Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Zoodles, Sauce and My First YouTube Video!

I went totally out of my comfort zone on this one.

Not only did we make a video in my kitchen while Chef AJ was in Cleveland last week, I was in charge of the technology to make that happen.

Pretty funny.

But I really wanted to have this conversation about questions that I had about her Ultimate Weight Loss Program with AJ, and I wanted you guys to be able to be a part of that.

AJ insisted that we cook something as well, so I suggested that we make one of my all time favorite Chef AJ recipes--her raw marinara sauce--because I knew that I wanted to serve it over zoodles (zucchini noodles) at the pot luck that was happening just a few hours after this video was made. Not only that, I wanted to use the raw marinara sauce on some Sweet Potato Pizzas, which ended up being the hit of the pot luck!

Sweet Potato Crust Pizzas

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Create Chopped Salads Like a Chef

Sometimes I get really excited about a new idea (or at least new to me) and then after a short time having fun with it I lose interest.

Not so with my new friend, the chopped salad. 

The perfect low calorie, high volume, Vegan weight loss food.

I was reacquainted with chopped salads a little over two months ago when I stayed with Chef AJ, having had many of them when I lived in LA twenty years ago. She showed me how easy it is to throw them together as a last minute meal, and as soon as I tasted how amazing it was, I knew I would buy that Ulu mezzaluna knife as soon as I got off the plane at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

And I did.

I made a few chopped salads.

And a few more.

Now they're part of my weekly food prep routine.

I crave my chopped salads.

Making them is just too easy if you follow this formula that I'm going to share with you today.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The 2Forks Food Conference Recap

My veggies for breakfast this morning, in honor of The Esslesyn's love affair with kale.

I cried as I drove away from the airport.


I had just dropped Chef AJ and Darshana Thacker (Forks over Knives chef/author) off to fly home to LA. As I was on my way home the tears started to flow.

What the heck had I just experienced that was so moving?

Friday, September 11, 2015

Food Porn and Other No-nos for a Food Addict

I have made some key changes in my life that do seem to have contributed very positively to my weight loss, and three of those changes all relate to this mysterious and powerful chemical called dopamine.

The first change, learning to say "no", ended up being such a long blog post that I thought I'd better save the next three tips for their own blog post. Plus, the next three are all so related to one another, you could say that they are really one tip. and that tip is:

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Four Key Changes I Needed to Make in Order to Lose Weight on a Plant Based Diet

This blog post has been a long time in the making and I'm so excited to share it with you.

By this point you probably know that over the course of the past year and a half I have been totally committed to finding out what it really takes for me to lose weight on a plant based diet.

I went about this process by deciding that I needed to learn everything that Chef AJ had learned over the past twenty or so years in her quest to find peace with food. I figured why did I need to start from scratch when I've got access to someone who had already learned from the best?

In picking AJ's brain I learned some real nuggets and I'm finally going to share them with you!

I'm going to touch on four subjects in this and tomorrow's blog posts:
  • Saying "Yes" When You Really Want to Say "No"
  • Collecting Recipes and Purchasing New Cookbooks
  • Subscribing to Food Porn Blogs
  • Watching TV, Especially but not Limited to Cooking Shows and Cooking/Baking Competitions
Saying "Yes" When You Really Want to Say "No"

One of the first revelations that I had when I began private coaching with Chef AJ was that I was a people pleaser. This tendency in my personality was causing me a lot of stress in my daily life and harm to my body (excess weight and extreme stress). Now, on the continuum of people pleasing, I can't say that I am the most pathetic, "doormatty" person out there--I'm certainly not. But I did begin to recognize that I have said "yes" to many people and situations in my life when what I really wanted to say was "no."

And when it comes to making everyday food choices, it turns out that saying "yes" when you really want to say "no" is like one of the single worst personality traits that you could possess if you want to lose weight and keep it off.


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