Ten Reasons it’s Better to Eat Happy than Diet

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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|

Pizza vs. Real Food, Round 1

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Let me set the stage: it’s 4pm and I”m madly rushing to finish chapters on the manuscript of my first book, which I’m so excited about.  If I get it done in the next week I’ll have an awesome opportunity to present and advertise my book at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition Conference in November, attended by 10,000 people!   So exciting, so cool.  I have to do this.

My 2 year old and 4 year old are screaming at each other downstairs, my sitter is off in an hour, and I’m 38 weeks pregnant, uncomfortable, grumpy, and rather stressed.  Dinner time looms.  I have Eat Happy Meal Plans that I need to schedule in advance over the next few weeks so I can take a mini-break when the baby comes.  The baby room isn’t set up, no bags have been packed, and I’m banking too much on the fact that my other two kids were nearly two weeks late.  I need more time to get everything done.

I have wanted to order pizza for the kids for dinner, pretty much every night for the last few weeks, and tonight is no exception.  The leftovers are gone and I’ve pretty much exhausted my go-to quick and healthy dinner ideas.  They’d love the pizza obviously.  But it’s not going to do them any favors (they’re just getting over a summer time cold), it won’t really do me any favors, as it’s not exactly a go-to food to enhance my productivity (quite the opposite).  My book, by the way, is called OverProcessed and Underfed, and is all about how processed food is [...]

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.

Need a Fresh start in 2011? Join me in a 21-day Cleanse at Cleveland Yoga!

Would you like to have more energy, better digestions, clearer skin and eyes, and develop a profound and deepened awareness of your personal power and the effect you have in the world?  If so, join me and Cleveland Yoga for an upcoming 21-day Cleanse, based on the book Quantum Wellness by Kathy Freston.  If you’re looking for a way to jump-start your health and happiness in 2011, I can’t think of a better way to do it.

This cleanse is not a harsh diet or detox that requires you to deprive yourself of sufficient calories or food with taste.  Rather, it simply asks that for 21 days you forgo artificial stimulants or suppressants (caffeine and alcohol) and avoid foods that are difficult for the body to digest.  By doing this, the body is given a chance to relax and re-charge, settling into its own natural equilibrium.  You are almost guaranteed to experience a surge in sustained energy throughout the day, better digestion, increased concentration and mental clarity, and potential for many other benefits.  Weight loss will almost certainly occur, but really isn’t the focus.  You can and should eat plenty.

For more information and to sign up, go to Cleveland Yoga.  This 21-day program is a total steal, at $55 plus the cost of the book.  It includes all the support you’ll need with in-person group meetings, shopping lists, recipes, tips, and ample opportunities to ask questions and share your progress with others.  Can’t wait to see you there!

By |December 21st, 2010|Events, General|