healthy eating

Episode 46 | Finding Freedom + Joy in Healthy Living with Meredyth Cann

 

You will fall in love with today’s episode with the bubbly and endearing Meredyth Cann of Meredyth Delayne Nutrition.  Meredyth is a fellow NTP and in our words, “She’s just our people.” We absolutely adore her take on nutrition and healthy living and know she’ll be a light in your day.

On today’s episode, Meredyth shares how a rough time in her life led her to the field of nutrition, how powerful a nutrient-dense diet was on impacting her emotional and physical well being and how this drove her to share her passion with others. She also gives us some helpful tips on how to make healthy changes stick, creating a mindset shift and really making it a lifestyle.  Meredyth goes beyond just the aesthetics of nutrition, really getting to the heart of the matter and her fresh take on healthy living will leave you inspired.

We hope this episode inspires and encourages you to continue to take your healthy journey forward, one day at a time, one bite at a time and to always find beauty in the process!

And before we go, we wanted to let you in on a giveaway opportunity! To celebrate our 50th episode, coming up in a few short weeks, anyone who leaves a Colorful Eats podcast review in iTunes will be entered to win a super awesome healthy living gift…giveaway deats to come! We will announce the winner during our 50th episode! Add a little reminder in your phone or planner to leave some love in iTunes and we’ll enter you to win! I’d say that’s a win-win!

Highlight Reel

03:02 | Caroline’ reads a sweet listener review

06:30 | Meredyth shares how she went from grief to emotional grounding

11:39 | What motivates her to live a healthy life, beyond the aesthetics

16:00 | How Meredyth founding freedom and joy within healthy living

22:00 | Meredyth’s anti-quick fix encouragement

34:30 | Don’t take yourself too seriously

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Thank You To The Nutritional Therapy Association For Sponsoring This Episode—Real Education For People Who Believe In Real Food.

 

 

 

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Episode 9 | What Your Food Cravings May Be Telling You About Your Health

Episode 9 | What Your Food Cravings May Be Telling You About Your Health Food cravings- everyone’s got them, but what do they actually mean? Something that is not talked about enough when it comes to nutrition— what food cravings may be telling us about our health - we beat ourselves up about food cravings but we really need to understand the root causes and how we can fix them.

Colorful Eats PodcastToday we are going to dig into some of the most common types of food cravings, think sugar, greasy food and salt, and why you may be having them. The best part - we’re giving you practical and most importantly, “doable”, solutions for each!

We’ve got a lot of “link love” going on in this episode so make sure to check out all the awesome resources to make kicking your food cravings in the pants a breeze!

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Hearty Three Cheese Lasagna [grain-free]

Lasagne Alo Wellness  

The last time I wrote was over three months ago, so this is me apologizing. I have missed you! Life has thrown us some curve balls and the past few months have been a rollercoaster of emotions. Through it all, I have been reminded of the Lord’s steadfast love and grace and am hopeful and have peace knowing His plan is perfect. All things happen for a reason and this precious verse has given us joy in one of the most difficult chapters in our lives…

 

Joy of the Lord

 

One day I will share with the world our journey, but for now we will continue to heal, grow and press forward.

On a lighter note, let’s talk food! Today I have a delicious and nourishing recipe that is very close to my heart. We’re talking about lasagna my friends. And if you knew my family you would know that when we do lasagna, we mean business.

At a family member’s baby shower a few weekends ago, my Italian grandma made three gigantic pans of lasagna. I’m talking you almost need two people to hold the pans. Yah. They took her an entire day to put together because the sauce cooked- All. Day. Long.

At our wedding, we had incredible lasagna made by the fabulous Chef Cory Gheen filled with puffy layers of ricotta and fresh mozzarella cheese {not gluten-free, but I most definitely made sure I enjoyed a piece}. And you better believe we had an assortment of butters to dip whatever you’d like in! Oh, and that Italian grandma I spoke of earlier, she made meatballs in a vegetarians kitchen and moved serving platters around on the tables to fit her big, old pot full of meatballs. My husband and I giggled to ourselves as our vegetarian friends and family raved about how tasty those meatballs were…oopsies.

Bottom line, love me some lasagna. The problem these days {in my educated state} is that 1) I avoid gluten and most grains, 2) I try to keep my carbs down to keep my blood sugar working for me, not against me and 3) I don’t really love pasta anymore, I have totally lost my taste for it. What’s a girl to do but put her big girl panties on and recreate this family favorite, minus the gut busting, blood sugar boosting, fat packing lasagna noodles and hormone-anti-biotic laden cheese.

Let’s try this with fresh, real, chemical-free ingredients. Let’s make a meal that nourishes. And comforts. And adds to our health.

Oh yes, and it's fall...

 

fall produce

 

In this beautiful fall season, I absolutely adore the multitude of squashes available. Spaghetti squash fits right into the mix and is perfect for all things grain-free pasta! This pasta alternative is perfect for individuals looking to lose weight, those with blood sugar imbalances (7g carbs per cup of spaghetti squash vs. 37g carbs per cup of whole wheat spaghetti), gluten allergy and anyone looking to eat good food. How about that? If you haven't tried it yet, this is your recipe! 

Simple. Delicious. Nutritious. I'm in.

 

spaghetti squash

 

This recipe is best enjoyed with people you love. Take it outside, light some candles, put on your favorite relaxing jams and devour. You can thank me later.

 

Dinner outside

 

 

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Nourished Travels

Travel season is upon us my friends and MAN I am SO excited! One of my favorite things in life is vacationing, seeing different places and straight up livin' the life {tell me, whose favorite isn't it!?}. It helps that I have a husband whom I adore and would rather no one else to adventure with! Ah, sweet vacay memories... The hubs and I leave for Mammoth tomorrow to visit friends and celebrate a wonderful pair exchanging vows! June brings a Palm Desert lady's weekend and in late July the hubs and I are off to NY and Scotland! Summer is the perfect time to get away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives and live it up in the sun doing things that bring us joy.

The hubs and I on a mini-trip to good ol' Vegas for a friend's 30th. Road trips are the best.

Lily loves the road as well! Obviously...

Vacations can also derail many of our health efforts as we quickly switch into “vacay mode” and eat and drink whatever the heck our little heart’s desire. PEOPLE! Vacations do not = fall off the bandwagon and forget all things we know about health and wellness! We are much better served in our efforts to relax, rejuvenate and recharge if we continue to fill our bellies with wholesome, real foods! They give us energy, thinner waistlines and sexy, sparkling skin to boast. Why fall off and feel fat, tired and right back at ground zero when you get home?

On a flight to Istanbul in July 2011, still packin! I see some beef jerky and plenty of "YumNuts" from Whole Foods! Don't forget to bring a good read!

But how on earth am I supposed to eat healthfully when I’ll be on the road for 15 hours straight with nothing but a Jack-in-the-Crack and a 7-11 for fuel or on a plane with neatly packaged, microwaved wonders full of preservatives and crap!? Great question!

Making vacations healthy is all about preparation! Yes, you have a bit of homework, but the outcome will leave you feeling 100 times better than if you just went with the flow like an Aunt we know…

5 Tips for Healthy Travels

  1. Pack dry storage snacks. This is one of the easiest things to do! There are plenty of healthy, whole food choices in your local health food store that are easy to pack in a “snack bag” that will not spoil during your travels and that will keep you full and nourished. Think grass-fed beef jerky, mixed nuts (soaked and dehydrated, of course), dried fruit, dried seaweed, kale chips, Larabars, plantain chips, Tanka bars (a traditional American-Indian buffalo and cranberry snack), canned salmon or tuna, coconut manna/butter, salami, fresh fruit, avocado, unsweetened dried coconut, etc. Since many of these foods may be packaged, it is important to read labels and avoid additives such as food coloring, preservatives and unnecessary binding agents.
  2. Pack a cooler…if possible. A cooler is key to a successful work day as you are able to pack almost anything and keep it from spoiling. The same goes for your travels, especially if you are road-tripping it! Think raw cheese, fruits and veggies, hardboiled eggs, hummus, sliced meats (turkey, roast beef, ham, etc. from appropriately raised animals and without additives), sauerkraut or other fermented veggies, yogurt, Kombucha, leftovers, etc. Be careful when flying, I have had my yogurt thrown away! You may need to use ice in a baggy, dispose of it prior to security then refill when you get to your gate at an airport restaurant or fast food joint.
  3. Do your research! Often times you can find local Whole Foods or other health food stores near your hotel or airport, depending on your destination. When the hubs and I flew to Maui for our honeymoon, we found a Whole Foods and a small organic co-op type market right near the airport. If you are traveling abroad, inquire about local farmer’s markets or restaurants that use local, whole foods in their prep when you arrive.
  4. Include a healthy treat. I say this because inevitably we are going to want to “treat” ourselves on a vacation and more times than not that equals sweets. Why not come prepared with something that won’t throw us off the deep end and into a sugary bliss that we all know quickly turns to a sugary hell!? I like taking along a good quality, organic dark chocolate (70% or more) bar or dark chocolate covered nuts. If sweets aren’t your thing then make sure your “savory tooth” is fed with the right “treats” as well!
  5. Snack prep – at home! If you’re the type that likes to make the majority of your goodies at home, make sure you plan to begin making jerky, soaked and dried nuts/seeds, granola bars, etc. a week or more prior to take off. Making these types of items at home always ensures that they’re properly prepared and as nutritious as possible. But don’t worry if the week before D-day is more than you can handle, just make sure you make it to the store to get all the nutritious goods you need!

This trips's goodies include {from top left} smoked salmon, organic carrots, sauerkraut, mixed nuts with banana chips and unsweetened coconut, Larabars {this is our "sweet treat"} and organic hummus from TJ's {this is also a treat for the hubs as we don't usually do many beans}. We also have grass-fed beef jerky, apples and hard boiled eggs. Let's just put it this way- if we had to sit in traffic the entire weekend, we'd be well fed.

It definitely takes some planning and prep time (get over it people, real food takes time and it should!), but I promise you will feel like a million bucks when you get home from your summer excursions feeling fit and fabulous. Don’t let vacations, which are meant to bring us relaxation and joy, be something that derail your efforts to be the best you possible!

As we learn more about the benefits of real foods and experience their amazing effects, it becomes easier and easier to stick to it in all situations {mostly because we feel like crap when we eat the junk we used to}. Remember, real food is a way of life, not a “diet”.

Happy and safe travels my friends!

Shine Bright!