What is the Best source of collagen and how to incorporate it into your diet?
I have recently added a powder form collagen to my coffee every morning and have notice a difference with thicker fuller hair, stronger nails and a more clear skin complexion. My fav product
What is plant-based diet?
A whole-food, plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizesanimal products (including dairy, chicken, eggs and fish, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.
Is a plant-based diet the same as vegan?
Not quite but somewhat similar. A vegan would not eat any animal products at all.
What foods are on a plant-based diet?
A plant-based diet is a diet based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, but with few or no animal products.
Amino Acids-the building blocks of protein. The body needs amino acids because they help regulate various functions and are at the core of vital processes throughout the human body. There are twenty amino acids, eleven non-essential and nine essential. The nine that are termed ‘essential’ cannot be made in the body and must be obtained through diet, alone.
It used to be said that animal protein was the only source to get the adequate amount of protein. However with new research, a plant-based diet can fill the requirement of the recommended amount of protein. The key is variety. Unlike animal sources that contain all nine essential amino acids in one source, you have to eat a variety of plant-based foods to obtain all nine. To get ample amount of complete protein in your diet, you should incorporate vegetables, grains, nuts, and legumes. Soy beans, quinoa, chia seeds and hemp seeds are the only plant-based protein that contains all the essential amino acids, but soy also has negative health effects that will have to be addressed in another blog.
Read more about complete proteins
Inside Look at the Whole Health Everyday Team
What we do for our whole health!
Why Whole health?
Whole Health Everyday was founded in 2011 by Rebecca Clubb, who had changed her life by maintaining her whole health and was on a journey to help others do the same. She had suffered for years from food allergies she didn’t know she had but found help by looking at the foundation of her health, her diet. Finding the right diet helped her find relief from her physical symptoms. WHE cares about the relationship between food and people. We understand how much of an impact our diet has on our everyday lives and not every plan is right for everybody or every body. Our chefs are able to work with their clients individually to find the right diet, follow a prescribed meal plan, customize and create meal plans, and provide the resources and information they are looking for!
What is Weekly Meal Prep?
Our in home meal prep goes beyond the standard, offering fully customized solutions to fit your family's needs and preferences. Your personal chef can prepare meals for every family members needs. We can prep for individuals, families, full meals, partial meal prep, snacks, smoothies and also help with household shopping. Each meal we prepare for you is packaged, labeled and neatly stored in your refrigerator. You, when ready, simply follow the heating instructions left by your personal chef. Don't worry, we wash the dishes after prep too!
Read the August 2018 Newsletter to learn more
Living in California, we can buy essentially any produce year round. We are fortunate to have a mild climate to grow all types of produce and not be limited, but I believe in buying produce when it is at the peak of its growing season.
The fruit I am obsessed with this summer is the peach. You can not beat the sweet, juicy first bite of a perfectly ripe peach. My favorite summertime salad is peach, prosciutto, and burrata on top of a bed of arugula with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and freshly cracked pepper. It is a crowd pleaser at a dinner party or perfect for an al fresco lunch. Peaches can be grilled to bring out more sweetness when paired with vanilla ice cream or made into peach cobbler to end a summer BBQ. Peaches are versatile in summer and in my opinion, need to be seen more on menus!
As a resident of Orange County you have probably visited the Laguna Sawdust Festival at one point during the summer. This being one of our favorite summer events, my husband and I always buy a season pass so we can go back often to enjoy a glass of wine, listen to the great local bands and browse the art and jewelry booths. Recently I discovered that the Sawdust festival offers a variety of art classes all year round which include painting, enameling, metal working and fabric dyeing. As someone always looking for new ways to have fun and be creative, I decided to sign my mother and I up for a beginning soldering class with Erin Proctor, a jewelry maker and long -time Sawdust class instructor. During the 3- hour, class Erin led us step by step through the soldering process in order to make our own silver and gemstone ring. I enjoyed the class so much that I have already signed up for the intermediate class where we fashion a silver ring with polished sea glass.
These classes are great for birthday outing, date nights or just a fun evening out with friends! Check out the schedule at sawdustfestival.org and if they don’t have a time that works for you, give them a call and they will happily schedule your own private group class.
As a Chef, cooking healthy food and being healthy is a top priority for me. In general, I always strive to cook healthy yet satisfying food for my clients, unless they have requested otherwise or are hosting an event. In keeping up with being healthy, both mentally and physically, kayaking is a sport that I have found to be able to do so. Kayaking and gliding along the water helps me keep a clear mindset. I’ve also outfitted my kayaks to be able to fish off of them. With a clear healthy mind, I can be more effective and creative as a Chef. As a Personal Chef it’s important to my clients that I am always on top of my game. They have specific diet and culinary needs that I need to focus on, along with health focused menu planning.
I am an avid reader of Martha Stewart and love to share with the WHE readers my favorite articles and recipes.
GlutenFee Oatmeal cookie Recipe - Definitely a winner!
Dark Cho Walnut Bar- Another fabulous recipe I tried this month
Alternative Milk Cheat Sheet
Benefits of Garlic
Vegan Dessert ideas
Mushrooms for Weightloss?
Diabetes Friendly Desserts
Many people don’t know but being stressed makes it harder for us to lose weight and probably not for the reasons you think.
One is temporary stress which can cause elevated cortisolwhich makes us crave sugary higher calorie foods. A way to counter this is to have regular meals morning, midday, and evening. It wont totally suppress the urge for sugary high calorie foods, but it will help curb them greatly and reduce the severity. Note that cortisol is naturally occurring and a good thing however you don’t want elevated levels and at the same time you don’t want decreased cortisol levels which make it harder to burn fat. It’s a balance