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.
The hardest part about cooking for new diets isn’t knowing what ingredients I can or can’t use to create weekly meals and meal plans but how to make them taste great. All my clients receive personally tailored meal plans based on what their specific diet allows but also allergies, sensitivities, and personal likes or dislikes sometimes it can even be multiple people in each house.
My background in nutrition allows me to make nutritionally sound meals for all types of diets. However the greatest amount of good comes from me trying out specific diets with allergies, likes, and dislikes included. What may taste great spicy or with a certain ingredient may not taste great otherwise. It forces me out of my comfort zone to develop new flavor profiles for different clients based upon what they need and what taste good.
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What we eat provides for us the foundation of our health. We are in essence, what we eat. As humans though, we are all unique and so there is no one-size-fits-all diet. Finding the right diet can be unbearably frustrating, even understanding the differences between all of the diets can be difficult but Whole Health Everyday is here to help!
We will run down some of the most popular diets today to clear up some of the confusion and outline the benefits.
My favorite spot to work up a sweat is SoCal Bootcamp in Monarch Beach and San Clemente. I have been working out there for the past 3 years and I still love every class I take! They provide a “positive energy zone” where they focus on steady cardio and strength training in an indoor boot camp format. It is impossible to get bored because the workouts feature many different types of equipment including TRX straps, bikes, Bosu balls, kettle bells and battle ropes just to name a few. On top of that there are different exercises each day so every workout if unique.
A second favorite is Shredz Gym in Ladera Ranch. Newly opened just a few months ago, this gym has state of the art equipment that I haven’t seen in other gyms. You can sign up to workout solo or take a group HIIT Class with one of their experienced trainers.
Also high on my list is Grit Cycle with locations in Costa mesa, Monarch Beach and Anaheim. Their spin classes combine great music and cool lighting effects with heart pumping dance moves all done on the bikes! I love to hit one of their classes on a Monday morning to get the endorphins flowing and set the mood for my week ahead.
Continuing installment of chef Meggan's Keto journey .......
When trying to lose weight everyone says dumping the alcohol as a must, but let’s face it, life is stressful sometimes and we all need some “me time” every now and then. Obviously downing glass after glass after glass of wine or having a whole six pack by yourself isn’t the best when trying to lose weight, but we can all splurge in moderation. So what can you have while on Keto?
First off, you can thank me later on this truly insider diet trend information. Ever since I had my son 2 years ago I haven’t been able to snap back completely. There is still those 15lbs of “baby fat” as we all call it. I have tried SO many diets like Mediterranean, Slim Fast, Weight Watchers, paleo, gluten free, veganism, vegetarian, whole 30, juicing, the list literally goes on. Now all of these diets have worked in some ways but I always lacked something whether it be being hungry or having zero energy, then I tried the Ketogenic diet and my whole view on eating changed. I am a chef, therefore food is life. All these diets that were low carb and low fat and counting calories was just not in my soul to truly fulfill, I think that's what my problem was. I always felt deprived of what I loved most, FOOD! Basically the Keto diet is high fat and low carb and sugar. High fat? You may be gasping at such an absurd thought..how can one lose weight eating high fat? Have no fear I have the answer! When in ketosis, your body produces ketones in your liver which are used as your energy source which in turn burns your fat. Essentially when you overload on fats, your body is working overtime to burn that fat. When you eat foods that are high in carbs, your body makes glucose and insulin which causes a hiatus on weight loss. This really is a guilt free diet. I eat bacon, cheese, eggs, avocados, peanut butter, cream cheese, pork rinds (my favorite snack), and I feel like I haven’t missed a beat! While eating all these high fatty foods, the pounds have been meting off, with very little exercise I might add, and my energy level is through the roof!! Now all I have to say is “What baby fat?”
Watch for a follow up with some favorite recipes
As a chef at Whole Health Every day and someone who tried to promote healthy habits, I try and keep up to date with the latest research on diet and nutrition. One of my favorite and most trusted resources for the most current health news is Foundmyfitness.com, the website founded by research biologist and health advocate Dr. Rhonda Patrick. The website aggregates articles on a wide variety of subjects related to health and fitness, and includes links to the original scientific study. One of the most interesting articles I have read on the website recently is titled “High Intensive Intermittent Exercise reduces markers of inflammation and oxidative stress.” If you are eager to learn what the latest research in health and nutrition has learned go ahead and take a look at FoundmyFitness.com or download the app on your mobile device.
A guiltless breakfast, perfect for everyday or Sunday morning brunches.
I recently developed this recipe testing flours with a flax egg for my Client who has been put on a Gluten Free, Vegan Diet. As you know, carbohydrates can be hard to resist. Now you can splurge and enjoy light, fluffy and hearty pancakes flavored with vanilla.
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