Category Archives: Nutrition

Cleanse Update: Week One Closing

Well with the first week almost under my belt I am feeling MUCH better. The fatigue and hunger cravings have gone away! I am sleeping very well and all bodily functions in check. I have been doing additional cleansing additives such as long Epsom salt baths and exfoliating in the shower, and plenty of exercise. I think today I am starting to really notice a difference. My skin is much softer and clear, my teeth have that silky “I’m healthy” feeling and I am starting to have enough energy to get a good work out in rather than just long walks and yoga.

Jocelyn was mentioning in our group meeting last week that we will be entering a “second phase” of cleansing after about the first week. I believe I have made it through my slump and am on the up and up!

I also had my half hour nutrition consultation with Jocelyn today that went great. I got some more tips on how to round out my diet. I am learning how to incorporate a variety of gluten free whole grains and some good snacking tips. She also gave me some wonderful options for a birthday celebration dessert. My birthday is on Thursday and although I am incredibly excited I am also still a little apprehensive. I am not sure if my friends are going to be responsive to a dinner made according to my new eating habits 🙂 Oh Well! I am going to have a great time with or without dinner approval.

Our next meeting is tomorrow and we will be adding cleansing shakes and smoothies into our diets. I’ll let you know how it goes!


Cleanse Update: Gluten Free??

Well hello everyone, just as I promised I would like to fill you in on what the first couple days of Jocelyn’s Spring Cleanse are like.

I knew for the most part what I was getting myself into, I guess I just didn’t realize how much of what I ate included things that you are NOT supposed to eat on this 28 day cleanse. For those of you who are not aware, you are required to be caffeine free (aside for the almighty green tea), alcohol free, dairy free, gluten free, processed sugar free, no red meat…I feel like I should be saying etc. but I believe that is it. Now as Jocelyn so delicately put it “enough of all the things you CAN’T have and more for what you CAN have”. The list of what you can seems much longer than than ones you can not: EVERY kind of delicious fruits and vegetables, brown rice and brown rice based items, corn (tortillas, polenta, blue corn chips, etc.), any other gluten free grain, poultry, fish, lamb, eggs, beans, nuts, I could go on and on. I realized it’s really not that difficult to find substitutes for all the stuff you might be missing all over Santa Cruz!

A challenge that I faced on my first day of the cleanse was eying those delicious Greens + bars that I know we all love so much, as my stomach is growling sitting at the reception desk. I was reluctant to ask the dreaded question, can I eat these? Of course Jocelyn’s answer was that they had gluten in them. After my mini temper tantrum I grabbed a Chocolate Almond Paleobar (Coconut Almond also OK) and to my surprise was totally satisfied. They tasted great! To all those Greens + fanatics who are looking for a vegan or gluten free option I totally recommend it. Don’t be cautious.

I have noticed that I am a little bit tired, which also could be explained by lack of sleep, but not doubt exacerbated by detoxing. I am also still adjusting to my smaller portion size, which is making me a bit hungry in the afternoons. Thanks to Jocelyn, however, she is giving us all tips for eating well and keeping to our regular schedule and general habits. For example Saturday morning pancake breakfasts.

I believe that the most precious quality of the cleanse is that we are working as a group. Being a part of everyday NOURISH life as a member of the staff I see our clients who are also participating walking in and out occasionally. I always get encouragement and recipe suggestions as well as good food finds around town. It is great to know that we are all in this together. Sharing our experiences and challenges and triumphs and being able to maybe add another healthy snack into your regiment is what this is all about. Making new friends and creating a healthy community for the long run.

I am very much enjoying this so far and aside from the drowsiness and mild hunger while I find my adjustment, it’s been great. I have been a little tempted by my friends eating habits, but I stuck to it and I am down one pound (according to my scale). The first couple days are almost over!

Stick with me, I still have 25 more days and many more events to brave through.


Spring Cleanse Approaching!

healthy-eating-300Well the warm weather has finally arrived (for good this time I hope) and Jocelyn’s Spring Cleanse is approaching. I am sure everyone has heard word of it around our studio…28 days of detoxifying magic. As maybe only a few of you know, I am going to be participating in the cleanse along side a hand full of our other brave clients.

Now, I am not sure what 28 days means to you, but to me this seems like a long time! I have to say I am a little nervous for the full commitment. For those of us who have experienced Jocelyn’s work in the past I know I am in good hands and it most likely won’t be as challenging as my nerves are anticipating. Many things are rolling through my mind, as I’m sure the others participating have their own lists of apprehensions. My list runs something like this: what is my birthday going to be like falling right smack in the middle, as well as my boyfriend’s birthday? What is my trip home to visit my parents and friends going to be like? What am I going to do going to the Castroville Artichoke Festival for the first time and not be able to experience it to the fullest? These things seem quite difficult to navigate around.

What I do know is that I have spent a month under Jocelyn’s care before (for a trial month of Unlimited Nutrition) and somehow when you are in the middle of something that is so beneficial to your body and overall health, it doesn’t seem like such an obstacle. You don’t seem to mind that you are maybe not eating all the cake you would have liked before or indulging in a cocktail after dinner for celebration. Those things seem to fall away and are replaced with the good feelings of sleeping well, losing weight, looking great in those old jeans or swim suit, having an incredible amount of energy to enjoy the day and spend that time doing other things that make you happy. There are endless benefits that I have to say I am looking forward to. This can be my best birthday present yet.

Starting this Wednesday, May 12th, I will be blogging about my experience every other day for those who are interested in knowing the details of what it means to participate in Jocelyn’s 28 day cleanse. Please follow me as I approach and conquer my challenges and come out (hopefully) a changed woman!

~Cassandra (Receptionist)

The Fuzz

So, I know I tend to get on my soap box a little bit in class sometimes. It’s just that I think yoga is fascinating. It’s been a great gift to be teaching again after taking time off to have the little one. Sometimes I get a little carried away!

Speaking of my soap box, I was going on in class a few days ago about “the fuzz”. “The fuzz” are strands of cobweb-like connective tissue that develop between the muscles and between muscle groups when we fail to move our bodies around in all the magnificent ways it can move. These strands of connective tissue multiply and bind together during long periods of inactivity (like when we sleep).

As time passes the fascia thickens and hardens between those once juicy, smooth and slippery surfaces rendering them less and less able to slide and glide past one another. As the individual muscles lose their ability to move freely and independently of other muscles our movements become less multidimensional and refined. We call this ‘stiff’. If you’ve ever had an injury that left you immobilized in a joint for a number of weeks, you’ve noticed this in your process of rehabilitation. Physical therapists include deep tissue massage in their treatments as ways of recovering this loss of mobility and literally breaking up “the fuzz”. A sedentary life, or physical activities that limit motion to simple gross-motor movements can have the same effect. We notice we’re no longer able to stretch as high for the tennis serve. Turning around in the car to parallel park becomes more difficult.

I first saw the video about “the fuzz” a few years ago in a workshop I took from a dear teacher of mine, Paul Grilley. Paul teaches the most practical (and eye-opening) anatomy lessons I’ve ever had. He transformed the way I think of alignment in yoga (and in everything else too).

I had never actually mentioned the ‘fuzz’ concept in any of my classes before. I’m not sure why. Anyway, that very day…the day I (it felt like not so eloquently) introduced “the fuzz” for the first time in one of my classes, my dear friend Brendan Armm posted “the fuzz” video on Facebook. What are the chances? I snapped it right up, and am happy now to pass it onto you.

The video is by a brilliant Ph.D, Gil Hedley. Anyone interested in anatomy can take his workshops and attend a dissection of a human cadaver. For the less adventurous, you can buy a video of a dissection, and see the real world examples of what is going on inside your body. He’s a fascinating narrator, as you will see below. The unique thing about Dr. Hedley, is that he is very spiritual in his approach to understanding the human physical form; he is personal, respectful, and sensitive in his explorations.

A little warning: The following video includes some very palatable for the average person (in my opinion) video of “the fuzz” in the tissues of a real human cadaver. Enjoy!!


Gil Hedley: Fascia and stretching: The Fuzz Speech

A New Year Means New Food

consultationSo it’s not the most original New year’s resolution… but in 2010 I told myself I would eat healthier. I generally don’t have a terrible diet. Compared to some of my acquaintances, who live on a staple of Burger King and Taco Bell, I am positively zen. However, I do have weaknesses that bring me down. Weaknesses like bread – I could easily eat a loaf a day – and white rice and Miller HighLife (it’s the champagne of beers) and British tea with milk and sugar and, well, anything that tastes remotely sweet and candy-like. It was with these weaknesses in mind, and a desire to improve my diet, that I went to see Jocelyn.

Slightly nervous, although everyone I spoke to who had seen Jocelyn assured me of her patience and brilliance, I sat down and shared what I had eaten for the last 24 hours. After talking to me about my eating preferences and habits, she then began to make some positive suggestions; taking into account my likes and dislikes. Suggestions such as yogurt and nuts with my cereal in the morning to provide me with protein to give me more energy throughout the day, or fish once a week to make sure I get those all important Omega 3’s!

All the changes she brought up sounded very do-able. I can often be picky about foods and stubborn, I’m sure my partner would be glad to testify to that, but Jocelyn’s smile and common sense approach prevented me from ever digging my heals in. She asked about my family history and any medical issues I had and looked for foods that could help me feel good and avoid any future health problems. I really valued this approach as it helped me to try things that perhaps I would ordinarily dismiss as “not for me”… such as hummus! After trying it once a few years ago I hated hummus and decided chickpeas were for hippies. After discussing what it was that I didn’t like about hummus, Jocelyn suggested I try a particular brand and low and behold now I eat hummus on all of my sandwiches… and listen to The Grateful Dead.

At the end of the consultation she handed me a a list of everything we had discussed; complete with a grocery list of where to buy the items. And on the list there were even sweet treats! A week into my new regime I do feel better. There have been lapses, I guess that comes with the territory when your friends like Taco Bell, but on the whole I’m on a march to good health… powered by flax seed, walnuts and spinach. While many who make the resolution to eat better quickly recoil into a familiar groove of carbs and Coors come February, I think I can stick to it. Why? Well, fortunately for me, I work at NOURISH and have access to the all-knowing nutrition queen… Jocelyn Dubin!


Sausage-less Sausage

I am not a vegetarian. My partner is though… which basically makes me a vegetarian.

However, my partner is not one of those vegetarians that does not like meat. She’s an ethical vegetarian; which means while she doesn’t agree with how the food reaches the plate, she sure likes the taste of some of it. Which is how why we came to discover the taste sensation that is Trader Joe’s Sausageless Sausage!

Now, without wanting to sound like a commercial, this product is seriously great. Coming from England, I have high standards when it comes to bangers. Previous to our discovery we had tried various other brands of veggie sausage; most of which, at least to me, tasted like rubbish. However, with the sausageless sausage, they have nailed the texture and flavors.

It does not taste exactly like it’s pork cousin, as fake meat never does, but the ingredients they use give it a warm and herby feeling; not unlike the stuffing you eat at Christmas time. What’s more, the reduced cooking time and firmer consistency make it super versatile. We eat it for breakfast and in pasta, stir-frys, salads and sandwiches.

In terms of it’s nutritional value, it’s not bad either. It has a fairly high sodium content (which no doubt explains why it tastes so good) and contains some saturated fats, but being made from soy it is full of protein and even has some fiber.

So if you’re a vegetarian, vegan or even a meat eater looking for a healthier option, I would recommend you give these little links of love a try… and thank me later!


What do you value?

Last week one of our dedicated yoga students sent and email regarding the NOURISH Core Values that are listed on our website. Here is the text of that email:

“Dear Nourish Staff,

Thank you for the confirmation for my appointment with Jocelyn. Today I had the pleasure of having time to read all of Nourish’s information. It is great.

I would like to add a Core Value that I believe is missing, having been devoted to the Om/Nourish family now for years. That is the value of LISTENING. I would like to see the core value “WE LISTEN to and embrace suggestions, questions, concerns and joys of our clients, members, students, and customers.” As I read the list, I missed that important element [of the Dubin family(well, Dalia is still in training)(smile)].

Though I have not had many classes with Kate and Roxanne, I have found them, as well, always willing to listen to any question, or happy to share some tidbit of life experience I or anyone after class had to share with them. They listen. I also find both of those ladies so open and willing to share their lives with us, supporting and giving a foundation for a family of professionals who truly care about nourishing the health of anyone who is willing to give even the smallest amount of their time toward bettering their lives and walking through the doors of NOURISH. Thus, both Kate and Roxanne seem to me to be in concert with Victor and Jocelyn in the Core Value of Listening.

In our cultural climate, in our political atmosphere, in a world where the importance of individualism sometimes erodes, or shades the importance of social values, compassion and the development of camaraderie, listening is a skill often missed, yet yearned for. Victor and Jocelyn Dubin have always listened well to me, my friends and family. I have over the years, observed them continually take an interest in participants’ needs through active listening, a quality that is essential to NOURISH anyone’s mind, body and spirit.

Thank you, Namaste, and Aloha,

Kulani Kamaha’o

Devoted to Nourish”

Thanks Kulani. We are listening and you can expect the addition to our core values page soon.


Why We Do This

Jocelyn works late on Thursday nights. It’s the schedule we’ve had for a while now (Dalia in preschool all day M/W/F; On Tues. with me during the day and Jocelyn at night, on Thurs. with Joc during the day and me at night).

Most Thursday’s she’s in the office seeing clients who need after work hours appointments, or taking someone on a guided grocery shopping at New Leaf/TJ’s/Staff/Whole Foods. Tonight she was in Monterey at CHOMP giving a presentation for the American Cancer Society, “Fight Cancer With Your Fork.”

Until February of 2009 Jocelyn worked part time at the Monterey Bay Oncology Center doing in person and phone consultations with cancer patients. In that capacity she mostly helped patients find foods they could keep down during chemotherapy, find nutrients to support getting well, and for some simply find joy in one of the basic pleasures of life during their transition into death.

Tonight, the spouse of one of those patients came to the presentation in order to meet Jocelyn in person and share how much the sessions his wife had had with Jocelyn in the last weeks of her life had meant to them and their family.

While she told me this my eyes swelled with tears. Tears of pride (I am so proud of my wife). Tears of sorrow (suffering and loss). Tears of gratitude.


Mist On, Mist Off

The other day I was in Los Gatos at Sur la Table, and a certain kitchen gadget caught my eye: the Misto olive oil sprayer. Misto is a refillable canister which can be hand-pumped to produce a fine mist of oil. After a week of using Misto, I am quite impressed with its performance and would recommend it to anyone who uses olive oil in home cooking. Here’s how it went:

I filled my Misto with olive oil and pumped feverishly until I felt too much resistance to continue. It is a pretty easy process, but after a while can get a bit tiresome. (You pump the Misto by pushing the cap up and down over the canister) If you have enough will to pump the Misto totally, the charge lasts for a few meals. Otherwise, you have to pump it each time you apply a mist. Overall, the pumping is the worst aspect of the Misto, but not enough to turn me off in comparison to all its positive benefits.

I like using the Misto to lubricate pans and baking dishes before cooking with them. The Misto produces a mist that works just as well as Pam or any other kitchen spray, but doesn’t have an unnatural taste or residue like those store-bought mists. I will even use the Misto to top broccoli or pasta instead of tossing the food with oil, as the coverage tends to be a lot lighter and even. I don’t really eat salad, but I imagine that the Misto would be an awesome substitute for too-rich vinegarettes if you added some balsamic to the salad and then sprayed a light layer of Misto over the dish.

I have begun to use the Misto almost daily in my cooking, and I feel like it has improved my diet a lot. My foods are less oily and taste fresher and crispier as left overs. I also can appreciate the money Misto saves by using less oil and saving me from buying cooking sprays. I am not sure if other oils can be used in the Misto, but it would be worth trying out. For about $10, I think the Misto is a great buy in all aspects.

Kate P

Living (a little bit) Greener

Live Green. We hear this catch phrase tossed around so often these days. But until a few days ago, living green only meant recycling and biking to work for me. I never knew that applying this statement to every aspect of my life could be so rewarding and easy, until my first nutrition consultation with Jocelyn last week.

Going in, I was a little nervous about letting my employer in on my history of dietary indiscretions, picky eating habits and lack of exercise. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the baby steps Jocelyn was willing to take with me.

Despite the fact that there are only about 4 or 5 vegetable which I will really eat, Jocelyn had a world of information on how to incorporate these, and other not-as-nasty-as-I-thought greens into my diet. We found ways to work greens into my morning routine through treats like broccoli pancakes and sweet beet smoothies. She also taught me that a little spinach goes a long way, but does not add any “green” flavor to smoothies or shakes. Getting my daily dose of greens as early as possible really helps sustain my energy and health throughout the day, even if I don’t get a chance to eat another serving later.

Before my nutrition consultation, I was scared of the word, color and taste of green in reference to food. But now I realize that there are so many ways to get this important food group into my daily routine without much effort at all. Little by little I am living greener everyday. I even tried kale for the first time yesterday, and to my surprise, it really wasn’t that bad.

Kate P