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How many times have we heard that dieting is not the solution? Yet every new year, hundreds of thousands of us jump on the bandwagon once again saying this time it’s going to work!
Well, I can tell you from years upon years of experience and trial and error, that the best diet is no diet. The best way to be fit and healthy (not stick skinny) is to do what you love, and stop focusing so hard on your weight.
When you eat a Healthy Plant-based diet, eliminate gluten, and keep the sweet stuff to a minimum, your body will naturally find it’s balance. If this has not been your experience even after eating a plant-based (vegan) diet, you may still be eating too many grains, sweets or fried foods.
Do you enjoy waking up early and making a blended cup of steaming organic coffee packed with superfood ingredients like Chaga mushroom powder, stevia, and coconut oil? I do! I find it to be a soul soothing, mind activating and blissful way to start my day. Maybe you like baked goods?
You can still have them by following some of my recipes. Do you enjoy cooking for others? Great there are plenty of awesome recipes that fit that bill too. It’s not about getting away from food, it’s about creating the right foods. Stop eating at restaurants and make your own delicious creations at home.
The idea is to find out what works for you and do that. Don’t limit and restrict, open and enhance. Do you love baked goods but don’t love all the sugar and carbs? Me too! Well, now you can make delicious gluten-free nut butter cookies that taste so amazing and delicious and won’t make you feel guilty or shameful.
There is just something about getting in the kitchen and making something delicious and nourishing that lights me up. It is my creative outlet, much like painting or crafts are for others. What is your creative outlet? No surprisingly, when we engage in activities we love, food and eating become less of a focus.
So don’t shame yourself for loving food, just find the right foods that make you feel satisfied and energized while nourishing you at the same time.Then after feeling nourished, go do something you love to do like writing, art, walking, dancing at home, listening to a guided meditation or put on some good music and clean the house.
These are just a few, out of the many ideas and recipes I have. To dive deeper into the subject, be sure to read my blog on how to eat well on a Plant-Based Diet and check out my recipes page on my website for hundreds of free recipes!
If you want to go even further into expanding your entire outlook on food, dive into one of my online courses and get supported!
~ Professional Chef, Instructor and Detox Counselor at PureJoyAcademy.com, Lifestyle Counselor, Co-owner of Pure Joy Academy and Owner/Director of PureJoyPlanet.com Elaina Love began teaching raw food courses in 1998. She is a pioneer of low-glycemic and gourmet raw foods. She has created some of the recipes and everyday products which are used by professional raw chefs around the planet. Elaina has authored 3 popular recipe books, and is known for her “recipes that work!” In 2010, after 12 years of teaching, Elaina co-founded Pure Joy Culinary Academy. Since the academy opened, she has thoughtfully certified hundreds of students around the world. Each of these proud graduates now knows exactly how to be a raw food chef, and can instruct others around then–with an emphasis on Holistic Nutrition! Elaina has created the online "Raw Chef Certification" available exclusively here at the BodyMind Institute. Visit Elaina Loves' Pure Joy Academy here >
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