Take us with you on a grocery shopping trip. What’s always in your cart (real or virtual)?
Lately my grocery shopping trips have been to my own backyard! My husband and I have a quarter acre vegetable garden that we planted with 50+ different varieties of fruits and veggies this season. Lately we’ve been doing an early morning harvest and cooking with whatever is fresh. In the summer, the only things we buy at the local farm stand are greens, sourdough, and cheese. Because we grow so much produce, we make our own tomato sauce and pickles. I put extra virgin olive oil on everything.
How do you stay healthy?
I stay healthy by eating mostly vegetarian, moving my body outside as much as possible, and prioritizing my mental health through meditation and staying in touch with my close friends. I am still learning how to take care of my body through different periods of life because what it needs changes and those changes are almost always aligned with whatever is going on mentally and emotionally.
What’s the one ingredient or spice you can’t live without? Why?
Maldon salt. I put it on everything. Sometimes I eat the flakes straight out of the salt box on their own. I’m obsessed.
How do you “treat” yourself?
My weekly acupuncture treatments are both medically necessary and also feel like an indulgence sometimes. I love cupping. I just leave feeling amazing every time. I really look forward to it.
What must-haves are in your pantry?
Maldon salt, Cholula hot sauce, balsamic vinegar, Kosterina Olive oil. I’m very into condiments.
How do you enjoy your Kosterina Extra Virgin olive oil?
On everything, mostly vegetables. One of my favorite recipes is a sheet pan of roasted vegetables with baked feta and lots of EVOO. I also like Kosterina on vanilla soft serve with honey, salt, and dried herbs. Trust me. It’s delicious.
Do you like hosting dinner parties? If so, do you have a dish that’s your claim to fame?
I love hosting people outdoors. My go-to is Mexican food. I make my own salsas and tortillas from scratch.
What are your favorite fitness resources/favorite workouts?
Horseback riding, which can be pretty strenuous. I ride twice per week. I’m also a runner and I like getting out on trails or on the beach. I recently put a rebounder in my studio and I jump on it when I need to re-energize.
Say you only have 10 minutes to squeeze in a workout. What do you do?
I do a rebounder workout or I go for a short run.
Do you have a scent, sound, or taste that helps you relax?
I keep Aveda Shampure oil on my nightstand and I put a little on my eye mask before bed. It’s so soothing and relaxing. I also have a rose fragrance I wear during the day that makes me feel at ease.
How do you stay the course when you’re not feeling motivated?
I make my husband my accountability partner. He helps me stay on course. He’s wonderful that way.