Ten Reasons it’s Better to Eat Happy than Diet

Eat Happy: Transform Your Health with Foods You Love is available now for pre-order Eat Happy: Transform Your Health with Foods You Love is available


I recently put together this list, 10 reasons it’s better to Eat Happy than diet, for a presentation and thought it’d be fun to share.  Read below, and for more specifics on how to Eat Happy check this out!

This was written for what turned out to be an awesome corporate wellness event – combined nutrition presentation/book signing.  Everyone left with their own copy of the book (wouldn’t you love that?!).

If you work for a company is interested in this kind of event please contact me at

Ten reasons it’s better to Eat Happy than Diet

  1. You get to focus on quality ingredients, which means food tastes better than ever. Diet food tastes ___________.
  2. Cravings will naturally go away – will power not needed!
  3. Non-extreme – no need to eliminate food groups, eliminate or replace meals, or do anything else weird
  4. Better mood. Your mood is significantly affected by what you eat, and if you Eat Happy your mood will be more stable, more uplifted, and less anxious.  Diets tend to do the opposite, making you damn cranky.
  5. Unintended consequences, in a good way. Your primary goal may be to lose weight (or something else), but most people are surprised to have at least one other significant benefit.
  6. You’ll be full…really full. Not only that, at first most people need to consciously put more food on their plates than they’re used to in order to get enough food.
  7. And satisfied. There is a difference between full and satisfied.  Satisfied occurs [...]
By |April 23rd, 2015|Cleveland, Events, General|

Eat Happy: The Book is Almost Ready!

I’m so excited to share the cover from my upcoming book – Eat Happy: Transform Your Health with Foods You Love!  This is my first book; part-cookbook and part-health tips that will transform your health in a delicious way.

The book is written and in the final round of edits, and I just got some great news – an endorsement from the wonderful Joshua Rosenthal of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Here’s what Joshua has to say:

Eat Happy provides readers with knowledge and motivation to call their own shots with food. Health coach, Alissa Glenn teaches which foods nourish best and which should be left on the shelf through simple techniques, food guides and healthy recipes, so that you will “Eat Happy” for the rest of your life!” ~ Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, Founder and Primary Teacher, Institute for Integrative Nutrition

Here’s a shot of the back cover:

I hope you’ll stay tuned for more information, sneak peaks at the great recipes inside, and information on pre-ordering.  Like Us on Facebook to be sure to get all of this great info!

Cheers and Eat Happy!


Top Five Reasons to do a Whole Foods Cleanse

Mushrooms and SpinachParticipating in a whole foods cleanse is a commitment to treating your body with attention, love and care for a period of time, and the benefits are many.  Read below to see my top 5 reasons to do a whole foods cleanse:

  1. Quick results:  Cleanses are ideal for people who want to feel better quickly, and they are very effective at accomplishing this goal.  Stick with the protocol and I can pretty much guarantee that by day 5 you will feel better than before you started, and by day 12 you will feel better than you can remember.
  2. It’s not that hard, really:  You will be amazed at the variety of foods, flavors, and recipes that are included in this cleanse (it might just cure your food boredom!).  You will feel satisfied and your cravings will go away.  In our first phone call I will teach you how to prepare so you ease into the cleanse gently and comfortably.
  3. You’ll break some bad habits and replace them with new habits that serve you better: It’s very easy to fall into subtle, but not very good habits – those little things that are meant to be temporary (extra cup of coffee in the afternoon, extra glass of wine at night, fast food on the way home from work, etc), but then they wriggle their way into your daily or weekly routine and get stuck there, and take a toll.  A cleanse will wipe the slate clean, break the cycle, and provide a space for you to replace those habits with more beneficial ones.
  4. You’ll find some new, go-to foods:  A cleanse provides an [...]

Whole Foods Cleanse Details: February 2nd-13th, 2014

cleanseI have led hundreds of individuals through various types of cleanses, and have always enjoyed hearing how wonderful they make people feel.  Results vary from predictable (“I feel so much better”) to sometimes astonishing (“I had no idea I could feel this way!”).

So now I’m especially excited to offer my own customized cleanse program: not based on someone else’s book or philosophy, but what I, as a trained health coach experienced in leading others through cleanses, believe to be a gentle but extremely effective program.

So here is what’s involved:

  • 12 days
  • Feast on an abundance of whole, unprocessed foods – no food quantity or calorie restrictions
  • Eliminate the most common allergens and trouble-makers: sugar, alcohol, caffeine, dairy, gluten, and any and all processed foods
  • Highly recommended herbal detox option: Boost your cleanse with the Gaia Supreme Cleanse Kit –supports the natural role of the liver, a healthy lymphatic system, digestion, and elimination

Here is the support you’ll receive to not only survive, but thrive on this cleanse:

  • Two weeks of dinner plans from Eat Happy Meal Plan: cleanse-friendly comprehensive dinner plans, including four dinner recipes per week along with a shopping list and preparation calendar that will help you execute dinner flawlessly
  • Weekly support calls, recorded for your convenience.  All calls will take place from 12pm-1pm.  You will be able to phone in for 24 hours after the live call to listen to the recording, at your convenience
    • Jan 28th – Learn the necessary steps for preparing for the cleanse.
    • Feb 6th – First week check-in: Discuss any questions you have, check in with [...]

Time to Cleanse

If you’re looking for a way to jump start your New Year, I have just the thing: a 5-day fruit and veggie juice cleanse.

Historically speaking I’ve not been a huge fan of dietary programs that require drastic change.  I did my time with diets like Atkins and South Beach.  Those two messed me up for a full year, at least.  But lately I have become a big fan of the short-term cleanse.  My change of heart has been inspired by a few recent experiences. 

Most significantly, I’ve led a few cleanse programs at Cleveland Yoga, and the personal transformations I witnessed were truly inspiring.  No joke.  People were able to eliminate medications they’d been taking for years, had energy resurgences that were shocking (one participant said, “I was up vaccuming at 5am!  and I’m NEVER one to do that!”), and a host of other benefits like clearer skin, better endurance during athletics, less pain, and significantly improved digestion.  And most participants were able to sustain improvements while integrating non-cleanse food back into their diets.

Secondly, I was inspired by the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.  You should check it out.  It’s about an unhealthy gentleman suffering from an autoimmune disease who decides to do a 60-day fruit and veggie cleanse.  Let’s just say the results were pretty impressive. 

Now I would certainly not recommend that everyone jump into a 60 day cleanse.  That’s pretty extreme.  But 5 days is enough to be do-able for most people and just long enough to really detox the body.  So I’m super excited to be partnering with Scott Groth, The Chubby Cook, on monthly 5-day juice cleanses.  Scott is preparing the juices so it’ll be easy peasy for all participants.  I’ll [...]

By |January 2nd, 2012|Cleveland, Events, General|

No Plan Meal Plan Give-away: extended to 10/29/11

NPMP Give-away!

No Plan Meal Plan helps you eat healthy and tasty meals with less time and stress.  It includes 4 recipes per week with shopping list and weekly planner.  Because I can always use great recipe ideas, email me your favorite fast and healthy recipe and get entered to win a free 3-month subscription!  Email me at

Dinner help has arrived

I’m super pumped, because my new dinner planning newsletter, No Plan Meal Plan has finally launched.  Check it out!  There are so many ways this can help you with your dinner-time routine; maybe you want to spend less time planning and be extra-efficient, perhaps you’re looking for fresh new dinner ideas, or maybe you’ve been wanting to eat healthier and reap the benefits of a cleaner diet, but aren’t quiet sure how to get started.  NPMP will help you in all of these aspects. 

For once I’m encouraging you to put less time and energy into dinner!  Go on, check it out!  Don’t take my word for it, read the great reviews here.

An open letter from Blue Pike Farm

The picture of a barn raising,  a community effort to collectively help out a neighbor seems quaint and out of reach for those of us of a more urban persuasion.

Well, the local food community is a community too and one of our own suffered a calamity this weekend in the form of a assault and robbery.

Michael & Marika Feigenbaum were robbed again this Memorial Day weekend at their bakery, “Lucy’s Sweet Surrender”  on Buckeye Rd. Fortunately, nobody was shot this time, but Michael got roughed up more than a little bit. I saw him Saturday morning about 4 hours after the assault and he was gamely trying to keep up with the orders but was visibly hurting. They lost several days worth of store receipts and the cash box for the day’s farmers markets. While he didn’t mention a figure I’m sure his loss was more than several thousand in cash alone. Money that will take months of effort to recoup. Theirs is not a business with large profit margins.

Michael is a stubborn cuss, from Russian Jewish stock and will, I expect soldier on. Marika is still shaking and I think still not really yet recovered from being shot last year.  But this kind of calamity is not only a serious financial hit, but more so an emotional blow. Two violent robberies in 18 months is a bit much, even by Cleveland standards.

“What’s political is also personal. If you believe in something, you should be willing to make sacrifices to support it, even if it’s expensive or inconvenient.” (Russ Parsons, L.A. Times food writer)
What can you do?  Well, if you need a loaf of bread, food for [...]

By |May 31st, 2011|Cleveland, General|

Do you know where your food comes from?

It’s increasingly rare these days to know where your food is coming from (China?), and almost unheard of to actually communicate with a farmer who puts his hands in the soil for you.  But the local food movement has forward momentum, and there are more and more opportunities to visit a local farmer’s market and/or join a CSA (community shared agriculture) program.  If you’re wondering what’s in it for you, read on, this is my top 10 list of reasons to buy local this summer.   

10)  Food tastes better, because it’s fresher.
9)  Food has more nutrients, because it’s fresher.  And it has less nastiness on it, like chemicals that can cause cancer and interfere with your hormones.
8)  Going to pick up your food at the market/CSA stand means more time outside in the fresh summer air, which is a good thing.
7)  Meet new people.  And people who like good food are fun people to know.
6)  Farmers know about a lot of interesting stuff, and they like to share. 
5) You’re supporting local jobs, and the local economy, which is good for the whole region.
4)  You can take your kids, which is FUN (and lets them burn off some energy)!  Especially when you visit a farm.  When they start to see how food is grown, they’ll have a whole new appreciation for food, and it’ll be easier to get them to eat their veggies.  (Check out the pic- my baby Alena, bonding with farmer Carl and farm dog Casey.  She’s not quite old enough to run around in the dirt..but maybe before the summer is over?)
3)  Tired of hauling trash out to the curb every week?  Buy local and you avoid excess packaging, which means less trash.
2)  Try [...]

By |April 6th, 2011|Cleveland, General|

Cleveland is fast becoming an urban farming hub

Cleveland tops another list!  We were just ranked the second best city in the country for local food.  The study cited our 225 community gardens, 12 farmers markets, community-supported agriculture subscriptions (City Fresh, Blue Pike Farm and others), urban farms, and of course talented chefs and local food procurement (Fresh Fork and others). 

What’s interesting about the study is not just that it says Cleveland rocks, but that it describes the incredible potential that urban farming has for the local economy.  The study says that a shift in 25% of our food sources, from out-of-state to a local source, could provide up to 27,000 new jobs.  That’s putting 1/8 unemployed workers back to work.  And of course there’s the accompanying increase in state/local taxe revenue associated with the additional income (estimated at $126 million state/local per year). 

This is all super fabulous, but not exactly easy to achieve.  To work towards this goal, the study advocates creating a NEO Food Authority.  I certainly hope that we can work towards this goal one way or another.  A 25% shift would be huge, but so would the benefits.  Economic, yes, but also for public health and general societal benefit.  We’re talking about eating more fresh local fruits and vegetables and fewer little debbie snack cakes.  More green space and fewer abandoned buildings.  More gainful employment, less crime. 

To support local food, shop at farmer’s markets (find one near you here).  When you go out for a night on the town, try to pick restaurants that support local food.  Vote with your mouth, so to speak.  Your food will taste better anyways 🙂