Plant-Based Kid Podcast

A new Meal Mentor podcast is ready for you!

In this episode 12-year-old James (my co-pilot!) talks about being a plant-based kid (even when his parents are not 100%!), his favorite meal plan recipes, and gives practical tips for how parents can help their kids transition.

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James’ Mom Gina also joins in and talks about making healthy eating work when grocery prices are outrageous where you live! (She's lives in Hawaii and is from Alaska!)

This mother-son duo is refreshingly fun, don’t miss this episode!

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NEW FEATURES!

The meal plans got a TOTAL MAKEOVER while you were out celebrating last weekend.

and the new features are EPIC.

I'm sooo excited I can barely talk...err... type.

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Come see the new features + 1 minute video.

I promise the new shopping list will BLOW YOU AWAY.

annnnnd we're including more recipes each week so you have endless variety.

Here are JUST A FEW of the newest improvements:

A better shopping list: You’ll now see grains listed in dry amounts (uncooked) as well as the cooked equivalent for my batch cookers! AND ditto for beans: we have cooked beans AND the canned equivalent listed. The shopping list is also now grouped by store section, so you aren’t constantly backtracking between the aisles.

New calendar features: Increased flexibility to customize! Fill out the grid to plan your perfect menu (and stay accountable!) or use our meal-by-meal suggested weekly calendars for ease and zero waste!

More all-NEW recipes: We’ve nearly DOUBLED how many recipes you’re getting each week AND the majority of them are all-NEW!

Prepping Game Plans: A totally new step-by-step approach for prepping and cooking your meals ahead -- even the most novice can batch cook! And if you cook daily? Game time is streamlined! Cook FASTER. BE more efficient and less overwhelmed.

Come see the new features + 1 minute video.

I promise the new shopping list will BLOW YOU AWAY.

Isn't it worth 1 minute to see how much easier your life will be?

You're also cordially invited to a Free workshop tonight!

I'll be showing this week's meal plan page by page, going over all the bomb diggity new features and improvements, answering your questions, and dishing up my top 10 tips for planning ahead, staying on track, saving time in the kitchen... and making cooking, eating well, and all that jazz a REALITY.

I work 70-hrs a week so I GET IT. Oh, do I get it.

Click here to join the workshop LIVE at 4:30pm (pacific) 7:30pm (eastern)!

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Pushing Through Weight-Loss Plateaus Podcast

A new Meal Mentor podcast is up and ready for you!

Beth Ashley (from the very first episode) is back for our 25th podcast! (Can you believe it?)

AND Beth has super exciting new! She pushed through her plateau and tells us all about it, plus the tiny tweaks that made all the difference -- steal her strategies!

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I also love Beth’s honesty on how she was always looking for an excuse or reason why she was overweight or not losing weight, rather than upcycling that energy into figuring out how she can fix it.

We also talk about Intermittent Fasting (+ the science behind it), Mindless Eating (read that book!) and creating two food rules that you live by!

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Your Holiday + Travel Survival Guide

Big weekend ahead!

Summer is an action-packed time of year, so even if you aren’t traveling this week (and July 4th isn’t your holiday…) you’re bound to find yourself in a car, a plane, or at a cookout party at some point in this sunny summer.

So here are my tips for surviving :)

(aka staying on track!)

1. Have a drink or dessert, not both.

2. Survey the buffet and all the options BEFORE plating. Choose only what you really want, rather than taking a spoonful of everything you don't dislike.

3. Bring a healthy dish (such as Big Mac Potatoes) everyone can enjoy and you can use it as your main portion.

4. Always start with a plate of veggies or a big salad first.

5. Use the smallest plate possible or eat off a napkin. If you have a big plate, you'll fill the big plate…and if you try to be good and "portion control," a little bit of food on a big plate will make you feel deprived. Feel like a king (or queen!) with an overflowing amount of food on a small plate.

6. Converse far away from the food and not while you’re eating. Try to keep your back turned to the buffet.

7. Do your best to ignore all peer pressure-y comments made by family and friends telling you to “Just live a little!” or “Treat yourself!” (I like to ask myself…is feeding myself things that aren’t good for me…is maintaining or reactivating a food addiction really how I can treat myself well?)

8. Don't peer pressure yourself either. You're not missing out. You can have anything -- you’re just choosing not to, and that’s empowering!

9. Have a plan in place. Whether it’s noting possible Subways and Wendy's along the highway, bringing your own meal, or packing healthy snacks for the car…success requires preparedness.

MOST IMPORTANTLY if you do slip up or indulge…don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!

I'm guilty of this too -- when I "screw up" I go on and dig the hole deeper. I have to tell myself, "Stop friggin' digging Lindsay. Climb out of the hole while you still can!" Don't succumb to the ahscrewit moment.

My own personal holiday mantra: “I am not here for the food. I am not here for the food.”

You’re there for the FUN and socializing!

Don’t make food your form of entertainment or fun…let it be the fuel that allows you to have fun to the max! And soak up every second of summer!

Do you have a great tip for surviving holidays and parties when temptation is everywhere?

Please share it below.

Happy (healthy!) traveling!

P.S. Members, there’s a special “Travel” meal plan you can download from your dashboard.

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Dealing with Negative Emotions Podcast

A new podcast is up and ready for you!

Jessica (from the fun, “girl talk” dating episode) is back and shares her fool-proof strategies for dealing with negative emotions and emotional eating. Get a rubber band and paper clips!

Jessica’s tip for looking at activities as "nourishing" or "depleting" will also TOTALLY change your life (it’s already changed mine) I also share my ABCDE productivity method that’ll help you get more done during the crazy busy summer.

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The power of words, thoughts, and triggers in our environment (how even the littlest change in mindset or self-talk or our surroundings) can breed success (or create quicksand) is another key theme.

“Taking care of yourself is not selfish, it’s selfless”

You don’t want to miss this episode!

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Does Clutter Make You Fat?

Have you wanted to lose weight but couldn’t stop indulging?

Do you constantly feel OVERWHELMED?

Are you putting things like exercising or doing the meal plans on hold because you’re “too busy?”

It’s the clutter.

A 2013 study found that people spending time in a messy room were more likely to choose junk food over a healthy apple, and other research suggests a connection between overeating and clutter.

When you get rid of the junk in your house, you’ll get rid of the junk in your trunk ;)

(I couldn’t resist…)

But in all seriousness -- if you don’t feel stressed over the mess in your house, you’ll be able to come home and relax… and have more energy to focus on what is needed to take care of yourself.

(Plus think about all the time saved not looking for things… you get HOURS back, seriously!)

It all starts with your fridge.

Set aside 15 minutes to clean out your fridge tonight. YOU HAVE 15 MINUTES.

Take everything out of the fridge and set it on your counter or the kitchen table.

Grab a big trash bag and toss the old, junky “food.” Make way for healthier options.

(If you have an extra 10 minutes, give the fridge a good wipe down and cleaning, too.)

Next, divide your fridge into zones, putting commonly used ingredients together.

Having an organized, clean fridge will make it easier (and more enjoyable) to cook.

You’ll instantly go from feeling overwhelmed to OVERJOYED.

++ The new sexy fridge will also give you a boost of confidence…

…and a sensation of lightness…which you’ll want to keep…

It’ll foster good choices and more positive behaviors. FEEL healthy. FEEL energized.

You intuitively know LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE means more than “diet.”

Interestingly, I became a “minimalist” and started “downsizing” right around the time I started slimming down and using the meal plans.

I guess I was tired of carrying ALL the excess weight in my life around ;)

When it comes to clearing clutter (the fat in our homes) it isn't about the stuff itself, it's about the life you want to live. The same is true for losing weight: It's not about the pounds, it's about living the life you deserve in the body you want.” -- Peter Walsh (TLC’s Clean Sweep)

But “trimming the fat” (tidying up) isn’t the first-and-last stop.

“You also have to create routines. From meal planning and shopping to mealtime rituals,” says Walsh.

You know you need to get organized ;-P

Having a plan in place is the secret weapon to success!

Success = consistency… and consistency starts when you have less clutter and more structure.

You’ve got to create an environment where your healthy self can THRIVE.

Are you going to commit to de-cluttering your fridge or your life?

If so, leave a comment “I’ll declutter” below.

Affirmations are powerful! You’ll be 23x more likely to do it if you say you will!

Happy decluttering!

P.S. You can take the dump-it-all-out-and-only-put-back-the-“good”-things approach with your pantry as well -- and your closet, too! Keeping only what you really LOVE.

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