Congrats to Rachel and Karen, the winners of last week’s giveaway! We’ll be in touch to send you a copy of Julieanna Hever’s new book The Vegiterranean Diet!

If you didn’t win, don’t fret, because we are hosting another giveaway for you this week!

Details to follow, but first lets pull the curtains, dim the lights, and talk about…planning and organization. After all, is there a sexier topic with which to start the new year?

Oh, you’d rather hear about 102 Fast Health Fixes? (a headline straight from the cover of Women’s Health magazine.) And we wonder why somewhere around 88% of New Year Resolutions fail!

In my mind there is nothing sexier than success, and one of the best ways we can engineer a win for ourselves is by making decisions in advance.

If you know exactly what you are going to eat when you come home tired after a long day or what snack you will reach for when the mid-afternoon craving hits, it becomes much, much easier to stay on track.

So today’s theme is easy access to the right food.

There are a number of ways to make sure you have access to healthy food when you need it. Common tactics include:

A little investment in preparation and planning can make all the difference, but who has time for THAT!

So today, I’m thrilled to talk about a kitchen appliance that can help you always be prepared without having to spend your life in the kitchen.

Here’s proof via facebook post of how life changing this magical kitchen addition was for me.


Ah the wonder of the pressure cooker.

Imagine throwing some quinoa, sweet potato, and kale into a pot when you are bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning, and coming home frazzled after a long day at the office to be greeted by the delicious aroma of your ready and waiting one-pot meal, all ready for you.

All you have to do is serve.

Or you can take some time on the weekend to batch cook for the week. With 10 or 15 minutes prep time you put some quinoa, beans, lentils, or soup in the pressure cooker, and then in 1-2 hours (rather than 4-5) you’ll be ready for the week with hearty meals available at your beck and call.

These are just two time-saving possibilities of the pressure cooker, and today we have a special guest that will help you get all the benefits this baby has to offer.

Introducing JL Fields and her new book Vegan Pressure Cooking


JL’s book Vegan Pressure Cooking is now available on Amazon

JL Fields is a vegan cook, lifestyle coach and educator and she knows her way around the pressure cooker.

Among her many other accomplishments, she is the Plant-Based Team Leader for Attune Foods and speaks on plant-based food, fitness, and making big changes post-40 all over the country.

JL has an amazing new book out called Vegan Pressure Cooking, and I asked her to give our community the 411 on how pressure cooking has changed her life, and how you can get started.

Watch the interview and learn:

  • How easy it is to create no-fail meals with the pressure cooker
  • Which pressure cookers are the best, and which ones we personally use
  • What is better, a stove-top or electric pressure cooker?
  • The time-saving technique that saves JL’s sanity when she is super busy with work.
  • And for fun, how I tricked Regan into thinking I could cook when we were first dating!

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Enter to win a copy of Vegan Pressure Cooking

JL has been gracious enough to provide a copy of her book to our community, and you can enter to win!

We’ll be awarding the prize to the best commenter (see entry details below) and notifying the winner on Wednesday January 14th, 2015.

Here’s how to enter:

UPDATE: And the winner is Heather B. Congrats Heather!

  1. Sign up for the email list using the form below. If you are already subscribed, you do NOT have to subscribe again.
  2. Leave a comment below letting us know the following: What keeps you from having easy access to healthy foods? Is cooking too laborious? Is it a pain to plan? Do you struggle with snacks? We’ll take the best comments (specific with examples) and randomly choose one winner.

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When it comes to health, I believe joy is the key to sustainability.

Plant-strong works long-term because it’s not about restriction, deprivation, counting calories or other forms of socially accepted self-torture we like to call dieting.

Instead we can celebrate awesome nutritious meals and delectable dishes that are made of super fresh, vibrant, wholesome, and nurturing ingredients.

We don’t have to give up comfort food, dessert, snacks, treats, or the enjoyment and satisfaction of a hearty delicious meal.

Instead, we can “trade up,” exchanging unhealthy options for a version that supports our desire to live a healthier life.

And this helps cultivate the right relationship with food as a wonderful and important piece a balanced, joyful, and fun-filled life.

Which is why I’m so excited to share Julieanna Hever’s new book The Vegiterranean Diet with you today.

Julieanna is a nutritionist, best-selling author, and has been featured on the Dr. Oz Show among many other noteworthy accomplishments.

Her material is always extremely well-researched and succinctly presented, and she has a special gift for condensing a ton of information into one or two easy take aways.

The Vegiterranean Diet is all this and more, but what I loved most was how she channels the culture of the Mediterranean to share her passion not just for health, but for life.

Picture long dinners shared amongst friends, celebrating life, food, and friendship with beautiful ocean views.

In order to stay on plan long-term, we have to make things fun, delicious, abundant, joyful, and just a touch indulgent. This book is just the catalyst we need.

I had the privilege of interviewing Julieanna about her new book, and I know you’ll love her approach as well as the facts.

Watch The Interview And Learn:

  • (2:53) What it is exactly that makes the Mediterranean Diet so health promoting.
  • (4:15) The role of olive oil in the diet and how it affects weight loss.
  • (5:26) How loving food is an integral part of overall health.
  • (10:20) Is there one magic pill or silver bullet for health? What does it really take to get healthy?
  • (12:10) The inspiration for the 66 recipes in The Vegiterranean Diet
  • (15:55) Why Julieanna’s parents staged an intervention and took her to a steak house!

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Enter to win a copy of The Vegiterranean Diet

Julieanna’s publisher Da Capo Press was kind enough to offer two free copies of her book to our community.

I’ll be randomly selecting two recipients and notifying the winners on Tuesday January 6th, 2015.

UPDATE: The deadline is now closed. Congratulations to our winners Rachel and Karen!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Sign up for the email list using the form below. If you are already subscribed, you do NOT have to subscribe again.
  2. Leave a comment below letting me know what inspires you to eat more plants. What is your goal? Your dream?

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I’m often blown away by the success stories I hear from those who have adopted a plant-based lifestyle.

Almost everyday I read about someone who has lost 20, 50, or even 100 lbs, reversed their type 2 diabetes, reduced or eliminated blood pressure or cholesterol medications, and generally improved their quality of their life to the point where they feel like an entirely different person.

I want to start sharing these stories with you.

As you know, it’s not the easiest thing to stay on the path, especially when making health a priority can make you a bit of a social outcast.

It’s my hope that hearing from others who have stuck with it and changed their lives will inspire all of us to keep moving forward.

So today, I’m happy to introduce Sophia Dubrovsky and our very first success story!

Not only did she get her pre-pregnancy body back in short order, but she also wrote a beautiful and informative post about how she did so.

I loved how she touched on the joys and struggles of being a new Mom, and I highly recommend you give it a read.

I invited Sophia to share a little bit about her plant-based journey. Enjoy!

Hi Sophia, can we get a quick introduction?

Hi, I’m Sophia Dubrovsky. I’m 31, and I used to work in finance where the job was 7AM to 6PM. I’m “leaning out” of the corporate world to focus more time on raising my kids. This change has given me the opportunity to discover my real passion of nutrition and help others with their dietary journeys.

What inspired you to go plant-based?

I was pregnant with my first child when I read a couple of books by doctors advocating this lifestyle.

They were seeing incredible results in their patients reversing advanced stages of various diseases of affluence. It was the first time in my life that I read unbiased nutritional information. The revelation was life altering.

It was personal to me. I was about to become a mom. The responsibility of raising healthy children weighed heavily on my shoulders, and being healthy parents was equally important.

Just like any other parent, my husband and I want to be around as long as possible to see our kids grow up. If that meant eating more plants… it was a no-brainer.

How long have you been on the journey?

3 years.

What benefits have you noticed?

I finally felt like I had control over my body. For almost a decade I suffered from terrible headaches. Initially they were sporadic, but became a weekly occurrence toward the end of my Omni days.

After switching to WFPB, they have become a distant memory.

I no longer worry about gaining weight, even if I can’t make it to the gym. My skin is softer. I have a lot of energy, which is critical to keep up with two boys.

My blood work also improved.

How has your life changed?

My entire perspective on food has changed. I became a reading junky about anything nutrition related, and gained a much deeper appreciation for the work our farmers do. They are the foundation to our health care industry.

I began writing a book to share what I’ve learned with other families.

I also started Plant Based Made Easy out of my desire to help other people who are tackling food issues. It’s a career path I would have never thought I’d be making 5 years ago.

Your pre-plant-based self is interested in making the jump. What do you tell her?

Don’t think twice. Go buy a couple of new cookbooks, and a new pair of smaller sized jeans!

Is there a place where we can learn more about you?

My facebook page is Plant Based Made Easy, and my website is

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