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Reverting Back to Childhood

When It Comes to Food and Eating

Do you revert back to childhood as an adult when it comes to food and eating?

  • Drink your milk for healthy bones
  • Eat your veggies, especially your greens/spinach to grow big and strong.
  • Clean your plate or no dessert.
  • Do not play with your food, please eat it.


Eating the Greens

I remember moving out on my own and being so excited that I could eat dessert before dinner!

I have learned a few tricks over the years in creating a healthier lifestyle for myself.

  • I am listening to my body and what my body needs.
  • I take smaller portions or just leave food on my plate.
  • I love CRAVING foods and drinks!
  • If I sit while I eat, I tend to take my time to eat and enjoy the food and drink.
  • If I stand to eat, I eat way too fast, eat way too much and just give myself indigestion or a good case of the hiccups.
  • I am so guilty of still eating in front of the boob tube way more than I should.
  • I do not count calories.
  • I do not restrict; moderation and portion is key.
  • I do read nutritional labels and make healthier food choices.
  • I do find the good and the positive and the happiness in living my life.

The #1 thing that I can do for myself, my needs and my whole being is to do what works BEST for me! I am learning to be more mindful and more aware of my needs when it comes to health, wellness and fitness. I want to feel my BEST each and every day!

This includes my cravings and temptations for the sweet, salty and savory! My body is trying to tell me something and I need to figure it out. I am a grazer when I am bored. I want the sweet and the salty when I am stressed out. I crave protein when I am tired and low on energy. I think of my cravings as my body’s regulator in getting me balanced again! I am basically trying to dial into the information my body is sending out.

I cannot tolerate dairy all that well and I am so glad there is so many alternatives available now! I actually crave rich in calcium foods like salmon, dark greens and beans. I also try to eat whole foods, like fruits and veggies. I want to fuel and nourish myself and my body with quality, nutritious foods!

I am working on losing weight, but for me it is about nourishing as well as nurturing myself and my whole being! I want to eat better and make healthier choices. I want to take time for myself and get the rest and relaxtion I need. I want to play more and have fun in living my life!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Please Share Your Thoughts, Love to Hear!!!


SAVOR

The Central Coast Food and Wine Event

1st time at Savor and had a Blast! Went Saturday, September 29, 2012 for the Main Event at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch. Delicious Food, Wine, Brews – what more could you ask for! Caught a glimpse of Aarti Sequeira, host of Food Network’s Aarti Party.


Welcome! (Photo by RSheridan)


Make Experiences (Photo by RSheridan)

You almost do not know where to start because it seems a little overwhelming with all the choices available. As Mr. Craves stated this event is on STEROIDS! We just decided to pick an area and dive in. Hello! Vons Music and Tasting Garden.

Breweries

  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles (love, love, love their brews – just saying!)
  • SLO Brewing Company, San Luis Obispo (Reggae Red was really good)
  • Tap It Brewing, San Luis Obispo (mobbed every time I wanted to try their brews)


Firestone’s 805 Local Brew (Photo by RSheridan)


(Photo by RSheridan)

Restaurants

  • Apple Farm, San Luis Obispo (offered a great salad)
  • Gardens of Avila, San Luis Obispo (great berry polenta cake)
  • Marisol at The Cliffs, Pismo Beach (can you say dessert coma – see pic below)
  • Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo (great punch and desserts)
  • SeaVenture, Pismo Beach
  • Vons (decorated the picnic tables – just GORGEOUS!)


Berry Polenta Cake (Photo by RSheridan)


I seriously could have oinked out on because it was THAT GOOD! (Photo by RSheridan)


Decorations by Vons – BEAUTIFUL! (Photos by RSheridan)

Getting Back to Your Roots

At the Farmers’ Market to Meal Area – tried a fresh pistachio while exploring.

Farmers

  • Bautista Farms, Arroyo Grande
  • Bell Farms, Huron
  • California State Farm Bureau
  • Jack Creek Farms, Templeton
  • JR Johnson Farm, Morro Bay
  • Peppercreek Family Farm, Arroyo Grande
  • Rancho San Miguel Hills, San Miguel
  • Rutiz Family Farms, Arroyo Grande
  • San Luis Obispo Farm Bureau
  • Skyline Flower Growers, Nipomo (BREATHTAKING Floral Arrangements!)


Clam Chowder (Photo by RSheridan)


(Photos by RSheridan)

Destination Dreaming

Where would you like to GO??? Head over to the Central Coast Pavilion and experience all 4 Central Coast counties, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Ventura.

Let’s Dream Shall We . . . Great Eats, Wine & Brews & Beaches – Oh My!

  • Arroyo Grande
  • Atascadero
  • Avila Beach
  • Cambria
  • Cayucos
  • Grover Beach
  • Morro Bay
  • Paso Robles
  • Pismo Beach
  • San Luis Obispo
  • San Simeon


Fish from Avila Beach (Photo by RSheridan)


Camping Anyone??? (Photo by RSheridan)


Where Will the Road Take You? (Photo by RSheridan)

Sunset’s International Wine Competition Medal Winners

Drumroll Please . . .

  • HKG Estate Wines,Healdsburg
  • Mantra, Healdsburg
  • Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville
  • Tenuta Ca’Bolani, Italy
  • Venteux Vineyards, Templeton
  • Waterbrook, Walla Walla

This area to taste the wines from these wineries was mobbed! Finally snuck in and tried HKG’s Chardonnay and not one but two Pinot Noirs – the Pinot Noirs were delicious. Congrats!


Grape Goodness! (Photo by RSheridan)

Winemaker Central


Wine This Way! (Photo by RSheridan)

Eventually made it over to the Marketplace. Can I say Great Eats and Wine Overload – WOW!

1st Stop – SLO Donuts from San Luis Obispo – Nutella-filled donut.

2nd Stop – Tasted Some Wines

3rd Stop – Cracked Crab from Pismo Beach for the Crab Bisque – YUM!

4th Stop – Tasted Some More Wines

5th Stop – Harris Ranch from Coalinga – no one was talking just making eating noises of delight – just saying because I was one of them!

And On and On and On

Central Coast Wineries

Talk About Grand and Variety! Plus Palate Overload!

Areas Represented

  • Arroyo Grande
  • Atascadero
  • Los Olivos
  • Paso Robles
  • Salinas
  • San Luis Obispo
  • San Miguel
  • San Simeon
  • Santa Maria
  • Santa Margarita
  • Santa Rosa
  • Santa Ynez
  • Soldedad
  • Templeton

All Aboard

Took a ride on the train to get a better look at Santa Margarita Ranch.


Choo Choo (Photo by RSheridan)


All Aboard the Disneyland Train (Photo by RSheridan)


Pacific Coast – Yes Please! (Photo by RSheridan)

Ice Cold Treats

  • Doc Burnstein’s (Sea Salt Caramel – melted in your mouth)
  • Leo Leo Gelato, Paso Robles (tried the Firestone DBA Chocolate – YUM!)
  • Negranti Dairy & Artisan Creamery, Paso Robles (Sheep’s Milk Ice Cream – Really GOOD!)
  • Marich Confectionery Company, Hollister (Homemade Chocolate Delights)
  • Von’s Coffee Lounge (grabbed an ice coffee taster)


Firestone DBA Chocolate Gelato (Photo by RSheridan)


Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab (Photo by RSheridan)

One of my favorites was at Savor that I enjoy every morning for breakfast in my smoothies, Mountain High Yoghurt. This station offered a pomegranate smoothie in the morning and then moved to a blueberry smoothie in the afternoon. Both options were delicious. I love the pureness, creaminess and freshness of their yoghurt products. Plus offers 10 to 11 grams of protein.

The heat became a little unbearable around 2 pm of the event when it hit 97 degrees. Thank goodness for the Mid-American Solar company that was providing ice cold, flavored water (pineapple and basil, cucumber and citrus)! At times I think the line was longer at the water station than the beer and wine stations.

Sunset Garden and Backyard Farm

I love checking out and exploring gardens! I enjoyed how the 2-acre garden space was utilized, especially with vertical gardening. There were these garden boxes with reclaimed windows that acted as a greenhouse for the garden box – pretty cool idea. The bees were in heaven too with all the plants to explore!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Recycling


Yes, those are Wine Corks! (Photos by RSheridan)

My 3-year wish has come TRUE – had a BLAST!!!


Have a Great Day Everyone! (Photo by RSheridan)


Favorite Foodie City

A Few of My Favorite Things . . .

I have decided to dedicate this week as “Favorites” Week! I am starting the 4th day off with Favorite Foodie City. You will have to stay tuned throughout the week to discover other favorites.

Check Out – Favorite Travel Destination

Check Out – Favorite Travel Interest

Check Out – Favorite Wine Destination

Check Out – Favorite Outdoor Destination

What is Your Ultimate Favorite Foodie City? Pick your Top 5!

My Top 5

  • Santa Barbara
  • San Francisco
  • The Twin Cities
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Dallas

My Ultimate Favorite Food to SPLURGE on while traveling is FRESH Fish and Seafood – YUM! Sometimes the food becomes secondary to the wine or beer. In the end it is about the OVERALL experience – place, people, food, and drink.


Crab Anyone? (Photo by RSheridan)


Great Food Anyone? (Photo by RSheridan)

Some Highlights! I enjoyed eating lunch in Chinatown in San Francisco as well as checking out Capital City Brewing Company in Washington, D.C. You have the classic California cuisine as well as the unique and eclectic in Santa Barbara and San Francisco. I remember in Dallas you needed a doggie bag due to the big portions – it is true everything is bigger in Texas! The Twin Cities offers the traveler a vast selection of cuisines to choose from while visiting.


Wine Anyone? (Photo by RSheridan)


Beer Anyone? (Photo by RSheridan)

Please Share YOUR Favorite Foodie Cities!


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