The Center for Balanced Living Holistic Health Symposium and Trade Show

This past Saturday, Casco Bay Organics was invited to attend the 1st Annual The Center for Balanced Living Holistic Health Symposium and Trade Show at The Center for Balanced Living at 74 Lunt Road in Falmouth. They packed their auditorium with everything from holistic healers to motivational brain coaching, to organic produce delivered, to reflexology gods, and rocks and crystals and stones OH MY!  The idea was to bring a strong group of like minded individuals together and introduce themselves and their passion to the community.

I had the sincere please of being seated next to Susan Kent, a Reiki practitioner and hypnotherapy extraordinaire.  What a delightful spirit and genuinely kind human being.  Susan was scheduled to give a group talk about hypnotherapy and I thought, hey why not. I have never been hypnotized! Let’s see how this goes.  I had no idea what was about to happen. People often think about hypnosis as being made in to someone’s puppet perhaps, but with hypnotherapy, it’s bit different. This is all about relaxation and being present in the space you create in your mind.  By the end of the session, which took about 20 minutes, the entire energy in the room had been calmed and everyone was extremely relaxed.  It felt almost like falling asleep, but being present, if you can wrap your brain around that! That energy stayed with me throughout the rest of the day. I felt, rejuvenated, awake, present, and HAPPY!


I met some cool cats from Anchor Wellness in Falmouth as well.  Matthew Baker, LMT teaches at SpaTech Institute and has practiced massage therapy since 2007.  Matthew also does reflexology. He offered me a session, so of course I said YES! I have plantar fasciitis and I knew reflexology was something involving your feet and massage. I was having a particularly good day on Saturday with minimal pain and by the end of the session, I was pretty much pain free and it has lasted me until today! I am thrilled! To have continued relief from day to day is not something I get on a regular basis and I am so excited for my appointment on Friday!  I cannot wait for more long lasting relief.

Take care of your feet. They carry you around!

It was a pleasure to meet so many people that share the same goal in life and in business. To be around people who truly care about your well being is inspiring and motivating. What you need to know, you YES YOU, need to take care of yourself.  Your body is your temple and you only get one shot. A wise person once said that once you lose your health, you will spend a lifetime trying to get it back.  Words to live by.

Be kind to you. Be kind to your loved ones.  Be kind to all creatures, great and small. Live, laugh, love, and breathe and most importantly, do not forget to smile.  You are amazing!


Seasonal Eating/ Fall Superlatives: Most Likely to Be Flavorful



Ever just CRAVED soup? Ever NEEDED mashed potatoes in the worst way? Have you ever DREAMT about diving into a bowl of macaroni and cheese(Don’t lie, you totally have)


When the weather cools down, your internal alarm clock goes off and you start to crave denser, heavier foods.


The cravings are REAL.


Your body is recognizing a change in seasons and is letting you know that its time to ditch the cucumber salads and reach for some warm,  hearty foods.




The farmers market is stocked with locally grown goodies. EASY.


Now WAKE UP at 8 a.m. on a crisp  45 degree Saturday and go grab some local beets to “warm up”.


Yeaaahhhhhhh…turns out our bodies naturally want to hibernate under the covers this time of year.


But WAIT! A solution!


Casco Bay Organics makes it easy for you to eat local, seasonal foods to satisfy your natural instinct. They offer weekly or bi-weekly delivery of seasonally fresh produce RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR. You literally don’t even have to come out of your blanket burrito to answer the door.

blanket puppy

You don’t even have to put on pants (but you probably should you slacker)


And what benefits will you reap for eating seasonally? So happy you asked! Okay, I asked but just go with it, I’m rolling here.


You get:


  • The Most Affordable Produce Available
  • The Most Nutrients Present In Your Produce
  • A Wide Variety Of Produce To Choose From
  • Most Flavorful


I  am trying to explain that seasonal produce has more flavor because it’s grown and harvested when mother nature intended, but every time I look at the bullet that says “Most Flavorful”, all I can picture is this…

Mr. Pumpkin Face

Most Flavorful

Peter “Pumpkinface” McGee

Seasonal Eating is an excellent way to keep your grocery bill in check. You can count on what’s growing locally to be available for a reasonable cost RIGHT NOW.


The taste. OH THE TASTE of seasonal produce is UNREAL. These goodies are getting pulled from the ground super mario 2 style, dropped in a bucket and transported only a few miles. No chilling, no freezing, no long transports.


SUPER FRESH. Nutrients stay in tact. You are getting the best version of your produce.


Variety! The spice of life! Eating seasonally can offer a wide array of produce to try. This gives you an opportunity to experience something new!


This week I used an organic buttercup squash from my goodie box to put a spin on an old favorite of mine, squash and sage risotto. I swapped the arborio rice out for cauliflower rice pumping up the veggie content and making this dish allergy friendly and lower in carbohydrates. I also added spinach or swiss chard as an option because I like to add greens to my meals when possible!



Grain-Free Harvest “Rice”


2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 shallots, thinly sliced

1 garlic clove, chopped

½ riced cauliflower

1 organic buttercup squash, seeds removed

2 cups chopped organic spinach OR rainbow chard

¾ cup organic chicken broth

2 Tablespoons fresh sage, chopped

1 teaspoon fresh thyme

1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt or sea salt

½ tsp pepper

¼ cup toasted pine nuts


Preheat oven to 425 degrees and pierce the top and sides of the buttercup squash with a fork. Place squash on a baking sheet and roast 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let squash rest until its cool enough to handle.


When squash is cooled, slice the top off and scoop out the seeds from the center. Continue to scoop the inside of the squash out until you have separated the squash “meat” from the skin. Chop squash “meat” and set aside.


Chop cauliflower into pieces and use a food processors grate blade to “rice” it. Alternatively, you can use a box grater and hand grate the vegetable yourself.


Heat olive oil in a saucepan and sautee shallots and garlic for 2 minutes over Med-Low heat. Add riced cauliflower and ¾ cup of chicken broth and let simmer for 5 minutes before adding squash and spinach.


Add herbs and seasonings and stir until the spinach wilts, about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat.


Toss pine nuts in small frying pan with a spray of oil or butter and toast over Med-Low heat until fragrant and lightly browned. Sprinkle over warmed harvest “rice” and enjoy!



Sam is a Holistic Health Coach with a passion for feeding the masses with nourishing, delicious meals using REAL FOOD. She enjoys spending time in her laboratory/kitchen and delighting people with her inventive fare and witty commentary. She believes in inspiring others to find their own personal path to health and wellness. You can find her on instagram @NourishingNomsWithSam
Have a great Day!