Raw Till Four: My Five Day Experiment With This Diet

Hello everyone,

I hope that you are having an amazing week!  I am so sorry that it has been so long but I was having some issues with my website.  The problem has been resolved and I am back!!

During my absence, I did some experimenting with a diet called Raw Till 4.  Although I was feeling pretty good prior to this challenge, I was also feeling a bit sluggish.  I had heard that this way of eating increased your energy, so I thought that I would give it a go.

Anyway, here is my video that documents my journey with Raw Till 4.  I explain why I took on this challenge, what I ate and how I felt after 5 days on this plan.  You may be surprised.

Please make sure to subscribe while you are there and let me know what you think.  Have you ever tried eating a raw diet? I would love to hear from you! ❤

The Lyme Interview (part 1)

Hello wonderful people,

I hope that everyone is enjoying this gorgeous day!!!

I am so excited to share a collaboration that I have just finished with Victoria from Lemons ‘N Lyme.  When I was first diagnosed with Lyme, Victoria was one of the first people I met.  She is one of the most genuine people in our community  and her vast knowledge of treatments and Lyme is amazing!  I immediately felt comforted by her story……not to mention that her blog is pretty phenomenal with the delicious recipes for every diet type (vegan, Paleo, you name it!).

Here is the beginning of her story including her symptoms, her treatments, diet, detox and so much more.  We will release part 2 of the interview next week.

I hope that you enjoy it and that just maybe you will learn something new about Lyme Disease.

 

Why I Became Vegan (for the final time!)

 

 

Something that has always been a struggle for me is finding a good mix between my diet and my HUGE compassion for animals. I would turn to a vegan diet and then freak out about the lack of protein with my active lifestyle (I have now learned that vegans can absolutely get all of the protein they need).

There were definitely moments and lately, a huge turning point in my life that lead me to kick meat out of my diet for good. Check out what these moments were and “Why I Became Vegan (for the final time!)” in the video below.

 

 

*I would LOVE to hear from you. Have you ever considered a vegan diet? And if you are vegan, what was the turning point for you?

Vegetable Medley Coleslaw

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Part of my treatment was to eliminate some of the foods that I loved and I wondered, “what am I going to eat now?” I am a creature of habit and have been eating the same lunch and afternoon snack for about a year (No wonder my body felt so fatigued, it wasn’t getting the nutrients from a wonderful variety of foods)!

Layla and I came up with this delicious side dish (and I am trying hard not to let her just eat all of it). I should state that I am not a chef! I also don’t tend to measure, so go ahead and put in as much of each vegetable as your palette desires:)

-Green cabbage (I did half of a head)

-Rainbow carrots

-Fresh mint (I used about 6 leaves)

-Parsley

-Green Onion

-Hemp seeds

-Zucchini (I used zoodles cut with our veggie spiralizer)

-Apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste

*It would probably be delicious with some lemon juice added as well, but they are on my “NO” list.

*Also, this recipe is great on a toasted brown rice tortilla with a little bit of vegan mayonnaise.

Enjoy 🙂

My Struggle with Being Perfectly Imperfect

For those of you who have been following my blog for the past year (thank you very much!), this post may look a little familiar to you.  It is something that I wrote last year after struggling from severe body image issues.  As bathing suit season quickly approaches, I find myself feeling this way again and I think it is important to share with you.  Please comment below if you have ever felt this way. I’d love to hear from you.

My Struggle with Being Perfectly Imperfect

It wasn’t until late last year when I realized that I was sick. No, I wasn’t sick in the way that most people would describe sickness. I didn’t have the flu, a cold, strep throat, or cancer. Instead, I was plagued with the sickness of hating my body!

I have had clients say to me that I am “lucky that I have never been fat or had to deal with body image issues” and I have wanted to scream from the rooftop about the years of calorie counting, obsessing and constant working out. They were right, I have never been “fat”, at least not to anyone else’s standards (although I did gain the “freshman fifteen” after graduating from college). However, there have been many times where I would look in the mirror and see a fat person, a person who wasn’t good enough.

I guess it all began in my teen years (let me preface this by saying that I have the most wonderful, supportive and loving parents and none of this was because of them. I completely blame it on the media’s portrayal of what a woman should look and be like). In high school I was a cheerleader and later became a dancer in my college years. I remember even then, at a size 0, thinking that I wasn’t thin enough. I would dance all day and still do crunches during every commercial break to get those “perfect” abs. My stomach was never flat enough, my thighs were never small enough.

My illness was only exasperated into my adult years as I became a personal trainer, got engaged and began planning for my wedding. At this point I was working out twice a day and eating about 500 calories. I would be in a class at the gym, going on my second hour of exercise, and shaking terribly. I had constant headaches and fatigue (not to mention the candida and leaky gut that followed for years to come). I didn’t care. I was going to be “perfect” for my wedding. The day that I got my dress altered the seamstress said to me that I had “the smallest waist she had ever seen” and that she was going to have to take in my Barbie Doll wedding dress even more. At the time, I thought this was the greatest compliment that I had ever heard. Little did I know that my body was crying for help.

The constant body image issues only continued throughout my career. Being a fitness professional can be brutally hard on your ego, especially when comparing yourself to every air-brushed beauty on fitness videos or magazines. There have been times where I haven’t wanted to film a video because I wasn’t skinny enough and crazy enough, there were times where I wouldn’t even buy workout clothes because I wanted to have the “perfect” figure first (are you kidding me?! To buy workout clothes?!). When I didn’t sleep for three weeks before my website photo shoot because I was obsessing over my weight, the carbs that I would eliminate from my diet and how I could make my abs look chiseled, I knew that I had a serious problem! This was when I decided to change my life.

It was finally during the last few months when I realized something (light bulb moment)…..no one is perfect!!! Every flaw of ours makes us unique, special, beautiful and imperfectly you. I am done with feeling like I cannot share my gifts because I’m not what media thinks I should be. Sure, I would love to have a 6 pack, a great butt, a perfect smile, grow a foot taller or erase the bags under my eyes. However, all of my imperfections make me who I am! Can you imagine a world where everyone was cookie cutterly (is that a word?) perfect?! How boring would life be?

So, let’s take a stand! Let’s love ourselves not despite our flaws but for our flaws. No more calorie counting. No more dieting. No more excessive exercise. No more missed opportunities. Let’s workout and eat right to be healthy and happy. Let’s decide that it’s enough to be #perfectlyme!!!

 

Asparagus with a Twist

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I don’t know about you all but as much as I love vegetables, sometimes I can get a bit bored with the same ol’ meals. Here is a slight twist on asparagus and it only takes 3 ingredients (okay, five if you count salt and pepper)!! 🙂

Ingredients:

-half bunch of asparagus

-bread crumbs (I used gluten free)

-Vegenaise (or other vegan mayonnaise)

-salt and pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Wash and dry asparagus. Cut the ends off.
  3. Take a spoonful of Vegenaise and spread it on a flat surface (plate, cutting board, etc.)
  4. Pour some bread crumbs on a separate plate or paper towel.
  5. Roll each asparagus in the Vegenaise, followed by the bread crumbs. Be sure to cover the entire surface.
  6. Place the asparagus on a greased baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper (if desired).
  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  8. Serve warm and enjoy!!!

 

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