Being Deliciously Satisfied

In Eastern medicine, food, exercise and a mind-body practice are all important parts of a healthy and long life. Exercise should be done daily, but in moderation so that you are not soaked in sweat. And a mind-body practice will provide you with deep relaxation and a way to more easily regulate thoughts and emotions.

Figuring out what to eat and what is actually "healthy" is challenging these days. Just because something is vegan or gluten-free doesn't necessarily mean it's healthy. I recommend eating mostly (cooked) plants of many different varieties and colors, minimizing refined grains, sugar and dairy, and just a small amount of organic, pasture-raised animal protein. For environmental, ethical and health reasons cutting back on industrial food animals is key.


Changing the foods we eat and creating new eating habits can be very difficult in our fast and processed food culture. Below are a few links to businesses and resources I love that support a healthier and more mindful way to eat, and still giving you a way to savor the pleasures of eating.

Local Eateries & Healthy Food Resources I love:

  • Mama Tong Broth and Soups -- Lovingly and orgnically-made bone broths and delicious soups that heal your mind, body and spirit. Order from her website, Good Eggs or at Sunday's Temescal Farmer's Market.

  • La Oaxacena -- Craving hand-made tamales made with non-GMO corn and free-range meats? You can find La Oaxacena's booth at Berkeley's Tuesday and Saturday farmers market as well as catering for your next gathering.

  • Wahpepah's Kitchen -- Mouth-watering and healthy brunch and lunch options rooted in Indigenous cuisine, this restaurant takes "food as medicine" to the next level. Their blue corn waffles (gluten free!) and smoked salmon, sweet potato tostada makes the mouth, belly and spirit so happy.

  • Lin Jia Kitchen -- Home-style Chinese food using organic produce and free-range meats, and no MSG. I can't get enough of their Monk Fried Rice!

  • Reem's -- I just about fell over when I had her muhammara dip for the first time. Super flavorful dips, breads and wraps, you can eat at her SF restaurant or order catering for your next party.

  • The Kebabery -- I love this restaurant for their fresh kebabs and pickled salads. They're currently only open for dinner, but you'll leave satisfied and your belly will feel so good.

  • FOB Kitchen -- FOB Kitchen offers home-style Filipino cooking, as if we were lucky enough to have a Filipino Auntie. I love their Chicken Adobo and Sinigang.

  • Soba Ichi is a West Oakland treasure offering authentic, traditional Japanese dishes. They lovingly hand make soba noodles daily.

  • Mr. Dewie's Cashew Creamery -- I haven't had this much fun at an ice cream shop in over 20 years, when my digestion suddenly decided it hated cow's milk. Mr. Dewie's makes cashew-based ice cream that is ultra-creamy and beloved, even by lactose-digesting people!

  • Good Eggs -- Get organic and high quality groceries delivered to your home. Their website also offers easy-to-follow recipes and they offer dinner kits to make cooking at home quick and easy.

If you have a favorite restaurant or food business that uses sustainably-raised and organic ingredients, please let me know.