Coffee: To Drink or Not To Drink?

You either love, love, LOVE it (I do!), tolerate it as a means to get through the day, or flat-out hate it. You know if you actually like the taste, or if it’s just a thinly-veiled excuse/vehicle to deliver mounds of sugar and cream to your bloodstream. You know how it makes you feel (i.e. your digestion, your appetite, your mental acuity, etc.).

But then you have all the crazy headlines sending you mixed signals, with some that say coffee is great, and the next day that you should avoid it!

And even more confusing, some people can manage to consume coffee on the regular with seeming ease, citing that it’s their super-power elixir that carries them effortlessly through errands, workouts, homework, and more; while there are others who experience a plethora of not-so-super symptoms ranging from jitters, restlessness, anxiety, digestive distress, and counter-intuitive energy lows and sleepiness after one cup.

There is actual science behind why different people react differently to it. It’s a matter of your genetics and how much coffee you’re used to drinking. Continue reading “Coffee: To Drink or Not To Drink?”

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Keep the Stuffing from Leaving You Stuffed: Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

Sometimes those holiday feasts are just amazing.

And it’s not just the abundance of delicious food but also the people, the decorations, and the ambiance.

It is way too easy (and common) to indulge on those days.

But it doesn’t always stop there. Continue reading “Keep the Stuffing from Leaving You Stuffed: Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals”

[Recipe Post] Potlucks on Plants + Italian Stuffed Mushrooms

Navigating holiday food can be hard enough when you’re making a lifestyle change, as those of us who are vegan know intimately well. The same goes for anyone taking on a change for their own health reasons, whether it’s gluten-free, keto, paleo/pegan, anti-candida, etc., etc., etc….

Then there’s the challenge of potlucks and worrying if you’ll find anything to eat that falls within the parameters of your new habits. Cue filling up on grocery-store veggie platters (sans dip), fruit trays, and steamed veggie sides… and when things get dire, lots of chips. It can be pretty easy to fall off the health-wagon in the face of both temptation and minimal “safe” offerings.

So what can you do? My top 3 strategies are: Continue reading “[Recipe Post] Potlucks on Plants + Italian Stuffed Mushrooms”

A Nutritionist’s 5 Favourite Foods for a Healthy Sex Drive (and a Sexy Smoothie Recipe)

I originally wrote this article for TheCoconut.com. It was published on that site on August 1, 2015. The smoothie recipe also appears as the Day 20 recipe in my free LPFL 20-day Fast & Fresh Green Smoothie Challenge.

Let’s face it: healthy sex, whatever that looks like in your intimate relationships, is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle – as much as a clean diet, regular exercise, and stress reduction. Nothing puts a kink in the works (or takes the kink out, as it were) like a slumping sex drive. Fortunately, a lower sex-drive than your normal may be nourished back to a more desirable level by adding some delicious libido-boosting foods into your everyday diet. Continue reading “A Nutritionist’s 5 Favourite Foods for a Healthy Sex Drive (and a Sexy Smoothie Recipe)”

No More Noodles? NO to That!

In my first sessions with clients, I typically ask them, “What food would you be most broken-hearted to find missing from your plan?” The answers, while sometimes surprising, generally range from chocolate and coffee to bread and fruit, but the answer I hear most often is pasta. Continue reading “No More Noodles? NO to That!”

WHAT? I MISSED International Chocolate Day??

I love chocolate. Back in the day I thought it was going to be so hard to be vegan knowing I might never have chocolate again.

BUT then I discovered that it is possible to have compassion for all animals AND eat my sumptuous chocolate cake with velvety ganache frosting too. Continue reading “WHAT? I MISSED International Chocolate Day??”

Recipe Post: Broccoli Chedd’r Mini-Quiches + A Place for Pleasure Foods

Some days you wake up bursting with ideas, and you just have to see them through, or you feel like you’ll actually burst. Today was one of those days.

I’ve always loved the combination of broccoli and cheddar cheese; something I’ve frankly missed since going vegan. I’ve been happy to see an influx of vegan-friendly plant-based cheezes arriving on the market. While they may not all have the most nourishing profile of ingredients, there is something to be said for nourishing nostalgia. Continue reading “Recipe Post: Broccoli Chedd’r Mini-Quiches + A Place for Pleasure Foods”

Fresh Motivation: The Sequel

IMAG0748About a month ago I wrote about summer bringing about fresh motivation. Sadly, motivation ebbs and flows along a spectrum, rushing and receding from day to day. One aspect I’ve continually struggled with is following through with my plans to work out. I’ve gone through a lot of pre-workout energizer (though not entirely wasted – some of that energy was put to good use on my workdays, and aided some epic brainstorming sessions).

Continue reading “Fresh Motivation: The Sequel”

Summer is a Season of Fresh Motivation! Plus: Green Smoothie Challenge Prize Info…

20150620_095339If you’re like me, maybe you find that your creative energy reaches its highest highs when the days are long, bright, and sunny.  And as such, you might find that when the days are short, dark, and cold, your inspiration and sticktoitiveness runs dry.  Maybe it’s all that natural vitamin D, that potent pre-hormone mood-boosting not-really-a-vitamin powerhouse that’s formed in our skin under the right kind of sunlight.  I love that stuff.

Back to summer. Continue reading “Summer is a Season of Fresh Motivation! Plus: Green Smoothie Challenge Prize Info…”