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Self Love– Putting Myself First

Have you ever felt so disconnected from you, yourself? From who you think you are and want to be?

This is how I’ve been feeling lately. Health is my passion. Without a question in my mind, I know that health, nutrition, and wellness are what I am meant to bring into people’s lives. Yet, I’ve been putting my own health on the back burner.

After coming to this realization, I have officially declared this week a self-love week for Maddi!

Here’s how it happened

I was having a conversation with a good friend about how I have all these intentions of putting my health back in the front of my life and she asks me, “Maddi why don’t you love yourself enough to do that?” That’s when it hit me. I do love myself, but I tend to sacrifice my self, my health, my life, for those that I love.  Rather than let down a friend, I let down myself.

With all my you as my witness, this week is about self-love for me! What does that mean? It means doing things I truly love. Making choices that benefit me first. It means not sacrificing things that are important to me for the happiness of another. It means taking care of MY to-do list. It means cooking. It means exercising. It means reading. It means taking time to think. It means breathing. It means resting. It means pampering. This week is all about doing things I WANT TO DO and that BENEFIT ME! It’s about being my happiest, healthiest, truest, hottest self!

 

Do you need some time to self love?

Do you need to commit a day? a week? to loving yourself?

Giving yourself time and space to be the true you?

If so, share with me, what are you missing in your life?

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Love and Loss and Primary Food

It has been nearly a month since I’ve last posted, but A LOT has been happening in my life since then.  I’ve been traveling- like crazy. I’ve been living an unbalanced, caotic life.  And the biggest thing is that my relationship of 3 years ended.  I went from getting married to being single in the matter of a day.

Now let me first tell you that it is my fault entirely.  I broke my best friends heart, but I had to, and I’ll be the first to tell you that I did some not so great things in this process, but I still had to.

This big change, this big decision, this big heart-break has made me do a lot of thinking. It’s forced me to do a lot of soul searching. I lot of digging into my heart and my mind and my fears and my tragedies. I was afraid that I was just a bad person, but what I discovered was that I have been a long time broken.

So what do you do once you discover there’s a 13, 14, 15 year old girl who is broken and trapped inside you? How do you heal her? How do you teach her that she doesn’t need to be wreckless? How do you heal yourself from something so long ago? I’m not sure I know the answer to this just yet, but I know I need to figure it out. I know now, that that’s why this tragedy happened in my life. Because I could never, can never be a good wife until I heal.

Here’s what I’m doing

I’m working with a coach who can teach and guide me to heal this abandoned broken girl inside me. That’s probably going to be the biggest key.

I’m also focused on ME and my primary food. Now, primary food is the areas of life that give you energy, or take your energy, but are NOT food. Everything from your relationships to your career to your spirituality. What most people don’t realize is just eating healthy and being active won’t necessarily be the key to good health or ultimate health. It could be, but what’s missing a lot of times is primary food.

Try this exercise to see where you’re at with your primary food. 

For each category give yourself a rating between 1 and 10, 10 being fantastic, for how this area is going in your life.

Career:         Education:         Health:          Physical Activity:           Joy:

Home Cooking:           Finances:           Home Environment:        

Social Life:          Spirituality:          Creativity:          Relationships:

You’ll probably notice some really high areas of  your life and some really low areas of your life.  If most everything was a 7 or above, you are probably feeling really great about life right now. If you had a lot of 6 and unders, you’re probably feeling pretty low in life right now.

Where ever you’re at, it doesn’t matter, this next step will still elevate your health even if you’re already pretty good. Here’s what you want to do next. Ask yourself what would make my primary food better? If you’re finances were rated low, maybe something as simple as saving $500 or whatever would increase that area of your life. Or paying off a credit card, etc.

Here are some of mine.  Feel free to steal some 😉

Practice yoga at least once a week.

Read the Bible.

 Go to Body Pump class.

Pay off school.

Save $1000.

Journal.

Spend 1 hr/day marketing my business.

Eat out less.

Do a puzzle.

Spend quality time with a girl friend.

Practice breathing.

Cook seasonal food.

Spend more time outside.

Go to bed earlier.

Give thanks daily

Now that you’ve reflected, keep your answers somewhere and redo the exercise in a month and see what’s changed and how your life has improved 🙂

So tell me, What do you need to improve your primary food? 

Where are you lacking? Where are you doing great?!

How can you improve those areas?

Share with me! Maybe I’ll want to steal some of yours 😉

In good times and bad, always be Healthy, be Happy, and then you’ll always be Hot!

The Traveling Vegetarian

You may have noticed the scarcity in my post over the past couple weeks.  Well dear friends I do have a good excuse for my

absence. I have been traveling for quite some

time now.  When my brother and really good friend moved out to the east coast, it seemed like only the right time to make the trip.  So here I am in Freeport, Maine taking in this beautiful scenery and enjoying the calm laid back life-style.

I started  my trip in Newark, Delaware where my brother moved for his job. This adorable college town made me go yippy-skippy with all it’s vegetarian menu options.  I was astounded.  Not even the best choices back in Indiana even come close to what I had discovered in this town. Home Grown Cafe is a local restaurant that makes all their dishes from local produce.  Almost everything on the menu had a star next to it saying it could be made vegetarian AND a double star for vegan.  Holy cow, a restaurant that actual caters to us plant-eaters. I was falling head over heels in love.

I would also like to take a moment to celebrate one of the most wonderful foods I discovered so far on this trip. Chili Mashed.  I found this lovely side dish at another local restaurant in Newark, Santa Fe Mexican Grill.  If you haven’t figured this out yet, I love my mashed potatoes. I don’t know if it’s an Indiana thing, a Midwest thing, I don’t know, but I do love mashed potatoes.  These Chili Mashed weren’t just your ordinary mashed potatoes. I mean what Mexican restaurant serves mashed potatoes anyway?!These things were mashed and infused with a spicy chili. Nothing super hot, just velvety potatoes with a little kick. A little kick that had me coming back the next day just for this particular treat.  My taste buds were in heaven yet again! I cannot wait to try to recreate these bad boys when I get home!

(I wish I had a picture of these Chili Mashed Potatoes, the restaurant was just too dark)

Next stop Philadelphia

My dear brother probably found the one thing that would get me excited more than all this vegetarian food and culture, a Sublime concert! While there’s nothing healthy about that, it certainly made me one happy chick!

(I made it all the way to the 2nd row. I was stoked)

While in Philly, after the concert, a lost debit card, and a little too much beer,  my brother showed me the ultimate vegan late-night food. A tomatoe pie topped with arugula!  While first making a stop by the greatest bar I discovered which was hosting a mustache party and claims to be Home of the Pickleback, we then made it to some pizza joint which I can’t recall ha! For this!

      

Right: Tomato pie with arugula.  Left: Sign in the bar claiming home of the pickleback, which is a shot of Jameson followed by pickle juice for a chaser. Delish!

I should make a quick shout out, before moving on, to my brother, Kodi. Thank you for being the greatest travel/eating buddy I could imagine.  For you veggies and vegans, I highly recommend finding another like you.  It makes eating on vacation a luxury rather than gluttony.

Now for my extremely long trip to Maine

Let’s start off by explaining exactly what this entails.  At 9am I took a train from Wilmington, Delaware to Philadelphia.  Then waited 3 hours for a bus from Philly to New York City. Then I had to walk nearly 2 miles to a different bus stop in NYC to take a bus to Boston.  Where I waited for an hour for a bus that I was pretty sure wasn’t coming, so bought a last minute ticket with a different bus company to Portland, Maine, where my uncle picked me up at 12:10am. There will be a post on this particular day that I will call Fear and Loathing.

Anyway, I really didn’t leave the bus stations in Philly or Boston for fear of missing my bus or getting lost.   However, in NYC I had no choice but to do some exploring (finding the next station).  I don’t stray too far from the route my GPS has planned out for me, but I walk by a little shop on the corner that says Juices and Smoothies on the outside.  I’m interested. I walk in, and they do indeed have green juices and fruit smoothies, plus a salad bar and a sandwich station. All look delicious, but I’m so dang excited that I can actually order a REAL smoothie!  Not some fake sugar crap blended with some fake fruit for some fake ass smoothie. Pardon my language, but that’s how I genuinely feel. So, I create my own. My favorite. Banana, pineapple, spinach, orange, and blueberries. Gosh dang it, I couldn’t keep the glee of my face. I had gone without fresh juice or a smoothie for 7 days until then!

Now I had one more mission with my short time in NYC.  I wanted to answer THE question. Which is better Chicago style pizza or NY style pizza?  So I sit in this little juice shop, a gentleman sits down next to me and I’m thinking he’s got to know where I can find some good NY pizza. He’s got to. He’s got the accent. Haha. I work up my nerve half way through my smoothie. He says in his NY accent, “Ohh yea, 2 blocks up here, it’ll be on your left. Big sign says #12 pizza in New York.” I smile excited that it’s on my way so I won’t have to get lost in this gigantic city. I make my way up the street, eyes peeled for a sign boasting good pizza. I eventually see one.  Though, I’m not so sure it was the one he was telling me about, but I’m too fearful of getting lost and missing my bus.  So I duck my way into this pizza joint. Pizzas line the counter. I look at all my options.  I consider the veggie pizza and decide that just a plain piece of cheese pizza will probably give me the best means to decide, Chicago or NY?  I get this beautiful, huge piece of cheese pizza. Thin crust, but not too thin, cheese melted evenly across the whole thing. I hold up this masterpiece nearly above my head so I can take a first bite and I know the answer.  A slightly sweet tomato sauce, goey cheese, perfectly fired crust.  New York style pizza takes the cake… or pie?!

Once I hit Maine, I was so darn tired.  I spent 13 hours that day, sitting, waiting, walking, going from trains to buses after buses. In my head though, there was one thing I knew I couldn’t wait for… to cook my own meal!  That next morning despite having gone to bed late, the sun woke me up at 8am, and I scooted by butt to the kitchen.  I scoured the cabinets. I had one thing on my mind. Potatoes. I wanted MY homefries for breakfast and what do you know! I found them. I cooked my own food for the first time in what felt like a month, and it was pure delight. 🙂

  

 

Left: MY home fries. Made with red potatoes, yellow bell pepper, and shitake mushrooms sprinkleds with salt, pepper, and garlic powder! (Though at home I use fresh garlic)

Right: The street my brother lives on in Newark, Delaware. That’s him to the left.

Wilmington, Delaware. This is the city my brother works in. It was full of these adorable quaint little buildings. I wish I had gotten to spend some more time here. 😦

Cheers to more traveling! I’ll be hitting Boston soon 🙂

PS whoever said you can’t be healthy, happy, and hot while traveling is seriously misinformed!

Dear Mommies, a Hard Question

To all the mommies and future mommies in the world

I remember being so afraid of what it would be like to have a baby. Having seen movies and tv shows with the mom in a hospital room screaming, crying, and in pain what else should I expect?

As I’ve come deeper and deeper into holistic health and what it means and means for me, I knew the right answer was not to have drugs or surgery when I have a baby, but man is that scary to think about.

Until recently.

I read an article on natural births using midwives and dulas.  The experience they describe is completely opposite of what I see on TV.  These women are calm and confident through the birth of their baby.

It really is Beautiful.

Think about it like this. The body is a perfect machine. You never need to ask it to breathe for you, to pump blood for you, to clean your liver, to make you eat, to think, to move your fingers. Your body is all powerful. It knows exactly what it needs all the time.

So why don’t we listen to it? Why don’t we let it do its job? Why do we use meds to speed up contractions? Why do we use epidurals? Why do 1/3 of women get c-sections?  Why is that how we bring babies into this world?  In a disease ridden hospital, with our body pumped full of all sorts of drugs? How does this make sense?

The body, if brought into labor naturally, will create oxycontin all by itself. You might find yourself wanting to argue that its safer this way or that if it wasn’t safe then we wouldn’t be doing it. BUT let me tell you, in all of the world where do you think we rank as far as maternity deaths go? In the top 10? Surely. NO.  We  rank 51st! 50 other countries, most of which still use dulas and midwives for a good portion of all births are better than us.

Thirty-three percent of births are by C-section.  So that means 33% of women are not able to give birth, naturally?  They’re bodies are not capable? I find that hard to believe, but something is certainly flawed.  In fact, only 2% of births using midwives and dulas result in a c-section.

I’m not saying doctors aren’t needed or are bad, but I think we, us women, we can  do this! This is what we were created for.  This is what our body knows and wants to do.  Embrace it. Consider  your options. Because maybe, just maybe, there’s a better way.  And maybe, “progress” isn’t the right answer for this. In fact, maybe we really can enjoy having babies.

As always be healthy, happy, and hot!

Ciao for now!

Hard Questions and What I’m Loving

When you think you know it all; when you think you know your stance; when you think you’ve figured it out; when you think there’s nothing else to learn; it will all hit you at once to remind you that you will never know it all; you will never stay in the same stance; you will never figure it all out; and there will always be more to learn.

Or so I was reminded.

Before I get into the Hard Questions (1 and 2) I would like to share some things that I have been implementing into my life that are really taking my health to new levels.

What I’m Loving

Whole Living. 

This is a lovely magazine that I discovered in Maui, Hawaii while

staying at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. I’m not generally a magazine reader, but I fell in love with this while I was there. I read, I kid you not, every single article.  I don’t think I have EVER done that or wanted to do that with any other magazine in my life. This isn’t some crap magazine that you waste your time doting at. This is a magazine the will feed your mind with positive articles and feed your mind with the healthy lifestyle you want to live. This is important, because what you are constantly feeding your mind is what you will be. Think Jersey Shore  versus Extreme Makeover: Home edition. It does make a difference in the person you are and  are becoming.

Yoga. If you have never done yoga. I strongly recommend it. I always thought exercise was about extreme exertion, but having read John Douillard’s, Body, Mind, and Sport, my perspective changed. (Blog on it here)  My dear friends, Gina and Taylor, taught me sun salutations (a series of yoga poses) while we were at a conference in Long Beach, CA and I am forever grateful!  Yoga teaches you how to feel your body, and how to breathe with it. It teaches you how to calm your mind. It teaches you how to be alone. It teaches you how to be part of nature. Yoga brings out all these beautiful things in life that I think are lost in all the modern gizmos we rather surround ourselves with. I can’t simply explain it, you must try it a few times. Start with a simple sun salutations like I did and build onto it. Videos Here.  Plus, Adam Levine does yoga and he is hot! Just saying 🙂

Deep Breathing. I’m sure to some of you this sounds like yoga all over again. It’s really not. I do this while at work, at home, on the phone, outside, out with my friends, where ever and when ever. Most people take deep breaths through their mouth. Mouth breathing doesn’t get air into the lower part of your lungs. Rather, you should breathe as deeply as you can through your nose until you can’t anymore and slowing breathe out. Try it now. Deep breathe through your nose.  Slowly breathe out.

You’ll actually notice you’ll feel more relaxed through your shoulders and you’ll also get a small burst of energy.  Practice this throughout your days and see how you feel!

This isn’t me, but I this is definitely how I feel when I do it!! 🙂

I’m going to save the hard questions for another day. I’ll give you a hint though, Animals and Mommies.

Now that you’ve taken some true deep breaths, thought about doing some yoga, and want to get a new magazine, I think it’s time to say, “bye bye.”

Peace and love and blessings

And all the health, happiness and hotness in the world!

Looking back: 30 Day Challenge and Loving your Body

With every diet there is an equal and opposite binge. 

I’m reminded of this as I was finishing up my 30 Day Challenge. It pains me to tell you…that I ate an egg sandwich, mac and cheese, and pizza all in the same day. The day it was over.

It’s been a long time since I’ve given myself any sorts of restrictions. I was reminded why. Feeling deprived is part of restricting foods. Feeling deprived when eating brings out emotions that leave you needy. Feeling needy will lead to emotional eating and bingeing.  Emotional eating and bingeing will make you feel ashamed or guilty.

None of these emotions should happen when we’re eating. Eating is about nourishing our selves. It’s about feeding and caring for our bodies in a loving way. If you think of your body as your temple or for an easier analogy, a child. If your body is your child that you love, adore, and want to nurture with all your heart… would you deprive it? Would you leave it needy? Emotional? Wanting?

No, you nurture it. You love it. You care for it. You treat it to the things it desires.

When I eat. I know that what I feed my body gives it nourishment. It gives it love.  It gives it energy.  I don’t feed myself crappy nutrientless foods because I want to care for my body. And when I eat a slice of pizza (because pizza always gets me) I treat myself to it.  Again, because I love my body as if it were my child.  It is my temple and that is how I treat it.

The 30 Day Challenge actually got in the way of this wonderful relationship I’ve been having with food and my body.  So looking back I’m not sure I would ever recommend someone try a restrictive, eliminating diet (for lack of better word) for more than 14 days.

As far as going vegan. I am all for it. Plant-based eating is by far the healthiest way of eating.  If you read my about page, I say that I choose not to call myself vegan because life gets in the way.  Going to any kind of party or visiting family or whatever, where I’m from the chances of finding a vegan anything is slim.  I would rather not have to agonize over these inconveniences and just enjoy the company I’m with. I believe that it’s a healthier decision than the deprivation and scrutiny.

As for the salad challenge I was never a salad fan. I’m still not a salad fan. I got very creative. Salad on bread.  Salad in a tortilla.  Chinese sautéed salad (aka stir fry) haha so I may have failed that one but hey I don’t eat food I don’t want to eat.

And smoothies… piece of cake. I’m addicted like people are to coffee. This was not a challenge.

Back to the real issue at hand….

How is your relationship with food and your body? Do you treat it with hate and resentment? Are you constantly restricting it? 

Or do you treat it with unconditional love? Do you care for it? Do you forgive it? Are you kind to it?

If you’re wondering how do you go without restriction? Read This.

Are You Toxic?

Do you have trouble losing weight?

Do you have heartburn, frequent stomach aches, or digestive issues?

Is there a ringing in your ears? Watery, itchy eyes?

Have you suffered from depression, anxiety or irritability?

Do you have achy joints  muscles?

Headaches? Insomnia? Asthma?

Do you get sore throats or canker sores?

Do you have poor memory or concentration?

Sinus problems? Acne? Compulsive eating? Or frequent sickness?

Well doesn’t everybody deal with this stuff? No! These are signs that your body is toxic.

Warning: This is not sugar-coated. This is blunt.

I’m not just talking about the environment here. I’m talking about that crappy diet you keep eating.  Not just the fast food either.  We all know toxins are bad, since the whole cancer scare really hasn’t changed your habits maybe this will help.

Ever heard of DDT? It was banned in the 70’s for its severe toxicity.  It’s linked to diabetes and cancer. It also caused neurological abnormalities  in babies. Yea well, 100% of beef was found contaminated with DDT. 100 frickin’ percent! More than 90% of processed cheese, hot dogs, bologna, turkey and ice cream too. YUCK! DDT was also found in 70% of 4 year olds! Not their fault!

That’s only one toxin, not to mention that it has been banned in the US for more than 40 years, but we have also released 79,999 other new chemicals since the turn of the 20th century. Toxic shit storm!

Can you avoid all 80,000 of these completely? Probably not unless you put yourself in a bubble, which would probably be made from one of these chemicals anyway.

Not only does having all these toxins in our body cause cancer, which is not news to you I’m sure, but when we eat sugar and high-fructose corn syrup AND chemical toxins, we screw up our kidneys, our thyroid, our mitochondria, our immune system and our brain (neurotransmitters specifically). That causes weight gain and obesity and a whole host of other health problems.

Got a headache? Feeling depressed? Heartburn? Stop reaching for the medicine you’re only adding to the chemical shit storm already festering inside you. FIX THE PROBLEM. DETOXIFY!

What you can do is stop eating all the highly processed, chemical-laden foods. Start cooking! Let’s get this straight. If it comes from a factory, in a box, can or package it is processed.  Now you can still buy some of these foods.  Organic black beans in a can are ok.  Processed-meat (especially the ones I listed above) is a no-no. Read the ingredients. As a rule of thumb, if you can’t read it, don’t eat it! Eat as many whole foods, especially plant sources, as you possibly can!

Stop your toxic diet! Get healthy, be happy and you’ll be the hottest chick on your block!

Now for what I’ve been eating for my 30 day challenge.

Dinner last night: Taco Night.

Smoothie this morning: Berry Banana Smoothie.

What I Eat & Recipes

Over the weekend I spent a lot of time explaining to people what I do for my work and sharing about my blog. I explained many times that I was doing a 30 day challenge for my blog and what it entailed.   And I got so many questions about what I was eating etc, etc. (I was at a graduation party on my fiance’s side and the only vegan thing there.. were carrot sticks and cucumbers haha)

Brett’s (my fiance) aunt was like you should give a meal by meal update so it can be duplicated so we can do it too! This is both awesome and very challenging (for me).  But for the last 6 days of my 30 Day Challenge I am going to do my best to do exactly that, while still sharing some good health info!

Alyssa this is dedicated to you. 🙂

What I Eat… so Far Today

I’m a little smoothied out and running out of fruit, so this morning I moved on over to the juicer! Juicing can be just as good and good for you as smoothies. They’re easier to drink and less filing, but you still get all the same phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Not only that but eliminating some of the fiber makes it easier for your body to absorb into your blood stream! This means quick energy, sort of like you might get from coffee.

Good Morning Delight

3 apples (any kind works)

1/2 a tomato

1 carrot

1 celery stalk

Juice those babies up and viola its a good morning delight! (sorry, I guzzled this bad boy down before I thought to take a picture) Now for my lunch…

Garlicky Asian Quinoa Stir-Fry

I always loved how flavorful the veggie stir fries at Chinese Restaurants are. It took me awhile to come up with a good home-made version. But this is quite delicious and full of flavor. 

This ingredient list looks long, but really its just a lot of different vegetables. You don’t have to use as many as I do.  I generally just take whatever is in my fridge and throw it in.  Use as many or as few as you like.

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp paprika

2/3 c quinoa

1 1/3 c water’

1/2 onion, 1 inch pieces

1 bell pepper (any color), 1 inch pieces

2 carrots, sliced

1 celery stalk, sliced

2 c. mushrooms, quartered

1 Tbsp hoisin

1/2 zucchini, cut lengthwise then sliced

1 ear of corn, taken off the cob

1 c fresh broccoli

3 tbsp rice vinegar

3 clove garlic, pressed/minced

1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated

sea salt to taste

1.  In a sauce pan, add 1 tbsp EVOO. Then add garlic powder, cayenne, and paprika. You want to lightly fry the spices.

2. Add the quinoa and water. (You want to make sure you pre-soak your quinoa for a couple minutes before you cook it otherwise it won’t sprout.) Boil then simmer for 20 minutes with a lid on.

3. Meanwhile in a saute pan add 1 tbsp EVOO, onions, bell pepper, carrots, and celery.  Let them cook down a bit. Then add 1 Tbsp soy sauce and hoisin. Stir

4. Add zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli, and corn.

5.  Mix in the rice vinegar, garlic and ginger. Stir and let cook until vegetables are coated and tender.

6. Lay down the quinoa on a plate and cover with the stir fry veggies. Garnish with fresh green onion if you like and enjoy!

Well my friends writing recipes wears me out! Please enjoy them! Alyssa, do try it. This is an easy-to-get-into-quinoa recipe!

I’ve got some hula-hooping to do and some pampering to do and a whole list of other things I should do as well!

Eat healthy, be happy, and rock  you’re hot body!

Diets Suck

I get my panties in a twist every time people start talking to me about dieting. I don’t eat this. I shouldn’t eat that. That’s not on my diet. I can’t find a diet that works.

THAT’S BECAUSE DIETS DON’T WORK!

AND THEY SUCK!

I work with my clients and just talk to people in general and I’ll give them recommendations of foods to ADD. Yet most still want to take out foods. Restrict foods. Create a list of bad foods.

Restricting foods or being on diets creates bad relationships with food. Trust me I know all about bad relationships when it comes to food. You tell yourself no cookies 10 times, but then the 11th time you eat the cookies, but instead of enjoying your cookie, you scarf it down like the faster you eat it the less likely it’s really happening.  Then, instead of one you have ten! Then you give yourself a hard time about how you suck at dieting and you don’t deserve to be skinny.

See the dilemma here. For every diet/restriction, there is an equal and greater BINGE.  (Funny how I write this in the middle of my 30 day challenge.. I’ll explain the difference)

Getting healthy or loosing weight is a gradual process. You have to slowly learn ways to replace your old food with new food that you love just as much. You have to know why you want to get healthy or why you want to lose weight. You have to appreciate where you’re at right NOW in order to get where you wish to be in the future.

There are some simple tricks. Following blogs can help you with ideas, and working with a health coach can give you the support and the advice you really need.

Tricks- replacing your favorite foods with healthy versions. When I first decided to go vegan… and we can argue about whether meat or dairy are good for you or not, but the truth is plants are good for you no matter what that argument is. So when I first went vegan I took some of my favorite foods and asked myself how I can make a vegan friendly version.

Chicken and noodle soup. Take out chicken, add more veggies. Take out chicken stock, add veggie stock. Take out milk, add soy milk.  Use whole wheat noodles.

Spaghetti.  Take out meat, add more mushrooms and zucchini.

Veggie soups, bean burritos, veggie stir fries. Vegan mashed potatoes- still my comfort food to this day. I could go on and on with things I did.

I bought a vegan ranch dressing. vegan mayo. vegan butter. hummus. salsa. Those 5 things made my life easy.  I wasn’t changing my food that much. I was just eating different versions of the stuff I always liked.

I wasn’t eating lettuce, carrot sticks, and tofu.  I was eating honest to goodness soulful foods. They were hearty and yummy. And I didn’t feel restricted one bit.

If you’re a sweets-loving person. Try this. You can eat whatever sweets you want… as long as you make them yourself- from scratch. I know personally  I will never attempt making oreo cookies from scratch, but strawberry pie- yes.

Diets suck. Diets don’t work. Diets ruin your relationship with food. We want to nourish our bodies, not deprive them.

Kick the diet and start eating!  Eat yourself skinny. I dare you! And remember- Eat healthy, be happy, and strut your hot stuff!

The Best Thing I Ate All Week

The best thing I ate all week…

Fresh peaches! Oh my lanta.  The smell of a ripe peach when you put it to your nose. When you bite into it and the juices are gushing down your face. The juicy peach is making you feel like a kindergartener with a piece of watermelon! I literally had peach juice running down my arms, it was  so juicy!

<I felt like this cute little guy 🙂

If you haven’t eaten a fresh peach in the last week, seriously what are you waiting for?!  🙂

So I found myself saying “best thing I ate all week” after I devoured my first peach in a long time.  I thought to myself why does this sound familiar. Bobby Flay’s show The Best Thing I Ever Ate.  From now on every Friday (my intentions) I will share with you the best thing I ate all week!

Now that I have a new love for peaches, I wanted to know more. Here are some fun facts about the peach.

The Chinese have a saying “longevity peach” because they believed peaches prolonged life.  They may be right. Peaches are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Beta-carotene, lytein, and lycopene are 3 types of anti-oxidants found in peaches (and  they give them they’re pretty color).  So not only are they tasty but with these 3 bad boys, peaches can help prevent cancer, heart disease, and muscular degeneration.  To add to the glory of the peach, Pop-Eye may have done it the hard way.  A peach has almost as much iron as spinach!

Peach or spinach? That’s easy! (Not that I don’t love my greens)

The best thing I ate all week was a big ripe juicy peach! Enjoy, but make sure you have a napkin though! 🙂