I am grateful for my family and that I am able to wish a Happy Father’s Day to my Morselicious dad, Mac! And of course to all of your papa’s. Please post a comment sharing your favorite ‘Dad stories’ or words of wisdom/wit. Mac, Mo & Mama (my sister is here in spirit!) 🙂
What do the words Spring Clean, declutter, detox, unplug mean to you?
A serendipitous chain of events literally forced me to unplug, leading me to simplify and declutter, a personalized Spring Cleaning. One wet and rainy morning in Los Angeles, a rarity, on my way to help a friend clear out her bosses mansion sized closets, my phone broke. Kaput! Bye bye communication with the outside world. Talk about modern day stress. Driving without a phone in a storm. What the what?! Then, I thought back to the first 20 plus years of my life when we didn’t have cell phones and drove in snow storms, to the river and through the woods... however, we had something then that no longer exists except for in some old Telephone Museum; pay phones. When was the last time you actually saw a pay phone? You can find them next to the rotary telephone. Remember those?
I lost count how many times I reached for my phone to check messages, take photos, weather, the time. It was a phantom appendage. I was at a loss and yet there was something freeing as time went on. I couldn’t be reached. I was where I needed to be at that moment and my friend knew where I was and my commitment was to help her that day. I was forced to be in the moment focusing on my task at hand; to help pack the troves of clothes, shoes, robes, and slippers (even some ruby red ones).
Then came Lesson #2; Clutter and Stuff. My friends boss had amazing, expensive, beautiful items, but in the end, it’s all just STUFF and someone, at some point will have to sort through the clutter to dispose, deliver and donate. A daunting time-suck. Believe me, as much as we appreciated the quality and art of these things, by the end of the day, we were cursing how much still remained to sort. Our cars stuffed to the gills with bags and boxes; yet, the house was still full. It was a Master Class in the Art of UNPLUGGING and SIMPLIFYING and the lesson was NOT lost on me. Once I finally got a new phone, don’t even ask HOW much that stuff cost, I decided to focus on my other “stuff” at home by starting a major detox/declutter/Spring Clean. The idea that we must let go of the crap that is weighing us down in order to make room for new gifts has manifested in ways I am still experiencing and it’s glorious! It’s a constant work in progress and I am on a Morselicious Mission, much like a Spring Clean Detox for our gut, body, soul. It’s Integrative Health at work and so worth it. How often do we overstuff ourselves with food, drink, things? What truly matters is the quality time and experiences spent with loved ones and there are times, I must remind myself of that when I’m tempted to buy another collectable or nibble ‘just one mo’ morsel.’ 🙂 “It is good to collect things, but better to go on walks.” – Anatole France
How do you Spring Clean areas of your life? PLEASE share by posting a comment and feel free to reach out to yours truly. And while you’re detoxing, try my coconut cream crepe recipe. And click “play” below to hear the llama’s greeting.
As we March into National Nutrition Month, I’ve had a number of requests for tips and remedies to curb those spoonful-of- sugar cravings? Mary Poppins taught us there is NO such thing as perfect. Why, even she was “practically” perfect (in every way). I teach my clients that instead of focusing on what they can’t eat, to focus on adding more of the real-whole-rainbow of foods they can eat. And to leave a wee bit o’ wiggle room, now and then, for a tasty delectable, MORSELICIOUS style treat, try my Chocolate Cherry or Morselicious Chocolate Cheery Cake. It brings CHEER to those who indulge. Who knows how to say “Cheers” in Irish? See below.
These are so good, I make a few extras and keep in the freezer for cheerful chocolate cravings. I’m having a blast creating new recipes with my grain-free Paleo-friendly Morselicious Mix, which you can pre-order here. In addition to March being National Nutrition Month, ’tis also St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th and in honor of my Irish friend, Hillary, enjoy these short video clips of her (2nd one in her native tongue).
Slainte’ (that’s Cheers in Irish)
p.s. I’m available for Complimentary Health Coaching Consultations and offer one-time sessions.
Happy Morselicious Monday. Words can not begin to express my incredible humbling gratitude to everyone who rushed to care and support me during the Skirball Wildfire near my home forcing mandatory evacuation before 6:20 a.m. Not only did my amazing friends offer their homes, clothes, meals, care packages including toiletries, tea, dark chocolate socks, lotion, dental floss, shoulders to lean on and endless hugs. You name it, I was well cared for, unconditional boundless love. I’m not sure this post will make a lot of grammatical sense as I am going on 5 nights of no sleep, but my heart is clear and I am blessed.
As someone with a well prepared emergency kit and plan, none of that entered my mind at 6:20am when they banged on my front door to evacuate immediately, helicopters swirling above, fire engine sirens screaming, neighbors rushing, slamming doors. While I didn’t feel panicked, I was in a molasses state-of-shock as I grabbed a few things visible as I left; pieces of clothing, a Delicata Squash, a bag of coffee beans, my lunch, laptop, purse, glasses. Items I forgot; my contact lens case, toothpaste, face cream, socks, important documents, clothes…never did I imagine I would be out of my home for multiple nights/days, let alone the idea I could lose everything.
Having said this, I was always 100% aware of what I DID have; my life, my loving family (out of town), my amazing friends (my adopted family) and so much more.
A few special besties and first responders rushed to my aid before I was even in the car; Suzy, Nat, Nolan, Dave, Lucy, Annie, Tara, Kiira, Sam, Jennie, Kevin, Alison, Zaki, Edie. I will NEVER forget your compassion and unending generosity. Store employees whom, when I walked into buy a few necessities, in a discombobulated state, gave me travel sized samples, a place to sit, use their wifi whileI tried to process everything, keeping an eye on the billowing smoke as the flames enveloped the sky from 7 miles away, not knowing if my neighborhood and home would survive. Later, more friends discovered the fire location, they, too, offered their homes, clothes, food. Living 6 hours from my mom, dad and sister, we all felt overwhelmingly blessed as I was very well cared for. And the true heroes, who put their lives on the line every single day, are our local Los Angeles Fire Department. They saved our lives, pets, homes. It has been an emotional, surreal experience and my heart is heavy for those still displaced and in immediate danger. I will do all I can to give back to these communities and our LAFD, who are temporarily stationed next door as I write this. Spreading holiday love by giving back is more palpable this season and I hope to encourage you to join me in spreading the generosity.
One of my besties 16 year daughter made a gorgeous coffee crumble cake for the local fire department as a thank you for all the lives and homes they have saved.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
For a little holiday sparkle, here is one of the outfits personally styled by Kiira and Tara, clean socks and other necessities by Suzy, making sure to sprinkle some Morselicious green for Mo. I LOVE YOU ALL and wish you a Merry Morselicious Holiday!
Trick-or-treat? Oh, sugar, sugar! Remember my previous posts citing studies proving sugar is more addicting than cocaine? Many of you have asked me how to curb the cravings for all of the extra Halloween candy this time o’ year, not to mention the decadent home-baked treats bubbling over in holiday ovens, which are here to stay through the end of the year.
Here are a few of my Morselicious favorite strategies whilst still indulging a wee bit. After all, ’tis the season and we don’t want our homes to be “egged” for NOT passing out treats on Halloween and I’m not yolking!
#3. CUT the CRAP! …the MORSELIST is gettin’ dirty!
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Cancer and most chronic inflammatory diseases are caused by consuming CRAP!
Let’s reverse that by:
A-and (apple-bobbing) remember that game?
Which C.R.A.P. will you choose? And how will you WEEN this Hallo-holiday?
p.s. Do NOT overbuy candy and if you have leftovers, get rid of it as soon as the last trick-or-treater has gobbled through your door.