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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do you eat?

    The big picture: every fruit and vegetable imaginable as well as beans/legumes, rice, quinoa, limited tofu and whole wheat pasta.  Now for the specifics: I start almost every meal with a salad.  Salads can be so much more than lettuce and tomatoes.  Then I have either rice and beans or quinoa, and usually another vegetable and a fruit (yes, fruit is awesome for dinner and the kids love it!)

    Here's a typical day:

    Breakfast Example 1:
    Smoothie with kale, milk alternative yogurt and fruit

    Lunch Example 1:
    Butternut squash soup and salad (or just a salad if you are in a pinch)

    Dinner Example 1:
    Salad with power greens base from Trader Joe's (spinach, kale and collards). Then add some sunflower seeds (I love the crunch), red onion and grapefruit.  Top with some rice vinegar (add a dash of oil if needed, but eventually you won't need it).  Then add quinoa with basil, pine nuts and garlic. And finally, roasted beets. Yum!

    The greatest thing about a plant-based diet is there is no calorie watching!  You can eat as many fruits and vegetables as you would like.  You will feel full and satisfied quicker than if you were eating a heavy meat or dairy-based meal.

  • What is the difference between plant-based and vegan?

    Some people compare or think that it’s the same thing as vegan. The difference is subtle and really depends on the context. Vegan is commonly used to describe a person who is morally opposed to not just eating animals and their by-products, but also wearing them.  Whereas, someone who is plant-based typically follows an animal-free diet with minimally processed foods, whole foods, and a low oil diet. This is what I believe in and follow.

  • Do you have to be 100% to see results?

    This is where you have to make a personal choice.  I have found that in most cases, over time, your cravings for meat or dairy will subside.  I also believe strongly that you have to do something that you can live with.  You may feel that if you decide to never have a hamburger again that you will think about it 24/7.  However, if you decide that you will eat a burger on special occasions or once a month, then do whatever works for you personally.  All research and data have been done on an "all or nothing" scenario.  I suggest to my clients to do the best that they can.  If they are not seeing the results that they want, then make the necessary adjustments.  With that being said, if you have suffered from some acute illness or have a chronic illness that requires medical treatment, then you should make all attempts to embrace a plant-based lifestyle 100%.

  • What is the cost difference?

    When buying vegetables in season and your dry and canned goods in bulk, I think you will see a drop in your grocery bill.  Of course, as with any change in your lifestyle, there may be some initial costs associated with getting your kitchen and pantry plant-friendly.

  • Time commitment?

    If you are cooking for yourself and family now, then the time commitment will depend if you are doing this transition solo or if you are going to sign up for meal plans.  Cooking plant-based is not difficult but you will need to get used to some basics and get an idea of what you would like to eat on a weekly basis.

  • When will I see results?

    Most clients feel a change in their energy level, decreased bloating, heartburn and loss of pounds in the first week.  This of course depends on your level of commitment. I usually recommend that you consult your physician if you have not have had recent blood analysis and then repeat after three months of following a plant-based diet.

  • How will I get enough protein?

    Research shows that we only need about .6g/kg of body weight of protein or about a minimum of 4-5% of total calories.  Every vegetable we eat has protein.  Rice, quinoa and legumes all have protein.  There are even body builders who maintain their physique on an all plant-based diet.  Just eat a variety of grains, beans and vegetables and there is no need to count grams of protein. You will get the protein needed effortlessly.


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