Archive for December, 2013

New Year, New You: 3 ways to keep your 2014 Resolutions!

Friday, December 27th, 2013

A lot of us begin the New Year by making resolutions. We vow to lose weight, exercise more, or spend more time with our family. We start the year with great intentions, but then we quickly relapse into old habits. Why is it so hard to stick to those New Year’s resolutions? How can we make permanent changes, once and for all?

True life is lived when tiny changes occur.
-Leo TolstoyHere are 3 ways you can make your intentions a reality this year:

Write down your intentions and keep them in a visible place, like taped to your bedroom mirror or the dashboard of your car. Last year I made a “vision board” at our local yoga studio, Yoga Bliss, with pictures from magazines representing things I wanted to accomplish. One of those was a finish line, a runner, and the number 13.1. Seeing that board every day helped me run not one, but two half marathons in 2013!

Be clear about what your life would look like once you achieve your goal. If you resolve to go to the gym more, how will this benefit you? More energy long term? Stronger body? Get connected to the results of your action, and you will be more likely to stick with your plan.

Share your resolutions with friends and family. 
That’s right, tell people what your goal is! You won’t believe how powerful the motivation not to disappoint others or embarrass yourself truly is! Even better, get a buddy to join you at the gym, on a walk, or doing the F2L4 21 Day Cleanse, Balance, Thrive!

Looking for a program to jump start your healthy eating in 2014? If you need a kick in the pants, and someone to hold you accountable, The Food2Live4 21 Day Cleanse, Balance, Thrive! starts January 13th. Enroll by New Year’s Day and save $40!


Vegan Cheezy Broccoli Soup

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

I loved cheddar cheese and broccoli soup as a kid, and this recipe is a healthy, creamy version of an old favorite. Enjoy on a cold and blustery day, guilt free!


Vegan Cheezy Broccoli Soup

1 medium onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
3 stalks celery chopped
2 large carrots chopped (about 2 cups)
1 head broccoli, chopped, stems included
6 cups organic vegetable broth, divided
1 cup chopped sweet potato
1 cup cashews
sea salt to taste

Soak the cashews in one cup of broth for 30 minutes.

Saute’ onions in 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan. Add remaining five cups of the broth and bring to a boil. Add vegetables and simmer until soft.

Pour cashews and the soaking broth into a Vitamix or other high speed blender. Blend until creamy. Add to cooked vegetable pot and combine.

Use a hand mixer to blend the vegetables until creamy, or blend in 3 or so batches in your high speed blender. Serves 4-6.