Acai Bowl

I love to make this bowl for breakfast. I'll mix in almond butter or peanut butter sometimes as well. Topping it off with granola is a must, because it adds a nice crunch. Get creative and add as many super foods or fruits as you'd like to on top! These are just a few of my favorites! 

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

Toppings:

Instructions:

1. Blend together all of the acai bowl ingredients in a high speed blender until liquified. You may need to slowly add more almond milk to make the acai mixture a thick creamy consistency. 

2. Add on your toppings, and make your bowl look beautiful! Enjoy! 


This is My Story.

Why do I want to work as a healer? Why do I see food as preventative medicine? Why do I feel so passionately about spreading health and knowledge?

This is my story.

I never had a poor body image growing up. I was a child and lived like a child, care-free. I didn’t compare myself to other people and celebrity news and media scrutiny wasn’t what it is today. I played in my backyard all the time. Played with friends after school, and participated in sports. My parents only let me have soda from time to time, and we never kept it in the house. No candy or products with artifical colorings were allowed in the house either, unless it was a special occasion like a birthday.

Any chance I got to break those rules I did. Why? Because my friends got to eat all those foods, like Fruity Pebbles, Fruit Loops, candy bars, Dunkaroos, and that yogurt that changed colors! I so wanted in on that..I mean “food” that changes colors when you mix it, what kid wouldn’t want that!?

I never associated food with health. I didn’t see food as nourishment either really, I just ate it. Why? Because it tasted good, and if it tasted really good, I ate as much as I could. I was lucky  that my scrawny body wasn’t affected by the amount of sugar and calories I consumed. 

I rememeber in middle school I would have $2.50 to spend on lunch. You know what I would get? Two bags of chips, and a zebra cake, which is a sugary processed pastry. I would switch it up sometimes, and would eat  “real food” like a bagel and cream cheese, or chicken nuggets and french fries. Do any of these options sound nourishing? Or like they have any nutritional value whatsoever? No. This is the reason for the lack of health in this country, its because we aren’t taught properly or fed properly during our most formative years.

My mom and family cooked nourishing home-cooked meals, and would make sure there was always a vegetable on the table. Not like I enjoyed the three pieces of brocolli I was forced to eat before leaving the table, but I ate them.

Whenever I got home from school my best friend Rachel and I would head to the kitchen. We would make microwavable mac and cheese or Ragu, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup (I have no idea if that was actually chicken!) and gorge ourselves with sweets like cookies and brownies. We didn’t gain weight from this, but I’m sure it had some kind of affect on my health, and I’m almost positive it contributed to my acne.

Looking back on my eating habits, I was eating was purely to enjoy food and overeat, not to nourish my body. But I also didn’t know any better. The food pyrimid we were shown in school, displayed carbs, like cereal, pasta, and bread as being the food group you should eat the most of during the day. Now, we are seeing the reprocussions of this. Diabetes, weight gain, inflammatory diseases, gluten-intolerances and allergies, and so much more.  Because we created these habits, and we were told for so long “eating carbs is good for you.” Not knowing it was moreso just great for the companies selling these processed foods.

We are constantly bombared with new food recommendations, new diets, and “right” way of eating cliams. It becomes overwhelming, and the easiet thing for people to do is stick to their current way of eating. Why? Because it has become a habit, a daily routine, a security blanket, and people feel comfortable with what is familiar to them.

I shook up my world, and ended my unhealthy habits, because I just got to the point where I was feeling so unhealthy. I was in college, overeating, stress eating, and feeling tired all the time. When I look back now, It amazes me how 21 year old me felt so unhealthy. Even though I thought I was eating a balanced diet, and I would go to the gym, my health wasn’t balanced. I wasn’t eating many vegatables, I was eating way too big of portions, I wasn’t sleeping enough at night, and when finals came around stress eating took over. It wasn’t healthy or helping me feel better. That’s when I realized I wanted to feel good, and damn it, I deserved to feel good!

I firstly began to research different diets and ways of eating. I noticed that many diets gave people perimiters and guidelines to follow, that’s why they worked so well. Not because of how many calories you ate, but the quality of the food you ate nourished your body.  I ate greek yogurt in the morning with blueberries and granola, I would go to the gym or for a run, and then have sweet potato, eggs, veggies, and avocado for lunch. At night I would have a big salad and maybe some pasta, or chicken and potatoes. In the beginning of my journey I still ate meat, and dairy.

Then as I began to workout more often and eat differently I noticed that I felt the best eating a plant-based diet, rich in whole foods. I didn’t eat animal foods for a while and felt great. I noticed that I had more energy throughout the day, I lost weight, I could see definition in my body from working out, and I felt happier.

During my studies to become a health coach I learned a lot about the dairy industry, and how animals were treated and quality of the food compromised for profit. That’s when I gave up animal products for a while. My skin also benefitted from not eating dairy, and I still avoid it.

My health journey and self discovery will never end. I will keep learning and changing, and that’s a beautiful thing. I think when we can accept ourselves and listen to our bodies and really understand what they need to function and what our bodies crave that’s when we can achieve health.

I feel like a health warrior, fighting for people to open their eyes. Fighting to give other people stregnth, and fighting against corporations that poison our food and people. This is my truth. My story. I hope this inspires yours. 

Heal Your Gut: The Food Combination Diet

It takes a great amount of energy to digest every meal, and your body needs a healthy gut flora in order to do so properly. What happens if your digestion isn’t working properly? The undigested food stays in your digestive tract and isn’t broken down, creating a toxic environment and allowing yeast, viruses, cancer cells, and parasites to grow inside you. Making you more prone to illnesses, causing your blood to be more acidic, and essentially damaging your inner ecosystem.

Food Combing is a way of eating that allows food to be processed and broken down more efficiently. This way of eating also alleviates symptoms of bloating, stomach pains, indigestion, constipation and gas. All digestive related issues. Not only will food combing heal your digestive issues, but it will also help you lose weight. There are many guidelines to follow within this diet. Here is a breakdown of the basics:

1.) Fruits should be eaten alone on an empty stomach and melon should be eaten alone entirely. Fruits digest extremely quickly that by the time they reach your stomach, they are already partially digested. If they are combined with other foods they will rot and ferment in your stomach, which cause bloating and stomach pains. Melons shouldn’t be combined with any other fruits or foods because they will ferment those other foods in your stomach. “Melons are best taken alone because the sugar and other nutriments are in a less stable form than the nutrients of other fruits. It decomposes much more quickly than other fruits. Consequently, if it is held in the stomach awaiting the digestion of other foods, it will decompose (ferment) and cause a great deal of gastric distress.”

2.) Protein and starches should not be eaten together. If you eat proteins and starches together, they tend to neutralize each other and inhibit digestion. The undigested food will then cause your blood to become more acidic. To prevent this from happening, its best to avoid combing proteins and starches including grains like rice and quinoa and starchy vegetables like potatoes in the same meal. Instead, have non-starchy vegetables like leafy greens, and ocean vegetables like seaweed with your protein meals to achieve optimal digestion.

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3.) Fats and oils combine with all foods except fruit, but should be used and eaten sparingly. They won’t inhibit the digestion process, but will slow it down.

4.) Foods digest at different rates, so it’s important to wait for what you ate previously to be digested before eating again. Here are the times to wait between eating foods that don’t combine:

  • Two hours after eating fruit
  • Three hours after eating starches
  • Four hours after eating proteinThis will ease the digestion process, and allow for the food to leave the stomach and reach the intestines before introducing a different food group into your stomach.What are the benefits of following this way of eating, you might be wondering? Well first off, you will avoid feeling bloated and gassy after meals. You also will have more energy, and not feel sluggish after eating. Food is nourishment, and you should feel rejuvenated after eating, not like you want to take a nap. You also will have clearer skin. If you breakout on your forehead a lot, it’s a sign of poor digestion. You also will get rid of constipation and promote a healthy gut flora that will be able to break down food efficiently without harming your body’s ecosystem. Your sleep will improve and you will be able to concentrate more easily throughout the day and think more clearly. I highly recommend incorporating this way of eating to heal your digestive system and digestive symptoms that may be holding your back. You can read about more ways I recommend to improve your digestive health here.

5.) Foods digest at different rates, so it’s important to wait for what you ate previously to be digested before eating again. Here are the times to wait between eating foods that don’t combine: Fats and oils combine with all foods except fruit, but should be used and eaten sparingly. They won’t inhibit the digestion process, but will slow it down.

6.) Protein and starches should not be eaten together. If you eat proteins and starches together, they tend to neutralize each other and inhibit digestion. The undigested food will then cause your blood to become more acidic. To prevent this from happening, its best to avoid combing proteins and starches including grains like rice and quinoa and starchy vegetables like potatoes in the same meal. Instead, have non-starchy vegetables like leafy greens, and ocean vegetables like seaweed with your protein meals to achieve optimal digestion.

7.) Fruits should be eaten alone on an empty stomach and melon should be eaten alone entirely. Fruits digest extremely quickly that by the time they reach your stomach, they are already partially digested. If they are combined with other foods they will rot and ferment in your stomach, which cause bloating and stomach pains. Melons shouldn’t be combined with any other fruits or foods because they will ferment those other foods in your stomach. “Melons are best taken alone because the sugar and other nutriments are in a less stable form than the nutrients of other fruits. It decomposes much more quickly than other fruits. Consequently, if it is held in the stomach awaiting the digestion of other foods, it will decompose (ferment) and cause a great deal of gastric distress.”

  • Two hours after eating fruit
  • Three hours after eating starche
  • Four hours after eating protein
  • This will ease the digestion process, and allow for the food to leave the stomach and reach the intestines before introducing a different food group into your stomach.

What are the benefits of following this way of eating, you might be wondering? Well first off, you will avoid feeling bloated and gassy after meals. You also will have more energy, and not feel sluggish after eating. Food is nourishment, and you should feel rejuvenated after eating, not like you want to take a nap. You also will have clearer skin. If you breakout on your forehead a lot, it’s a sign of poor digestion. You also will get rid of constipation and promote a healthy gut flora that will be able to break down food efficiently without harming your body’s ecosystem. Your sleep will improve and you will be able to concentrate more easily throughout the day and think more clearly. I highly recommend incorporating this way of eating to heal your digestive system and digestive symptoms that may be holding your back. You can read about more ways I recommend to improve your digestive health here.

Live Consciously To Become a Better You

Breathe. Listen to your thoughts, but don’t let them overwhelm and control you.  If you set goals, and achieve mini-goals one by one, you’ll be on track to getting where you want to be in no time. Time doesn’t exist to pressure you. It exists to allow you to become who you want to be. In today’s fast-paced world, where multi-tasking has become second nature, we need to take the time to slow down. We need to realize that we have all the time in the world, and we need to enjoy our journey through life.

Managing stress is a struggle for many, but it’s important that we make the effort to heal these stressors in our life. Not only does stress release a harmful steroid called cortisol in your body, but it also shuts down your immune system. This makes you more susceptible to illnesses and affects your sleep and overall health. When you begin to feel overwhelmed, step away and breathe for five minutes. Meditate. Center yourself, regroup, and go back to where you’re needed. When you let stress take over, that’s when your mind becomes cloudy.

Take time to do the things that make you happy and do activities that are important to you. Surround yourself with people who you can share these positive moments with and make memories with them.

Set mini-goals to achieve your larger overall goal. This will make you feel as though you are making your way to where you want to be, and chipping away at what needs to be done in order to be there. This makes the process more enjoyable, and allows you to sleep peacefully at night, knowing that you’ve checked off a lot of your to-do list.

Try not to rush when eating. Living in a society where people eat on the go, or don’t make time for a proper meal is something that we lack culturally in America. Put love, time, and effort into the meals you cook, because when you or your family eats those meals they will be eating that love and energy. Sitting down and taking time to eat is also important, because it allows you to digest the food properly. When you chew your food and eat slowly, you’re more likely to eat less and feel satisfied. You won’t feel tired and sick from overeating, or have indigestion from rushing and not chewing your food properly.

Listen to your body, when it tells you that it’s had enough to eat, stop eating. When it’s thirsty, drink. And when your body needs more nourishment to keep going, eat a small snack or meal.

Taking the time to live consciously and listening to your body and mind will only bring more clarity to your life. Your decisions will bring you closer to your goals, and you will be able to maintain a stress-free life. You will be more aware and less overwhelmed by what life may throw at you, and the best advice I can give is to enjoy what you have now, in this moment.

This moment you can never rewind to, or go back to. Treasure your struggles and treasure your life, however you define it. You will get to where you want to be. If you see yourself there and know it will happen, and make a conscious positive effort to be there, there’s nothing stopping you. Just don’t forget to live in the moment, and cherish the excitement and challenge of reaching your destination in life. Even when you make it to where you want to be, there will still be another step or goal to achieve. There will always be something else. So why rush through it all?

Enjoy your journey, because no one other than you will be able to experience it.