Hello plant-lovers! As you may know, I have the enormous privilege of working with Planted Tables Meals as their Plant-based Wellness Expert. I am beyond grateful and fulfilled by the conversations I have with PT members and potential members, who come to this organization because they want to eat more plants, have a longer healthier life, reduce medications, increase fitness, and reduce plastic waste and care for the environment! We receive lots of thoughtful questions about plant-based eating and I’m excited to share one of them with you today. What about calorie-counting?! Have you ever wondered about this? I am speaking from and my training and education in Mind-Body Nutrition, Eating Psychology and Human Development when I say that at Planted Table, we honor a healthy, mindful eating approach — not a dieting mentality (and I am a weight loss coach)! Intuitive and Mindful Eating

Hello my beautiful plant-eaters, I love this month's topic.   It has been said that alkalinity could be the key to living a long and disease-free life, and that disease and disorder cannot take root in a body that has a balanced pH. That’s no small feat! This could be something that has a life-or-death impact on us. How do we ensure we have a balanced pH? I have amazing news. Research shows that diets consisting of highly alkaline foods, which are fresh vegetables, fruits and unprocessed plant-based sources of protein, result in a more alkaline pH level, which helps protect healthy cells and balance essential mineral levels. (2) In fact, a 2012 review from the Journal of Environmental Health found that balancing the body’s pH though an alkaline diet can be helpful in reducing morbidity and mortality from numerous chronic diseases and ailments. (1) That is how we get this right  — by eating plants! Simply

Hello my beautiful plant-eaters, We are tackling a big topic today. I’m excited about it. This particular topic impacts energy levels, sleep, comfortable, pain, mood, and more. According to a Harvard Medical School report, it plays a central role in some of the most challenging diseases of our time, including rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and even Alzheimer’s. Do you know the ailment to which I’m referring? It’s inflammation. Now, inflammation isn’t all bad. The human body is designed for homeostasis and self-healing. Inflammation is intended for that. It is a cellular response to injury that helps the injury heal, in partnership with the immune system. The key difference here is that the inflammation can morph and persist for months or even years even when there is no specific injury or disease. The importance of this issue is very meaningful to me, as my goal

I have good news. Your veggies are packed with Calcium! So you can definitely put down the cow’s milk (if you haven’t already, and you’ll automatically reduce inflammation when you do). Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, and 99% of it is stored in our bones and teeth. Calcium does a lot for us — it helps build bones, supports nerve conduction, heartbeat regulation, muscle function, and weight maintenance. Since we need other nutrients to help us digest and absorb Calcium (like Magnesium i.e., avocado, Vitamin D i.e., mushrooms, and Vitamin K i.e., broccoli) it’s best to get the Calcium we need from real food sources. What are some of these sources? There are plenty! Such as: Chia seeds Kale Okra Bok Choy Almonds Broccoli Rhubarb Amaranth Watercress Soybeans/Edamame Tofu Tempeh Tahini Figs White Beans Navy Beans Lentils Almond Butter Cabbage Collard Greens

"Local" has become a bit of a buzzword, hasn't it? More and more people are realizing the benefits of local, organic produce, as well as the importance of knowing where their food comes from. Have you ever noticed the little signs or stickers in the grocery store produce section that show the food's country of origin? Here’s the thing, locally grown foods contain more nutrients. Here’s why — food picked while in season, from nearby farms, has a shorter travel time to you, which means more nutrients are retained by the time you eat it. How local is local, you ask? Let’s just say, the closer the better. It could come from your home state or region, or within 50-100 miles, or maybe from farmers that you personally meet at the market. Local is really about small-scale, community-based values. We are especially fortunate being in California and

Hello my fellow plant lovers! I am personally very thankful today to have the opportunity to write to you about how your body appreciates and responds to you eating more plant-based, whole foods. It’s a subject that is near and dear to my heart, considering how many people are lost to heart disease In America every single day. By choosing more plants, you are choosing a path to a longer life with more natural energy and vitality — and you’re setting an example for those around you. Thank you! In my line of work as a Wellness Coach, I am lucky enough to see people transform, and then I get to see their family members transform as well, and then I get to hear about how their family friends and colleagues are starting to as well. I hear about them ordering Planted Table for their