sweetpotatolentilfalafel

The greatest thing about finally learning what foods were right for my body and how I could easily incorporate them into my daily lifestyle in delicious and easy ways is being able to look in my fridge and pantry and whip up something for dinner without having to shop for a ton more ingredients and spend hours in the kitchen.

The worst feeling was knowing that I should cook more and eat healthier, but feeling so stressed out, strapped for time and exhausted after a long day, and just staring at my kitchen wishing something would just appear out of thin air…
…and then reaching for the phone to order delivery (Chinese or pizza, Chinese or pizza?)… or eating half of the leftover pad thai from the night before (ok…really more like three nights before.)

Now, I can cook healthy and delicious food more frequently without feeling stressed out. Food that leaves me feeling satisfied, not bloated, and not craving anything more. 

If you want to learn what foods are right for your body, how to easily incorporate them into your daily diet so you can feel lighter, leaner and more energetic every day, and trust in your ability to cook and eat healthy on a consistent basis, I’d love to speak with you.

Just click here for your free 45-minute strategy session.

Here’s one of my newest recipes…Baked Sweet Potato and Lentil Falafels. I know you’re going to love this one! Continue reading


There is a huge misconception when it comes to protein…how much you need and the best ways to get it.

As someone that maintains a vegetarian/dairy-free lifestyle, I often get asked where I get my protein from. And I have a ton of people who are considering venturing to this lifestyle ask me the best ways to fit protein into their diet as well.

So there are three things I’m going to talk about here…

1. How much protein you really need

2. What the best sources are

3. My top 3 favorite brands of plant-based protein powders

How much protein do you need?

Let me first start off by saying, it’s not necessary to eat an excessive amount of protein to reach your health goals. Whether it’s weight loss or toning up, you do need to make sure you’re eating enough protein, but you probably don’t need as much as you think.

With the whole Paleo craze and food brands putting “high protein” across their packaging, I see so many people eating plates upon plates of animal protein and processed foods with small servings of vegetables and grains in the hope they will get lean and mean.

The Journal of the American Medical Association says that the average person 18 years of age and older should consume 0.8g of protein per kilogram of bodyweight. So for a 125lb female, which is roughly 57kg, she should consume 45.6g of protein.

Now, that number might increase a bit if you’re very active and obviously if you’re a professional athlete, but as you can see, you don’t need quite as much as you may have thought and you can easily get your daily amount from a balanced diet. Too much protein can, in fact, stress out your liver and kidneys, creating toxicity in the body, leading to illnesses.

The best sources of protein

So, as I mentioned, there is a common misconception as to what the best sources of protein are. For some reason many people just don’t believe you can get enough of it on a vegetarian or vegan diet. I’m going to prove that wrong with one simple answer. Continue reading


yoga
Three main factors that prevent most people from working out are time, energy and motivation. Even just the thought of going on a run or going to the gym can seem like torture to many.

 

Contrary to popular belief, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to overcoming these obstacles. However, some tried and true techniques that can definitely help are:

 

• Getting adequate sleep (6-8 hours a night)
• Getting clear on why you want to exercise and then setting specific health goals
• Eating foods that are right for your body
• Scheduling workouts into your daily calendar so you feel more accountable and make it a priority
• Focusing more on 20-30 minute high-intensity sweat sessions (HIIT, tabata, etc.) instead of moderate hour-long sessions (great for time efficiency and major calorie burning throughout the day)
• Making healthy changes from a place of positive inspiration, not punishment and guilt

Focusing more on getting healthier, rather than losing weight
• Choosing exercise methods that you actually like (if you hate running, don’t force yourself to do it, experiment with other forms of cardio or try out some new fitness classes)
• Being realistic with how long and how hard you can exercise for if you’re just beginning a routine. If you make drastic changes, you may feel overwhelmed and give up. Start easy and up your routine week by week.
• Paying for classes or a gym membership. Studies have shown that people are less likely to skip a sweat session if they’ve invested money in it.

Many people also find it beneficial to work out with a friend or partner to make sure they are accountable and stay motivated.
However, there are times when it could actually be more beneficial to work out alone…

Continue reading