Recipe – Vegetable Tempeh Saute

Gooooood morning clean eaters!

So today I have a very tasty recipe that I want to share with you! My Vegetable Tempeh Saute! <3

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I have partnered up with a massage and wellness clinic called All About Massage and Wellness and I have started to create recipes for their blog! I have featured their clinic in my Partner Tab where you can read all about their practice – they are pretty amazing! They are based out of the Pittsburgh PA area so if you are based in that area or know of anyone in Pittsburgh please be sure to pass them their info.

I have been loving tempeh lately but it took me a while to really figure out how to cook with it. I finally nailed it with this dish! This dish has Plant Power written all over it!

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Tempeh is a fermented soy product (whole soy beans) that has been consumed over in Indonesia and other Asian countries for hundreds if not thousands of years. Since it is fermented it is much easier to digest and has more nutritional value than tofu or other soy products. It has virtually no taste so it is extremely versatile and can be used in many dishes.

The George Mateljan Foundation has labeled tempeh to be one of the world’s healthiest foods. And it’s easy to see why! Tempeh packs a whopping 31 grams of protein for one cup of tempeh making this a plant based protein warrior! It also has high amounts of Riboflavin, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Manganese.

Please check out my recipe here – I certainly hope you try it soon!

XxOo Tasha

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Trust your gut!

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Hi friends! I hope all is well and you are enjoying your week! Today I want to talk about something that most of us don’t want to bring up but it’s something that is WAY too important not to discuss. Your gut health.

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Chances are you know someone that suffers from IBS, ulcerative colitis or ileal pouch, or maybe you are the one suffering from one of these gastro issues. I personally know firsthand the pain and discomfort that these issues can bring into someone’s life. I have suffered from IBS for quite sometime and there have been days that I have been hunched over in pain from excessive bloat and extreme cramping. I went through dark, painful days where I thought I would never be able to live or eat normally again.

Did you know:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a serious GI issue that affects the large intestine (colon) and commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation; there is no cure or known cause for IBS.
  • Up to 20% of U.S. adults have IBS symptoms. More women than men are diagnosed with IBS but many never seek medical help for it.
  • Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the inner lining of the large intestine, which includes the colon and the rectum. The inflammation causes erosion of the lining of the colon, leading to bleeding, production of pus, diarrhea, and severe abdominal discomfort.
  • Ulcerative colitis affects more than 1 in every 1,000 Americans and mostly starts between the ages of 15 and 30.

As a nutritionist I knew there was more to it than stuffing a bunch of prescription pills down my throat and hoping for the best. I knew that I needed to start listening and trusting my gut! But how? Where to start? I did a TON of research on gut nutrition and gut bacteria. I started eliminating foods and drinks to find what foods were triggering my symptoms. And I also started adding probiotics into my diet – something that I had never taken or knew a whole lot about.

Probiotics can be found in fermented foods such as pickles or sauerkraut and in pill form. While many people are familiar with the general term “probiotics,” most do not understand the importance of knowing which specific strain of organism should be used for which specific disease or condition. It is suggested that adults should take at least one billion cells (also called colony-forming units or CFU’s) daily.

Ok, so where can you find a trusted and high quality probiotic? Right here!

VSL#3 is a high-potency probiotic medical food that is clinically proven in the dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis (UC) and ileal pouch. It is a proprietary formulation of a mix of 8 strains of live lactic acid bacteria, making it one of the few probiotics with this many strains. VSL#3 is at least 10 times more potent than the average probiotic!

They are gluten-free, Kosher and Halal certified. VSL#3 differs from other probiotics in that it is a medical food, not a supplement, and therefore must be used under medical supervision. VSL#3 is available at your local pharmacy. Please ask your pharmacist for VSL#3 as it is kept behind the pharmacy counter in the refrigerator.

I know for a fact that adding probiotics to my daily routine, along with eliminating trigger foods and eating fresh, whole foods has dramatically changed my gut health! If you are suffering and you are unsure where to go or how to treat it, I highly encourage you to talk with your doctor about adding VSL#3 into your life!

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Artichoke Sunflower Burgers by Plant-Powered Families

Over the next few weeks I will be teaming up with BenBella Books to bring you some of today’s HOTTEST plant based cookbooks and featuring recipes from them, too! You all know that I promote plant based eating and I am always looking to share the best recipes and cookbooks with all of you.

The first cookbook that I am excited to share with you is called Plant Powered Families by Dreena Burton. Dreena blogs over at Plant Powered Kitchen and is ALWAYS sharing her AMAZING vegan recipes. Seriously… they are all simply amazing! Her cookbook has everything from breakfast to dinner to snacks and everything in between! If you are looking for simple recipes that will knock your plant taste buds off then look no further! PS – they are kid tested and approved, too!

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What is your number 1 tip for living a healthy life?

This is the number 1 question I receive when I start working with people: I need to start living a healthier life but I don’t know how or where to start!

This is a loaded question because living a healthier life isn’t always and shouldn’t be centered around your weight or what you eat. It should encompass everything you do – from self-love, your relationships, your habits, your career, your happiness, along with your health, diet and relationship with food. Your body, mind and soul all need to be synched together for optimal radiance!

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Plant Power!

There is nothing better than a huge plant based lunch! I was craving kale today so I made my favorite kale salad and a huge pot of veggie soup. It was simple, quick and delicious!

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Balance!

Happy Friday!

I was talking to a friend the other day and the topic of balance came up. If you are an adult, chances are you are struggling with balance in your life. :raises hand: I know I have been! balance

Whether you are a wife, a husband, a mother, a father, a full time student, working a full time job, balance is always a topic that is being discussed and evaluated.

What do you think of when you first hear the word “balance”? Maybe you are trying to find that happy balance to work full time while being with your family. Or maybe you are a stay at home parent looking to get back into your running or workout routine. Whatever you are finding unbalanced in your life, I have some tips that will help ease your mind and take some stress away from enjoying your beautiful life.

  • The first step is to write down who you are and what your mandatory responsibilities are. Wife, mother, your career, school work, caretaker to a family member. Write the things down that you MUST do every day.
  • The second step is to acknowledge where you might be lacking balance and neglecting the areas that are important in your life. Your health, fitness, alone time, meditation, journaling, etc.
  • The third step is make a map of your ideal life. I want you to be very specific. Maybe you want to incorporate more running in your schedule, or more time with your children. Make a schedule of your ideal self with NO hesitations.
  • The fourth step is to start setting goals. Examine your ideal day and start setting goals to achieve it. Maybe you find your commute to work is too long and is eating up a large chunk of your time that could be spent with your children or working out. Your goals might be to ask your company if you could telecommute from home, move closer to work or to possible look for a new career that allows you to have more time in your day.
  • The fifth step is to make a very detailed plan for your goals and work towards them every day/week/month. If you are married be sure to include your spouse in your plan and brainstorm ideas as you might have to make some changes as a family.

It is also very important to create a life that embraces who YOU are and what your own passions are. I am a very free spirited person that loves creating art and being in nature. For years I was putting myself in environments that drained my inner creativity. I spent years feeling very lost and out of balance. I am who I am and I started realizing that I need to be in a certain kind of environment to feel free and balanced.

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Balance needs to be practiced every single day. No one masters balance as balance is continually growing in life. Nurture balance, accept balance and find your inner peace.

XxOo
Tasha

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Coming Clean – Big News!

Ok you guys… this is it. Time to let the cat out the bag and come clean!

I am a Beach Body Coach! Woot woot!!!

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This has taken me a very long time to announce and to come out with because I wanted to make sure this is REALLY where my heart was taking me. And after some serious talks with myself, dreams, signs, my true passion and calling, this new path cannot be held back any longer! I actually signed up to be a coach last September because I wanted to get the coaches discount. I fell in love with the fitness programs and with the nutrition supplement (Shakeology) and knew I needed that discount to help my new healthy habit. But coaching wasn’t something that I was ready to dive into – I tried and the timing felt off. Plus I was working on my own coaching at the time.

And honestly I have been very hesitant to even announce this today – this post has taken me days to write. Why? Because I wanted to make sure that this is a positive move for not only me, but my family, friends, current clients, readers, subscribers and followers.

But when you know, YOU KNOW!

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So why have I decided to be a Beach Body coach? There were many deciding factors but two main reasons really stand out.

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