Real Estate You Can Eat...

For years, I have been driving down Broadway past this hippie-looking store called Co-Opportunity and always wondered what it was like. I decided that today was the day I would go in and find out more about it. The first thing I noticed was the impressive amount of bicycle racks installed on the outside walls of the store – cool! I’ll ride my bike down here next time. I enter the store and quickly learn that Co-Opportunity has been providing natural, organic and local foods to the Santa Monica area for more than 35 years, long before those other “yuppie” natural food stores opened in Santa Monica. This is the real deal! I’m instantly hooked. They have one of the largest selections of certified organic produce, including bulk produce, such as lettuce mix, green beans and carrots, a large variety of healthy hot and cold to go items, such as tamales, sandwiches, wraps, and freshly made pizza. There is also a large selection of gluten free products that thoroughly pleased my shopping companion. In addition to a wide variety of natural foods and groceries, they have of the largest selections of organic health and body care products I have ever seen. I make my way to these aisles. There’s a medicine for every ailment, including one for stress (check), one for varicose veins (check), another for back aches (check), and another for PMS (check!) Overwhelmed, I told the extremely knowledgeable manager of this department I would have to come back for a personal consultation – soon. After choosing a tea for energy and balance(I’ll start slowly), I moved on to the other store aisles.  It was lunch time, so I went on the hunt for some healthy items. I came across a coconut oil...

Real Good and Good For You...

A few weeks ago, I met with an interesting potential client — a chiropractor, healer and book author.  He also did not eat meat, and ate only raw and/or organic food.  I told him I would give him some free  PR counsel, if he would give me a lesson in getting to know and understand the benefits of his diet.  He told me not only would I lose weight, but he said that I would be more clear in my thinking. Thinner and smarter?  Ok, I’m willing to try this way of eating — at least once.  We walked from my office to a place that I have seen and heard of, but never had the chance to visit.  It’s called Real Food Daily, and it’s quite the institution for organic, meatless and raw foodies. I learned RFD’s food is balanced according to Eastern health philosophies and heart-healthy Western nutrition recommendations,  and is made from fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, plant proteins and high quality natural condiments. Real Food Daily serves a 100 percent plant-based menu – no meat, fish, fowl, dairy, eggs, butter, or saturated fats from animals or animal by-products.  Tough to swallow from this meat-and-potato girl from the mid-west!  But, I was still “game” for the culinary adventure. We were seated in an upstairs area, and a thin, pale waiter handed us menus.  (I thought to myself, if he ate meat, he’d have a rounder, healthier glow to him!)  But when I reviewed the menu, I was fascinated!  To start, I ordered the Not-Chos, with melted cashew cheese, black beans, Pico de Gallo, tofu sour cream and guacamole for $11.75.  It was so delicious!  It tasted just like the traditional version, but it was HEALTHY!  So exciting. My next course was...