Answering Your Questions

On Instagram I posted a photo announcing that if you have any questions, now is the chance to ask me. So as I said I would, I am answering them here on my blog. Remember, I am not an expert or nutritionist; these are just my personal opinions or knowledge, but I did try to source some of my information for you. I hope this helps. Also, if you are on a computer and you remember your question, just press cntrl F, and type in a key word to find your question easier.

1. What’s your opinion on Avocado’s?

a) I absolutely love them. They are so good for you and have tons of healthy fats. Just don’t overdose on them.

2. What do you think about cleanse plans with juices?

Personally I haven’t tried a ‘juice’, but I think they would be a great detox! The only thing is you wouldn’t be getting as much fiber as if you did a smoothie detox, and you might feel hungry or unsatisfied. Other than that, they sound great!

3. When did you start living this lifestyle? And what motivated you to do it?

I have always lived a pretty healthy lifestyle. My mother always raised us on good and healthy foods growing up, but it was around April 2013 when I started living a healthier lifestyle. First I tried cutting out chocolate, then began working out, and incorporating new and healthy choices in my life! It’s been great ever since.

4. What do you consider good balance with unhealthy foods and healthy foods?

I think a good balance in life is eating healthy most of the time and enjoying it. If eating healthy is a chore for you, then you are doing it wrong. Everything you eat should be fun and enjoyable, and if you want to treat yourself once or twice a week, then by all means, do it, because if you work hard by eating clean and exercising, you deserve it, and a treat isn’t going to make you fat.

5. Is it healthy to drink soy milk often?

Personally I don’t drink soy milk or eat any soy products. I guess soy is a good substitute rather than dairy milk, but I read that it’s genetically modified. Personally, I prefer almond milk. Try to buy natural almond milk with no additives. Or oat milk. Sources: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/soy-good-bad-and-best?page=3
http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/almond-milk-vs-soy-milk-which-is-better-for-you.html

6. Is agave a healthy sweetener?

I’ve never tried it but I heard it’s very processed. I don’t know how true that is though. I’ve also heard stevia is a good sweetener, or I use pure maple syrup. More details here: http://www.foodrenegade.com/agave-nectar-good-or-bad/

7. What are a few simple ab and inner thigh workouts?

Sit ups crunches and planks are good. For thigh I do hip thrusts. To see a full 10 page description of the work out I do, you can see my e-book.

8. What percentage of carbs protein and fat do you recommend?

I don’t calculate percentages. I eat plant based vegan foods so I get all my carbs protein and fat from fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, beans and lentils, but I couldn’t tell you a percentage. I’m sorry!

9. Is it healthy to eat a regular quesadilla? Me and my friend disagree.

It depends. I wouldn’t consider it “healthy” considering it’s stuffed with cheese, but it’s not “unhealthy”. I think they are okay once in a while because you can add many healthy ingredients to them such as mushrooms, olives, avocado, tomatoes, etc.

10. What are good foods for your skin?

Water, berries, peppermint, pomegranate’s, nuts, tomatoes, watercress, oat milk, red grapes, beetroot, tofu, brown rice, legumes, kale, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, artichoke. Notice how all of these are plant based?

11. What’s your favourite go to breakfast?

OATMEAL. By far, #1 favourite breakfast. Then oat pancakes, and then vegan French toast.

12. Tips for meal prep?

I don’t really prep my meals, but I guess some tips would be to have lots of Tupperware containers in different sizes, along with Ziploc baggies. Cook/make your food ahead of time, and plan out how much for how many days, and then add the amount to each container.

13. Easy school lunch that will energize you?

Spinach salad with quinoa and veggies. Quest or Lara bars. A healthy sandwich with spinach, tomato, and avocado with hummus and/or mustard. A smoothie. Fruits vegetables and nuts.

14. Do you have any knowledge on how to eat and exercise with an eating disorder? Should you be healthy or is that not challenging?

Yes actually I do. If you do suffer from an eating disorder, the first step is recovery and trying to get on the right track. Eat foods and don’t starve or restrict yourself. I know it’s hard, but food helps you grow and survive. You should not fear it. So start by eating healthy nourishing foods, and do some yoga or light ab exercises. Don’t do cardio because you don’t need to lose any more weight. Also go for walks once in a while to calm you or relieve stress. Once you do start to gain a bit more healthy weight, eventually start adding more to your workouts. You need food to fuel yourself, so the more food you eat, the more you can exercise. Just don’t strain yourself. Your focus of working out should be to gain muscle and be healthy, not to lose weight.

15. Where do you come up with your recipes? Like do you just randomly mix your ingredients and hope for the best?

Yep pretty much! I usually think of a basic idea in my head and play on that. Usually I’m lucky and they turn out fine the first time, but if not, I experiment and change the yield and ingredients until I get it right.

16. How do you make people understand that you are not on a diet and you don’t starve yourself, it’s just your lifestyle you enjoy?

Tell them that exactly. Say that you are not doing this for an end goal or to lose weight. Say that you thoroughly enjoy eating clean and living a healthy lifestyle because it will only prolong your life, and that’s what makes you happy.

17. Could you tell us basic skills to have a healthier lifestyle? I’m talking about food.

Eat as much healthy foods as you can, and cut out junk/unhealthy/process/greasy foods.

18. Do you ever eat crackers?

No.

19. Are foods that are generally considered unhealthy, like cake and chocolate, okay as part of a healthy lifestyle?

Not the unhealthy junk food, no. You can of course treat yourself to them, but don’t eat them on a regular basis or consider them a part of your eating clean routine. You can however try baking your own desserts. I do that personally so I control the ingredients and make sure they are 100% clean and healthy! Then I can eat chocolate whenever I want cause it’s good for me. (raw cacao or carob is healthy chocolate. Also, don’t use white flour or any white starches.)

20. Dinner before or after workout? And what time is the latest you should eat dinner?

I usually workout in the morning before breakfast, and then eat a big bowl of oatmeal, so I guess the same thing for dinner. If you don’t want to feel full or bloated at the gym, do a nice workout before you eat, and then go indulge in healthy foods afterwards. I usually eat dinner between 5:30-6:30, the latest being 6:45, but everyone is different. Just you shouldn’t eat at least 2-3 hours before you go to bed.

21. Tips for a full body workout without the use of a gym?

MY EBOOK!!!!

22. Do you ever just mess up and binge on foods that are bad for you?

Nope

23. Do you have any good mini meals or snack ideas?

Pitted dates, banana or apple with all natural peanut butter. Or fruit cut up with granola or yogurt.

24. Best exercises to lose the lower belly hang?

You can’t spot the areas you want to lose weight – you can only work out and you will lose weight overall. Perhaps try cardio and ab exercises.

25. What leg workouts do you do? And how do you keep yourself from getting off track?

I do step ups, hip thrusts, and a few others you can find in my E-book. Staying on track isn’t that hard for me. I just know that this is the life I want to live, and I don’t want to be 50 years old, overweight with heart and kidney problems, and out of breath walking up the stairs. I want to be healthy and live my life to the fullest. Plus I just remind myself how gross all the unhealthy foods are with all the additives and GMO’s in them.

26. How do you lose the muffin top and tighten your inner thighs?

You can’t spot areas to lose weight – you can only work out and lose overall weight. But try doing cardio, ab and leg exercises. You can find the personal workouts I do in my E-book.

27. Are healthy fats like nuts okay for weight loss? Can you eat unlimited fruits and lose weight?

Yes healthy fats are good for you, especially in nuts and avocados. And you can’t get fat from fruit unless you like eat your entire body weight in fruit. Personally, I eat a TON of fruit AND nuts every day, and I keep my shape fine. Plus I work out. As long as you eat fruits and nuts and DON’T eat junk food, you should be good.

28. Best exercises to lift, grow, and tone your butt?

Squats, jumping squats, hip thrusts.

29. Should you calorie count to lose weight?

Absolutely not. Here’s my opinion: http://thecolourfulkitchen.com/2014/02/22/counting-calories/

30. Fast way to lose weight, and how to avoid temptation?

There is no fast way to lose weight. Losing weight takes time and it is hard work. If you seriously want to do lose weight, it’s a lifestyle change and it means not only working hard and exercising, but also eating clean. To resist temptation, I just remind myself how gross and unhealthy these foods I want are. White starches such as white flour and white sugar are just empty calories. Candy is just pure sugar. McDonalds and any other fast food place are disgusting how processed and fake their food is. Also, many things have so much additives that are so bad for you in them. So whenever I see something I think I may want, I just remind myself why my body is so much better off without them.

31. Do carbs after dark make you gain weight? Are there certain unhealthy and healthy ways to cook foods, especially veggies?

It depends what kind of carbs you are eating, or any food in general actually. I stop eating 3 hours before I go to sleep, which is what most people should do. If I do get hungry around that time, I usually have a light snack, like some fruit, nuts, or dates with peanut butter on it. I wouldn’t suggest having any heavy carbs too late at night. For cooking veggies it isn’t necessarily unhealthy to cook them, but they often lose many if not all of their nutrients when you cook them. Things like broccoli, asparagus, carrots, etc are better raw because you get all the nutrients in them.

31. How to get abs?

EXERCISE. Crunches, sit ups, etc.

32. Do you have any tips for cooking for 1 person? I feel like so many recipes are for 4-6 people so if I make something I have to eat it for like the whole week! But sometimes it is hard to half recipes for example what am I supposed to do with half the onion or half the pepper I have left, you know?

Hmmm, that’s a tough one, and I definitely feel you there. I often make things and find myself eating it all week, which I’m not complaining about cause it’s usually damn good, or I force my family to eat it. Haha, I guess you can just try to make smaller yields, and you can always store the foods you only used half of. For instance, I use half a lemon, and put the other half in a Tupperware container and store it in the fridge until I need it again.

33. Ab exercises/super foods for abs please!

Sit ups, crunches, etc. Any super food is good for your entire body.

34. What do you do for a daily workout to maintain your shape?

You can find a full 10 page description of my personal workout in my E-book!

35. Top 10 best fruits?

Personally? I like bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, oranges, apples, pineapple, watermelon, and mangos.

36.  Will you be my personal chef?

Yes.

37. Is it true that being a vegetarian makes getting fit harder?

Not at all. If anything, being a vegetarian would assist you in getting fitter, considering you are cutting dead animals from your diet. More on my opinion here

38. I can only go to the gym at night so when I’m done it’s usually 10pm already, way past my allotted dinner time around 7-8pm and very close to my bed time which is 11-12pm. But I’m always hungry after the gym! So is it healthy/better for weight loss if I sleep with the hunger or is it better to eat regardless of the time?

I wouldn’t advise you to go to bed hungry, especially after a workout. Eat something, even if it’s something small. When you work out, your body is burning many calories, and you need to get some of that back. Some good post workout snacks would be a smoothie, fruit, yogurt with granola, or some nuts. Since you are going to bed soon after, just have something small, or enough to satisfy your hunger, and then go to bed content.

39. Nowadays the “I quit sugar” lifestyle is all the rage. But in those types of books/cook books there are a lot of dessert recipes which use coconut milk, maple syrup, rice malt syrup, etc. aren’t those full of sugar too? I thought the term “I quit sugar” is to banish our bad childhood habits of loving desserts and other sweets? I mean, I agree that sugar is a killer but I would love your insight on how to have a healthy lifestyle that doesn’t revolve around sugar like most American’s have.

What you have to understand is that there is sugar in literally everything. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Many foods have healthy natural sugars in them that our bodies need to survive. Things like fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, etc. contain sugar, but they are good for us. You can never completely cut sugar out of your diet, but you CAN cut out white processed sugar. That is the kind of sugar that is bad for you and is found in many of our sweets and junk food. You can also try natural sweeteners such as stevia, pure maple syrup, etc.

40. I’ve heard that people are more successful with weight loss with not only exercise and healthy eating but also not eating after 5pm. how so if it’s still healthy?

I don’t believe this is true. If you restrict yourself from eating after a certain time period, you are starving your body. You should be eating whenever you want to, but the best times are breakfast (THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY!!), lunch, a snack mid-day, dinner, and even a snack after dinner if you get hungry. Never deprive your body if it is hungry. If you are hungry, find healthy solutions such as fruit or nuts to snack on, because they won’t make you fat.

41. How often do you eat throughout the day?

Like I stated in the answer above, I eat whenever I get hungry, so that would be breakfast, lunch, snack mid-day (2:30-3:30) dinner, and usually a snack after dinner between 8:30-9. Everybody is different though. Some people may get hungry more, and some people may not get hungry for snacks in between. It’s all up to you, so just listen to your body.

42. How many calories do you think is ideal to eat per day?

You can go online and calculate your body weight and how much you should be getting. For an active person, you should be eating A LOT of calories to keep your metabolism up and your body healthy. But you also shouldn’t obsess over calories. You should just think about health factors. Here’s why: http://thecolourfulkitchen.com/2014/02/22/counting-calories/

43. What is your exercise routine?

You can find a 10 page description of my exact personal workout that I do in my E-book!

44. I’m a vegetarian and I don’t feel like I’m low on protein, but some people say I don’t get enough. What’s a good amount of protein to get per day? Also, how often should I exercise?

Women should be getting around 46g of protein a day. The best sources of protein come from the ground, so don’t worry when people tell you that. Some great sources of protein can be found in quinoa, green peas, nuts, beans, chickpeas, tofu, kale, almond milk, cacao powder, hemp, etc. for more information about protein you can read here: http://thecolourfulkitchen.com/2014/03/01/wondering-about-the-vegan-diet/ To answer your exercising question, it all depends. Everybody is different, so you should see what feels best for you. I recommend to try three a times a week, and see from there whether you want less or more.

45. How did you learn so much about nutrition? I’m so interested, but not sure what certification will allow me to have the knowledge to advise and make plans for others?

Honestly, I research. I am going to school to be a writer, but I am so passionate about health and fitness that I dedicate so much of my time to learning about it. I read many articles and other information sources online, I also hear different things from people around Instagram, and also one of my best friend’s gave me her nutrition text book she has for school, so I’ve read quite a bit in there as well. For certifications, it all depends on what you want to do. You can be a registered dietician, nutritionist, personal trainer, physical therapist, etc. All I can say to you is, do some research!

46. When does your metabolism slow down?

When you deprive your body of food for too long. As for age, here is what I found: “Thermogenesis, the food processing part of your metabolism, actually stays fairly steady throughout your adult life. The illusion that your metabolism slows as you age actually occurs because as you get older, your muscle mass decreases and your amount of fat tends to increase, decreasing your BMR and the amount of calories your body burns. This in turn decreases the amount of calories you need to take in through your diet.”

47. What can vegans do to keep their vitamin b12 levels high?

Vegans can get B12 from fortified foods, nutritional yeast, and dietary supplements. http://www.vegansociety.com/lifestyle/nutrition/b12.aspx

48. How many grapes are appropriate after lunch?

However many you want..

49. How much of what (carbs, fats, etc) should I eat in a day? I am really insecure about my nutrition and how to eat right. I want to be happy ad to have fun with cooking and eating but I haven’t. Maybe you can help how you learned to eat the healthy way if you are content.

I’m not a nutritionist so I suggest you talk to them about carbs and fats. But what I can tell you is, don’t be insecure about nutrition. The whole point of my blog and Instagram is to help people and let them know that eating clean and working out can be fun! I am not just saying this to gain a customer, but I truly cover ALL of that in my E-book, Journey to a Good Life. I created the book as a guide to help people exactly like you who feel lost and insecure about nutrition. It has everything you need to know from 25 different healthy recipes to make, foods to buy, meal plans, a 10 page personal workout, and ideas for vegan and vegetarian meals! I love this lifestyle I live, and I hope you can too!

50. I don’t know about you, but when I eat this abundance of food in a meal, I have a pregnant belly haha. What do you do when you have to go out quickly after a meal? If I eat all my fruit in a smoothie way is it better?

Yes, I do as well! Especially when I eat tons of fruit, I bloat a lot at first, which is completely normal, but because I’m eating good healthy foods, the bloating goes down within half an hour. You are allowed to go out if you are bloated, don’t let that stop you. If you want to reduce heavy bloating, try coconut water, lemon, peppermint, quinoa, avocado, or pineapple. They help with that.

51. What are some good exercises for a good toned and fit bum? Also, I generally have simple sandwiches for lunch, they’re quite repetitive and boring, So is there some recipe for a lovely healthy lunch that will give me plenty of energy throughout the afternoon?

Squats, jumping squats, hip thrusts. And you’ve come to the right place! I have tons of foods here on my blog, take a look under recipes and you might find something you like. Personally, I find if I have a big green smoothie, or a banana ice cream bowl, it keeps me full and energized all afternoon!

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