Five Sexy Salads for Summer!

Five Sexy Salads for Summer!

Nope, summer is NOT over yet. I will milk it as long as possible and enjoy the Marin County sun as long as it’ll let me. Driving over the bridge into San Francisco, well that’s another story! Just 10 miles north of the city, you’ll find me eating salads on my mini deck that overlooks Mt. Tam. 🙂 My summer has been jam packed with planning a wedding (mine!) and going to weddings (other people’s), not to mention the *daily grind* of meal planning, health coaching, masters thesis-writing, and Pilates teaching. #Ilovemyjobs Though I love traveling, things gets messed up if I get too far out of my exercise and healthy eating routine. For one, my full-blown coffee and sugar addictions seem to creep back in every time I’m away from home for more than a weekend. I eat and drink whatever I want because it’s like my brain thinks being on vacation means “it doesn’t count”… only it does.  Here’s some advice I give my clients. Since we can’t avoid holidays, events, parties, trips, etc. we have to figure out a way to experience life’s pleasures while at the same time creating boundaries for ourselves. It’s all about balance, which is easier said than done. The 85/15 rule is a good one to follow: act healthfully 85% of the time and the other 15% of the time do whatever you want. Seriously, have a bowl of ice cream after dinner, but eat healthy, whole foods the rest of the day and hit up a boot camp class after work. Spend a few days partying in Seattle, then be extra good for the next week and a half. Personally,...
How to make healthy, home cooked meals every night this week (yes, it’s possible!)

How to make healthy, home cooked meals every night this week (yes, it’s possible!)

There’s nothing more frustrating than coming home from a long day of work with a growling stomach, a hangry spouse/roommate/kid and an empty fridge, am I right? It probably happens to you most nights a week, which is why modern marvels like delivery, frozen pizzas, and the Whole Foods hot bar are life savers. Are they really, though? We end up spending tons of money and ingesting loads of excess calories, sugar, fat, and salt when we eat out — especially fast food — or grab packaged foods on the way home from work. “Cooking is probably the most important thing you can do to improve your diet. What matters most is not any particular nutrient, or even any particular food: t’s the act of cooking itself. People who cook eat a healthier diet without giving it a thought. It’s the collapse of home cooking that led directly to the obesity epidemic.” (Who says? Yup, Michael Pollan). As much as it sucks, the truth is we must eat, every day, multiple times a day in fact, and this is a lot of WORK. I can help you make it less work. No, I’m not driving to your house to hand you some home-cooked meals; that’s on you, my friend, but I can at least lessen the burden. Top five tips to ease the process of home cooking 1) Change your mindset.  Seriously, this is step one. Cooking doesn’t have to be a drag every time, but rather an enjoyable event if you’re prepared and have a positive outlook. Just like any skill, it takes practice and some mishaps to get better...
Join me June 1st- 3 Weeks ‘Till Summer SPRING CLEANSE!

Join me June 1st- 3 Weeks ‘Till Summer SPRING CLEANSE!

Has your body been trying to tell you something? Maybe it’s time to listen. Join me on a 2-week whole foods cleanse starting June 1st. Improve your health, repair your digestion, and change your bad eating habits by participating in this guided cleanse. We’ll support each other and make it an enjoyable, effortless two weeks! Why cleanse? Summer is right around the corner! Cleanses are a great way to reset your system, detox, and drop some extra pounds while nourishing your body to the max. This type of cleanse removes common allergens and toxic chemicals from your diet, which will improve the immune system, flush the digestive system, and facilitate healing. Plus, you will develop better eating habits and foster a greater sense of body awareness. What kind of cleanse is it? Whole foods, whole foods, and more whole foods. We’ll be cutting out all types of refined foods, soy, dairy, sugar, gluten, alcohol and coffee (*gasp!) with an optional juice fast at the end. BUT- you’ll be provided with lots of yummy recipes, meal plans and email support. You will never go hungry. Is it safe? Absolutely. For one, refined foods shouldn’t be part of our diet anyway. Because you’re not limiting calories, you’ll have plenty of energy to go about your daily routine, feel alert, and even exercise. It’s important to be mindful that you’re eating enough, drinking a lot of water, and paying attention to symptoms such as food cravings, headaches, or constipation. Troubleshooting some of these problems will be available during the cleanse via email support. How much does it cost? It’s FREE. However, you...
How to get your kids to eat oatmeal (and other breakfast ideas)

How to get your kids to eat oatmeal (and other breakfast ideas)

Breakfast is for champions. It is the most important meal of the day, but not just because it gives you energy and fuels your metabolism (which it does). It’s also important because of what you choose to eat. By skipping breakfast or making poor food choices early on, you might be setting yourself up for failure later in the day. Typical breakfast foods often consist of sugary cereals, sugary yogurt, packaged bars, pastries, and other bread products such as bagel and toast. These, along with a cup of coffee, are quick and easy choices for rushed mornings. However, eating something full of highly refined carbohydrates and sugar, especially on an empty stomach, will cause a dramatic shift in blood sugar levels and leave you with less energy in the long run. Over time, this could disrupt the fragile hormonal balance that allows your metabolic processes to function. In other words, breakfast can help keep your metabolism working at top notch and allow you to lose weight. Another great reason to eat breakfast, especially one that contains protein: it helps prevent sugar cravings later in the day. I urge you to eat a healthy breakfast every morning by planning ahead of time and expanding your perception of what “breakfast” foods are, since many are so unhealthy. Try out some of these new suggestions and it may open your mind to more nutritious possibilities. 10 super-charged [and creative] breakfast options 1) Homemade miso soup with mushrooms, green onion, tofu, and nori 2) Polenta porridge- combine 1/3 cup dry polenta with 1 1/3 cup water, bring to boil and stir until soft and...
Cocoa Covered Almonds and Pumpkin Pie Shakes

Cocoa Covered Almonds and Pumpkin Pie Shakes

Cocoa Covered Almonds (with a KICK!) Ingredients: 2 cups raw almonds 1/4 cup honey 1 tsp. cayenne pepper A pinch of salt 1.5 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder 1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small saucepan, heat honey, cayenne, and salt over medium heat. 2) Stir in the almonds and continue to stir until they are completely coated 3) Spread the coated almonds onto the baking sheet in one layer. Roast in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice to prevent burning. 4) Put the cocoa in a Zip-Lock bag and add the almonds once they have cooled slightly, then shake until almonds are completely coated with cocoa. 5) Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Pumpkin Pie Shake There’s some interesting research about the health benefits of cinnamon. For most of us, this intense aromatic brings back memories of holidays and freshly baked cinnamon rolls. It has long been used for its medicinal qualities and current research shows some success in controlling blood sugar (great for sugarholics and diabetics!), lowering lipid levels, and lowering LDL cholesterol. However, Cassia cinnamon, which is the variety most commonly found in grocery stores, may be toxic at high levels due to a chemical called coumarin. Ceylon cinnamon, a more expensive and harder to find variety, has the same health benefits but contains less coumarin. Cinnamon is great in baked goods, in cereal, and in shakes, but according to the European Food Safety Authority, limit intake to a teaspoon per day. (Real the full article here) Ingredients: Serves 4 1...
The SOY Controversy

The SOY Controversy

Walk down an aisle of almost any grocery store these days, and you will surely be met with numerous products containing soy or soy derivatives. Soy has made it’s way into hundreds of thousands of food and industrial products in the past few decades. Besides corn, I would be hard pressed to think of another crop that has been used to make such a range of products as tofu, ice cream, cupcake liners, tea bags, and glue for cardboard boxes. It’s positively everywhere, and so is the controversy that follows it. Conflicting literature and scientific data leaves most of us just plain confused and annoyed. We ask ourselves, Should I stop drinking soy milk? Is tofu a healthy meat alternative? What about soy protein powder? Believe me, I have asked those same questions and have a hard time knowing who to believe. Crooked food industry politics and flawed studies aside, there are some important take-home messages regarding soy that you as a consumer and health activist should know. Soy: good or bad? First, the facts. Soy is a member of the legume family and is a very versatile plant. Soybeans are relatively higher in protein than other legumes, and also contain all the essential amino acids, which is why soy proponents consider it to be the only vegetable-based “complete” protein. As a whole food, soybeans are high in fiber and healthy fats (lecithin and essential fatty acids omega 6 and 3). Soybeans contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, such as molybdenum, manganese, iron, phosphorous, and vitamin K. For thousands of years, soy has traditionally been used in Asian...
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