The Naked Truth: Put it in Writing

I am not one for New Years Resolutions. I love the idea but find that really they are nothing more than a way to add one more thing that feels unattainable to the “to do” list. Despite my resistance to setting a ton of lofty goals, I do strongly believe in the power of the written word- “If you write it, it will come”. When I am on my A -game and meditating daily, I end each session with 5 minutes of writing notes on my phone. This has become my journal.I enjoy various guided meditations– when I take my headphones off, it is so easy just to flip to the journal section and start writing.

I like this for two reasons;

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The NAKED truth, October 2015– You HAVE choices

Choices~ We will face an innumerable number of choices in life; from what color shirt to wear, which job to take, whether to have kids (or not)– to what attitude we face the world with each day. Some choices are infinitely more impacting than others and often these are the choices that we avoid making consciously, defaulting to life making them for us. How many of us out there truly grasp that we have a choice as to what kind of life we want to lead, where we want to live, who we share our lives with– which side of the of bed we get out of each day.

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An Evening with Al Gore

On September 27th, 2015 The Naked Bite catered a meal for former Vice President Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project. This event was a fundraiser devoted to solving our climate crisis and was entirely plant-based. The evening began with passed hors d’oeuvres and was followed by a three course meal and compelling speech given my Mr. Gore. He spoke about what is happening with climate change and what we can do to help. I was even asked unexpectedly to give my own speech about The Naked Bite and the inspiration for the meal. Being that it is late summer in South Florida, the seasonal produce pickings are slim, but I was committed to sourcing as local as possible. Of course, highlighting the integrity of plants and how easy it is to substitute for meat in some of your weekly meals.

This was such an honor to be selected for such a special evening and to have the opportunity to showcase the type of food that really inspires me. The impact that we are able to have on the planet by making event small adjustments to our diet is incredible. This is a huge reason why I am committed to help changing peoples diets, one NAKED bite at a time!

The Naked Truth: Clearing the Way

Green bodyThese few weeks have been about getting sh#t done, checkin’ off the list and clearing way for the new. We have new and talented staff, the car has been detailed, manuals made, office cleaned, folders created and we are putting plans into action. Clearing the way @theNAKEDbite made me feel like I should do the same for my body. 

Questionable eating habits, toxins and compromised digestion (many of us have without knowing it) and stress can contribute greatly to lack of energy, motivation, depression etc.  Though I am healthy over all, you know I have my vices and my treats (chips & guac, margaritas, ice cream :).  I committed to doing a two week food and liver cleanse simultaneously (eeek!). 

I created my own program based on what my body felt it needed:

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Spicy Southwestern Kelp Noodles with Avocado & Toasted Seeds

Raise your hand if you love noodles. I DO, I DO!!! Unfortunately they tend to be on the heavy side and often carry the “guilt factor”.  I prefer not to associate guilt with food but you know what I andoaean.

Kelp noodles are as light as light can be. They are made 100% with seaweed and water and have 6 calories per serving…”light” done right, au natural! The only thing is that they need some “umpf” injected into them as they rate 0 on the flavor scale.

I love to use peanut sauce, pesto, tomato sauce– you name it. I have been on a veggie and fruit cleanse the last couple of weeks (and liver cleanse to boot = no fun). Pretty much any kind of dressing will do. This Southwestern Kelp Noodle Salad recipe is one  I created to inspire my tastebuds & carry on. Check it out!

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Sign Up for Farm-Fresh Veggies! 2015 Community Sourced Agriculture (CSA) in South Florida

Nothing is more nourishing for you body, soul and tastebuds than organic veggies right out of the earth. Don’t believe me? Then you have not been getting the good stuff, I promise you. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and essentially means that you help inject funds into the farm (typically in one lump sum) to assist in their seasonal operation by purchasing a weekly “share”- AKA a box of amazingly fresh produce only days if not hours old.

The average ingredient in a grocery store travels 1500 miles to get to you shopping cart and then onto your plate. In order to transport food long distances, much of it is picked while still unripe and then gassed to “ripen” it after transport, or it is highly processed in factories using preservatives, irradiation, and other means to keep it stable for transport and sale. This greatly diminishes the nutrient value (that is already lowered by modern factory farming practices). By supporting a local CSA you are doing good for you body, the environment and the community, not to mention saving money!

If you are not in South Florida or Austin visit Local Harvest for a CSA near you.

CSA Programs in South Florida

Little River CSA
Grower Muriel Olivares offers two share sizes to meet the demands of your household. Pick up at the Upper East Side Farmers Market every Saturday from 10am-2pm at Legion Park located at Biscayne blvd and 66th street .  The CSA runs for about 20 consecutive weeks.  Learn More

Bee Heaven Farm
Grower Margie Pickarski offers a weekly or biweekly FAMILY share, which usually satisfies the produce needs for a plant-centric family of 2-4. For individuals or small families, the farm offers a weekly or biweekly SMALL share, which is sufficient for 1-3 people. Additional items may be purchased from a webstore, to accompany your share on your delivery day. Learn More

Nana’s CSA
Grower Michael Borek known for tomatoes, provides farm provides three share sizes, small, medium and large for 30 weeks, starting November 1, weather permitting. Michael previously worked with his mother, Teena Borek of Teena’s Pride CSA  Learn More

Swank Farms Specialty Produce
Jodi and Darrin Swank’s program will be start on October 15. Harvested on the same day it’s delivered to 7 Whole Foods stores throughout Broward and Palm Beach Counties  you know your veggies will be crisp & fresh… we hear that if they have enough people asking, they’ll come to Whole Foods Coral Gables…. check out their awesome events line-up too. Learn More

Farm Fresh Miami
Sign up, choose a pick-up location near you (over 30). Choose either a half share, full share or juicer’s share of mixed, thoughtfully varied, seasonal fruits/veggies.  Next add extra a la carte items you want to get (more on that in a few), provide payment details and wait (eagerly!) for your scheduled delivery day.  Learn More

Verde Community Farm and Market
For people, not for profit, Tom Squire has turned part of the old Homestead airforce base into a wonderful farm program– and eatery. Full, half-share and EBT matching programs available at 3 convenient Farmer’s Market locations. Learn More

Harpke Family Farm
Tamer and Claire Harpke (follow their travels in Egypt this summer on social media) offer weekly LARGE shares at their Urban Farm in Dania Beach which usually meet the produce needs for a family of 2-4. Individuals or smaller families who don’t consume lots of produce, a weekly SMALL share is available. Check out their super interesting microgreen CSA & Flexible Carrot Program too! Learn More

Farm Stores & CSA Programs in Austin

Springdale Farms
Owned and farmed by Glenn and Paula Foore, Springdale Farm sits on 4.83 acres just 3 miles east from the State Capitol in Austin, Texas. Located at 755 Springdale Road in East Austin, the family operated Urban Farm grows over 75 seasonal vegetable varieties and operates a popular public farm stand every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 9AM – 1PM. Learn More

Green Gate Farms
In 2006, Skip Connett and Erin Flynn restored a historic farm site to create a community resource for neighbors of all incomes. “Our vision is to cultivate an organic farm that feeds mind, body and soul”. The farm grows several varieties of vegetables, which are all for sale at their farm stand. They also sell transplants for your garden, herbs, seeds, wildflower bouquets, and baked goods. Learn more

Boggy Creek Farm
Larry and Carola Ann Sayle own an urban farm in East Austin and a larger property in Milam County. On these farms they grow a variety of tomatoes, potatoes, onions, hard squash, summer squash, specialty and salad crops, okra, an much more. The majority of our produce is sold at the farm stand at the Austin farm, at our farm stand Wednesdays and Saturdays. Learn more

Sand Creek Farm
Located in Cameron, Texas, the Godfrey Family became “Farmers to provide healthy foods for our family and to empower you and the next generation to do the same”. Sand Creek Farms grows a wide variety of vegetable crops, and meat and dairy as well and their produce is available through a CSA program. Learn more

Tecolote Organic Farm
The longest-running CSA in Texas and has been brining organic veggies to Austinites for over 20 years and now service over 300 families. They grow over 150 varieties of  vegetables and partner with many of the top restaurants in town. Learn more

Urban Roots
Urban Roots uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community. Founded in 2007 now has a goal of growing 25,000 pounds of produce with the Urban Roots community of youth, community volunteers, and staff.  They donate 40% of our harvest to local soup kitchens and food pantries and sell the other 60% at farmers’ markets, through their CSA program and wholesale distribution. Learn more

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