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Why not make 2015 your best year yet?

weekly tips, tricks, and expert advice from yours truly
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Hi, I’m Ryan!

Why not make 2015 your best year yet?

weekly tips, tricks, and expert advice from yours truly

Hi, I’m Ryan!

Why not make 2015 your best year yet?

weekly tips, tricks, and expert advice from yours truly

9 Slimming Smoothie Recipes Just for You!

I can’t tell you how pumped I am for longer days with loads of sun. If your temps have yet to start warming up I hope you are are somewhere warm laying on a beach sipping a Pina Colada or at the very least pretending that you are!  If you know me, you know I am not a roll in the snow kind of girl. Give me me the sun and the sand and I am one happy chica!

Speaking of happy…when I first started studying nutrition (and by studying nutrition I mean ditching the diets and focusing and learning about REAL food) I was introduced to smoothies, specifically green smoothies. At the time they were known as “green monsters” and I didn’t own my beloved VitaMix Blender. The thought of drinking my spinach versus eating it honestly made me cringe. I’ve noticed this is the same for most of my clients. When my clients first start working with me they turn up their nose and gag a little at the thought of chugging down a little spinach or kale or they just can’t get past the color, but eventually they come to the other side and smoothies become part of their daily routine. I recommend an inexpensive blender (mine was a Magic Bullet), some amazing recipes and they fall in love.

Now it’s your turn!

Simply share your email (I promise not to spam you), dust off your blender and enjoy my favorite go to smoothie recipes. Click here and get these amazing recipes delivered to your inbox.

Which one are you trying today?

xo,
Ryan

Five Things Friday

Hey There! TGIF, right?

In the Spirit of October, bring on the pumpkin! Here are five recipes from around the web with my fall favorite, pumpkin!

Pumpkin for breakfast? Yes, please! Pumpkin Spice Latte Quinoa Breakfast Casserole brough to you by Healthful Pursuit.

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 Hummus, anyone?? Pumpkin Hummus courtesy of The Fitnessista.

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Need a snack? Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites to the rescue courtesy of Gimme Some Oven.

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This time of year, nothing sounds better than soup to warm you up. Roasted Pumpkin Soup courtesy of Martha :)

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 Pumpkin pie in 2 minutes? Absolutely, thanks to Delighted Momma!

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Which one are you making this weekend?

xo,
Ryan

Five Things Friday!

Happy Friday! I have mentioned before I am cookbook fanatic!  I read them like novels. There are a few on my radar  that I am really excited for.  You will notice that mostly are plant based because that’s my interest, however I think if you give a few of these books a chance you may get a few ideas for a Meatless Monday meal, a new side dish or a delicious dessert.

Eat to Live Cookbook: 200 Delicious Nutrient-Rich Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health I am a huge fan of Dr. Joel Fuhrman and his work. I first heard of  the New York Times Best Selling Author in a celebrity gossip mag. Funny, right? Alanis Morissette was going vegan and his best seller, Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition was her guide. If you haven’t read this book,  I suggest that you do regardless if you want to be a vegetarian or a vegan. This book will make you re-think they way you do food and at least make you want to consume more vegetables. Clearly, I am a huge fan so you can imagine how excited I was to see that Dr. Fuhrman was releasing a cookbook! I pre-ordered mine already and you can, too!

 

Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking I first heard of Vedge, a vegan eatery in Philadelphia when Gena reviewed the restaurant in 2012. (Read review here.) Fast forward to June of this year and Rich Landau, the owner and chef of Vedge was on one of my favorite shows, Chopped. Not only was he one of the competitors, but he won! Soon after, Rich Landau was featured in the August issue of Food & Wine Magazine with a few beautiful recipes from his cookbook which will be released September 3, 2013. It’s on my wishlist and I am hoping to get it for my birthday. In the meantime, you and I can peruse a few of his recipes here.

 

 


Canyon Ranch: Nourish: Indulgently Healthy Cuisine This book has been on my radar for probably two years. Gina mentioned it in a post about it being one of her “go to” cookbooks and it has been in my amazon cart ever since. I have also picked it up to browse the gorgeous photos at my local bookstore on more than one occasion and long for it to be in my collection. This has a little something for everyone, including chicken, fish and my favorite, vegetables.

 

 

365 Vegan Smoothies: Boost Your Health With a Rainbow of Fruits and Veggies Let me introduce you to  Kathy Patalsky. Kathy is the voice of the blog, Healthy. Happy. Life. and an amazing photographer. Seriously. Her photos alone will have you salivating and ready to lick your computer screen. I am an avid smoothie drinker, but sometimes get burned out on my combinations. I find one I like and then drink it until the thought makes me want to vomit. TMI?  Imagine having a new one for everyday of the year.

 

 

Practically Raw Desserts: Flexible Recipes for All-Natural Sweets and Treats We certainly can’t forget about dessert! Chef Amber Shea, has recently come out with her 2nd cookbook, all about desserts. Without seeing the inside, I assume it will be set up similarly to her first book, Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make, which is amazing and it totally one of my “go to” cookbooks. Not only does she give instructions on how to keep a recipe raw, but she also tells you how to make the recipe if you don’t have a dehydrator by using your oven.

 

Have a great weekend!

xo,
Ryan

Fourteen before Twenty Fourteen

Can you believe it’s August 1st??  With only five months left in the year, how are those New Year resolutions looking?  The past few years, I haven’t really made “resolutions” per say, however I always have an ongoing list of things I would like to accomplish or do and sometimes get to and sometimes don’t.  So, last week, I decided to create a Fourteen before Twenty Fourteen list. Easy enough, right? Five months left in the year, 14 items to check off.

Here is my list:

  1. Take a knife skills class.
  2. Visit 3 new wineries.
  3. Make a raw pizza.
  4. Go horseback riding.
  5. Commit to a 30 day yoga challenge. (This started today)
  6. Take a photography class. (Have you noticed I rarely post pictures?)
  7. Create and document 5 new smoothie recipes. (I typically just jam whatever is in the fridge into my blender. Documenting is key!)
  8. Go to 1 movie a month.
  9. Eat at Elizabeth’s Gone Raw.
  10. Try 1 new recipe a week from my ever expanding cookbook collection.
  11. Read 1 fiction book a month. (I get so caught up in reading health and wellness books I forget to escape with fiction.)
  12. Create a morning ritual.
  13. Get Crafty! Make something with all of the wine corks I have been collecting.
  14. Update my vision board.

What are you getting to before the end of the year?

xo,
Ryan

9 Slimming Smoothie Recipes Just for You!

I can’t tell you how pumped I am for longer days with loads of sun. If your temps have yet to start warming up I hope you are are somewhere warm laying on a beach sipping a Pina Colada or at the very least pretending that you are!  If you know me, you know I am not a roll in the snow kind of girl. Give me me the sun and the sand and I am one happy chica! Speaking of happy…when I first started studying nutrition (and by studying nutrition I mean ditching the diets and focusing and learning Read More

Five Things Friday

Hey There! TGIF, right? In the Spirit of October, bring on the pumpkin! Here are five recipes from around the web with my fall favorite, pumpkin! Pumpkin for breakfast? Yes, please! Pumpkin Spice Latte Quinoa Breakfast Casserole brough to you by Healthful Pursuit.  Hummus, anyone?? Pumpkin Hummus courtesy of The Fitnessista. Need a snack? Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites to the rescue courtesy of Gimme Some Oven. This time of year, nothing sounds better than soup to warm you up. Roasted Pumpkin Soup courtesy of Martha  Pumpkin pie in 2 minutes? Absolutely, thanks to Delighted Momma! Which one are you making Read More

Five Things Friday!

Happy Friday! I have mentioned before I am cookbook fanatic!  I read them like novels. There are a few on my radar  that I am really excited for.  You will notice that mostly are plant based because that’s my interest, however I think if you give a few of these books a chance you may get a few ideas for a Meatless Monday meal, a new side dish or a delicious dessert. Eat to Live Cookbook: 200 Delicious Nutrient-Rich Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health I am a huge fan of Dr. Joel Fuhrman and Read More

Fourteen before Twenty Fourteen

Can you believe it’s August 1st??  With only five months left in the year, how are those New Year resolutions looking?  The past few years, I haven’t really made “resolutions” per say, however I always have an ongoing list of things I would like to accomplish or do and sometimes get to and sometimes don’t.  So, last week, I decided to create a Fourteen before Twenty Fourteen list. Easy enough, right? Five months left in the year, 14 items to check off. Here is my list: Take a knife skills class. Visit 3 new wineries. Make a raw pizza. Go Read More

Five Things Friday!

Happy Friday! How is your raw til dinner challenge going?  I have received quite a few emails asking for ideas on how to make this challenge a little easier in the way of convenience food. When you are dealing with fresh, real food, your convenience food options are limited because the food is fresh, no overly processed junk here! But, because I know you are busy here are few tips (five to be exact) to get you started! 1. Preparation! You must prepare for your week.  You should be doing this even if you aren’t participating in the challenge. Meal Read More

From Around the Web {meal inspiration}

I am a foodie at heart and want to share some of my favorite meals from around the web to help get you started off on the right foot for some serious raw til dinner meal inspiration that will have your taste buds screaming for more! I just made this recipe this morning, and although it’s not 100% raw, it certainly fits the bill for breakfast, snack or dessert. Check out Strawberry Chia Pudding by The Kitchn. Almond Butter Sesame Noodles by Chef Amber Shea is my “go to” dish when gathering with friends or family. It’s also a favorite Read More

Raw Til Dinner {Challenge}

Hey there folks! With today being June 1st, it only seems appropriate to start a challenge. Especially since here in the Washington, DC area we are in full swing summer temperatures and with hot temps I crave cool foods! I only think it’s appropriate to have a raw til dinner challenge!! Won’t you join me? What is raw til dinner? Foods consumed prior to dinner should be plant based and heated no higher than 118 degrees. What will I eat? Think cool green vegetable juices and smoothies, delicious raw soups, zucchini noodle dishes, huge farmer’s market salad…you get the picture? Read More

A Confession and A Manual

As you know if you read any of my posts, as a business owner I keep my hands in quite a few pots. Sometimes over extending myself. I know you can relate. I am just like you I have a career, I’m a wife, I have family commitments and I have a social life. The same pattern that reoccurs for my clients, also reoccurs for me. I tend to put myself and my needs last and if you subscribe to my newsletter, you know this issue has come up before and I was quite sick and took a step back for a little Read More

My Magic Pill

As a health coach, I am constantly asked the question, “What do you eat? or “How do you eat? Are you Vegetarian or Vegan? Paleo?” I always hesitate before answering, because like you, I have struggled in the past with weight loss. I wanted a magic pill. I was a chronic dieter and was on the dieting roller coaster for quite some time. I would diet, lose weight, stop dieting, binge, gain the weight back and start all over. Good times. I don’t like rules (but, I do like suggestions) and I don’t want to be rigid. With that said, I am Read More

Five Things Friday!

Remember the days of dreading of September?  My husband and I were talking about how thankful we were not to be heading back to school after Labor Day. Back to school, report cards and school supplies. As an adult I love September. It brings structure for me. A time to renew. I have been organizing my office and brain storming over upcoming projects, which I will share later. For now, I will share 5 things I love about September! 1.  My anniversary is the 16th. 2. My birthday is the 27th. Seeing a common theme? Both days I assume I Read More

Five Things Friday!

Sorry for missing the last 2 Fridays, but I was spending my time looking at this. I am sure you can understand. Today, I want to share with you some of the blogs that I constantly turn to when I need motivation or inspiration…some of these I read on a daily basis. When I first started truly understanding and researching healthy living, I found the blog Choosing Raw. Gena (the voice of Choosing Raw) and I often joke that she was my gateway blog. Gena practices a gentle, non preachy approach to veganism and a no fuss approach to raw food.  Read More

Five Things Friday!

Hmmm. There are so many things I want to cover on the new “Five Things Friday” edition. Last week was kind of random, but I feel the majority of items were fitness/work out related. This week I want to cover cooking gadgets and tools! Things I don’t feel I could live without….. 1.  My Vitamix!  I can do EVERYTHING with this guy. Soups, smoothies, ice cream, sauces…you name it and the Vitamix has you covered! I know it has a hefty price tag, but so worth it especially when you use it daily and in our house it gets used multiple times Read More

Five Things Friday!!

Based on a few on my favorite blogs, I have decided to dedicate Friday posts (yes, I am going to start posting again) to five things I am really loving! So, here we go! 1. Back on the Pole! After a 2 month hiatus, I got back on the pole last night. Oh, how I miss flipping upside down, dancing and sweating it out with a group of fun ladies! This is definitely going to be making a regular appearance in my work out routine again. 2. Sunsets on the water! Can anything really beat this? 3. Anything by Pitbull! Read More

Where Have You Been?

Hee. Hee. I kid. The real question is where the hell have I been? Long story short, this past week I was at a conference with 400 other health coaches working on providing better service and programs to our clients. Talk about Inspired!! Just look at this room… A lot of other stuff has been going on, too. As many of you know, I assist my friend and fellow health coach, Robin Shirley, with planning the Bi-Annual Take Back Your Health Conference (which was amazing, I encourage you to join us in October!) and assisted Robin with the launch of the International Health Read More

In Like a Lion. Out Like a Lamb.

Hmmmm. Not looking so much like a lion over here today… Bring on Spring!  Don’t get me wrong, I have been extremely thankful for the mild winter, but am looking forward to 70 degree days. Consistently. This warm one day and cold the next business has got to go! February was busy. I didn’t post once. I went to New York to study under the beautiful and talented Doris Choi and was certified as Detox Chef based on the Rose Method developed by Natalia Rose. Since then I have been busy playing in the kitchen, developing a new program for Read More

One Year Ago Today…

I left my corporate job of 8.5 years to pursue something bigger. Something better for me. I chased my dream of helping others live happier and healthier lives. And guess what? I’m doing it. Sure, sometimes it gets tough. Change can sometimes be hard. Putting yourself out there can be hard. But, so worth it. I get beautiful notes from clients who willingly give testimonials after working with me.  I look back at my Farwell to 2011 post where I recall what I have accomplished since leaving and it keeps the fire in me lit to keep me moving forward.  Although I don’t post as often Read More

Sometimes You Are Going to Want to Give Up!

Whether it’s the latest diet you are on, an issue at work or a relationship you are in, there are going to be times that you want to give up and throw in the towel.  You may have second thoughts on a decision you have made or have something happen to you that makes you wonder “Why the hell is this happening to me?” Life can sometimes be hard, right? But, then something amazing may happen. Like finally getting into a graduate program you have worked so hard for or finally getting recognition at work when all this time you have been Read More

New Year Resolutions & How to NOT Throw in the Towel!

I remember as a child listening to my parents talk about resolutions and as I grew older listening to friends and family vow to lose weight and join gyms.  I get it. I was on the band wagon, too. I have always been one to resolve to do something at the beginning of a new year, a new month or a new week. Every year I have a list and this year, I guess you could say that I am somewhat throwing that out the window or at least I am taking an entirely different approach than I have in the Read More

Happy Twenty Twelve!!

Happy New Year Everyone and Welcome Twenty Twelve! I  just know you are going to be one amazing year! I hope everyone had a wonderful night! I’ll be posting a bit later, so make sure to come back! xo, Ryan   Read More

Farewell 2011!

As I sit here counting down the last hours of the year 2011, which has been amazing fore me,  I can’t help but be super excited about Twenty Twelve! I really think it will be the best year yet! In the last year I… Completed my health coaching certification. Completed my Living on Raw Food Teaching certification. Left my corporate job to follow my passion for helping people and creating delicious food with excellent nutrition. Participated in my first Vegan Bake Sale with Compassion for Animals. Traveled to conferences in amazing places  like Miami, Orange County, CA and Philadelphia. Teamed up with Read More

Holiday Weight Gain? No More!

My Top 5 Tips to Surviving the Holidays Do you ever dread this time of year? Endless baked goods at the office, holiday parties, the stress of out of town guests and long shopping days? I am here to share with you my top 5 tips for surviving the holidays! I too, used to dread this time of year. It was almost a double edged sword because I love the holidays! The decorations, the music the family gatherings, but the amount of food and the weight I would gain during this time of year would put me in a tail Read More

In Full Swing

CRAZY!! That’s right….it has been one crazy month!!  I went to Philadelphia, am planning new programs to offer in the new year and wrapping up with clients before the holiday rush starts. Note: I will not be seeing any private clients until January 1, 2012. However, I am offering new programs and people have already starting signing up to start off the new year in the right direction!  An awesome deal went out in today’s newsletter. Not on the list? Sign up here!! On another note, I hope things are going wonderfully for you and you are gearing up to spend Read More

The 30 Day Vegan Challenge: Conclusion

Wow!  30 days!!!  If you have been reading along, you know that I took The 30-Day Vegan Challenge with Colleen Patrick-Groudreau. I have detailed the book by day, giving you a glimpse of what Colleen shares in her book. The last two days covered weight loss and fashion with day 30 discussing how not to get caught up in perfection. Day 30 may have been the best section of the book. While the other “days” were certainly informative, Day 30 covers “Intention, Not Perfection”. I think the idea of perfection may be why some are often put off by a  plant based lifestyle.  British activist Read More

The 30 Day Vegan Challenge: Day 22-27

October has been hectic! I was asked this weekend at the Take Back Your Health Conference if I was managing  my challenge while living in the hotel for weekend. With Whole Food’s being a sponsor and serving up Kale Salad with a chickpea mixture everyday (oh and the vegan pumpkin bread didn’t hurt either) it wasn’t that hard! Day 22 Keeping Things Moving with Fiber: If you know me, you know I have no issues talking about poop.  It is what it is and everyone does it, so let’s not be shy here. Colleen discusses the difference between soluble fiber and insoluble Read More

The 30 Day Vegan Challenge: Day 16 through 21

Good Afternoon!  I am on Day 21 of  The 30 Day Vegan Challenge and before I recap let me tell you how I am feeling! Things are going well and I am SO glad I decided to do this challenge. I seriously can not believe that there are only 9 days left.  I have had a few slips and struggles, but have recovered quickly. I feel well rested, energetic and I have lost weight.  I want to make it clear that I did not go into this  challenge wanting or hoping to lose weight. It just happened. The other thing I have Read More

The 30 Day Vegan Challenge: Day 9 through 15

I can’t believe it! I just realized I am half way through this challenge. Before I go into a recap of what I am learning from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s book, I want to make sure I share what I have struggled with.  I have cravings for cheese. There. I said it!   So glad to get that off my chest. I hadn’t been open about it, for fear of being judged. But, I read an incredible post today by Gena over at her blog, Choosing Raw. Gena wrote a post about the book,  The 30-Day Vegan Challenge and discusses the importance of sharing your struggles. Read More

Explanation

I realize I haven’t updated since Thursday. I went out of town and am just recovering from a stomach virus that had me eating nothing,  but saltines and drinking ginger ale (I don’t know if that works, but my mom always gave it to me as a child). I could not look at food or keep any down….probably more than you wanted to know, but I was able to get down some of Amy’s No Chicken Noodle soup tonight.  I will be updating the challenge tomorrow. Off to rest! Ryan Read More

The 30 Day Vegan Challenge: Day 7 & 8

Good Morning!!  I wanted to give a brief recap of days 7 & 8. I really thought I would have more blog worthy photos of food, but this week has come and gone and I have been eating on the run.   I have been trying out a few new recipes,  all of which still need work, but I do love being back in the kitchen.  I am really taking into consideration the pointers that Colleen gives for planning your meals and cooking at home. I am planning for next week and  my cookbooks are all marked up!  Day 7: “Starting off the Day Read More

The 30 Day Vegan Challenge: Day 3, 4, 5 & 6

Hello! This weekend was a whirl wind.  Friday started early for as I had to set up for the Mid-Atlantic Dachshund Phest which was on Saturday. The Mid-Atlantic Dachshund Phest, also know as the MADP is an annual event to educate and celebrate dachshunds…best day ever for dachshund lovers. From the time I left my house at 9am Friday it was go, go, go! I feel like I only returned home to sleep.  My hours away from home looked kind of like this: Friday–9am-9pm, Saturday 7am-9pm and Sunday I was up bright and early for health coaching clients at 8am…YIKES!!  Food was on the go for the entire Read More

The 30 Day Vegan Challenge: Day 2

Hey everyone!!  Today Colleen covers “Eating Healthy Affordably”.  Being a health coach and nutrition educator I often hear how expensive it is to eat healthy.  I have always argued that meat is what drives the grocery bills.  Back when I ate meat, I could always tell when it was a heavy meat week. The bill would be $20 higher even when buying chicken and ground beef. Both are considered inexpensive meat products. The other high cost item that drives the grocery bills are processed foods which includes faux meat. The verdict: stick to the bulk bins and produce aisles for affordable healthy eating. Colleen continues Read More

The 30 Day Vegan Challenge: Day 1

Hey there!  I hope your day is going wonderful. I have had a fantastic day working with clients…they inspire me to keep learning and do more. I am very lucky to have them. Yesterday,  I mentioned giving up dairy and eggs and going vegan for 30 days as a birthday gift to myself.  I am using Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s book, The 30 Day Vegan Challenge as my guide. This book walks you through day by day with a different subject. Day 1: Stocking the Healthful Vegan Kitchen. I probably should have read this over the weekend and hit the grocery store, but  I didn’t. Being a vegetarian, Read More

The 30-Day Vegan Challenge

You know what I almost love as much as dachshunds and chai lattes? This….. I am an Amazon addict. Love! Love! Love!  I was super exicted to receive my copy of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s new book,  The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.  I have all of Colleen’s cookbooks and love them, so I am sure this will not disappoint. In this book she debunks myths concerning veganism and shares tips, such as stocking a pantry and how to get enough B-12, as well as her favorite recipes. For the past two years I have been a vegetarian that eats cheese and eggs (latco-ovo vegetarian for you Read More

Rain Recap & Raw Goodness

Do you know how happy I have been  to wake up to this?  And not this? Ugh! This time last week my neighborhood was under water….well a little. Both entrances were closed because the  little stream had grown to this! Weekend Recap!  This past weekend I headed to Frederick, Maryland to study under Chef Chelly. Chelly is a fellow IIN graduate, health coach and a Raw food chef, teacher and instructor through Alissa Cohen’s Living on Live Food Program.  She is an amazing chef and educator of raw foods. If you are in the area, you really should check her out. She Read More

And the winner is….

Ina!!  You won the “Peas and Thank You” cookbook give away! Please shoot me an email with the address where you want the book shipped to ryan@blissfulliving.net  You are going to love the book!  Everyone else, thank you so much for leaving comments In other news, sorry for the lack of posts. I have been a bit under the weather and haven’t been eating too much and really have done much other than work at the center…not sure if it’s all this rain (my house backs up to a stream and it’s flooded!  Traffic couldn’t get through yesterday and thankfully Read More

“Peas and Thank You” Cookbook Give Away!

Happy Labor Day!  Hmmm…do you even really say “Happy Labor Day”? I mean, we say it for everything else…Happy Fourth Of July, Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving….oh well! Happy Labor Day anyway!  It’s been a rainy one here so time was spent painting the kitchen. Fun! Fun! Now, on to the good stuff! I have a special cookbook give away for you!  If you are not familiar with the  blog Peas and Thank You or Mama Pea herself, I suggest you scoot on over to her site and introduce yourself and take a look around.  Mama Pea used to be a lawyer and Read More

Last Chance

Gorgeous weather again today and signs of fall are here. Wooo! I absolutely love fall…all things pumpkin, leggings, boots, ah! Can’t wait!  Today started with a run, running errands and posting flyers for the conference. I also had lunch today with the adorable Allie of Live Laugh Eat.  I had reached out to Allie about a month or so ago to do a conference ticket give away  to her readers, shortly after she made the move from Charlottesville back to Northern Virginia so I asked her to lunch! Yes, she really is that cute in person, too! We talked everything from running, college, Read More

Staying Dry

Hey there! I hope everyone is safe and dry after Irene.  I hated all that rain, but absolutely love this gorgeous weather we are having in Virginia.  These cool mornings have me craving the warmth of oatmeal and that is exactly what I had after my morning run. In the mix: oats, banana, vanilla soy milk (I was out of almond milk), sunflower butter, Trader Joe’s Fig Butter and chia seeds. Yummy!  I followed this delicious and warm breakfast with a cool dish for lunch.  Spiralized zucchini, broccoli and carrots topped with Gena’s Alfredo Sauce. I went back and forth about if I should post what I Read More

One Year Ago Today…

I wrote my very first blog post!  I went back and read what I wrote…so many things have changed. I no longer drink coffee or sit at my desk in Corporate America reading blogs when I should have been working. Well, I still read them. Just from the comfort of my home (when I should be working).  If you have been reading from the beginning…all 55 posts (I need to do better), I definitely thank you…even if my readers are still just friends and family! xo, Ryan PS: Look for a special cookbook give away Monday. AND:  Have you purchased your your Read More

Chocolate Cherry Yum

Cold, Creamy & Chocolate. What more could you ask for??  Try starting your day with this or using it as a snack. Chocolate Cherry Yum Smoothie Serves 1      1 cup hemp milk (you could use the milk of your preference)      1 cup frozen cherries      1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds      1-2 scoops chocolate protein (I used Sun Warrior)      2 handfuls of spinach (approx. 2 cups)      1 cup ice      Top with a few Cacao Nibs Blend and sip!!  Delicious! xo, Ryan     Read More

A Whole Lot of Changing Going On!

Looks different around here, huh??  Keep your eyes peeled for more changes, more programs and some new blog series. I can’t wait for you to experience them all and I can’t wait to be your guide to healthy living.  Don’t be too hard on me…I am still cleaning up some of the old stuff/colors. Stuff to keep you busy… Buy your tickets yet? You won’t want to miss the Take Back Your Health Conference in Arlington, Virginia.  It will be the hottest, most informative conference on the East Coast. Get your tickets here! Heard about the benefits of a plant based diet, but not sure Read More

Bye July. Hello August!

July is over. Let’s just say that I took the month off.  I read a blog post written my someone who I have a ton of respect for. Her name is Christie Inge. She is a certified Intuitive Eating Coach, as well as a certified Holistic Health Coach.  She wrote a post called “There Are No Magic Wands”.  If you get a chance, you need to check it out. It’s about doing your own work…working on yourself, hitting a bump in the road and moving on. Learning from your mistakes. At least that is what I got out of it.  It Read More

Updates!!

Hey everyone! About a week ago, I mentioned the Take Back Your Health Conference.  If you haven’t checked out the site, do so now. We have added an incredible list of speakers and time is ticking to take advantage of the early bird registration.  This is a conference you won’t want to miss…whether you have been dealing with health issues of your own or you just want to live a healthier lifestyle, this conference is for you. In the past I have had to travel to the West Coast for a conference like this, now we are making all this information Read More

Take Back Your Health Conference

June, really? Almost over? Huh? Ok, so ya may be thinking I have been slacking. But, no not really.  I have actually been working on bringing some brilliant speakers in the field of health and nutrition to the East Coast.  This is exciting news people!! Right here to the DC area so you can better your health. Check out the website here and get tickets at a discount until July 15th! So, who is on the agenda? Sally Fallon Morrell from the Weston A Price Foundation. An articulate communicator, Sally Fallon Morell blends culinary expertise with a finely honed capacity to cut Read More

Introducing…

Jason Wrobel!  I had the privilege of meeting Jason when I was in Orange County for the Longevity Conference. Jason is a raw food chef who is absolutely hysterically funny and has yummy recipes and food to share.  I’m telling you The Food Network is completely missing out on this guy!  Please check him out at his website and on his You Tube Channel. Enjoy! Ryan Read More

April is nearly over!

And I have barely been online!  Since the end of March I have been on the go…family medical issues, Longevity, additional training and building a fantastic program to jump start your health! I absolutely can not wait to share this program with you. It is going to be fabulous! A wrap up on the raw until dinner challenge I did during the month of March. I ended up losing 6 lbs and have kept it off. Which means it is a healthy and real weight loss. I have not been eating only raw until dinner, but am eating both cooked and Read More

Passport To Prana

I just saw this little juicy tidbit in one of my magazines and had to share!  Passport To Prana is a multi-studio yoga pass that allows you to attend one class at each participating studio for just $30. Expiration dates vary depending on your city, so make sure you check that out prior to purchase.  Unfortunately, my neck of the woods is not on the list yet…C’mon Washington, DC, get on the band wagon!  So, for those of us who can’t downward dog with participating cities such as Tampa, Chicago, San Francisco etc., check out www.padmani.com for a free yoga podcast Read More

Raw Til Dinner Challenge–Update #2

Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you all well…especially with these longer, sunny days that mother nature is giving us! Just a quick little update on my Raw Til Dinner Challenge. I have been handling it pretty well, still a bit snotty but, am starting to feel really good. I am not so tired and sluggish. I have also lost 4 pounds, a nice slow healthy loss of 2 pounds per week. Not too shabby and I am pretty thrilled since bikini season is poking it’s little head around the corner! Food has been fairly simple, still lots of juice, raw veggies, Read More

Grocery Store Tours Now Available!!

Hello People! I am happy to announce that if you live in the Northern Virginia area, grocery store tours are now available from yours truly What do you get? A 90 minute personal grocery store tour which includes question and answer time and handouts  to help you navigate the store with ease and confidence so that you understand what you are putting in your body.  Think shopping and storing organic food, organic on a budget,  additives to avoid, and more!  Investment in your health? Just $75!  If you have a friend or two that would like to tag along, just add $25 per friend. Contact Me Read More