Friday, October 12, 2012

Soar to the Top of Your Game: Our Brand New Fall Cleanse!

I admit it, I can be an idealist. With myself and with others.

Once upon a time I believed the instant any of us experienced how amazing we could feel, we would always choose to remain in Food Bloom nirvana.

And if we did have a rare bird moment and fall off track, as soon as we realized our wings were no longer carrying us as high, we’d fly back to our nest and use all of our tools to snap right back into soaring shape.

For some of us, this has been true.

We are thriving at a Level 8 energy, most days, all day long. Our belly is happy. We feel light and svelte. Sleep is better. Skin is glowing. And we are still happier and more patient because of foods. But for others, it’s a process.

We know exactly what we need to do and wake every Monday swearing to do it. But we don’t. And we’re just not feeling as sparkly as we used to.

As they say, old habits die hard. But with repetition new ones are born. We all know that to do anything well, it takes practice. So it is with foods.

My idealism bubble has been burst. Wide open. I now understand that even though we have the tools to get ourselves back on track, we sometimes need some back up.

We need to build into our psyches that no matter what happens, every 3 months, we will re-commit. We desire to be inspired. We want to dive deeper. We crave being alkaline.

We know we deserve to live at the top of our game and we can use a little help staying there.

Our new seasonal cleanses are designed to keep you flexing your might. 

In happiness and health,

The Love Cleanse: Fall 7 - Former Clients Self-Guide
The Love Cleanse: Fall 10 - New Clients, Let our Coaches show you the way to your Food Bloom
  • New seasonal products, new tracker, new materials and info 
  • Same results
  • Reset, Detox, Go Deeper, Feel Amazing


Here are the top 10 reasons to try our brand new Fall Cleanse:
  1. High Energy, Light Body, Happy Belly, Good Moods and more: What’s your Food Bloom? Life changing improvements are available to many people with our unique method.
  2. Stay at the top of your game: With our ongoing coach support and careful integration, you will learnhow to continue using food to feel remarkable, beyond the cleanse.
  3. Reset! Been through before and fallen off path a bit? Not feeling as good? A good old-fashioned reset is in order.
  4. Cleanse and Alkalize: Use our unique method to reduce the toxic burden in your body. We recommend a food-based cleanse every 3 months.
  5. Change Your Life: Come see why hundreds have called our method Life Changing! If you’ve already changed your life, keep those changes and new ones going strong.
  6. Kick the Cravings: Old habits have snuck back in? We’ll show you how to blow them out of the water.
  7. Practice Makes Perfect:Commit each and every season, to stay on track. Even if you do fall off, it won’t be too far. Eventually you will find yourself staying on track and continuing to feel amazing, most of the time.
  8. Go Deeper: Working with Food is like peeling back the layers of an onion. Every time you come back your body will share more.
  9. New products, New Information, New Format with Same Proven Results.
  10. You Deserve to Feel and Look Your Best.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jennifer L. Blooms!

Jennifer L: LMT, C.Ped., Adventure traveler, hiker, yogi, scuba diver

Jennifer's Food Bloom:
  • Weight Lost: 13 pounds
  • Energy: 5-8 pm: "4" to "8.5"
  • Overall Energy: "6" to "8.5"
  • Cravings: "4" to "0"
  • Digestive Symptoms: "6" to "2"
  • Memory: "5" to "8.5"
  • Stress: "4" to "2"
  • Irritability: "3" to "0"
  • Allergies: "5" to "1"
  • Rash: "7" to "2"

New Favorite Foods:
"I love having quinoa with a little olive oil, avocado and black beans for breakfast. Love the Superfood Snack with coconut water. Love steamed cauliflower with a little sea salt. Love substituting coconut aminos in recipes that call for soy sauce. Love green juice as a pick me up in the afternoon."

Happy Foods: "Superfood snack at midmorning helps eliminate almost all food cravings for the rest of the day.Green juice in the afternoon energizes me for the rest of my work day. Keeping sugar out of my diet reduces inflammation and keeps my joints happy."

Food Bloom Saboteurs:
  • Fruit creates bloating and digestive issues
  • Almonds create itching
  • Garlic creates incurable insomnia
  • Tomato creates sinus allergy symptoms and insomnia
  • Chili powder creates GI upset and digestive issues
  • Corn Chips create inflammation and exacerbate sinus symptoms
  • Cabbage and Brussels sprouts create joint discomfort and inflammation

From Jennifer
"I had discovered the LLM website a couple of years ago and had it in the back of my mind for a long time, before I decided to try the program. I have been completely gluten free for years and had very little soy or dairy in my diet for a long time as well, but I knew there were still some food sensitivities that I just couldn't work out on my own. My environmental allergies were so debilitating I had considered allergy shots or even leaving Austin!
I wasn't sure LLM could help me (and some of my friends were skeptical too) because I had worked so hard to clean up my diet already. There really are some things that people just don't think about, like food triggering the environmental allergy symptoms, instead of the other way around.
Within the first 10 days of the program most of my allergies had reduced so much, I realized that my environmental allergies were actually driven by food intolerances/sensitivities. 2 weeks into the program I was completely surprised that I needed almost no supplements or meds for allergies! Once I removed the offending foods, my allergies have been almost non-existent. It's fantastic to be able to breathe each morning when I wake up and for my joints to feel so good. Outside is actually a place I want to be again. I've also lost a bit of weight and my energy, mental focus and clarity is better than it has been in years. I won't's challenging to eat this way, but the benefits are so wonderful that I definitely think twice before eating something I know will trigger my allergies. LLM has taught me how good I can feel all of the time and I now have the education and knowledge to make more intelligent choices about food every day. I love that I have such a great baseline diet to go back to after periods where eating clean isn't available, and that I can get back to feeling great very quickly.
This is such a fantastic program...especially for me as I was already on the path, but I really had some missing pieces that this program put together for me!"

- Jennifer L.

Hot Love DIPS

If you could be any punctuation mark, what would you be? A “....”? A “?”. A “.”. Someone aptly explained our partner Katie Visco of Hot Love Soups, as a big Exclamation Point! We would add exclamation points!!!

Her spirit defies characterizing in words. But when we tell you that she ran across the country at 18 years old, inspiring others to live their passions and create their dreams, you will have an inkling. We are grateful to get to work with her and our clients adore her.
Chef Katie creates compliant LoveLife Method soups, exclusively for LoveLife Method clients and she peddles them over to clients homes on their first day of the program. Her latest incarnation has us all doing back flips. Citrus-free, 100% compliant bean dips! Katie came up with these oh-so-tasty delights when she herself went on her own food journey, completing The Love Cleanse last month. Read more about her inspiring experience here.

Olive Hummus and Mint Basil Green Goddess Hummus are so good that you’ll want to devour a tub every day while also adding a new BFF.
We love you Katie!

Hot Love Soup Maestra gets her Cleanse on!

Katie Visco, Hot Love Soup Maestra and Community Cultivator, Lover of sharing meals over good conversation, running, being outside, laughing, asking questions, traveling, loving life, nutrition, meeting new people, growing deeper, learning new things, moving my body, and cooking for people!

Katie's Food Bloom:

  • Bloating: "7" to "0"
  • Hunger: "7" to "0-1"
  • Cravings: "5" to "0"
  • Maintained her rockstar energy levels of "8" and "9" throughout the day

New Favorite Foods:
"I absolutely love the Superfood Snack! I crave it...with coconut water! Also, I can't get enough Wild Steelhead Trout, steamed with some baby spinach! And, gotta mention that I actually crave my own Hot Love Soup! My favorite is the Cold Beet Avocado Carrot Dill with Sunflower Seeds perfect, can even add beans, and better yet, some quinoa to it for more oomph!"

Happy Foods: "A standard breakfast of gluten-free whole grains - quinoa is my fave - with olive oil, avocado, coconut manna, kelp flakes, cinnamon, cardamom, and turmeric makes me feel like I can do anything the rest of the day!!! Also, soaking beans overnight and cooking with a strip of Kombu makes all the difference in the world when trying to increase digestibility."

Food Bloom Saboteurs:
  • Red Meat: Slows down digestion
  • Tomatoes: Impact digestion
  • Garlic: Impacts digestion
  • Onions: Cause Bloating

From Katie:
"The Love Life Method program has utterly change my life. I can't speak highly enough about the clarity and knowledge it has brought into my life - mind, body and spirit. I have learned that this life-long food journey is about me, and only me. It is about how I feel, and only my unique self/body can come to conclusions, whether they be backed by dogma or science...or not. I can detach from the dogma and science and still draw conclusions, for me. My own body/mind/spirit are the only players in this game;) Thanks to the LLM coaches and program for helping me get to this understanding.

The LLM program has helped me to create more presence and peace around food. I came into this program struggling with being present and sated at social gatherings when there was so much yummy food around. I thought I had to "take care" of eating the food or else it would go to waste. Or, that I should "take advantage" of all the yummy food by eating it because when someone gives you their food, they give you their heart. How could I not eat their food? Now, I have seen a considerable change; I don't get anxious or preoccupied anymore around food because I have the newfound knowledge of what foods are best for me, and which are not. So, I am ok passing up food being served based on this knowledge and peace;)

Cravings have gone down to nearly "none" because I am learning/have learned what foods are best for me, and how GREAT I feel when eating the LLM "phase-1 way." This causes me to not want or need foods that I used to crave like sweet treats, ice cream, bread, etc. Mentally, I don't need them anymore because I know how great I feel while eating the foods that are WHOLE and way better for MY body.

LOVE IT!!!!!"

- Katie V.

Fave Product: Inventive Eco-Organic Environmental Cleanser

Austin’s skincare gurus have a healthy assortment of opinions and recommendations. But on one there is unanimous consent.

Owners Jessica Slutsky of Sabia and Tracy Bethel of Aloe Skin + Body and many others all rave about Inventive Eco-Organics Skin Care line.

Inventive Eco-Organics is 100% organic, locally crafted and results driven. Innovations such as ozonated oils including an ozonated Jojoba Oil allow deeper penetration of the moisturizing properties along with antibacterial and antifungal properties for acne prone skin types.

Inventive’s Environmental Cleanser, offers the gratification of sudsing, without the stripping or pH imbalancing effects of many foaming cleansers. With both grapefruit and tea tree oil it effectively removes impurities and excess oils but it’s emollient properties also soothe, leaving the skin sparkling clean and dewy. This is my new favorite cleanser, especially heading into some drier winter months.

Head over to Sabia or to Aloe Skin + Body to see the entire line and to find the best options for your skin. Or shop online here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cooking with Tea: Coconut Roobios Squash

Did you know there are more ways to enjoy tea than just sipping a warm cup of it? Nah, not just pouring it over ice, we're talking about cooking with it! If you’ve never thought about cooking with tea, you’re not alone. However, tea’s popularity in restaurant kitchens around the country is on the rise - it’s a great way to add a ton of flavor without additional oils or possible inflammatory seasonings.
Choosing non-caffeinated herbal teas also allows for a fresh way to spice up your dishes and stay compliant during your Love Cleanse. Just be sure to check the label for any ingredients you may be avoiding. Citrus in the form of orange and lemon peel are common additions to be on the lookout for. An added bonus, many herbal teas are high in antioxidants amping up your already healthy dishes to a whole ‘nother level.
We’ve been experimenting in the kitchen and are particularly fond of this Roobios infused squash recipe. Try it as written or add a few cups of veggie broth, a splash of coconut milk and blend away for an earthy, decidedly tasty squash soup - perfect for cooler weather! 



  • 1 tablespoon Roobios tea + a 1-2 teaspoons more
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil*
  • 1 medium butternut or acorn squash
  • Himalayan salt to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat coconut oil over medium heat. Once warmed through and easily swished about the pan, add Roobios tea. Heat 30 seconds more and remove from heat. Allow oil and tea to sit for 5-10 minutes. If need be return to heat for a few seconds if the oil has begun to harden. Pour oil through seive to remove tea leaves.
While the oil is infusing, peel squash and slice into ½ inch slices. Or do like did, give the wash a quick rinse and leave the skin on for pretty plate presentation - your call. Crush remaining Roobios with Himalayan salt.
Brush the squash slices with infused oil, season with the salt/tea blend. Bake until edges are beginning to brown and squash is soft in the middle, about 30 minutes, give or take a few depending on your oven.
Serve warm. 

Looking for a holiday worthy dish or just really enjoying this tea party? Top the squash slices with a small dollop of coconut cream mixed with more Roobios. Drizzle with the lightest kiss of honey and leave those marshmallow laden casseroles in the dust!
*Avoiding coconut? Because you won’t be heating the oil to a very high temp, swap out with an olive oil.
Other ways to experiment with tea:

  • Swap out plain water in your morning grain recipes for tea-infused water instead. Try Honeybush Tea and amaranth for a lightly sweet way to start your day. Or try this Osmanthus tea variety - when steeped for a brief couple of minutes, this tea reveals an almost peach-like flavor.
  • Infuse an olive oil with your favorite tea and try drizzled over your grains. Roobios Quinoa anyone?
  • A surprisingly delicious pairing, licorice tea and asparagus make for a whole new flavor experience. We know, it sounds crazy but the pairing feels meant to be. We steamed the asparagus with some lightly brewed licorice tea and topped with some fresh tarragon for a truly unique dish.
  • Fresh mint is an old friend of Mediterranean chefs. Why not try cooking the mint flavor directly into the grains for a fresh spin on our Quinoa Tabouleh?
  • Black teas like lapsang souchong can add serious, smoky depth to meat and fish dishes when used as a rub or marinade but do contain caffeine, so you'll want to hold off until after your Cleanse.

Have you found a tasty tea combo? We would love to hear about it - share with us on our Facebook!