Saturday, August 29, 2015

1 month update from California

It's been a month now living in the West Coast. In all honesty, I've had hard time adjusting. Not because the nature here is so beautiful, people extremely friendly, drivers polite, there's fresh local produce available year round and so many new exciting places to explore. It's because I'm no longer working 5 days a week nor have that same old routine I once despised. Having this much freedom with my time has had the opposite effect than I expected. When I was working at the hotel I would've loved to take a month off and just relax, be on staycation so I can organize the house, clean, concentrate on health coaching, spending time with friends and family, and just be. Now that I have that time I'm not feeling good about it. Anyways, adjusting continues. I'm sure I'll snap out of it soon. I've created a morning routine which helps, now just have to routinize the rest of the day. :)
Few of my favorite things I've discovered this month:
1. Food. We live in an Asian part of the town (51% Asian) and there's like a million Asian restaurants. So far I've had Korean (of course), Thai, Filipino and Burmese food. Although we haven't eaten out that much, usually cooking 6 days a week at home. Which brings me to my next point...
2. Farmers Markets. There's a farmers market in our town (15 min walk from our house) every Thursday and Saturday. What made me extra happy was to notice how many organic farms are included. Happy, happy, happy!
3. Ocean. It takes me about 30 mins to walk to the beaches. Nuff said.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Recipe: Rhubarb Cake The Better Way



1 ½ cups flour (I used a mix of coconut-gluten-free-tigernut flour)
1 ½ cup coconut flakes
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
½ cup sugar (I used coconut sugar)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 ¼ cups almond- or coconut milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 cups chopped rhubarb
+  powdered sugar & cinnamon for serving


Preheat the oven to 350 F / 180 C. Mix the flour with coconut flakes, baking powder and salt. In an other bowl, whisk the sugar with oil until creamy. Add milk and vinegar. Whisk a little more. Mix dry ingredients with wet ones, add rhubarb and mix it in. Pour the batter into a baking dish covered with parchment paper. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before cutting. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Morning Rituals: How to wake-up without the stress

 I love rituals and creating them. I've never been a morning person, although for years I had to get up at 4.15am to get to work at the hotel. I tolerated it, but no, didn't like it. Especially because I left just enough time to get ready and rush to catch the train. Not one minute to spare, it was very carefully planned morning schedule in order for me to maximize my sleeping time and be able to get up as late as possible. Not the best start for your day for sure. Here are few of my tips to make mornings more serene and enjoyable: 

-Wake up to music rather than an alarm. If you have a song that energizes and inspires you, set that as your alarm. I like harp music, or this song.

-Don't get up right away. While breathing deeply, stretch your limbs from your fingers to your toes. 

-Think of the most positive thing you'll be doing that day. Think of 3 things that you are grateful for.
-If you have a private yard, patio or balcony, and the sun is out, step outside for a minute or two. Sunshine is one of the strongest ways to tell your body to wake up. 

-Do 5 minutes of easy activity. Anything that feels good. I love stretching, so either a few sun salutations or a quick yoga sequence like this, feels great.

-Drink plenty of liquids throughout the morning. I usually start with lemon water, then chlorella-spirulina cocktail and continue with herbal tea the rest of the morning. Some days I'll also have Yerba Mate if I feel like I need extra energy.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

California Living and Loving

If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter you might already know that we have taken a big leap and moved to California. Me and the cats just arrived this past Saturday after packing our old place and handling the move. My workplace arranged a vey nice surprise party for me and I was also announced as the employee of the year (!!!). I've worked for the hotel on and off since my internship there in 2004 and there's still pretty much all the same people, so it feels like a family. Even I hate parties for myself I was so appreciative for everyone for throwing this party. I mean we didn't even have staff christmas party last year, but they had party for my farewell. So, so very sweet. My boss (hotel GM) is the best boss I've ever had in my life and super supportive on everyone's dreams. Even I wasn't too enthusiastic about the job itself, I did enjoy the people I worked with.
 Now that we've left New Jersey behind (although we'll be back for the holidays), the plan for me is to take some time off, do health coaching part-time, find a yoga teacher training so I can combine that with my existing business, spend much needed time in the nature (it's so gorgeous here!) as well as explore San Francisco and nearby areas. It's so much fun getting to know a new city, finding your favorite parks, coffee shops and restaurants and of course, connecting with new people. We are just 7 minute drive away from the Pacifica beaches and 20 min drive to my fave SF neighborhood Haight Ashbury.
So from now on you'll see posts about my adventures in the West Coast! Hope you'll stay tuned! XO

Saturday, July 11, 2015


I like a cold brewed drink on a hot summer day just like anybody else. At the same time I very much dislike the side-effects like drowsiness and the next day's lethargy which is reason enough for me to not drink more than once in a blue moon. It just so happens that kombucha is known for its liver cleansing properties, so if you’re drinking alcohol moderately, it can be an excellent way to mitigate the effects of alcohol. I like my liquor in the form of vodka (gives me almost zero hangover) so this recipe is one of my favorites.


Fill a martini glass with ice.
Pour 1.5 oz vodka into a pint glass.
Add a dash of cayenne.

Fill pint glass with ice, then cover and shake.
Dump the ice from the (now chilled) martini glass.
Strain the liquor into the martini glass.
Fill with ginger Kombucha.
Garnish with candied ginger.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

May Cause Miracles

Little while ago I attended Gabby Bernstein's May Cause Miracles Workshop at the gorgeous ABC Carpet & Home, probably the most amazing place to have events in Manhattan. It has special energy because so many great spiritual leaders have spoken there, plus it's just simply beautiful place. Below are few notes I took during the lecture.
1. Surrender and be willing to receive guidance from the universe/your inner guide by opening yourself up to creative possibilities rather than outcomes. 
2. Be grateful for each and every thought and situation you face – our inner guide is smarter than you know.
3. Give yourself permission to shine and help others to do the same – your power is in your presence. 
4. Above all, have fun!
You need to awaken to your greatness. Imagine the joy, and the endless possibilities you have when you start to own your presence. One of the hardest things to unlearn is the need to be perfect. I keep reminding myself every day that I don't need to perfect, just honest, real and present. I'm here to share what I know, not an expert.
It doesn’t matter how often you fall off-track, it only matters how quickly you come back. Whatever path you've chosen to stay on, you might diverge every now and then, which is completely normal. To you it might mean eating too many sweets, over-exercising, drinking too much, being mean to your partner for no reason, whatever. It happens to all of us. The falling off track doesn’t matter. WHat matters is how quickly you're able to get back.
When we try to push things down, sweep them under the rug, they will come back up. We need to acknowledge the things we would rather hide or bury. Acknowledge it, and witness it without judgement, is the only way to take away its power. Feel it and then release it. 
Measure your success by how much fun you’re having.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Say hello to healthy happiness

I'm someone who's always looking for new ways to incorporate healthy and delicious foods into my life and when there's an effortless way to do it, I'm in. Like green powders, yerba mate shots and juice bars. Easy. And I have mentioned Aloha green juice powders before in this post about my healthy travel essentials. So when I was invited to visit Aloha's Headquarters for "Snack Break Open House" I was more than excited. 
We started with some shots of the protein shakes and green juices. I really liked the chocolate one, but hey, who doesn't like chocolate. Aloha uses infrared drying process to best maintain the fresh taste and nutrients, so big up for that.
Coconut water powder was completely new item to me, although the dried green juice powder has it as well. You can simply stir it into water for an instantly hydrating drink (I'll try it at my next hot yoga class!), or use it as an alternative to refined sugars and sweeteners in recipes. How amazing is that?!
All Aloha's products are made with high quality organic, non-gmo whole food ingredients and contain no gluten, soy, artificial flavors, sweeteners, chemicals, or fillers. I loved these displays to demonstrate what actually goes in the product. All real stuff. Can't get any realer than that.
Vanilla protein bars. Coming soon to the Aloha store. These were hands down the best protein bars I've ever had in my life. Most protein bars taste yucky sweet to me so I've stopped eating them, but these were just perfect. Can't wait to order them once they're available!
Healthy chocolate? Yes mam, and they are powered by fruits, vegetables & superfoods. Made with 60% fair-trade cacao, the collection includes the Original Dark, Hazelnut & Fig, Tropical Twist, Macadamia Coconut and Cereal Crunch. Talk about biting into happiness...
And last but not least, the good ol' Trail Mix for that quick afternoon pick me up or snack for the road (or plane). Aloha Trail Mix contains a blend of cashews, goji berries, pistachios, almonds, goldenberries, sweet cherries, raisins, mulberries and pumpkin seeds. So pretty too!
P.S. Did you know that Aloha means “sharing the breath of life”?
P.P.S. Use code KATLOVESKALE at checkout at to get 20% off your first purchase. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a great deal.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Most Loving Kitty I've Ever Known

Today this little angel is turning 9 years old. I remember like it was yesterday when we brought him home. He was super skinny and his fur was a mess, but he wasn't scared the whole time we drove home 2+ hours from the countryside Pennsylvania. He purred on my lap, putting his cold nose against mine and touching my face with his little paws. He was named the Lover Boy then. Although halfway through the drive we came up with a name Moses. We already had Miina at home and we just thought those two names go well together. 
What else to say about Moses... He quickly grew from skinny baby to a muscular, big-pawed pitbull cat. He is extremely vocal, social, loving, foodie, snugglesome cat. He is also rambunctious and nonobedient. I cannot talk on the phone without him screaming his lungs out or if I concentrate on the computer too much he will start jumping on the kitchen counters (which he very well knows is not allowed in our house) to get attention from me. He sleeps on me and as soon as he hears my eyes open (how does he hear it?!) he will come and bite my nose if I try to pretend I'm still asleep. That's our Moses and we wish him the best birthday with treats, lots of playtime and snuggles. We love you baby!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Blonde Beauty Truffles

After doing a spring cleanse I wanted to find healthier sweet treats going forward, preferably homemade. I started browsing through all my cookbooks and found this recipe from Kimberly Snyder's Beauty Detox Power. They took just 5 minutes to make and they stay good in the fridge or freezer for a long while. Mine only lasted about 3 days because both I and husband couldn't stay away from them. I also brought one to work each day to have as a healthy snack.
 Blonde Beauty Truffles 
(about 12 truffles)


2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
2/3 cup ground raw almonds
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp sea salt
cinnamon to taste (my own addition)


-Process the coconut flakes in a food processor to make a powder. Add the ground almonds and pulse to combine. Add maple syrup, coconut oil, canilla extract abd sea salt, and process again to blend well. 

-Roll the coconut-almond mixture into balls the size of gum balls and arrange them on a plate. Cover and refrigerate for at least 10 mins before serving so they harden and chill slightly.

Supplements I take

I feel very energized after doing a spring cleanse. According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine the spring and fall seasons provide the best opportunities for deeply detoxifying and cleansing the body of harmful impurities that have collected in our organs and tissues over the past months. My simple cleansing tips to get you started right a way are to increase the intake of organic green vegetables, limiting high sugar fruits and boosting liquid consumption (clean water, herbal teas, or vegetable soups or broth). 

I went a little further and did 30 day cleanse eliminating gluten, sugar, coffee, yeast and dairy. I got a little cleansing help from Candigone (herbal tincture and capsules) as well as Hepasil DTX, probiotics and digestive enzymes from USANA. I don't take lots of supplements because I eat quite well-balanced diet filled with veggies but there's three products that I like to use year round and they are B-12, Probiotics and Hepasil DTX.
Probiotics support healthy digestion and sound immune function. I have some digestive issues (mainly constipation and bloating at times) and my Homeopath suggested significant increase taking in probiotic foods and supplements. I take one pack of USANA probiotics in the morning mixed in my first glass of water in the morning, another two packets throughout the day and a fourth pack before going to bed. This blend contains Lactobacillus rhamnosus LGG® and Bifidobacterium BB-12®, two strains of specific probiotic bacteria clinically proven to survive the harsh acidic environment of the stomach (dairy- and sugar-free). 

Without adequate blood levels of B12, you can experience symptoms related to low energy, mental fatigue, mood changes, sleep difficulties, and even occasional indigestion. I use methylcobalamin spray that absorbs immediately under your tongue.

This product helps your liver to detox. Your liver performs a number of functions vital to maintaining good health, including filtering almost everything that goes into your blood stream. This product is a proprietary combination of milk thistle extract, choline, and alpha lipoic acid to ensure optimum potency. Great for everyday detoxing! 
Winter additions:
Contrary to popular belief, Vitamin C doesn't prevent colds and flu, but it can reduce the length and severity of symptoms. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant. This means it protects the body against disease including heart disease and cancer. It is vital for the production of collagen, used to build body tissue and bones. If you eat a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables every day you will have a balanced intake of vitamin C.

We need ten to 15 minutes of direct sunlight on unprotected skin several times a week from May to September to make enough Vitamin D to see us through the winter. But Vitamin D is stored for only between one and two months in the body. Therefore levels start to drop and by January almost everyone living in areas that don't get year round sunshine, will have below optimum levels. The body needs Vitamin D to absorb calcium, which is essential for bone health, among many other vital functions.

Oil of Oregano is one of the most powerful natural antifungals, but also has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps reduce oxidative stress, supports a healthy immune system, normal respiratory and digestive function. It is an excellent supplement to take when fighting candida. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

5 Favorites Of The Week

SALADS. Yup, I'm still going hard on the salad kick. It has just become the easiest and almost joyful way to get lunch.dinner on the table. Throw things together in a big salad bowl, add homemade dressing (=avocado) and feel light and happy. Get salad inspiration from this book!
CHIA PUDDING. I was eating oatmeal all winter-long and now that summer is here it's time to transition to something lighter. Chia puddings are the perfect breakfast topped with whatever fruits or berries you have at home. I also like to add raw cacao nibs and bee pollen to mine to give it an extra nutritional punch.
KOMBUCHA. When I want to party, but not drink alcohol, Kombucha steps in. It's festive, bubbly, delicious, yet good for you. If you can drink alcohol, add a splash of vodka! It's still a better option than mixing you liquor with fruit juices or soda.
SUPERFOODS. My sister was recently visiting New York and brought some Finnish superfoods with her. I haven't really experimented with mushrooms before, but these drinkable Reishi and Chaga powders are very powerful immune and hormone balance boosting magic drinks. No hallucinations included! Mushrooms contain some of the most powerful natural medicines on the planet. Many medicinal mushrooms having strong anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Order them all here. Wild Blueberry and Sea Buckthorn powders are old favorites and go to my homemade kefirs, smoothies and even baked goods.
NUTRITIONAL YEAST. Also known as nooch. I sprinkle it on pretty much any savory food (especially pasta) including salads. Nooch is rich in B vitamins, which are especially important to your body to maintain a good food metabolism, a healthy nervous system and to help your body regenerate red blood cells. This is my favorite brand.