Last week I had the opportunity to attend a Raw foods “cooking” class. A small group of us met at a local kitchen to learn some techniques and recipe ideas from Dante, the owner of Sanctuary Kitchen.
I can not tell you enough, how much I enjoyed and learned from this class. Dante is very knowledgeable, interesting, and makes the class very fun and laid-back. He is an English teacher here in Okinawa, but originally from San Francisco. Whether you are vegan, a raw foodie, or just a foodie you will LOVE the experience of fresh, local ingredient-cooking with a group of friends.
Dante imparts tons of local and nutritional knowledge throughout the class. Each month he features a menu of 3 recipes (raw, vegan, or macrobiotic), and hosts a class. He speaks fluent Japanese, so he offers a Japanese cooking class once a month too. His classes book up VERY quickly. If you “like” his facebook page, Santuary Kitchen you will get the notifications for the monthly class sign ups. In our case we missed the monthly class, so we took a private group class. His prices are very reasonable, we paid $30 a person for the private 3 hour group lesson. I believe pricing for monthly classes is regularly between $20-$25. I am bummed I missed the sign up for this month. Dante will be teaching how to make 2 kinds of sushi and matcha & chocolate muffins. Yum:) Seriously check out his page, and if you are local sign up for a class or book a private. You will not be disappointed. I plan to do many more classes, and learn new techniques for food prepping from Dante.
I am now 9 weeks out from testing for the ACE Health Coach exam. EEEEK!!
Just when I felt like I was getting back to the blog, it is time for another hiatus.:( This one will be self-imposed. I have got to buckle down, put blinders on, and devote all of my spare minutes to studying. The test is November 6. I feel like it will be here in no time at all. I really want to pass the test on my first attempt, and would like to avoid retesting. The material is tough, but I am loving the challenge and the content. There is quite a bit of psychology covered, as well as nutrition, sports nutrition, and the obesity crisis. All of it fascinating. I actually love how challenging the material is, as I will be that much more proud to earn the distinction of ACE Health Coach. I am so excited to eventually work with clients, pairing my yoga+fitness+wellness lifestyle, to inspire and change others lives for the better. The ACE Health Coach program is currently the only one that is NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies) accredited. That is the same body that accredit certifications for pharmacists, nurse practitioners, registered dietitians and many other health professions. A degree in a related field, or PT or a Yoga Alliance cert is a prerequisite to sit for the test. It also just happens to be the only health coach program that a test is offered at the Education Center on base out here in Japan. When we move back to the states I hope to explore opportunities working at wellness centers and/or hospitals, in addition to working with private clients. The “paisleyolive” will grow right along with me, and continue as a recipe and wellness resource.
We celebrated our 3 year anniversary with pancakes and a beach day this past weekend. It was a perfect day.
Unfortunately our princess woke up so sick the next day. She’s had a terrible bug all week. No fun:( Bless her heart.
Stephen and I are registered for the Chubu Trim, a local half marathon in November. Working hard to train for that. Will be my first half postpartum. Woohoo!!
Meanwhile, my early bird workout partner and I have made it through week 4 of Kayla’s Bikini Body Workout. We are both seeing results and enjoying the workouts. I am taking progress pics, and will share those on the blog, with a review at the end of the 12 week program. I am continuing to teach yoga regularly at the base gyms 3 days a week now. I adore my students and my practice has evolved so much with teaching.
In the next few months as I am studying and training for the half, I will try to squeak out a post or 2, but follow me on instagram and FB, Yoga By Laurie to see what I’m up to, or creating in the kitchen. I plan to still keep up with posting on social media.
Really hoping to at least get some of my pumpkin and Fall recipes out in a post, fingers crossed I will have a moment soon. Until the craziness of the next few months passes, think of me trucking along with my studies and miles. Already can’t wait to let you know how it all goes. I’ll leave you with this beautiful Fall quote, from a childhood classic. (Huge fan of Ann of Green Gables as a little girl:). SO, SO ready for one of my favorite seasons.:)