your own?It’s a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken,
Perhaps they’re better left unsung.
I don’t know, don’t really care
Let there be songs to fill the air.Ripple in still water,
When there is no pebble tossed,
Nor wind to blow.

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty,
If your cup is full may it be again,
Let it be known there is a fountain,
That was not made by the hands of men.

There is a road, no simple highway,
Between the dawn and the dark of night,
And if you go no one may follow,
That path is for your steps alone.

Ripple in still water,
When there is no pebble tossed,
Nor wind to blow.

You, who choose to lead, must follow
But if you fall you fall alone.
If you should stand then who’s to guide you?
If I knew the way I would take you home.

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REPLENISH – RENEW – RECHARGE

 

It’s finally HERE!  The Reboot is going into it’s 5th season!  I can’t believe I have been supporting people through this for over  a year now. I’m just going to say it….  You need this.  We all do. Wheter we eat clean already or not.  This takes you to the next level…whatever that is for you.  I am going about it a bit different this season. I know summer is so busy but make some time for yourself.  It is so worth it. 

Confession:  I have not been walking the walk as of late and am I paying for it. Big time. I seem to feel more imbalanced emotionally rather than physically when I get off track.  I have been easily distracted, irritable, anxious, fearful, annoyed, impatient, disinterested and withdrawn.  I have not been feeling very creative. My yoga practice was slipping. All these things and I know what I’m supposed to do.  Our hearts gets so tangled and as humans we are constantly changing course. Time to tighten back up, get clear and move forward. 

Am I right when I say it’s confusing out there? People are all over the road.  I get added to groups all the time and things start showing up in my feed and I am like…. what the fug?  People are eating 15 banana smoothies for breakfast. What.In.The.World? 15 banana smoothies. As in 15 bananas in one smoothie. Yikes.

I have noticed when I am engaged in this with others I do so well.  I support you and in return I get support from you to keep going.  We all win.

 

You may be familiar with what goes down around here if not this is the low down.

 

I created this program for 5 reasons:

  • Everyone seems to be confused about what to eat! Why be confused when you can use one program that combines a detoxification AND the elimination diet, so you’ll finally know what’s right for you?
  • I wanted to empower YOU (yeah, you!) with the right tools for healthy detoxification, so you can improve your immune system in a safe and nourishing way.
  • The world needs to know it’s possible to effectively detox without fancy pills or powders – whole foods will do the trick.
  • Rebooting at least 4 times a year supports a healthy body for a lifetime.
  • You deserve support!  a program loaded with all the recipes, and step-by-step instructions you need to naturally detox – one you can use over and over throughout the entire season to refresh, and reboot. 

Here are some of the results you can expect”

  • Lose an average of 3-5 pounds in one week
  • Feel lighter, glow, and have tons of energy
  • Kill  sugar cravings
  • Sleep like a baby, without waking up at 3 am.
  • Decreased belly bump - 
  • Fit into your favorite jeans, dress or swimsuit.

This is a process of discovery, and letting go of what doesn’t working for you anymore - both physically and emotionally. What happens when you let go? You access an amazing freedom of both body and mind. Besides: who doesn’t want to look and feel there greatest, ASAP.

What’s included?

  • Summer Reboot Guide: a step-by-step manual showing you exactly how to move forward in a safe and natural way
  • Recipe Guide: packed with 75 simple kick ass recipes that will improve digestion, decrease inflammation, and keep you feeling satisfied
  • Daily Email Support: just like it sounds, I will email you daily to provide support & accountability
  • 11-Day Guide with Suggested Meals: this will help you stay on track, and take the guesswork out of meals during your detox
  • 11-Day At a Glance: a day by day glance of your entire program, with easy-to-follow recipes that make this journey easy.
  • The Ultimate Success Kit: this handy toolbox has everything you need to make your detox success last a lifetime
  • A Shopping List: to make trips to the supermarket super simple, which makes prepping, preparing, and cooking for your detox a breeze
  • Private Facebook Support Forum – A great place to collaborate, make some friends and get the support you deserve

 

What we are going to do:

  • Eliminate foods that are wreaking havoc on your body, and creating belly bloat
  • Learn which foods fuel you, and ditch the ones that leave you feeling foggy
  • Improve your digestion and started experiencing regular bowel movements
  • Improve your nutrient absorption
  • Ditch the sugar cravings
  • Get rid of those bags under your eyes
  • Discover the tools you need to de-stress in the real world
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Jumpstart your metabolism with superfoods

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“Joining in on the Spring Reboot was an opportunity for just that; a reboot. What I found as the days went by was that my view of food began to change. The included documents in the reboot lay it all out for you so you never have to guess what is next, or what to expect. I began to truly understand that eating for heath does not mean I can no longer enjoy food. The recipes included in the program were delicious, fresh and inspiring. A few of the recipes I used to build off of with my own ideas (“oh, this would be great with this or that…) This process also reaffirmed my suspicion that pastured dairy causes my skin to break out. I’m now enjoying my coconut milk all the more. Furthermore, since I had given up coffee because of adrenal issues, I always had that dreaded “afternoon slump”, but on the reboot, I noticed I had more energy during the later afternoon and found it easier to pick up an activity like going for a walk or riding my bike. I’m looking forward to signing up for the next reboot and to the change that it will bring with it; both inside and out.”  - Skye Hardwick 

 

You probably have questions.  I would too.  Here are a few of the most common things that I hear often.  If you have a question not on the list please feel free to shoot me an email.  

 

Got Questions? I have the answer.

WILL I BE STARVING?

 Not at all! There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and there is room for snacks in between. Every meal is delicious and created by a fabulous chef to nourish your body from the inside out. This program is not about starvation or deprivation, and we are not counting calories or dwelling on carbs. You will feel satisfied with every bite. If you do get hungry, there are extra snack recipes included!

 CAN I STILL WORKOUT DURING THE PROGRAM?

Please workout during the program! If you feel tired or have low energy, exercising restores both strength and energy. During this program, you will be eating protein and drinking plenty of liquids, so if you’re already exercising, there’s no reason to stop! It is important to remember that whenever you change the foods you eat your body changes as well. Please consult with your doctor if you have any specific concerns about your health.

 WHAT SORT OF PROTEINS WILL I BE EATING?

 You will have the option for plant or animal-based proteins, which will be listed out for you in your recipes and suggested meals. There are so many “clean eating protein sources” to choose from you won’t get bored with your options!

 AM I ONLY GOING TO BE DRINKING JUICES AND SMOOTHIES?

 No way! While there are some juices and smoothies for you to choose from, you will also be eating salads, soups, and even desserts that are delicious, nutritious, and will eliminate toxins in your body in a safe and natural way.

 DO I HAVE TO TAKE SUPPLEMENTS, PILLS, AND POWDERS?

 Not in this program!! The only supplement I recommend that everyone take on a daily basis is a probiotic, and you’ll learn why in this program. 

 CAN I DO THIS IF I’M NURSING OR PREGNANT?

 If you are nursing, I suggest that you add at least 4-6 ounces of protein at lunch and dinner, boost your morning smoothie with a scoop of hemp or pea protein, and eat snacks in between meals. Make sure you are consuming extra fat and drinking enough liquids. This program does not include any detox-provoking agents, but again, please consult with your doctor prior to starting this program if you have any health concerns.

 WILL I FEEL WEAK DURING THE PROGRAM?

You are going to feel so strong and energized it will amaze you! In the beginning, your body may go through a “healing phase” to re-balance and let go of toxicity. It is important to listen to your body through this program, and I will be here to support you with that. I will guide you step by step through exactly what can be done to reduce any unwanted symptoms that may appear. This program is completely flexible for figuring out what works for YOU!

 I DON’T EAT GLUTEN OR DAIRY. HOW CAN THIS PROGRAM HELP ME?

Many people who eat very “clean” already still have room to empty out the pipes with an elimination diet and take their healthy habits to the next level. Changing up the foods we eat gives our digestion time to rest and reset, which can be helpful for anyone regardless of their current eating habits.

 WHAT SIDE EFFECTS MIGHT I EXPERIENCE?

Some people go through this program and feel nothing but energized, while others may feel tired or light-headed as their bodies eliminate and let go of unnecessary toxins. The experience will differ from one person to the next, but this program is designed with that in mind, and you’ll have access to all the tools you need to keep any unwanted symptoms at bay.

 I HAVE A KNOWN MEDICAL CONDITION. IS THIS STILL SAFE FOR ME?

 While this program is based on eating only whole foods, food is powerful, and  it is still advised that you consult your physician before beginning this or any program. 

 

 

Note: It is important to consult your physician before beginning any new eating or exercise program. This is a clean eating program designed to teach you the difference between foods that inflame you and foods that fuel you. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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amy boring - southern california food photographer - holistic health coach - bee pollen
Bee Pollen! What’s the big deal? Such an easy and affordable thing to add to your daily regimen. There are several reasons to love this stuff.

Bee pollen is made up of 40% protein and is considered natures most complete nourishing foods that contain all nutrients required by humans. Half of it’s protein consists of free amino acids and is ready as is to be used by the body. This stuff alone can contribute a great deal to the body’s protein needs. Wheat germ and brewer’s yeast pale in comparison to bee pollen’s rejuvenation capabilities and get this….Pollens gathered by these busy little bees are rich in proteins, B-complex vitamins, free amino acids and folic acid.

ONE BEE  works 8 hours a day for a whole month to gather a TEASPOON of granules.  

Pee Pollen benefits include:

  • Allergy Relief
  • Anti Inflamatory 
  • Energy Booster
  • Skin Irritation Relief
  • Respiratory
  • Immunity Boost
  • Cuts Cravings 
  • Addiction Relief 
  • Cardiovascular  Support
  • Infertility Problems

MAGIC WORD ALRERT 

WEIGHTLOSS.  

No need to read any further…. Run on out and get your bee pollen on cause we be needing to lose weight, yo. Fat be gone up out of here! ( I have been watching season two of Orange is the New Black. Channeling Tastee.) Holla.

Seriously though WHO KNEW?

Bee pollen has been shown to be  very effective in correcting chemical imbalances in metabolism and stimulating the metabolic process for normalization, stabilization and loss of excess weight. It amps up caloric burn and is low in calories at 90 calories per ounce, about 2 heaping tablespoons. Personally I have never used more than a tablespoon at once. Bee pollen helps eliminate cravings with it’s phenylalanine content. Phenylalanine is what weight loss pills replicate in chemical form except your body can’t read the manufactured chemical the way that the real thing can.  The manmade chemical just straight up kills your appetite whether you are thin, fat, or just right with the added bonus of jitters.  You know the stuff that put Kelly Taylor on the floor in Beverly Hills 90210 bathroom.  Diet pills and quick fixes are bad news.  Don’t do it.  Bee pollen is smart.  Your body actually understands how hard to those cut cravings. Nature is legit and being more in tune with nature has benefits across the board.   

HOW MUCH?  Allergy prevention is one teaspoon per day. Gradually increase your dose to one tablespoon. Five whopping grams of protein are present and is such a nice addition addition if you already have some protein going on in your meal…. nuts, seeds, avocado…. Since your pollen is really a type of food and there are some fats in it. It is important to keep it refrigerated.  Anyone that asks you where do you get your protein if you don’t eat meat…. bee pollen is the highest source of animal protein by volume.   

 

“Bee pollen is a food and acts faster and more effectively when taken at mealtime and especially with fruit, which lets it gently, perform a little cleansing of the intestinal flora.”- Food Matters  

ALLERGY ALLERT:

  • Bee pollen is not safe for pregnant women and should not be used during breastfeeding
  • Before taking a full dose of pollen it is very important to test for a possible extreme allergic reaction by ingesting just one pellet. Gradually build up over a week or so to the correct dose. If you are allergic to honey I would not recommend going there.

and a tasty smoothie for you.

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For me personally I love dips, spreads, dressings and sauces. You?  Veggies never get old when you dress them up with goodness.   Ok.  I am so hooked on this recipe from the Spring Reboot that I just have to share it.  Get this… It’s a nut free + dairy free version of the stuff we love but tend not to eat because…. well… the traditional stuff is higher in fat that we like to admit sometimes.  If you love pesto who says you have to swear it off?  Not this girl!  This stuff actually does you mucho grande favors and get this… You can actually consume it everyday during the Reboot and and wait for it….. reap benefits. Who knew?   You know what else is cool??  There are 60+ more kick ass recipes where this came from.     Enjoy my friends!    

Reboot Pesto
Nut Free + Dairy free healthy version of a traditional favorite
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7 min
Prep Time
7 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup loose packed fresh basil
  2. 1/4 cup cilantro
  3. 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  4. 2-3 sun dried tomatoes
  5. 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  6. 1 clove garlic
  7. juice from 1 lemon
  8. 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  9. 1/4-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  10. sea salt + pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Toss it all in the food processor or high speed blender and pulse a few times while adding the olive oil.
Notes
  1. I like it to have a little texture but you can smooth it out as much as you like by pulsing more. If you are going to store it in the refrigerator pour an additional thin layer of olive oil over the top to preserve the color.
  2. use as a dip or a spread.
  3. Enjoy!
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