By Heather Nicholds
A healthy balanced diet needs to meet certain nutrition ideals, but in our quest for a 'perfect' diet we can sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture of a healthy eating plan.
When we try to eat healthier, we're trying to do better. We're trying to find the ideal, the optimal diet. A lot of people get caught up looking for perfect.
It's great to have the goal of wanting to find better health, more energy and avoid disease by shifting to healthy eating habits.
Gluten-free vegan recipes might sound restrictive, but Allyson Kramer (of ManifestVegan.com) has written a gorgeous cookbook - Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats - showing you how fun and inventive it can actually be.
I think it's a great resource - especially for those of you on a gluten-free healthy eating plan
This cookbook is one that I've been waiting a long time to see, because she's had it in the works for quite a while now.
Is tea healthy? I get that question a fair bit. People aren't always sure if tea fits in to a healthy eating plan.
Since I love tea, I wanted to take a minute to expand on my simple answer of yes...
Sharing videos online has nothing to do with a healthy eating plan, but is a really fun - though time consuming - part of my life.
I really enjoy having the interaction with you guys. I can share information, my thoughts and the fun I'm having in the kitchen.
And then I love getting comments and feedback from you guys. It gives me so much energy and is really what keeps me going.
Healthy fat one of those topics in nutrition that gets debated a lot, and can be confusing, but there are some important reasons you need to work it in to your healthy eating plan.
Some people say you should eat lots of fat, some people say you should eat barely any fat, some people say you can eat a small amount of fat but should never eat oils...
It gets confusing. Even for me. Trying to write this article has been really difficult. There are so many facets to this topic, and everyone comes at it from a different viewpoint.
Today I wanted to share a meal planner and grocery list for a healthy eating plan with you guys.
I know a lot of you struggle with feeling lost in a sea of too many recipes and too little time.
So I want to help you find a strategy
I'm back at home now, after Phil and I have been traveling for about 4 weeks. We've been on the road, visiting people and going to conferences.
This past weekend, I was at Vegetarian Summerfest, which is a 5-day conference with some amazing speakers, delicious food and wonderful people to show - or remind - us how amazing a healthy vegan diet plan is.
The best part for me was that I got to meet a lot of my favorite people in the healthy eating and vegan world.
It was an amazing weekend, and I feel so blessed to have been able to go and connect with such fantastic people.
Green smoothies are a great thing to look for when traveling, to keep up with a healthy eating plan.
They give you a good boost of greens and fruit for nutrients and energy.
There are more and more smoothie places cropping up, and lots of them offer something with greens.
It makes for a big cup full of healthy foods to eat on the go.
What's been on my mind lately is how to improve body image. Following a healthy eating plan - rather than fad diets - is about nourishing and respecting yourself.
There's a difference between being skinny and being healthy.
Having a healthy body image is a way of showing respect to yourself.
I often catch myself thinking 'I wish my thighs were a bit slimmer and more muscular'.
Blender vs food processor - which one is better? For some reason, people shifting to a healthy eating plan feel like they need one or both to make things work.
Well, the first thing I want to say is that having a blender or a food processor is not required to build healthy eating habits.
You can do just fine without pureeing or making smoothies. It's just fun to have the different texture sometimes.
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