Month: May 2015

Happy Mother’s Day

Every holiday in my family is an excuse for tasty food. Whether we go out for a nice meal, or cook a bunch of food at home, we always overeat. Do I feel guilty? Do I restricted everyone else to my dietary standards? The answer to this is no, and here are some reasons why.

  • Holidays are not every week
  • Special occasions should be celebrated
  • If you stress out about your “diet”, you could be doing more harm than good
  • Desserts are meant to be shared. Don’t eat an entire brownie cake by yourself

Today is Mother’s Day and I did a few swaps. Instead of corn bread, I had corn bread made with cashew milk and a gluten-free box mix. The brownies were Krusteaz Gluten Free Fudge Brownie mix made with coconut oil rather than the weird “vegetable oil” called for on the box. I mean, seriously, have you ever tried to extract “oil” out of a vegetable? The rest of the menu consisted of ribs, green bean salad and sweet potatoes. Not too shabby. This whole meal was shared amongst 6 people, and we didn’t double batch the carbs.

Could I have skipped on the corn bread and brownies all together? Yes, of course. Is all of my family on board with the real food living and giving up grains yet…..No, no they are not. So, instead of looking like the crazy carb police, I will make some exceptions. Change is not well accepted in human nature, but if it comes slowly, it is easier. Before you know it, nobody will know why they are eating real food, they just do because that is the new normal.

Why I started this blog

After a few months of having a, I wanted to dedicate a site to a healthy lifestyle. I want all of my blog subscriptions, recipes, exercises and scientific research studies in one spot, hopefully to help others. I am starting my nutritional schooling at the end of this month and I want to help clients look and feel the best they can through nutrition, movement, stress management and adequate sleep. I believe everyone is an individual and you have the ability to take charge to heal yourself. Ultimately, if the saying goes, “garbage in, garbage out,” I say, “nourishment in, radiance out.” Is this another “Paleo” website? No. Have I researched and tried multiple fad diets? Yes. My reasoning for that is so I don’t assume things based on dogmatic approaches?

Why Practical Plate? You’ve heard of the USDA’s My Plate? Well, I’m here to tweak that in my own way. We need to eat more veggies people! And before you judge, try it. Everyone’s story is different. I want to help diabetics, people with Celiac disease, people with allergies, people with stomach problems such as IBS and diverticulitis, and thyroid conditions. I’m not against drugs altogether, but if there is evidence that supports what you put in your mouth is a start to not needing or eliminating the drugs you are on, I can help.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and the advice on this blog is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease. I am just passionate about these topics and I believe people have the power to change their lives by working with functional medical practitioners. Asking the right questions, is just a start. Humans are complicated and individualized. What is good for one, is not good for the other. So, put down those magic pills and let’s get started.