Posts by LindsayVL

Pomegranate Winter Salad

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pomegranate Winter Salad

When my friend Elicia invited me to join her family of 25+ people on Thanksgiving the first thing that came to mind was what the heck will I bring.  I had never met anyone in her family and I wanted to bring something that obviously tasted good but wasn’t too heavy. I had just finished a two week Conscious Cleanse  and I was feeling amazing.  I love to indulge and I believe that healthy and mindful indulgences are absolutely essential in life, but Thanksgiving isn’t my time to indulge. I don’t like Turkey, stuffing is just okay, and I really don’t get the obsession with pumpkin pie(unless its loaded with whipped cream, then I get it). For me, this isn’t a meal that I feel necessary to go overboard on. As I was thinking about what dish to bring I knew I wanted to keep it healthy so there was a lighter option for myself and others and of course I wanted it to taste amazing so everyone could enjoy it. After stalking Pinterest for three days and finding this beautiful salad on Brooklyn Supper I had in mind what I wanted to make.  This salad not only pleased the appetites of 25 strangers I had never met before, but the creamy goat cheese, pomegranates and satsumas really brightened up my Thanksgiving plate.   Three Things I Love About This Recipe: You can make it the day before, and just wait to add your dressing on when its ready to be served You can use any seasonal sweet citrus fruits you have on hand It tastes damn good Pomegranate Winter Salad (Serves four-cooking for more? Double the Batch) Salad Ingredients:  6 cups mixed greens(I used an arugula and spinach mix, then I made this about a week later and used spinach and kale, both turned out great) 2 satsumas, peeled and separated(you can use any sweet citrus; oranges, tangerines etc) 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds Soft goat cheese Rosemary for garnish(optional) 1 shallot sliced Real Salt Salad Preparation: Artfully arrange all ingredients on a serving platter. Drizzle with dressing and enjoy.  Salad Dressing(This will leave you with leftover dressing, if your going to make it one might as well have some leftovers for another meal)! 1/2 cup avocado oil(a good quality olive oil works too) 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/2 tbsp. dijon mustard 3-4 tbsp. sweet citrus juice 1 tsp rosemary, minced Pinch of Real Salt Preparation for dressing: Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix well until combined. Store the extra dressing in an airtight container. ...

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Conscious Cleanse

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Inspiration | 0 comments

The word cleanse can bring up a lot of mixed emotions for people. Hearing this word makes people think of deprivation, starvation, feeling unsatisfied and the ultimate fear of not being able to leave your bathroom for days. As a health coach I know this isn’t always the case and I know cleanses can be done in a mindful way without feeling like you are starving. Months ago I was introduced to the Conscious Cleanse by a friend of mine. As I did research on Jo and Jules I immediately feel in love with their philosophies and energy. I related to a lot of what they talked about on their blog and I noticed a lot of similarities between my philosophies and style as a health coach and theirs. I knew I wanted in on their next cleanse and I couldn’t wait for it to start. Health Coach Confession: I’ve never done a cleanse before. Yes I eat healthy and drink my green juices, but I’ve never done a full eliminate-all-major-allergens-from-your-diet kind of cleanse. I was nervous and I had some of the same fears my own clients experience when they begin a new program. My biggest fear was failure, even though Jo and Jules made a point to make sure that as a cleanser there was no way we could fail. I still had my own health goals that I wanted to reach. I was worried that if I didn’t manage to reach my goals in the two weeks, I going to feel like a failure not only as a cleanser but as a health coach. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear”-Jack Canfield Now, there are plenty of articles and books written on the topic of fear. I could go on and on about why you shouldn’t let fear stop you from doing something. In order to save time I’m just going to emphasize that you’ve got to push through the fear. There is a light and clarity on the other side and I promise it’s worth it. As Jo and Jules say “be kind and gentle with yourself”. “The Conscious Cleanse is not about doing it right or being perfect, It’s about being human”-Conscious Cleanse I had three major “aha” moments during my two week Conscious Cleanse. It’s not about the weight. I emphasize this all the time with my clients. It’s not about the weight you want to lose. There is some underlying reason that you want to lose weight. If you are being honest with yourself you can dig deep and find out what it’s really about. If you’re like me (or how I was) you’ll lie to yourself and simply say “yeah I just want to lose weight.” Through the program and the one-on-one support that I received during my cleanse I had a huge “aha” moment when I realized it’s not about losing what I refer to as my “Divorce Weight”(aka the weight I gained during the process of my marriage ending), but it was more about finances for me. This moment was HUGE. I kept saying I just want to fit into the pants that I used to wear. I don’t want to spend the money to replace them. Which is true, but the pants I buy are not extravagant. There is one particular pair that I wanted to fit back into that is from H&M. They probably cost less than $30. And I kept using that as my excuse but it was really about my finances and how much my financial situation has changed since I got divorced and started my own business. I’m a big believer that your business reflects where you are in life. My first year of business I worked with over 100 clients and I was kicking ass. My second year in business my marriage and world fell apart and my business reflected that. I’m a shopper and I love fashion. I don’t buy expensive name brands often. Instead, shopping was always something that I did to reward myself for all my hard...

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Almond Milk-4 ways

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Thirst Quenchers | 0 comments

Almond Milk-4 ways

Health Coach Confession: I can be pretty lazy when it comes to trying new things that I know will improve my health. Like everyone else I get busy and life gets hectic and adding a new habit into the mix can seem overwhelming. One thing I’ve always been lazy about is making my own almond milk.  Until recently it just seemed like such a hassle and it’s so convenient to buy it at the store.  One reservation I’ve had about buying almond milk from the store is how hard it is(pretty much impossible) to find almond milk that doesn’t carry an extremely dangerous cancer forming chemical called carrageenan.  Carrageenan turns into a carcinogen once it hits your GI tract, which essentially makes it a substance that causes cancer.  Even organic non dairy milk brands like Pacific Almond Milk carry this dangerous chemical and since I drink almond milk so often its not something I want to put in my body.  Read more about carrageenan and it’s damaging effects on Food Babes Blog here.  I first got hooked on making almond milk when I tasted my first batch of fresh homemade milk.  It was unlike any other almond milk I’ve bought in a store.  The process to make it was much easier then I expected. I usually can’t drink almond milk plain, I have to mix it in with something.  But the fresh homemade kind isn’t comparable to the store bought brands. The taste is like night and day, so pick a recipe below and let me know which one you like! You will not be disappointed.      Base Recipe-Plain Unsweetened Almond Milk 1 cup raw almonds soaked over night 4 cups filtered water Blend almonds and water in a blender for about 2 minutes.  Strain the liquid through a cheese cloth into a large pitcher. This is your base recipe, if you want to sweeten or add flavor to your almond milk, see the recipes below.    Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk Base Recipe 1 tsp vanilla extract  1/2 tsp Real Salt Add all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.    Chocolate Almond Milk(Sweetened) Base Recipe 2-3 pitted dates 1-2 tbsp raw cacao powder 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp Real Salt Add all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.   Maple Vanilla Almond Milk Base Recipe 3-4 tbsp Maple Syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract  1/2 tsp Real Salt Add all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.   Winter Spice Almond Milk Base Recipe  2 pitted dates 1/2 tsp vanilla extract  1/4 tsp ground cloves 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp zest from tangerine(or any citrus fruit you like) 1/2 tsp Real Salt  Add all ingredients into a blender and mix until...

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It’s Not About What, It’s About Why….

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Blog, Inspiration | 0 comments

It’s Not About What, It’s About Why….

You can’t go a day without hearing about having a gratitude practice. Oprah’s been talking about it for years, Deepak has done 21-day meditation challenges about it and as we approach Thanksgiving a whole lot of people are sharing what they are thankful for on social media. Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, a gratitude practice can be life changing. I myself have a regular practice and I encourage my clients to do the same. We’ve all heard about gratitude journals. You’re instructed to sit down and list all the things you are grateful for in your life.  I strongly dislike this practice. I don’t feel fulfilled just listing what I’m grateful for. This time of year many families will go a little further then simply writing their gratitude list and they’ll share it at the dinner table, with their friends and families.  There’s one huge key piece missing from their practice. And it’s asking yourself one simple question:    “WHY?”   When I’m working one-on-one with a client one of the first things we do together is dig into their “why”. Initially people come to see me because they want to lose weight. There’s always another reason, something deeper than wanting to be skinnier. As Geneen Roth says; “It’s about the weight, but its not about the weight”. There is an underlying desire, or feeling they want. It’s not just about being skinny. Skinny does not equal happy, and after having worked with clients who have tried to gain weight, I can tell you the grass is not greener on the other side. Robert Emmons  the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude has a simple practice you can do to spice up your gratitude list.  And its simply asking yourself: Why? In the video below you’ll see Marie Forleo try this powerful exercise, which celebrates the emotion behind being grateful.  I bet you’ll be surprised when you see what happens.      Why are you grateful for certain people or things in your life?  Share it with me here on my Facebook...

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Women Wild and Free

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Women Wild and Free

“Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed.  Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them”-Carrie Bradshaw 14 Days to a Healthy, Happy, Fit...

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