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Got Resolutions? Talk at Unity Church, Cambridge

Got Resolutions?

New Year’s is the only holiday that celebrates the passage of time. Perhaps that’s why, as the final seconds of the year tick away, we become introspective. Inevitably, that introspection turns to thoughts of self-improvement and the annual ritual of making resolutions, which offer the first of many important tools for remaking ourselves!”

– Gary Ryan Blair

Are you considering “re-making” yourself in 2010?  Who do you want to become this year? What kind of a life do you envision for yourself?

Will you join the millions upon millions of people world-wide who declare their intentions to “change” but then as the days, weeks and months pass and their resolve wanes, see their top-of-the-mountain intentions flatten? For many, as the bright light at the end of the “some day I’ll attain that” tunnel dims, it’s easy to feel self-loathing and defeat.

This January, you could join this universal trend and, as many experts advise, make firm resolutions, set challenging goals, and develop detailed action plans that promise to enable and empower you to have the best year of you life.

Or… you could experience something entirely new.

Come join Maureen Whitehouse and the Unity of Cambridge congregation as we herald in the New Year celebrating the beginning of a Miraculous (and entirely resolution free) year… Manifesting Your Best Year Ever!

Service will be held on Sunday, December 27th in the auditorium of the Morse School, 40 Granite Street, Cambridge, MA 02139   map.

Services start at 11:00 AM, with a meditation period from 10:30 to 10:50 AM.

Followed by an Afternoon Workshop led by Maureen from 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Maureen Whitehouse is the award-winning, best-selling author of Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness and the highly acclaimed, new release Done with Dieting: 30 Days of Soul-Full Eating. She is a much loved, inspiring and knowledgeable teacher and expert in Personal Development and Self-Realization. She has inspired and helped thousands of people to make meaningful and lasting changes in their lives.

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SOOOOO Good: Grezzo (Boston, Massachusetts)

Grezzo Boston

Our Rating: SOOOOO Good!
Address: 69 Prince Street Boston, MA 02113
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 5pm – close
Contact: 857-362-7288, grezzorestaurant.com

Review via Maureen Whitehouse

The sign outside reads:

Welcome to Grezzo!
Grezzo is more than just a place to eat.
Our food is prepared with love and a deep caring for what we put into our bodies. We select the finest ingredients and the freshest high quality produce, nuts and seeds.
We support the slow food movement, local farmers, sustainable agriculture and environmentally friendly products.
Please be our guest and enjoy these high vibration foods that will enhance your well-being, improve the quality of your life and allow you to create optimum health.

Being treated to dinner at Grezzo was one of my most favorite birthday gifts this year. What a jewel of a surprise… tucked away in Boston’s North End, amongst quite a few other 4 and 5 star eateries, this little luminary outshines them all.

It’s bold, to say the least, to fly in the face of convention and open a raw food restaurant in Boston’s Italian North End, notoriously known as the birthplace of Prince Spaghetti. Perhaps one can imagine the occasional al dente dish being served here – but raw!

food at Grezzo

At Grezzo (pronounced Gray-Zo, meaning “raw” in Italian) every dish is 100% organic, unless it is absolutely not available as an organic product. This elegant, upscale yet cozy and inviting restaurant serves food that is at once mind expanding and an extraordinary feast for the senses. Set in warm rustic tones, the intimate 28-seat candlelit restaurant with copper tables and crushed cranberry colored chairs specializes in organic, raw vegan cuisine.

A delightful menu combined with a highly responsive staff and engaging atmosphere made the overall experience sublime. I’d just returned from presenting my Soul-Full Eating book signings, lectures and workshops in both LA and NYC, sampling scrumptious morsels in some of the finest conscious eating establishments on the planet, and I was astounded to find that Grezzo not only rivaled but surpassed most of the well-known, revered and even iconic names in the vegan and raw food world.

food at Grezzo

It’s clear that Grezzo owner, Alissa Cohen, is not only a visionary but an educator. Author of the book, Living on Live Food, her devotion to both raw food cuisine and her clientele is obvious. Her wonderfully gregarious wait staff is well trained in the art of presentation, engagingly explaining in mouthwatering detail each dish as it is presented. All questions about this, strange to some, raw food menu are met with a smile tinged with a twinkle of delight, most especially I noticed, each time the phrase, “and nothing is heated above 112 degrees” is uttered. Although the pace was fast the Satuday night I dined at Grezzo, it never felt frenetic and Chef Leah DuBois also seemed graciously available to guests after the most evident dinner rush had subsided—perhaps because for her there is no such thing as “slaving over a hot stove.”

Grezzo dessert

The concept is that green, organic and locally grown vegan, raw food served in an upscale style and setting can be inviting to anyone. Their menu changes daily and reflects the availability of locally grown, organic, high quality, living foods.
As the daughter of an Italian mother, the one and only suggestion I’d make to possibly improve the dining experience here is that cannolis be a permanent part of the Grezzo menu… however I did notice that there’s a recipe for them (that I am determined to make) in Allisa’s recipe book, so there’s hope!

Either way, I’m certain I’ll return to Grezzo again and again when visiting family in Boston. Bravo Allisa. Grazie!!

All photos courtesy Grezzo.

SOOOOO Good: Santa Monica Farmer’s Markets (Calfornia)

santa monica farmer's market via Bliss Priss on flickr

Our Rating: SOOOOO Good
Address:
All Santa Monica Farmers Markets are open rain or shine – year round!
Wednesdays – At 2nd and Arizona 8:30am – 1:30pm
Saturdays – At 3rd and Arizona 8:30am – 1 pm
Saturdays – At Virginia Ave. Park 8am – 1pm
Sundays – At 2640 Main Street 9:30am – 1 pm
Contact:
310-458-8712 ext. 2 (ask for Darra Adler), smgov.net/farmers_market/

Review via Maureen Whitehouse

Simply put, it doesn’t get any better than this. Imagine stand after stand of farmers with big smiles, wide-open hearts and the dirt from last night’s pick (which they’re selling today) still under their fingernails. Row after row of eye-poping, organic, pesticide-free, sustainably grown produce.

On Wednesday and Saturday mornings, throngs of tuned-in food enthusiasts, including not only LA town folk but (often celebrity) chefs, browse the goodies available from the small scale, quality-obsessed farmers at the famed downtown Santa Monica’s farmers’ market. Friendly and knowledgeable vendors (many of them are the farmers’ family members) are happy to explain the difference between a pluot and a plum (a puot is ½ plum, ½ apricot) and why their Cabbage is better than any found at a supermarket.

The sights and smells—fresh cut flowers, aromatic herbs and spices gigantic, fresh from the ground, tree or vine produce alert shoppers to the high-quality standards of these dedicated growers. For first-timers I’d suggest strolling this market, perusing each stand if possible before buying anything. Many vendors set out samples, but if you don’t see any, request a taste of whatever you’re most interested in. Chances are good you’ll find yourself stumbling across some varieties of fruits and vegetables you’ve never even heard of, let alone seen before. Once you get the lay of the land, and have filled your senses to the brim, then go back and make your purchases from the vendors you resonate with most. Don’t be surprised if they offer you a recipe, storage or preparation tip along with your acquisition. That’s when it dawns on you that this is far from the end of the fulfillment found in this experience – it’s just the beginning, heading straight to your own kitchen. This one Soul-Full experience you do not want to miss!

*Fun Fact: The first LA County Farmer’s Market opened in 1979 in Gardena. It was a Saturday morning market, consisting of four stands. Interfaith Hunger Coalition sponsored it in the parking lot of a church. Today there are over 300 certified farmer’s markets in California.

With thanks to Bliss_Priss for the image.

The MorningCoach.com Daily Podcast Introduces Maureen Whitehouse and Soul-Full Eating

Maureen joins JB Glossinger on his daily podcast on MorningCoach.com

JB welcomes Maureen to the Morning Coach community, while Maureen shares the Soul-Full Eating path and her newest program, Done with Dieting.
Plus, a Valentine’s Day Special: How to Be In Love All of The Time & Conscious Couples.

A Sustainable message

Greening the Planet one plate of food at a time. Go Green!

The Dish on Soul-Full Eating

What happens when you cross a tree-hugger with a foodie and add a healthy helping of soul?

You’ve got what author Maureen Whitehouse describes as the new brand of Soul-Full consumer in her award-winning and best-selling book, Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness.

Soul-Full Eating is most surprising in its ability to flawlessly intertwine concepts that, until now, have not been considered in the same genre.

Whitehouse spreads the word about “going green” in a non-threatening way that all Americans can relate to—even those of us who are attached to our cold cuts and cars. Instead of scolding people into handing over the keys to their SUV, she advocates an easy-to-embrace and yummy path and shows the masses that helping the environment is well within their means. She reminds us that the same actions that are most fulfilling to us personally are also what best suits the planet. For example, the Soul-Full Eating motto: “Eat with love, what’s grown with love, prepared with love and served with love.” From a bright garden plot in the backyard to a fresh, home-cooked meal shared with family, Whitehouse shows us how paying attention to our food not only keeps us on track with our diet, but helps us to feel a healthier, more connected sense of comradery with the entire planet each and every time we sit down to “the entire world in our plate of food.”

Whitehouse doesn’t expect people to completely change their lifestyles overnight, but instead encourages them—and provides the tools—to become educated about where their food comes from and how it effects their well-being. She invites them to take whatever steps they can towards living a more authentically motivated life. Whitehouse reminds us that “going green” doesn’t have to be an us-against-them polarizing message, but one that is all-inclusive and that actually makes us feel better about our lives on a concrete level. Her message helps us to realize that via this practical path, filled with appreciation for the planet we live on, we can simultaneously gain a deeper love for our own lives and give up the “blame game” altogether.

If you’re interested in learning about what you can do to green your lifestyle in a fun, friendly and encouraging environment, then Soul-Full Eating for you!

Join us on this Delicious Path. We’d like to actively involve as many people as possible in the mission to eat with love!

We think this message is so important that we’re working on building a world-wide online community that will allow us to interact with one another in an engagingly fun, friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Even if you’re only “green curious” and not entirely green conscious, and have no idea where and how to begin… you’ll find that Soul-Full Eating takes the mystery—and misery—out of living a more sustainable lifestyle.

Maureen also speaks on a variety of other important and inspiring Soul-Full topics. Click here if you would like to see what other subjects you can bring Maureen in to present to your company, group or organization.

A Spiritual Message: Food as a Path to Higher Consciousness

Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness

What if, when sitting down to your sumptuous meals, considering that tray of delightful d’oeuvres or decadent deserts, you realize that it is actually possible to Eat your way to Enlightenment?

There are so many obvious ways we can miss the opportunity to live a supremely fulfilling life. But what surprises most people is that fulfillment can be found through eating… that is, when you are choosing foods which resonate with your Soul!

Finally, a chance to navigates the vast (often contradictory) wealth of both traditional and modern nutrition advice while simultaneously honoring your unique singularity. Because author, Maureen Whitehouse believes in only one nutrition axiom: “Eat with love what’s grown with love, prepared with love, and served with love,” this isn’t about fitting your body into the perfect size, or diet, or worldview. Guided by Maureen’s extensive, hands-on nutrition knowledge, learn how to integrate and apply the principles of many traditions to create a lifestyle that’s right for you, while deepening your spiritual connection on a daily basis. Not only will your health transform, but you’ll walk away with a profound knowledge of self-love, viewing food not just as a way to fuel and nurture your body, but as a connection to your community, the world around you, and your Soul.

Maureen also speaks on a variety of other important and inspiring Soul-Full topics. Click here if you would like to see what other subjects you can bring Maureen in to present to your company, group or organization.

New York Open Center, June 2008

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 7–10pm

Soul-Full Eating Workshop

NY Open Center

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Maureen Whitehouse

According to Maureen Whitehouse, author of the best seller Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness, it’s possible to eat our way to enlightenment. Eating “soul-fully” is something that’s available to all of us, no matter our faith or philosophy. By being aware when we select, prepare and eat our food, we can radically increase our vibrancy, vitality, eco-awareness and connection to Spirit. (more…)

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