[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoTGMxgn1tg&w=420&h=315] Big thanks to one of our fav goodies for getting me all fired up about protein today. Listen. If you want to eat meat go for it, but not because you think you have to. Protein deficiencies are not an issue for most/all Westerners and looking to meat exclusively as a quality protein source is outdated. Sure animal products have protein but they have a lot of bad stuff too, and don't even get me started on the environmental impact or the animal suffering (life changing link, you've been warned). Our bodies are not designed like carnivores, we don't have the teeth, jaw or the short digestive tract of a carnivore. It's important to educate yourself and while I love posting about celebrities I think the best example are athletes. These people don't sit at a desk all day and more and more of them are switching to plant based diets as the results are easily tracked and tough to dispute. Eat what you want, just know why you're eating it.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N6SbPolnd4&w=560&h=315] Another double Celeb Tuesday, Ellen is a huge advocate for plant-based eating and Clinton is looking great from consuming lots of plants and no animal products or process foods. Clean living! I like that Clinton's been kicking around eating burgers for a while and is a newly converted vegan and looking great for his efforts. It's never to late to give it a try.

What a wonderful night of eating, delicious, healing foods during Elaina Love's Pure Joy Academy Mexican Night. Big thanks to everyone who came out, such a fun high energy group. I will be hosting a Pure Joy Dessert night in the coming weeks, please email me if you're interested. I feel Sunday will be easier than a weekday for most of the downtown group. The recipes on the menu: Key Lime Pie Chocolate Mousse Torte Apple Cobbler with Pecan Crumble Sky High Whipped Cream Superfood Chocolate Clusters Blueberry Cheesecake So happy to be part of this movement, it really is so good.

Photo Cred Lisa Forget the labels like vegan, raw, vegetarian, piscatarien, blah!! It's about a variety of plant food and fresh, whole ingredients in your diet. This is not extreme, though it may be extremely different than what you're eating. And it is extremely different than what I was eating a few years ago when I practically only did takeout; latte and muffin for breakfast, burrito for lunch, fancy restaurant for dinner. And while I still love going out to eat, I don't miss the headaches and ulcers and I certainly don't long to lay around, feeling bummed out all the time. I started by choosing to put a few general rules in place for myself. When I'm at home I eat my food, we keep whole ingredients in the house and we make all our own meals and snacks. When I'm out, I do my best to plan but sometimes it just doesn't happen and I won't beat myself up. This is a great rule as you quickly see how much better you feel when you're eating your own real food and naturally you'll find yourself less inclined to eat junk. I also make a point of having a blender full of organic green smoothie or green juice daily. They're easy and I'm guaranteed one low cal, nutrient dense, cleansing, 100% good for me meal. One green smoothie has more nutrients than the average American gets in a week! It's about balance, being rigid isn't any fun and making a few small, but comfortable shifts can do wonders. Who knows you might lose weight, feel great and look even better... sounds good to me.