-Change your diet, change your life, it will never fail you-

First off let’s dispel a few myths. Stop thinking about saturated fats, and good fats bad fats and all that bullshit people tell you about nutrition. If it is natural and grows in the ground, on a tree, or comes from an animal in its purest source, then it is probably good for you. That includes eggs (no they will not give you a heart attack, another myth) and coconut oil. If you open up a block artery it tends to be at least 70-90% filled with Hydrogenated oils, which are only found in processed foods. No natural substance has any in them.  I just need to mention here that some things are called “natural” or seem harmless like vegetable oil which is harmful, so see list below for No No’s!

So what should you eat? Fat and protein in the morning, this is the number one way to lose weight and not crash during the day. No sugar or carbs of any kind for breakfast. Think fat, protein, vegetables. Suggestions: Eggs, Salmon, Lentils, Beans, other healthy meats, salad, steamed vegetables. Feel free to add salsa or spices to change things up. Sweeten tea or coffee with Stevia.  If you can only do one thing to change your diet this is it, eat fat and protein  in the morning with NO sugar or carbs within 30 minutes of waking, I guarantee you will feel the difference. I eat eggs for breakfast 360 days a year, and that’s pretty much it. I have been doing this for about 5 years now and I love it! I exercise most mornings shortly after waking and have personally never had a problem holding eggs down while exercising, no stomach cramping no nothing. Don’t go all Atkins diet on me and not eat vegetables, eat lots of vegetables.

Specifics: Hardboiled egg salad, salad with tahini dressing, poached, scrambled, hard boiled or pan cooked eggs, vegetable salads with lentils or other beans, steamed vegetables with protein source and/or avocado. 

No No’s
Hydrogenated oils
Soybean oil
Vegetable oil
Canola oil
Corn oil
Corn syrup
High fructose corn syrup
Pam spray (buy the olive oil or coconut oil kind instead)
Crisco (god I hope people still don’t eat this stuff)
Margarine
Dairy

Things to use for substitutes:
Coconut Oil-use for ANYTHING you use vegetable oil , corn oil,soybean oil, or butter/margarine for, it can handle lots of heat and is great for baking, see link below for great bulk buying and kinds that have the coconut scent diffused out of them, so that everything you bake and cook doesn’t have to  taste like coconut.
Stevia- used as a sugar substitute it is actually a plant leaf used for baking and as a sweetener for teas and coffee
Honey- for teas, coffee, desserts 

Some people need more protein some people need more fat, it is up to you to figure it out.
Recommended amount of protein in morning 20-30 grams
Recommended fat per day 44-70g
Why do we need so much? because the right fats and proteins protect our cells and our body, we function more highly with them.

Good protein options: Quinoa, Beans, Lentils, Nuts, Tahini
Quinoa (a grain with lots of protein in it and its gluten free) 1c. cooked: 8g protein, 4g fat
Black Beans 1c: 15g protein, 1g fat
Lentils 1c: 18g protein, 1g fat
Almonds 1c: 20g protein, 47g fat
Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder 1 serving: 17g protein

Good fat options: nuts, eggs, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, tahini
Egg medium: 5 g fat, 7 g protein
Avocado: 30g fat, 5g protein
Olive oil 1 TBLS: 14g fat, 0 protein
Coconut oil 1 TBLS: 14g fat, 0 protein 
Tahini 2 TBLS: 17g fat, 6g protein

And as always buy Organic, it's always worth it! Also I am a strict vegetarian but this article was written with everyone in mind so everyone can change their diet, and again always eat lots and lots of vegetables as many meals as possible a day. I also aim to have one meal a day that is just vegetables, like a big salad.

Tim Ferris author of “The 4-Hour Body”, best body book ever written, the man is a genius…anyway his dad eats 30 grams of protein for breakfast with 30 min of waking and started tripling his weight lose.

Coconut Oil: expeller pressed is scent free Tropical Traditions if my favorite

this one is dedicated to you Caroline “my life on eggs” and Jeff! www.carolinegleich.com


 

 
 
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Star Fruit Gluten Free Vegan Pizza!!!
The best pizza you will ever eat!
Starfruit is much like pineapple in this case, but even better and prettier.
Use starfruits when they are soft and ripe.

Serves 4-6
Pizza dough:
1 cup Millet Flour, plus additional for rolling out dough
1 cup Garbanzo Fava Flour
1/2 cup Potato Starch
1/2 cup Arrowroot Starch
5 teaspoons  Xanthan Gum
4 teaspoons  Active Dry Yeast (I like Organic Rapunzel, makes things rise well)
1 teaspoon Sea Salt 
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Water 
4 teaspoons Agave Nectar or Honey
2 tablespoons Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Olive Oil, plus more to grease bowl 

Pizza sauce and for assembling and serving:
28 ounces can Whole Tomatoes I always use the organic brand
1/2 c water
1 Celery stalk chopped
 6 cloves Garlic, minced
1 TBLS Olive OIl
1/4-1/2tsp Red Pepper Flakes
2 tsp. WHole Fennel Seed
2 Tablespoons Dried Basil
Sea Salt to taste


Toppings:
(Double everything below except cheese if you are making 2 pizzas)
Fresh Basil 10 or so large leaves
2 Star Fruit Sliced
4 Chopped Garlic Cloves
Fresh Thyme
½ Red Onion Chopped
1 Package Daiya Gluten Free Vegan Cheese for optional topping, about ½ package per pizza



  1. MAKE SAUCE: Transfer tomatoes and their juices to a
    4 cup measuring cup. Using your hands, squeeze tomatoes to quickly and roughly
    crush them; set aside. Place a sauté pan or 4 quart pot over medium heat. Add
    garlic through fennel seed to the hot pan and sauté for about 30 seconds to a
    minute, or just until the garlic begins to turn golden. Add crushed tomatoes,
    celery. basil, water and the tomato water to the garlic mixture. Bring mixture
    to a boil, stir well, cover with a splatter screen, and reduce heat to low.
    Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours.

  2. After 2 hours, remove pan from heat and allow
    mixture to cool to room temperature (15 - 30 minutes depending on pan depth).
    Transfer to a blender (preferably glass) or food processor and purée until
    smooth. Yields about 2 cups sauce.

  3. MAKE DOUGH: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with
    the paddle attachment, combine millet flour though salt; whisk well to combine.
    In a spouted measuring cup or bowl, whisk together water through olive oil. With
    the mixer running on low, pour wet ingredients into flour mixture. Increase
    speed to medium and mix dough for two minutes. In the meantime, grease a bowl
    (at least 1 quart) with olive oil; set aside.

  4. Turn dough out onto a clean, lightly greased
    counter. Coat your hands with olive oil and shape dough into a ball (doesn’t
    need to be perfect). Place dough into the bowl. Cover top of the bowl with
    plastic wrap. Allow it to rise for two hours (or until doubled in size) at warm
    room temperature before assembling pizzas or refrigerating for later use (use
    within 3 days). Alternatively, you may place the dough in the fridge to rise
    overnight (use within 3 days).

  5. ASSEMBLE AND SERVE: Once sauce is made and the dough
    has risen, remove all but one rack from the oven. Place remaining rack on the
    lowest level, set a large, rimmed baking sheet upside down on top of it, and
    preheat to 500° F.

  6. You can split dough in half and make 2 large pizzas.
    Roll dough out on a clean, millet flour coated surface into a very thin, about
    1/8” thick, circle. Transfer dough to a sheet of aluminum foil or pizza stone.
    Top with about 1/4 cup sauce, spread evenly (an offset spatula is useful for
    this, too), leaving about 1/4” boarder around the edges. Add toppings and
    cheese. Place pizza, aluminum foil and all, onto the hot baking sheet. Bake for
    6-8 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown. Or cook like
    you would for a pizza stone. I do 425 F for 15-20 min
 
 
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SAMOAS is my absolute favorite girl scout cookie so when I made this gluten free & vegan version I didn't quite know what to expect; but low and behold are these AMAZING and everything you could ever want in a cookie!!! *note that this recipe is written differently I am working to find the easiest way to read a recipe while actually making something*

3/4c. Bob Red Mills A.P. Gluten Free Flour
1/8c. Coconut Flour
1/8c. Almond Flour
1/4tsp. Baking Soda
¼ tsp. Sea Salt         
1/4c. Honey
1TBLS. Vanilla Extract
1 Flax Egg Replacer ( 1TBLS ground flax mix with 3TBLS water let sit 3 min.)
1/2c. Coconut Oil Melted
Food Process All Till Blended

1/4c. Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
Add Coconut To Above And Food Process 30 Sec. Chill dough for 20 min
in Refrigerator


Make dough into balls about nickel size, place on parchment paper and flatten to thin
cookie. Make a hole in middle with your finger. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-7min. Let cool.


Chocolate Topping:
1/2c. Dark Chocolate or Semi-Sweet Chunks or Chips
Melt Chocolate in Double Boiler
Take knife and spread chocolate in thin layer on bottom of cookie, let set 

Carmel Topping:

1/2c. Coconut PalmSugar
1/8c. Honey
1/4c. Coconut Milk (1/2water, 1/2 cream)
Put all in sauce pan, bring to boil and simmer 10 min, stirring
frequently, take off burner


1/4c. Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
Stir in coconut to above

Scoop Carmel Topping onto Cookies, then spread chocolate topping with the edge of knife in thin lines onto cookie, sprinkle more coconut if desired, put back in fridge to set, or eat immediately. Makes 16 Cookies. Double everything if you want to make more!
 
 
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PARSLEY PESTO RECIPE


This Pesto tastes sooo good! I have had other parsley pesto’s that I haven’t enjoyed that’s why I decided to make this one with Pecans, I thought it would be the perfect pairing with Parsley and it is! Its only 5 ingredients so give it a try, perfect for when you need to use up extra parsley at your house. And of course its Vegan.

Ingredients:

1 Heaping Cup Of Loose Parsley

1/3 c. Pecans
2 TBLS. Olive Oil
1 Large Clove Fresh Garlic
¼ tsp. Sea Salt

Food process Parsley 1st for 30 seconds, next add all other ingredients and process till course or whatever consistency you prefer. Now its ready use on your favorite pasta, quinoa or my absolute favorite thing to put it on is “Exotic Superfoods Organic Coconut Meat”, its raw and kinda like noodles, I find it in the freezer section, just let it defrost on the counter then use. 

Makes 2 servings

 
 
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My Favorite Gluten Free Places in Los Angeles

AKA the best list to forward to dates, boyfriends, family, friends, and anyone else who you may be having dinner with.
And when I say favorite I mean favorite, hence you will not have on this list any places that suck and can’t hold their own and these ones don’t make me feel sick!

Cruzer-(Silverlake) the best pizza place, the guys who own it are the nicest people ever plus everything is vegan

Z pizza
(Larchmont, West Hollywood) (pictured above is zpizza's "berkeley vegan" get it without the crumbles)- not as good as Cruzer but still really good!

Lucifers Pizza (West Hollywood, Los Feliz)- the roasted pumpkin toppings are pretty awesome here

Vardo -(Santa Monica), everything is vegan and it’s my favorite restaurant in town, the vegan ice cream will make you die and go to heaven 10 times over!

Chaya –(Venice, Downtown) Sushi, I think this is one of the better sushi places for a vegetarian on the west side

Indian Sweet House-(West LA)this place is a total hole in the wall and I only go there for their dosa’s on the weekend, but if you ever have one they are worth it and like $5, take it to go

Ana Purna
-(Culver City) dosa’s galore, this is the real Indian deal, and the dosa’s are spicy, you have been warned

Nirvana – (Mid-Wilshire) Indian. I love this place and perfect date ambience, always ask to sit on the cushion tables

Rahel
(Mid-Wilshire) Bad Ass Ethiopian food, just ask for gluten free injera, everything is vegan here. The Ethiopian tea is just amazing but they won’t give you the recipe…

Greens Up: (Santa Monica), salad amazing-ness

Veggie Grill
: (Santa Monica,  Hollywood), l love the kale salad

Interim Café- (Santa Monica), Ask for the gluten free French toast, so good! Lots of Gluten Free stuff here!

Thai Teak- (Santa Monica) You will driving from the east side cause you will be so addicted to this place with $5 curry and everything being vegan you will not be able to get enough!

Sage- (Silverlake) A whole host of vegan and gluten free dishes.

Euphoria Loves Rawvolution Raw Café- (Santa Monica)  my favorite raw place, with almost 50 things on the menu 
  
Sojin- (Downtown)everything is also vegan, this place goes under the radar a lot, but the most off- the- chain sushi for a vegetarian

Babycakes-(Downtown, Larchmont) the donuts here are truly the best, the cupcakes and other treats are only so-so, so stick to the DONUTS which are baked not fried! Everything is vegan

Café Gratitude-(West Hollywood, Venice) When craving chocolate mousse pie go here. Not really a fan of the food, but the desserts kick ass! 
 
In regards to soy sauce at sushi places, it’s a good idea to get the little packets of SAN -J tamari (which is gluten free soy sauce) that fit in your pockets or purse. My sister even keeps some in her car for last minute sushi emergencies. 

The above restaurants have lots of gluten free options, but are not completely gluten-free restaurants so always check if the items ARE Gluten Free or Vegan, sometimes they give wrong information or change the recipe, so please double check !

 
 
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THE BEST CLEANSE IN THE WORLD AND YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO CHANGE YOUR DIET!
 
I’m writing today about my favorite cleanse, the THISILYN CLEANSE. Why? Because I am taking it right now, and it is awesome! I have been doing the same cleanse for about 4 years now, ever since I got hit by a car back in 2008. I was doing weekly acupuncture appointments and my acupuncturist at the time suggested it, cause I was still having lots of trauma and stress reactions even 6 months after the accident. It was extremely intense the first 2-3 days of taking the cleanse, my whole body felt like I got hit by a car again, the pain was immense and I had no idea a cleanse could do this but 4 days into my 15 day cleanse the intial pain subsidded and I felt 50% more pain free than I had 5 days previous, it was beyond worth it, the results astounded me. I have had a extremely healthy and clean lifestyle for most of my life and had no idea a cleanse could affect me so strongly, especially since I had tried many cleanses over the years without noticing even the smallest effects. My story is a little extreme and I don’t want to put anybody off but when I have suggested it to others, one of which was having severe allergy reactions, she wrote me and said for the first time in 3
months her symptoms were subsiding. In modern times where have so many outside elements affecting our bodies, heavy metals, pollution, chemicals, the list goes on and on, recent reports are showing that 95% of breast cancer is caused by environmental pollution. The great thing is that we can do something about it, we can cleanse our bodies so environmental toxins don’t have to reside in them and cause disease. I also find cleanses not only to be physically clearing, but also emotionally and mentality, I really do seem to rid all sorts of things from my inner and outer world that aren’t working when I take this. I recommend 4 times a year, typically around the season change if you like. You don’t even have to change your diet during the cleanse, just take the herbs.

Special note: make sure to get the mineral kind, it is more gentle!!!

You can buy it here, I have no affiliation with them, I just think it’s a great product, and less than $20!