roasted cinnamon butternut squash

roasted cinnamon butternut squash

Here's a funny thing. Growing up in Romania, I never ate butternut squash! Yes, I know it sounds odd but there are actually lots of foods I'd never been exposed to before moving here. I don't even think I tried it for years after starting to eat "American Food". That's probably because I was busy gorging on Lucky Charms. Oh the horror (but you know you did too).

I saw the funny looking vegetable in passing but never knew what it was about. I'm fairly certain my mom was in the same boat as it didn't enter the house. At least not for a long while after establishing roots. 

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sweet potato chili

sweet potato chili

When it comes to eating paleo, there are those who are convinced they cannot veer off the path and those who are a little more relaxed. I fall into the more relaxed category because it works for my life and because I feel good eating this way. At the end of the day, I would think those two things should play a key role in making a lifestyle change. 

One of the great paleo debates has been whether or not to eat legumes and grains. I personally feel better when I don't have them on a regular basis but I don't think they should be completely ruled out of the diet. 

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golden milk with collagen

golden milk with collagen

When it comes to spices, many of us think of them as flavor enhancers in food. And while that's true, most spices contain a ton of health benefits. However, there's one spice that stands out in particular. And that's turmeric. 

Turmeric has been used in traditional Indian cooking for thousands of years and Ayurvedic medicine considers it to be not just food but medicine.  

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how to meal prep veggies

how to meal prep veggies

When people ask me how I've changed my diet and am able to consistently stick to eating fresh, whole food, the answer is always the same: "by planning". It's the deciding factor between making it long term and giving up after one or two weeks. I've made my decision to change my lifestyle and diet well over 6 months ago and never looked back. 

The reality is, you have to be organized and think about your next meal and plan accordingly. It doesn't have to be overwhelming or extensive but it does have to be consistent. The trap many people fall into is simply saying that it's too hard and they don't know where to start or what to do. 

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salmon cakes with lemon dill sauce

salmon cakes with lemon dill sauce

Have you ever walked by the canned fish isle and thought, "oh my god, that looks amazing"? Yeah me neither. But I have figured out a way to make a can of salmon pretty damn delicious. Salmon cakes are one of the simplest dishes you can make with a can of salmon and a few other ingredients. 

Once upon a time, I used to make these cakes with breadcrumbs and saltines. But when I completely overhauled my diet, I had to find a way to make them taste great without all the added gluten. Admittedly it took a few tries to nail the recipe down.

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