Here’s a Humor Healing Humanity Podcast interview with Abby Lodmer for you to enjoy: https://www.facebook.com/abby.lodmer.3/posts/10154841625494376. We share thoughts on being the best version of ourselves, standing in our truth, parenting, enjoying our teenagers, eating intuitively, eating disorders, community building, Malibu politics, and celebrate Malibu’s step towards being poison free, free of “cides,” pesticides, rodenticides and herbicides, and I share my pathway out of debilitating migraines.

Let me know if you like it, and if there are any topics you’d like me to share more deeply on.

Thank you for being a presence of light in the world.

Smiles, Sunshine, and Laughter

June
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Posted on 14 Jan 2017 by jlouks
I love you family!!!

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Posted on 14 Jan 2017 by jlouks
Life is an adventure...living and surfing in Malibu, California, raising 4 girls with my husband/soul mate, Jeff. Together we follow our hearts, maintaining an organic/biodynamic garden and enjoying fresh family meals.

My latest passion is developing my yoga/tai chi/pranayama/meditation practice. The more I do it, the more amazing I feel!

I am grateful much improved health out of debilitating migraines and leaky gut, since I started my practice of yoga/tai chi/pranayama/meditation and cleaned up my diet by switching over to fresh whole foods. Yeah, no more Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch. It's moderate living and a principled diet...and I now wake up feeling invigorated, and I wouldn't change this for B and J.

This whole change has inspired me to want to live more and more in harmony with the earth. Sometimes I slip off early in the morning and go down to the garden or beach for a meditation practice. Every month I host an "Uncooking" Class, with the hope that perhaps someone wants to break out of the status quo as well, and come into a higher vibration of health. I can share the healing principles I have learned.

I am an advocate for garden (and restorative ocean farming) to table cuisine, organic and biodynamic growing practices, and sustainable environmental stewardship.


I grow my own food, not because I have oodles of time, or because things grow so easily in Malibu's clay soil...nothing about this is cheap, quick or convenient...but because it tastes better, I feel better when I eat from our garden, and I feel happiness when I am in the garden. I wonder if the quality of the food grown by love in our backyards can every be matched by food grown for profit. It intuitively feels good to connect with the soil, plants and trees. I feel much more vibrant gardening, than when I go to the gym. I wonder, if the garden is our natural environment, perhaps the plants and animals are divine thoughts materialized. For her, besides being with her family, nothing can beat being out in the garden, partnering with nature responsibly and successfully. Our inner eco system, our planet's eco system, and our "spiritual Eco system"....it is all interrelated....and to have vibrant health, it all needs to be thriving.

With our planet in crisis, I dream of an America where, instead of being the highest consumers of the planet, with a mall on every corner and industrial ag in every field, America is a model of innovation and conscious consumption with a sustainable footprint.

I dream of an America where "eating in a America" means "earth friendly" and "animal friendly" practices.

Where, instead of rushing around, multitasking and working long hours so we can buy something, we in America take time to follow our unique passions, be with our children and spouses, grow gardens, and prepare our own food.

Where we are connected with our land, and so, vibrantly healthy.

Where, instead of trashing our planet on the 4th of July and Christmas, we wake up every day in celebration, to enjoy spectacular sunrises, and able to be home with our families to enjoy the sunsets together. I dream of a Christmas where instead of the kids calling eachother and asking, "What'd ya get?" they ask, "What'd ya do?"

I had a health crisis10 years ago, and instead of going on degenerating medication I changed my lifestyle. Likewise, I think our American culture can make adjustments for long term healing. Instead of political band aids, and polarizing win/loose mentalities, we can shift to a deeper healing of America, and bring consciousness into politics.
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Posted on 07 Apr 2016 by jlouks
Fresh Whole Foods Class

Friday, January 29 from 12 to 2:30 pm
At The Louks Home
6921 Whitesands Place, Point Dume, Malibu 90265

Cost: $65 in advance/$80 at the door
Includes: Lunch from the garden and a copy of “A Malibu Mom Manifesto On Fresh Whole Foods”
Meet down in the Louks Family’s edible garden and together gather the fixings and learn preparation techniques!

Support the upward spiral in your life while exploring a fresh, mouthwatering menu of whole foods to offer your family! The best “fast food” (the healthiest and most delicious) are local, organic and whole. Come get inspired about sustainable, ‘non-impact’ foods. June loves to share the “what, why, and how” of fresh food basics. Learn how to be a part of a growing trend that supports a thriving planet and vibrant health!

Are you or your family members dealing with health challenges? The Louks Family has recently authored “Fresh Whole Foods For Kids: Fun Poems About Food” and “A Malibu Mom’s Manifesto,” chalk full of recipes that are not only healthful, but that the whole family can enjoy! The book received the Editor’s Choice Award and made the “Top 50 For The Year” list at Diesel Bookstore. The book and e-copy are now available at http://malibumommanifestoon.com/

These classes fill up, so reserve your spot by sending a check to the above address and emailing June. If there is something special you would like her to share just let her know junelouks@verizon.net.

This is a sustainable (non-impact) event!
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Posted on 23 Jan 2016 by jlouks
Here is the Bank of Books Review:

At 2 PM, we’ll welcome June Louks for a discussion and signing of her book A Malibu Mom’s Manifesto on Fresh, Whole Foods: Simple Recipes Your Family – And The Planet – Will Love. It’s been several years since June and her family made the move from the S.A.D - the Standard American Diet, loaded with salt, sugar, and fat - to a more healthful way of eating based on fresh, whole foods. In her book A Malibu Mom’s Manifesto on Fresh, Whole Foods, June shares her family’s experiences, which she describes as an adventure in finding delicious alternatives to the S.A.D., rather than an exercise in deprivation. Initially resistant to the idea of giving up the treats they loved, June’s daughters eventually became their new diet’s biggest cheerleaders as they realized how much better they felt, and how much more energy they had, when they ate healthy foods. With over 150 family-friendly recipes, tips to help ease the transition to healthy eating, and a discussion of ways to bypass the temptation of the “candy holidays” – Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter - A Malibu Mom’s Manifesto on Fresh, Whole Foods is a must-read primer for families who want to make the move to a healthy, plant-based diet.

Malibu mom June Louks views food as a qualitative experience that can strengthen our spirituality and honor our interconnectedness. The founder of the Malibu Agricultural Society, June lives on Point Dume with her husband and daughters.
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Posted on 23 Sep 2015 by jlouks
“Uncooking” Class

Friday, October 2 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm
At The Louks Home

Cost: $65 in advance/$80 at the door
This class is a fundraiser for 5Gyres.org. Please make your check payable to “The Five Gyres Institute.”
Includes: A copy of “A Malibu Mom Manifesto On Fresh Whole Foods”

Meet down in the Louks Family’s edible garden and together gather the fixings and learn preparation techniques for our dinner!

Support the upward spiral in your life while exploring a fresh, mouthwatering menu of whole foods to offer your family! The best “fast food” (the healthiest and most delicious) are local, organic and whole. Come get inspired about sustainable, ‘non-impact’ foods. June loves to share the “what, why, and how” of fresh food basics. Learn how to be a part of a growing trend that supports a thriving planet and vibrant health!

Are you or your family members dealing with health challenges? The Louks Family has recently authored “Fresh Whole Foods For Kids: Fun Poems About Food” and “A Malibu Mom’s Manifesto,” chalk full of recipes that are not only healthful, but that the whole family can enjoy! The book recently received the Editor’s Choice Award and made the “Top 50 For The Year” list at Diesel Bookstore. The book and e-copy are now available at http://malibumommanifestoon.com/

These classes fill up, so reserve your spot by sending a check to the above address and emailing June. If there is something special you would like her to share just let her know junelouks@verizon.net.

This is a sustainable (non-impact) event!
"Uncooking" Class
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Posted on 21 Sep 2015 by jlouks



Warning: This video might inspire you towards increased vitality!!!

This video of my yoga exhibition is from the celebration at my 50th birthday...and what a wild ride it has been to get there! This past year has been the most challenging year of my physical existence...and I have had a monumental shift in my awareness of my physical body. Diet was only a piece of the puzzle. Opening up my spine and deepening my inner calm/chi/prana have been other key pieces. I started working with neighbor Michael Manfredo in yoga therapy (http://www.yogatherapymalibu.com/). A new level of life is awakening deep within my core...to embody, experience, create...and be the my best version of myself.

I thought giving up white sugar and white flour nine years ago was the hardest thing I had ever done (!!!)...this trumps that! In December, I got the best challenge ever: Healing my leaky gut and getting fungus out of my organs, especially my brain. Turns out, my body had been wrestling with this for the past 12 years, but after the elections it reached its zenith. So I got my protocols in place (a future blog) and dove deep into a healing yoga/tai chi practice of energy/prana cultivation. 85 days later, the leaky gut was healed and the fungus was mostly cleared. Hallelujah...and for a bonus, I am having the most fun I have ever had in my physical body.

This practice has given me many bonuses, like new hips, a new spine and neck, a new brain, rejuvenated my organs...a new biology and energetic space. I've been recreating myself...restructuring the most minute details of my existence (breath, morning ritual, family interaction) with this practice. As I open and remove the blockages (kleshas) and improve my internal (pranic) flow ...my higher self likes hanging around more. It is hard to put it all into words, so here's the video.

I am starting to speak up a bit again...speaking at Bank of Books on September 26 at 2:00s...and I have an Uncooking Class at my home on October 2nd, 3-6:00, $65 including dinner. You are welcome. Please RSVP.

Oh...and my diet...I served my favorite foods from my book at the party. Here's the menu: Green Smoothies (p.3) and Jeff's Blueberry Smoothie (p.31 with kale from the Louks Garden), Lemonade (p.34, with honey from the Louks Garden), Sapote with Lime (p.37), Refreshing Citrus-Rosemary Water (p.38) "Ceasar" Salad (p.43), Summer Sushi (p.52), Cucumber Wraps (p67), Pesto Pizza (p.69 substituting a corn meal crust), Mashed Squash (p.102, with pumpkin from the garden), Quinoa and Veggies (p.99), Fermented Veggies (p.104, always, at every meal!), Lasagne (p.70, with zucchini from the garden) and Lima Bean/Sweet Potatoes From The Garden Dish...and for dessert...Malibu Mud Pie (p.86, with Louks Honey) Personally, I avoid sugars and fruits (well, just a little).
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Posted on 27 Jul 2015 by jlouks
Hi Loves,

Interested in inspiration for kicking off the new year with more fresh raw foods in your diet? Here’s an interview I just did with Winifred Adams on her show “MakingLifeBrighter.com.” We “kick off our shoes” and do some heart to heart sharing on kicking the sugar habit, cravings, healthy proteins, menu ideas for the family. Check it out! http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/82526/to-your-health-kicking-off-the-new-year-raw

And if that peaks your interest, come to my next “Uncooking” Class January 23. See the website for details! http://malibumommanifestoon.com

Love you!

June

ps – Winifred lives in Malibu, and has helped our family in healing over the past few years. She is an intuitive healer, and has a gift of knowing what each individual needs in their life. You can contact her through her website <http://www.voiceamerica.com/guest/23552/june-louks>
pps – Wasn’t it beautiful out today!
Radio Interview with June talking about cravings attachments fresh menu ideas for the family and protein!
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Posted on 11 Jan 2015 by jlouks


It’s here! The revised an updated version, formerly “Rawumptious Recipes” is now available! If you would like to check it out or give it as gifts, you can check it out on my (new!) website http://malibumommanifestoon.com, pick up a copy at the Malibu Sunlife, or come by the house, drive into the driveway, get your books and leave a check in under the doormat.($25.95 ea) Ring if you’d like me to sign them!

The new book was updated to also include our latest “adventures:” In addition to 150 recipes we added 45 new irresistible, amazingly delicious staple recipes in our home, as well as a few new chapters, like “Cravings, Addictions, and Doshas” and “Congruency Love Cleanse.”

Giving up most of the American comfort foods I was raised on (macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly on white bread, pancakes, waffles and bacon, donuts and ice cream were some of my favorites)...has been one of the most challenging things I have done in my life. That is why I added the chapter, “Cravings, Addiction and Doshas.”

With all the intensity of our modern life and raising four girls (and growing our own food!) , I find it helpful to push the reset button, and lately, if I can, I do it weekly. It rejuvenates and recalibrates me, so I added a chapter called the “Congruency Love Cleanse” to share with you.

From the first publication of this book I have felt like I was building a bridge and crossing it at the same time. Being surrounded with processed foods in our culture, how do we feed our family nutritious meals...that they will eat? With all the misinformation on health, often in conflict with what is best for our planet, many times it was like swimming in the dark with just my own inner compass to guide me. Every day there is more research out on why such a large percentage of Americans have chronic diseases like neurological disorders, gluten sensitivity, sugar sensitivity, diabetes and other auto-immune diseases, as well as cancer, heart disease, obesity....Now, five years later, the statistics are even more dramatic, showing how important it is to get the message out of the benefits of gathering the family around fresh, whole food meals.

Zeroing In On Inflammation

I am turning 50 in June, and still a “work in progress.” Yet, this is a year to celebrate health. I have tested free of Candida and have been deepening my daily personal yoga practice, creating more space, more opening and balance in my physiology. Six months ago, turning my neck over each shoulder, I would feel creeks and crackles, perhaps left over from the health crisis...and perhaps because grains and cooked veggies had begun to creep back into my diet. When I would flow in cat/cat cow...more crackles. Six months later, now I feel total fluidity. No crackles. I have moved on to backwards rolls, splits, headstands flows. What is the difference? More green smoothies and whole foods in their natural state (raw). I feel a deep connection between my diet and the level of inflammation, and I hope these “Fresh Whole Foods” recipes also help you.

(Take a moment. Sit upright, drop your shoulders and slowly turn your head over your shoulder to the right and then to the left. How does it feel? Balanced on both sides? Feel the space, the opening?)

Better Than Vitamins

I am leery of things that come in plastic containers, even vitamins and processed food. Whenever I go this route, it seems Mother Nature abandons me (or visa versa) and I find myself straying from my center. For health and longevity, I am convinced that Fresh Whole Foods are the way to best nourish our family genes, as well as to support our own spiritual essence so that it to descends into physical form. (Check out the book, Blue Zone...we can become one in Malibu!)

This Is the Most Fun We Will Have In Our Physical Bodies!

For those wanting to step into the driver’s seat of your health and the health of your families’, and rethink what we are feeding our family, may this new year and this new book give you renewed enthusiasm for a diet of Fresh Whole Foods, locally sourced.

❀May you be a conduit for bliss, love and peace this holiday season, and may this bless you abundantly,

June
http://malibumommanifestoon.com/
“In nature we feel the pure energy which takes us to our Self. Nature is the perfect temple.” Kaliji, Tri-Yoga

Ps I recommend my website designer was terrific...a great kid just down the street: http://ryderhicks.com

I also recently tested our home for electro-magnetic fiels (EMFs) and Wi-Fi (wireless technology) with Oram Miller, of http://www.createhealthyhomes.com. There are so many sources of EMFs in our modern lives now, and you might want to keep this to a minimum. Even if you like the convenience of your Wi-Fi, Oram will help you design solutions so that your family does not SLEEP around EMFs. (This email was sent from my faster than WIFI and totally safe, HARD WIRED internet connection.) I also recently purchased a product for the house that reduces dirty electricity, contact: dalen@saticusa.com

Did you see our Malibu City Council voted to amend our LCP to ban rodenticide (anti-coaglulant rodent poisoning) into our LCP? Let’s celebrate!

Check out John Oliver’s hilarious and illuminating take on the sugar industry: http://grist.org/list/john-olivers-takedown-of-the-sugar-industry-is-pretty-sweet/
Big News: A New Book!: A Malibu Mom’s Manifesto On Fresh Whole Foods
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