Eat for Vitality

Nutritious food provides foundational support for your precious Energy and Vitality. You literally arewhat you eat–every mouthful and morsel counts. NOTHING is wasted or goes unnoticed.

Your food–every molecule–talks to your genes, becomes your biology, determines your structure and function, influences your thoughts and emotions, and dictates how much energy you can create. Food is the boss. It can work for you oragainst you.

Food is your point of control over your life, and the energy and vitality you seek.

Eat Like You Love Yourself

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A slogan boldly displayed on the entry wall of Evolve Juicery and Kitchen, our new healthy meal service and fresh smoothie/juice kitchen in Iowa City.

And I love it! It’s perfect.

“Eat like you love yourself.”

Because it ALL comes down to self-love, doesn’t it? Every single choice we make, at every moment in time, forever.

And it’s where all the rest begins.

Our clear, vibrant, resilient selves…

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FINE and GRIN Food Plan Reinforcements

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Basic Kitchen Equipment for Executing the FINE and GRIN Food Plans

These are the basics, beyond what I expect are in most peoples’ kitchens already. They’ll make your food prep so much smoother and easier.

  • A good all-purpose food processor, like Cuisinart.
  • A Vitamix or similar high speed blender.
  • Excellent set of chef knives (I prefer Wusthof): you’ll need a chef’s knife and paring knife…

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Protein: a Primer

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What Are Our Daily Protein Requirements?

I look at the food diaries of my clients every day in my office and almost no one consumes enough protein to meet their basic needs. Protein runs all of the major business of the body. Without enough we are left vulnerable and at risk for illness, loss of muscle mass, injury, and loss of vital energy. Optimizing daily protein intake is a crucial aspect…

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A Detoxification Primer

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HOW TO LET GO OF BIOLOGICAL TOXICITY

Bolster the Body’s Innate Detoxification Systems

The reality is we live in a toxic world. And in spite of our best efforts, some toxins will get in. This is especially true for environmental toxins. But we’re not helpless. Not only can we take responsibility for avoiding them, we can also bolster our bodies’ innate capacity to remove toxins.

What is…

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Food Hurts. Food Heals.

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We all know food is medicine by now. We know food has the molecular power to change our genetic expression, physiology, and function in infinite and profound ways. We know food is us at the most foundational level.

It works both ways. Food hurts. Food heals.

It’s easy to turn to foods that taste good, make us feel better, give us a “high,” a hit of pleasure to help us numb the suffering…

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Foundational Intensive Nutrition Energy (FINE) Food Plan

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The Foundational Intensive Nutrition Energy Food Plan (FINE)—a Real Food Plan for Energy Nutrition

This is your foundational energy nutrition healing food plan.

In some ways this food plan is about going back to our roots. To eating real food, grown in favorable conditions, prepared simply and deliciously, shared with those we love, eaten slowly, and just enough to meet our needs.

But its also…

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Chocolate Mania

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Yep. That’s me—a chocolate maniac. My favorite food, drug, and best friend (sorry pooches!) all rolled up into one freakish substance!

Check out what I concocted today that knocked my socks off and rocked my world…

Divine Cocoa-Blueberry Pudding

Place in high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 5-6 ounces coconut yogurt (CoYo brand)
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened…

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Fewer Genes Than a Grain of Rice–Our Genetic Story

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Yep. As humans, we have fewer genes in our books of life than a grain of rice. Or a worm. Or many of God’s smallest creatures.

Does that mean we’re just puny and insignificant? Do we have far fewer options than we believed? Less wiggle room as our destinies unfold? Did the genome project leave us high and dry?

Not at all. In fact, the truth about our genetic legacy is just the opposite.

Let’s…

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Dieting for Weight Loss is a Big Fat Myth

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How many of us have gone on diets to lose weight? Only to fail, gain it all back, or, worse, lose the weight but feel worse (remember the low fat diets of the last century? Yah, that happened to me!)…

Ultimately it’s all about optimizing body composition—the inevitable loss of fat that occurs when we live our lives in ways that best suit our unique genetics.

That’s right—the road to optimal…

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Pasture-Raised Meat: Healthy, Safe, and Sustainable

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Benefitting from the nutrition of healthy, pasture-raised meat is part of our genetic legacy. There are key nutrients that we can only get from consuming animal-derived food. But how do we do it safely? Without cruelty? In a way that’s safe and sustainable for our environment?

There are some who advocate not eating meat at all, not distinguishing pasture-raised meat from its less healthy…

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