Valentine’s Day Party at Whole Foods Market Brentwood – So Much Fun!

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I had so much fun making healthy Valentine’s Day treats at Whole Foods Market Brentwood – yum!

 

Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us at Whole Foods Market in Brentwood for a fun day filled with awesome music, yummy food samples from various vendors, and delicious strawberries covered in chocolate, coconut shreds, and almonds! I have partnered with Whole Foods Market Brentwood and Whole Foods Market West LA and will be giving monthly workshops at each location. For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to be sure to have delicious, healthy treats that everyone could enjoy. We used Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which are vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free and so rich! I had a blast cheering on the participants of the LA Marathon, connecting with members of the Brentwood community, and spreading the chocolate-covered strawberry goodness!

My next workshop will be on Monday, March 21st at 6:00 PM at Whole Foods Market West LA where I will be talking about health eating for glowing skin. I will be giving the same workshop on Tuesday, March 22nd at Whole Foods Market Brentwood, so be sure to join us at either location! Come learn about which foods will give you gorgeous skin vs. which ones should be avoided because they wreak havoc on your health. Sample nutritious smoothies, meet like-minded people, and be part of a fun, interactive workshop. I hope to see you there! And thanks again to everyone who joined us in Brentwood yesterday!

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How YUMMY does this look? It’s so easy to make, too!

 

New Year’s Workshop Was a Success!

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On January 30th I hosted a New Year’s workshop at One Roof in Venice Beach. I am so pleased to share that the workshop was a success! I wanted to provide women with the time and space that they needed to relax, reflect, set an intention for the way that they want to live their lives, and come up with a plan to reach each and every one of their goals.

We spent the day talking about what we want our lives to look like and we tapped into our heart’s deepest desires. We wrote in our journals, created plans for our goals, made vision boards to help our dreams become a reality, meditated, ate delicious plant-based foods, and took part in an interactive talk that I lead. It was incredibly touching to see so many women come together, open up about their fears and desires, bond, support one another, and know that they are not alone in their joys and frustrations.

I am excited to share that I will definitely be putting together more workshops in the future, so please stay tuned!

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It turned out to be a nice morning/afternoon, so we decided to sit outside. Here are the women creating vision boards.

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Like the retreat that I hosted in October, we ended up having lots of mother/daughter duos at the workshop! Here are JoAnn and Monica, sharing their vision boards. JoAnn is working on finding balance in her life and making more time for herself. Monica recently got married – congratulations, Monica! She and her husband Ted would like to start a family soon and they are thinking that Monica should try to get pregnant by the end of the year. Because of this, Monica wants to eat healthier and stay active so she can be in the best shape of her life when she gets pregnant and so that she can also pass on good eating/living habits to her future child(ren). I can’t wait to learn more, Monica!

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Lynne-Anne created a great vision board that covers the four main aspects of her life. In each corner of her vision board are the letters “LOVE” because everything she does is surrounded by love. I love this, Lynne-Anne!

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Here is Lynne-Anne with her mom, Ruth. Ruth is retired and wanting to enjoy her life and play more. She has an adorable cat that cuddles with her, so you’ll notice the two kitties on her vision board :).

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Gwenna created four vision boards! She’d like to do things fully so she is working on giving everything that she does 100% of her effort. She wants to see things through to the end. She is also working on getting fit and eating healthily. I can’t wait for updates on your health journey, Gwenna!

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Elizabeth created two vision boards :).

NicoleVisionBoard

Nicole has been wanting to go on a cruise to Alaska with her husband so you’ll notice that she has a picture of a cruise on the top left corner of her vision board. She also wants to be authentic; she has a top-level position at her company where she is not only the youngest employee, but she’s also the only woman and the only minority. Though she is required to dress professionally and “be polished” at work, with her hair straightened, she sees her true self as rocking an afro, smiling, and wearing a dashiki, which she does on weekends :).

VirginiaVisionBoard

You may have noticed Virginia from my last retreat – I love Virginia! She has such a warm, fun energy and she’s always open to attending these workshops and tapping into her true self. As a mom, daughter, and teacher, she is working on saying “no” more often so that she can say “yes” to herself. It’s taking some time, but I am so proud of her for finally prioritizing self-care!

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Pam is retired and loving life! She is traveling and taking the time to enjoy herself and her family. There may be something else that she wants to pursue in life, so with some encouragement from her daughter Nicole, we’ll see what life has in store for Pam!

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Here I am with the lovely women who attended this special workshop. It was a beautiful day and I truly enjoyed my time with them. Thank you, ladies!

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Here are the women with their vision boards. Great job, ladies!

GettingReadytoMeditateWorkshopThe women are getting ready to meditate!

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Lynne-Anne took a picture of me preparing the women for our meditation. I had no idea she was taking pictures!

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We went over the mantra before we meditated.

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Getting ready to meditate!

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I always love spending time with women and helping them reach their goals and live a life filled with love, abundance, and self-care. Please join me for my next workshop!

Vegan Golden Milk

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On my amazing yoga retreat in Kaua’i, we drank yogi tea and golden milk. I’ve had yogi tea before, but I was surprised at how delicious and comforting golden milk is so I couldn’t wait to come home and make it myself. My friend hasn’t sent me the recipe yet, so I decided to recreate it and it’s delicious!

Golden milk is not only yummy, it’s also really good for you. The key ingredient is turmeric, which is a very healthy, anti-inflammatory spice that can be sprinkled on vegetables, tofu scrambles, rice, and it can also be used to make an incredibly soothing vegan drink. This process is simple and thanks to the other spices that I added, the health benefits of this drink are phenomenal. This milk is sure to keep you healthy and happy, especially when it’s cold outside or when you’re feeling like you need some healing comfort. Turmeric is particularly helpful if you have any aches or pains, or are currently trying to heal from an auto-immune disorder. It’s important to use a plant-based milk for this recipe as dairy is inflammatory and will not be helpful in keeping you healthy – in fact, it will increase inflammation in your body, which we do not want.

Feel free to adjust the recipe to your liking and enjoy!

Ingredients:

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

2 cups organic almond milk (or a plant-based milk of your choice)

1 heaping teaspoon turmeric

2 whole cloves

4 whole peppercorns

1 cinnamon stick

Ground cinnamon to sprinkle on top of your drink (optional)

Fresh, grated ginger (optional)

Instructions:

Add all of the ingredients to a pot, stir, bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure that the turmeric is blended well. Add ground cinnamon to each glass and enjoy!

Your Healthy Happy Getaway: An All Day Retreat for Women On the Go

ChristinaTanios

Imagine if you could spend a day learning how to create the lifestyle that you’ve always wanted, so that you can enjoy the health and happiness that you deserve.

On this all-women’s retreat, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing.

If you feel stressed out, exhausted, overwhelmed, and are struggling to find the time and energy to keep up with your busy life – you’re not alone. And, it’s not your fault. We all have so many commitments and obligations; it’s easy to see why we often neglect our wants and needs. But on this retreat we will learn how to manage stress, decompress, love ourselves, and prioritize our mental/physical/emotional/spiritual well-being.

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We’ll have the day to do yoga, meditate, create vision boards, write positive affirmations, eat delicious plant-based food, listen to a nutrition workshop, and more. We’ll create an intention for the way we want to live our lives and we’ll learn how to carve out the time and space we need to live our dreams. We’ll finally be able to tend to ourselves, instead of constantly putting everyone else first.

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If you want to:

  • Relax, Recharge, Refresh
  • Be in the company of amazing women
  • De-stress and decompress
  • Do yoga and meditate
  • Receive a FREE mini massage from Takahashi Chiropractic while you are attending the retreat
  • Attend a workshop filled with information on how to be healthy, happy, and at peace with your body
  • Create a vision board that will make your dreams a reality
  • Be surrounded by nature in all its beauty
  • Eat delicious food catered by Pretty, Healthy Foods

Then this retreat is for you!

In order to ensure your continued health and happiness you will leave with:

  • A free one hour consultation with me (a $125 value)
  • A bundle of beautiful sage
  • A massage certificate for $29 from Takahashi Chiropractic
  • A free initial consultation with Brandon Takahashi at Takahashi Chiropractic
  • Organic, natural skin care from Zatik
  • Your new vision board
  • A sense of calm, peace, and tranquility
  • A deeper love for yourself
  • A community of women who share your wants and needs
  • Energy to fulfill your purpose in life

Join us on Saturday, October 10th, 2015 (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) in beautiful Temescal Canyon for the relaxing getaway you’ve earned. Space is limited so reserve this experience today by clicking the link below, which includes a reserved parking spot for the day!




Don’t need a parking spot – want to park on the street instead? Click below.




Your relaxing retreat awaits. I am excited to see you soon! Namaste.

 

 

 

Get This Must-Have Beauty Bag Now!

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It’s Beauty Week at Whole Foods and now is the time to stock up on body care essentials. From March 20 – 22, you’ll save 25% off facial care products – wow! I love that Whole Foods cares about our health, and as such, they do not sell any items that contain these dangerous toxins. I talk about eating a whole foods, plant-based diet with as many organic foods as possible, and I am also passionate about using high quality, organic, cruelty-free, non-toxic products on my skin. Our skin absorbs everything that we put on it, so it’s important that we read labels and look for items that are free of toxins. I also prefer to buy products that are cruelty-free and have not been tested on animals. It’s not fair for animals to suffer just so we can learn what we already know: toxic chemicals are dangerous and should be avoided. Why do bunnies need to go blind for this? They don’t! Pick up cruelty-free, non-toxic items like the ones in this Beauty Bag and be kind to yourself, animals, and the environment :).

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I went to Whole Foods this morning and picked up the Beauty Bag featured at the top of this post and I love it! The retail value of the bag is $60 but they’re selling it for just $18. I have already tried the Pacifica Naturals Lip Tint and it’s heavenly! It tastes and smells like vanilla and it has a very light pink tint. I will definitely buy this when I run out. Since the entire Beauty Bag is on sale right now for $18 and this Lip Tint alone is $7, I definitely feel like this is an amazing deal. This Lip Tint is 100% vegan, cruelty and paraben-free. A portion of proceeds support clean water, which is wonderful.

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I washed my face and applied this derma e microdermabrasion scrub ($29.25 – on sale) and it’s amazing! As you all know, I have my go-to exfoliator, but I truly enjoyed this scrub. It’s a gentle way to exfoliate your skin and I truly felt like it left my skin feeling clean and soft. I can’t wait to use it again! The microdermabrasion scrub that came in the Beauty Bag is 1/2 oz, while the one sold in stores and online is 2 oz. This microdermabrasion scrub is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free :).

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After I exfoliated with the derma e scrub, I put on this Trilogy Moisturising Cream  ($44.00). The cream that came in the Beauty Bag is 35 ml, as opposed to the 50 ml tube that’s typically sold in stores and on their site. I usually use Organic Coconut Oil as a moisturizer, so it’ll be great to try something new for a while. This moisturizer works well and has marula and orange flower. I love that it feels light and I did notice that it hydrated my skin well. Like all of the products in the Beauty Bag, this moisturizer is cruelty-free. It’s also made with delicious, organic ingredients. You can read about Trilogy’s inspiring philosophy here.

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I have been a fan of Gabriel Cosmetics for a while, so I was thrilled to learn that there would be a Gabriel mascara ($15.20) in the Beauty Bag! I love that their products are vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic. I recently purchased two amazing nail colors from them, so I will have to share pictures with you all!

AcureFacialMask

I haven’t tried this Acure Facial Mask ($15.99), but I can’t wait until I do! This is a cell stimulating facial mask that contains argan stem cell and chlorella growth factor. The instructions on the back of the tube say, “apply evenly over the face until you look like a green sea-monster” – ha! I’ll admit that the only face masks that I have tried have been made at home with avocado – and they were great! I’ll have to update you all after I try this, but I am loving that it is vegan, sulfate-free, cruelty-free, paraben free, silicone-free, gluten-free, and synthetic fragrance free!

PacificaEyeShadow

The Beauty Bag either comes with Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint or a sample of their eyeshadow. Since I went with my mom, we were able to try both. The eyeshadow that came in my mom’s bag is Unicorn/Moonbeam. It’s 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without FD&C color, parabens, and petroleum. A portion of the proceeds that they make from their sales support clean water. Wow! I love companies that are good for me, animals, and the environment.

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The last product in the Beauty Bag is a sample of Giovanni’s 2chic Ultra-Repair Shampoo ($8.99). It’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free. It also contains blackberry and coconut. There are no parabens or lauryl/laureth sulfate, which is awesome. I haven’t used it yet, but I just smelled it and it smells incredible! I’ve been using Aubrey Organics Shampoo and Conditioner, but maybe I’ll love this and make a switch. I’ll probably stick to my Aubrey Organics Conditioner, because it’s amazing. I love putting it on the tips of my hair so that my hair will stay long and healthy.

There you have it! Hurry to your nearest Whole Foods and get your Beauty Bag now!

What Are You Waiting For? Reach Your Health Goals Now!

ChristinaTanios

In my time working as a Nutritional Consultant, I have helped people lose weight, lower their cholesterol levels, lower their blood pressure, reduce their blood glucose levels, manage their stress, get clear skin, sleep soundly at night, and much more. I am currently working with a vegan endurance athlete who wants to make sure that she is nourishing her body with healthy food. I have helped, and am continuing to help people transition to a healthy plant-based diet. And I love what I do! If you need help reaching your health and wellness goals, I am here for you.

I truly enjoy working with people and watching them know that health and happiness are within their reach. I have listened to my clients thank me for supporting them and teaching them what I know about leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I would love to do the same for you. Stop putting off your health goals. You can lose weight and get healthy now. There’s no time like the present to take charge of your life. Contact me for a FREE initial consultation and let’s get you started!

Still not convinced? Read what others have to say about working with me. I am looking forward to being a part of your health and wellness journey!

Renew, Refresh, and Revitalize Your Life with a Spring Cleanse!


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{Photo taken at the Larchmont Farmers’ Market – these berries are always delicious!}

Since spring is just around the corner (March 20th to be exact!), now is a great time to do some spring cleaning. Here are some areas of my life that I enjoy organizing, lightening, and cleansing during the spring season.

My Home

I enjoy going through my belongings and my living space and deciding what I can throw away, donate, or recycle. I actually like to do this fairly frequently, but if you don’t, spring is the perfect time to get rid of anything that is unnecessary. Trust me, it will feel amazing to have a cleaner, lighter space to live. I love the energy of a clean room! And speaking of a clean room, I think it’s a great idea to have at least one plant in your home. Lots of plants can detoxify your home, so I recommend doing a little bit of searching and deciding what plant you can pick up for your home. Be sure to share what you settle on!

My Plate

I love to eat foods that are in season. A great way to figure out what foods are local and in season is to visit a farmers’ market. Since I am in Los Angeles, I love picking up fresh berries, greens, and other fruits and vegetables from the farmers’ market. Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy lighter foods and shift away from the heavier foods that we were enjoying during the winter. If the weather is still cold where you are, consider making a vegetable broth with the remains of the vegetables that you use throughout the week. My friend Tina makes a delicious vegetable broth and it’s so simple! Here’s what to do: when you’re cooking, you can keep the parts of vegetables that you’d otherwise throw away, and store them in a container in the refrigerator until you have enough to make a broth. Some vegetables/herbs to consider using are: celery, carrots, onions, cabbage, mushrooms, green beans, broccoli, scallions, cilantro, thyme, and oregano. When you have enough to make a broth, fill a large pot with your vegetables, herbs, and water, bring to a boil, and let simmer for about 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Strain, keep this broth in your refrigerator, and add fresh vegetables, organic tofu, and a healthy whole grain such as quinoa to enjoy when it’s cold.

If the weather is warm, start making smoothies! If you know me, you know how much I love to start my day with a smoothie, especially during the spring and summer. Take a look at my recipes and choose from your favorites :).

My Body

For the past few years, I have always enjoyed doing a spring cleanse. I love it! The feeling of being on a cleanse and nourishing my body is amazing. Of course I try to eat as healthily as possible year-round, but spring is an especially wonderful time to detox. Did you know that sprouts are detoxifying and they are widely available during the spring? Nature is telling us to do some cleansing :) If you are wanting to slim down, recharge, and give your metabolism a boost, you have to sign up for this amazing detox! You’ll enjoy lots of delicious recipes as you lose weight, get clear skin, reduce your toxic load, gain energy, and much more. Many people have tried this detox and loved it. It’s your turn to be one of those people! What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

I recommend getting massages. I love massages and have promised myself to do a better job of getting them more regularly. I also enjoy taking baths. If you have access to a tub, fill it with some Epsom salt, which has lots of magnesium and is easily absorbed by your body while you’re taking a bath. Magnesium is an essential mineral and will help you heal, feel relaxed, and help with sore joints, aches, pains, and more. Try it!

Show your body you care by moving! Find an activity you love and enjoy it often. As you increase your physical activity levels, be sure to stay hydrated. I have lots of clients who tell me that they hate drinking water! Since there’s no way around drinking water, you may want to add these fruits, vegetables, and herbs to your water to give it some flavor. There aren’t any added sugars in these suggestions, just yummy goodness! Try any one or more of these combinations and let me know what you think:

Watermelon/Basil

Strawberry/Mint

Lemon/Mint

Cucumber/Lemon

Raspberry/Mint

Blueberry/Basil

My Kitchen

Another great place to do some spring cleaning is your kitchen. Do you know what’s been sitting in your pantry? Do you have anything that you can donate to a local homeless shelter? Go through your processed items and make a conscious effort to eat healthier foods. Things that I have in my pantry are: canned beans, whole grains, tomato sauce, and pasta. Make room for these healthy options, but try to eliminate processed junk, such as chips, cookies, soda, etc. 

My Life

As the seasons change, I contemplate what’s going well in my life and what’s not. Where can I improve? Am I happy with my relationships? Can my finances use some help? Am I involved in my community? Am I doing a good job of helping others? I encourage you to take some time out for yourself and consider what your goals, hopes, and dreams are – and make a plan for how you’d like to accomplish these wonderful things in your life. My friend Rachel once reminded me that the journey of a 1,000 miles starts with a single step. I encourage you to remember these words as you make plans for yourself so you can know that your goals are within reach, even if it seems like it will take lots of time, effort, and patience to reach them. Trust yourself.

I also think that I’ll make another vision board this spring. I have tons of magazines and extra boards that I can use. I may even get a prettier board if I’m up for it :). If you’ve never made a vision board before, you should try it! It’s lots of fun and it’s just another way to put your dreams/goals in front of you.

How are you celebrating spring? Do you have any recipes that you’d like to share? Let us know! As always, if you want to work with a Nutritional Consultant, I am here for you. Contact me for your FREE initial consultation!

The Best Vegan Chili!

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A few nights ago, I was thinking that I really wanted to make a batch of vegan chili. I didn’t look up any recipes, but I knew that I had a few key ingredients at home that I could throw together. I have made some truly delicious food in my day, but even I could not have predicted how much I would love this new chili recipe! It’s amazing! I’ve made it twice so far and know that this will remain a go-to for me. It will be especially delicious on a cold day. Try it and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, GMO-Free

1 medium sized onion

3 medium sized organic carrots

1/2 bag Beyond Meat Fiesty Crumbles

1 15 oz. can organic kidney beans (you may also use dry beans)

1 15 oz. can organic white kidney beans (or beans of your choice)

1/2 -3/4 cup organic tomato sauce

Water

Salt, pepper, and allspice to taste

Heat a few tablespoons of water in a pot and then add the onion. Stir until the onion is translucent. I like to add a bit of ground pepper to the onion, but it’s up to you. Add the Beyond Meat and stir for at least 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce. You can choose whether you’d like to add 1/2 cup or more of tomato sauce. Let the mixture thicken. Add salt, pepper, and allspice to taste. Since the Beyond Meat is already seasoned, you don’t have to add much. Add carrots and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add the beans and bring everything to a boil. Let the chili simmer for at least 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy with whole grain bread, crackers, veggie scoops, chopped vegetables, or just a spoon!

Show Your Heart You Care

Eat Red for a Healthy Heart!

A special thank you to PCRM for this great information!

February is American Heart Month! Since heart disease remains the #1 killer in America, it’s imperative that we all learn how to protect our hearts by making simple, lasting lifestyle changes that can save our lives. A plant-based diet has been shown to treat and even reverse heart disease in adults and children alike. If you need help transitioning to a plant-based diet, I’d love to help. Many of my clients have successfully adopted a plant-based diet and seen remarkable results, including: weight loss, lower cholesterol, lower blood glucose levels, lower blood pressure, better sleep, increased energy, clearer skin, and much more.

Whether you adopt a 100% plant-based diet or not, it’s important that you eat enough fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Take a look at the photo on the top of the page and be sure to include these foods in your diet as best as you can. Since cardiovascular disease (CVD) can be prevented and even reversed, we know that we can save many lives, just by sharing this information with others, and helping each other make positive changes to our diet and lifestyle.

Facts on CVD:

  • Costs the US $108.9 billion each year, including the cost of medications, lost productivity, and health care services.
  • According to the CDC, “about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.”
  • Many CVD deaths can be prevented through simple lifestyle changes – wow!

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology studied 20, 721 men over the course of 11 years and determined that by doing these 5 things, these men lowered their risk of having a heart attack by 86%, as compared to those men who did not enjoy this diet and lifestyle:

  • Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes
  • Getting enough exercise – a brisk walk 30 minutes a day is a great start :)
  • Not smoking
  • Limiting alcohol intake
  • Reducing belly fat

Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

It’s important to know what your blood pressure and cholesterol levels are; if you have high blood pressure, it’s crucial that you work to keep your blood pressure under control. A healthy diet that includes whole, plant-based foods and contains a minimal amount of processed junk and animal foods will help to keep your blood pressure normal. Since cholesterol is only found in animals and their by-products, making a switch to a plant-based diet will help improve your cholesterol levels.

Manage Your Stress

I also believe that it’s important for us to reduce our stress levels. One of the ways that we can keep our stress levels low is by exercising! Find an activity you love and enjoy it :). This can be walking, biking, hiking, running, yoga, jogging, swimming, dancing – whatever you love, do it, and do it often. Another way to keep stress at bay is by meditating. I always feel instantly calmer, happier, and more grounded when I meditate. Be sure to surround yourself with people you love, who support and cherish you. There’s such beauty in friends and family who make your heart happy – nurture these people and the relationships that you have with them. If you are creative, express your creativity. Find a career that encourages you to share your talents with the world. Do what you love and you will feel fulfilled. As always, be grateful for what you have, and be compassionate towards others.

I know that the statistics on CVD can be frightening, but the good news is that we can keep our hearts healthy by enjoying a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes (eat your beans!). We also need to find an activity that we love and keep stress levels low by exercising, meditating, and developing positive relationships with people we love. Be healthy and happy!

Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner; as we gather with friends and family, let’s remember to be grateful for all of the wonderful blessings that we have in our lives. The holidays are a great time to appreciate everything that we have in life. And of course they’re also the perfect time to enjoy lots of delicious food together! Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving foods that I hope you’ll try. Whether you’re having a 100% plant-based meal or just want to add some of these dishes, I encourage you to try something new this year. Enjoy <3.

Gardein Holiday Roast

Here’s a Gardein Holiday Roast. I actually prefer this to the Tofurky roast that I’ve had in the past. It’s easier to cook, too. All you have to do is put it in the oven for 60-70 minutes. It comes with two packets of gravy, so you can use one for the roast and one for mashed potatoes. Try it!

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes

In addition to mashed potatoes, I often roast sweet potatoes. Sometimes I add organic cherry tomatoes when I’m roasting them, but this year I will add cinnamon, a bit of coconut oil, and some chopped nuts at the end. If you’re a fan of raisins and nutmeg, you can add those as well. If you’re going oil-free, skip the coconut oil :).

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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

A Shepherd’s pie is also a great addition to a Thanksgiving meal. This one is easy to make and absolutely delicious!

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Sautéed Green Beans

Green beans always make an appearance for Thanksgiving at my house. This is a simple recipe that doesn’t take much time to prepare and cook. And it’s yummy!

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are delicious, but be sure not to overcook them. Here’s a great recipe that I enjoy. You can make quinoa or you can enjoy the green beans and Brussels sprouts with mashed potatoes – yum!

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Vegan Tomato Basil Soup

I would recommend having a warm soup to enjoy with your meal, as well as some fresh salad. Here’s a recipe for a delicious tomato basil soup that I love. I like it better with coconut milk instead of a potato, so grab some coconut milk while you’re out shopping!

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Dessert

I may save the sweet potatoes to enjoy for dessert. Or I may pick up a slice of vegan pie from Native Foods in Culver City – we’ll see! Whatever you end up making for Thanksgiving, enjoy it! Have a wonderful time with your family and friends and remember to keep these tips for not overeating on Thanksgiving handy! Here’s to your health and happiness! Xo