My Story

Avoiding the fatty goodness of drive-throughs and ease of frozen dinners is seriously hard. Not quickly filling your family with giant slabs of meat or empty calories? Forget it. Walking into the produce section of a grocery store is like navigating a maze. Leaving with that same boring salad or settling for a pre-made dinner? I get it. We get overwhelmed. We get busy. We get lazy.

Which is exactly what happened to me.

Working 10-hour days at a desk chair, I woke up one day to realize I had gained 20 pounds in 6 months. I rationalized eating garbage because I thought I didn’t have the time. But really, I just needed to get my act together.

And so my battle began. How can I eat things that I love without gaining weight? Or even better, while losing it? Without my husband kvetching or torturing my guests?

The Birth of a Cookbook

This book is the end result of my battle with food,  hopefully making it easy for you to cut to the chase! These recipes helped me lose 30 pounds and had my guests drooling without ever suspecting they were eating something so healthy! Muhahaha.

Each recipe follows the formula that I swear by:

  • 300-500 calories meals: You have no idea how much I love my cheat meals. But if you are serious about losing weight, maintaining a 1200-calorie day will be the fastest way to actually shed the pounds. Exercising? Kuddos. I will also provide a list of healthy snacks for when you need a boost.
  • Gluten-free:Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know this has become a bit of a fad, but don’t brush it off just yet! The bottom line is that many foods containing gluten are overly processed. Eliminating gluten is one of the simplest steps to making sure your food comes from the earth and not a factory. Of course, if you do nothing but nosh on gluten-free cookies,  you might be "following" this rule, but you will be missing the point. 
  • Plant-based: There is nothing wrong with indulging with a bit of meat, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be on every plate. As Americans, we overestimate how much protein we need on a daily basis. If you eat a variety of foods, with some special attention to a few, you will be just fine. Heard of Meatless Monday? I take it a step further and make it Meat Monday. There are tons of foods out there packed full of protein that will help the environment and your waistline. 
  • Real ingredients: With the exception of the occasional pre-made sauce, I always make sure you can name every ingredient in my recipes. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients in your meal, you shouldn’t be eating it.
  • Easy-to-make: Sure, you might need to invest is some tools to make this process quicker (don’t get me started on my much I love my food processor).  But if I can’t have dinner on the table in under an hour (preferably 30 minutes), you will not see it in this book. Plus, each meal lends itself great to leftovers! Excuses aside, cooking every meals seriously sucks. 
  • Practical tips: Lots of recipes quote directions like "pour in some oil" which can take a healthy stir fry to high-calorie mess. By actually paying attention to detail, my recipes will keep you on track to maintaining a healthy balance.

I have not won the war, nor will I ever. I REALLY love chocolate and wine. But finding peace with my body, my diet, and the craziness that life creates is a process worth tackling. With this book, you will now have the tools to start conquering your own personal battles.  Prepare to bask in the victory of eating real, delicious, and healthy food—and even impressing a friend or two!

With Your Help

My goal is to complete this by October, leaving you with plenty of time before the holidays to gift this book to all your loved ones who need a push in the right direction—and snag one for yourself!