About The Cheeks

Alyssa aka Left Cheek

Alyssa aka Left Cheek

ALYSSA: I grew up in New Hampshire on home cooking, tree climbing & giggles. My mom was always in the kitchen packing lunches, roasting chicken & veggies, baking Christmas cookies or decorating elaborate birthday cakes. My brothers & I were always racing on our bikes, sledding, shooting hoops or playing catch. There has always been a lot of love, laughter, activity & fun in my life. As I’ve grown into an adult I’ve continued to live this way – on home cooking(although it’s my own now), tree climbing (although there aren’t as many in LA to climb) & giggles a plenty!

As an acupuncturist I have found striking similarities between traditional Chinese nutrition and the Paleo diet. I find that basing my cooking off of this power combo fuels my lifestyle so I perform at the highest levels in all areas, including my love of surfing and passion for Crossfitting.
 
Shirley aka Right Cheek

Shirley aka Right Cheek

SHIRLEY: I grew up in Netarts, a small town on the Oregon coast close to Tillamook, which has the famous Tillamook cheese factory. While growing up my mother was always cooking in the kitchen & rarely let me in. Every meal started with ground beef, celery & onions then she would add in beans, rice or pasta. As a kid I didn’t like anything my mom cooked & I decided that I was going to do things differently. After hour long bus rides home I would arrive just in time to catch Ducktails with my bag of Doritos. Despite my mom’s ground beef dishes I have taken to the kitchen in my own way.

Working as a personal trainer my life has become more active. I have learned the importance of fuleing the body properly-(don’t get me wrong, I still love sweet treats).I realized how much healthier the food you eat can be when you make it yourself. As an active CrossFitter I have learned about both the Zone and Paleo and love to experiment with their inspiration.