We are what we eat!

Considering that most food sold in our country is stripped down, processed, bleached, injected with salt, dipped in ammonia or coated with a variety of toxic chemicals to prevent bugs from eating it or mold from growing, I think it’s actually amazing that we don’t get sicker than we do from eating it. With the overwhelming increase in cancers, autism and strange diseases like irritable bowel syndrome and chronicflu shot fatigue – it seems to me our food chain may have something to do with it.

One of my favorite quotes…

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~ Thomas Edison

It is so true – we have become so focused on treatments we forget we have the power to prevent so much of what ails us! Consider adding a vegetable based meal for dinner once or twice a week. If you haven’t tried Miracle Noodles yet – you should, they are delicious…http://www.miraclenoodle.com. Oh and…

don’t forget about juicing – the juice detox weight loss plan that I designed for my clients has had spectacular results! I use a Jack LaLanne juicer but any good one will do. The VitaMix is a great product for liquefying whole vegetables including the fiber.

I for one believe we need to go back to the days of growing and buying local food so we can be educated about what we are eating. The key to health is maintaining a flow of high quality food & water and daily exercise. It really is that simple – so here’s a list of local farmer’s markets I put together for you in case you’d like to turn over a new leaf (pun intended!) for 2013!


VENTURA: Wednesdays 9 am to 1 pm at Pacific View Mall in front of Red Robin. Call 805.529.6266. www.vccfarmersmarkets.com/Ventura_(Midtown).html (Closed Dec. 26, 2012 – Jan. 1, 2013; Reopens Jan. 2, 2013)

OXNARD: Thursdays 9 am to 1 pm at Plaza Park (5th and C Streets). Call 805.643.6458.www.coastalpacific.info/oxnard.php

THOUSAND OAKS: Thursdays 1:30 pm to 6 pm at the Oaks Shopping Center east parking lot. Produce, flowers, food and more! www.vccfarmersmarkets.com/Thousand_Oaks.html (Closed Nov. 22, 2012 – Jan. 1, 2013)

VENTURA: Thursdays 3pm to 7pm at the Ventura Moose Lodge at 10269 Telephone Road. Call 805.263.2907 or visit www.theharvestgathering.vpweb.com.

MOORPARK: Fridays 2 pm to 7 pm at Miller Parkway and Los Angeles Avenue (Village at Moorpark Shopping Center – Petco and Staples parking lot) (805) 290-5670

SIMI VALLEY: Fridays 11 am to 3:30 pm at Simi Valley Civic Center Plaza, 2757 Tapo Canyon Rd., next to TGI Friday’s. www.coastalpacific.info/simi_valley.php or 805.643.6458

VENTURA: Saturdays 8:30 am to noon at corner of Palm and Santa Clara Streets. Call 805.529.6266 or visit www.vccfarmersmarkets.com/Ventura_(Downtown).html

NEWBURY PARK: Saturdays 9 am to 2 pm at the Newbury Park Library parking lot (Borchard Road and Michael Drive)

OAK PARK: Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm at Oak Park Plaza Shopping Center at Kanan and Lindero Canyon roads. Call 805.643.6458. www.coastalpacificfm.com/oak_park.asp

CAMARILLO: Saturdays 8 am to noon 2220 Ventura Boulevard in the County of Ventura Senior Nutrition Center parking lot. Proceeds benefit Camarillo Hospice. Call 805.386.3584.

CALABASAS: Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm in Old Town Calabasas on Calabasas Road west of El Canon Avenue (across from Sagebrush Cantina). Call 818.591.8161.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE: Sundays 10 am to 2 pm at 2797 Agoura Road (Village Glen). Call 818.591.8286. www.ccfm.com/site/locations.php

OJAI: Sundays 9 am to 1 pm at 300 E. Matilija Street year-round, rain or shine. Produce, flowers and gourmet food. Call 805.698.5555.

OXNARD/CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR: Sundays 10 am to 2 pm at 2805 South Harbor Boulevard year-round. Call 805.643.6458.

AGOURA HILLS: Sundays 9 am to 2 pm at 5835 Kanan Road (Agoura’s Famous Deli parking lot)www.ccfm.com/site/locations.php

MALIBU: Sundays 10 am to 3 pm at Malibu Civic Center, 23519 Civic Center Way.www.malibufarmersmarket.net


Underwood Family Farms Market in Moorpark (3370 Sunset Valley Road) has farm fresh fruits and vegetables as well as pickled produce, honey, nuts, juices, dried beans, farm fresh eggs and fresh cut flowers. Moorpark location is usually closed from late December through February. Open 9am to 6pm March to November (5pm after DST). Call 805.529.3690.

Underwood Family Farms Market in Somis (5696 E. Los Angeles Avenue) is open every day year-round 9am to 6pm (5pm after DST) with the exception of some holidays. Call 805.386.4660.

McGrath Family Farm in Camarillo (505 North Wood Road) is open Mid-March through December 9am to pm and offers organic fruits, flowers and vegetables.  Freeway convenient off the Central Avenue offramp of the 101. Call 805.983.0333.

Sprouts Farmers Market (600 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks) is at the corner of Lynn/Hillcrest adjacent to the Oaks Mall. This grocery store sells local farm fresh produce as well as a full range of other natural grocery items as well as a deli, baked goods, etc. Hours 7am to 10pm. Call 805.716.4373.

Another Sprouts Farmers Market is located at 1012 S. Westlake Boulevard, Westlake Village(at Agoura Road). 805.917.4200

Whole Foods Market (740 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks) sells natural foods, organic fresh produce, full grocery, prepared foods, etc. Call 805.777.4730. Open 8am to 10pm 7 days a week. Another Whole Food is coming to Riverpark in Oxnard in Summer 2013.

Maddy’s Market (26767 Agoura Road, Calabasas) off 101 at Lost Hills Road has local organic produce and full assortment of other natural/healthy foods. Call 818.880.5900. Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-8pm.

Green Acres Farm Market (2918 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley) opened in 1968 and offers farm fresh produce, meat, fine wines and gourmet groceries. Call 805.526.1312.

A & F Country Market is at 4550 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. From Thousand Oaks, take Victoria offramp from 101 south to Olivas Park and make a right. Store is on your left. Nice stop on your way to/from the Olivas Adobe and Ventura Harbor Village. Phone is 805.644.5470.


Do you have a favorite place to buy quality food or a tip for eating better or growing your own produce?

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