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a classically trained chef taking holistic plant-based nutrition on a grand adventure through North America. When I’m not creating in our traveling kitchen, you can usually find me on my yoga mat or a hiking trail.

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It feels like we live in a country where people obsess over losing weight and being skinny.  It is probably a time where more people worry about their weight than ever before.  You would think, if this is the case, we would all be thin but as a culture our waistlines are expanding.  Obviously, there is a huge disconnect. 

Skinny and weight lose have become advertising ploys and everywhere we look there is someone selling the next thing to make us skinnier.  Some of these may be a quick fix or a get skinny quick scheme but are we seeing lasting results?  No.  There must be a better way!  I know there is.  I propose that we change the discussion.  I think we need to look at it in a whole new light.

Let's work on being healthy instead of trying to be skinny.

I believe the healthier we become we will naturally shed our extra pounds.  I know it doesn't sound glamorous and it doesn't promise quick results (although, some may have them).  We really need to focus on getting healthy.  Over time, as we heal our bodies we will lose our unwanted pounds.  It will take time and we need to learn to listen to our bodies.  I know sometimes we don't feel like doing the work and it seems like it may take a while but take a minute to think back... to a time in your past when you started a diet.  Where are you today in comparison to where you started back then?  Any better?  Probably not, so this time make a different choice.  Choose healthy over skinny.  Decide to work on your health and on feeling better.  This is more about changing habits.  If you make positive and sustainable changes you will get lasting results.  If you go back to your old ways you go back to your old waistline.

This blog post is part of a small series I am creating called Healthy vs. Skinny.  Over the next couple months I will be diving in deeper and sharing more on this subject (but don't worry, you will still get recipes too).

I'll see your inbox next week with my plant happy Gumbo recipe.  Just in time for Fat Tuesday!

Take care of yourself,


P.S. If you would like to learn more on this subject please contact me.  I would love to be a part of your healing journey, whether it is just answering questions for you along the way or if you would like to work with me one on one.

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