Sunday, November 18, 2018

How To Have A Real Food Thanksgiving (See my holiday plan!)

I had the funniest Uber driver the other day…

He asked me, “You aren’t cooking for Thanksgiving are you?” I responded, “Of course!” and when he seemed surprised I laughed… “Ha ha, you have no idea who you’re talking to!” After I rattled off a short list of the items I was making, he gave pause and joked back, “Are you Martha Stewart?”

LOL… I’m definitely not Martha Stewart, but my Thanksgiving game is pretty strong.

It wasn’t always this way. Back in the day if I was “making” anything for Thanksgiving I’d usually wait until the last minute and grab processed items like canned cranberry sauce, supermarket rolls, and packaged stuffing mix. Can you relate?

If you’re feeling behind and want some help getting a “real food” Thanksgiving feast together, I’ve got something you are going to love…

Years ago, I put together all of my holiday recipes along with shopping and prepping tips and published them in an eBook. It includes a full holiday menu that you can use for not just Thanksgiving, but any holiday celebration – with over 20 recipes for appetizers, entrees, desserts. It’s my personal healthy holiday roadmap!

Since I am so THANKFUL for you and the incredible support you have shown for my new book Feeding You Lies this week, I am going to give you my holiday eBook for free!

Enter your email below and I’ll instantly send my 40-page Holiday Meal Plan to you:

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One thing on (almost) everyone’s mind for Thanksgiving is the turkey…

If you eat meat, remember the best choice is an organic, pasture-raised turkey. This way you will avoid turkeys that were raised on antibiotics (and other growth promoting drugs) and GMO feed. Organic turkeys do tend to sell out early though! This is one area that it is good to plan out in advance. You can typically order an organic turkey from a local farmer, or specialty grocer such as Whole Foods or Earth Fare. Some major grocery stores carry them now too! If you weren’t able to get your hands on one this year, don’t beat yourself up. Just make note to check earlier next year and make it part of your regular holiday routine!

Here’s a quick list of some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes on the blog…

  1. Cornbread Stuffing
  2. Raw Stuffing
  3. Spaghetti Squash Casserole
  4. Cranberry Sauce
  5. Garlic Roasted Vegetables with Lentils
  6. Raw Brussels Sprouts Good Fortune Salad
  7. Healing Everyday Hummus
  8. Roasted Pumpkin Spice Nuts
  9. Coconut Milk Ice Cream
  10. Pumpkin Pie With Coconut Whipped Cream

As you make these recipes, please share your spirit on Instagram and use the hashtag #FoodBabe – I would LOVE to see your creations!

I want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I appreciate you more than you know.

Thank you for standing by my side…

Thank you for sending kind words of support…

Thank you for sharing your own stories and struggles with me…

Thank you for not buying crappy processed food and voting with your dollars…

Thank you for helping me fight Big Food…

Thank you for caring about the food you feed your families…

Most of all, thank you for caring about your health. It is so important.

You are doing amazing work. I love you!

Xo,

Vani

P.S. My new book is almost here, have you heard the news?

Feeding You Lies: How to Unravel the Food Industry’s Playbook and Reclaim Your Health, is available to pre-order now.

I expose the shameless lies we are being fed about our food by the very people we should be able to trust for health information…

…lies about its nutrient value, effects on our health, label information, and even the very science on which we make our food choices. It’s investigative, hard-hitting, and a must read.

Get it locally near you here or at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

{Feeding You Lies hits stores February 19, 2019}

 

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CNC Weekly Macro Meal Plans

Guys, I’m SO EXCITED to share this new nutrition offering with you! It’s been a long time coming, so I’m especially psyched to share it with all of you. First, a little backstory…

I’ve worked one-on-one with nutrition clients for nearly 3 years now, and the one thing that they all had in common was what happened once their plan ended. Sure, one-on-one coaching is great for support and accountability, but once you learn the skills you need to track macros on your own, you don’t necessarily need a coach. My goal for working with clients is always to TEACH them how to track macros in a way that works for their dietary needs and lifestyle. And once our time was over, my clients really just wanted macro-friendly recipes that aligned with their food preferences.

A number of clients expressed similar struggles once they finished their macro plans:

“The time it tastes to look up ingredients and then figure out portions and macros takes forever!”

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“I need variety. I often get in a rut with recipes.”

“It’s so hard to find high-protein, meat-free recipes.”

“I have been successful with macros, but the thought of planning everything is so daunting.”

“I feel like it takes so much of my day to research, plan, and track!”

After hearing these same challenges again and again, I knew I needed to create the “next step” for my clients.

The CNC Weekly Macro Meal Plans takes the hassle out of meal planning and macro calculating. Instead of getting bored with the same old recipes or searching Pinterest for new ones that then need macro calculations, I send you a flexible meal plan with 5 macro-friendly recipes each week – delivered right to your inbox!

Each week includes nutritious, whole food recipes to keep planning simple and realistic. Also included is a grocery shopping list as well as a detailed meal prep “game plan” to make the most of your time in the kitchen. I tell you exactly when to prep and cook throughout the week and add in my own personal tips and tricks for speeding up the process. The recipes change from week-to-week, so you won’t get bored, and you can choose from 3 diet-specific plans: Meal Prep Ninja, Perfect Paleo (gluten- and dairy-free) or Whole Food Plant-Based (vegetarian).

While I had my nutrition clients in mind when I created this offering, it’s not just for past clients. The Macro Meal Plan Subscription is perfect for anyone who has experience with macros or who wants to learn how to track macros. (The subscription comes with a “Quick Guide” to get you started.) It’s also just great for anyone who wants to simplify their meal planning each week. There’s a loose plan to guide your meals, but ultimately you adjust as needed, especially if events/activities pop up or you have a bunch of leftovers in the fridge to use up.

Ok, you might be wondering how is the Macro Meal Plan Subscription different from the CNC Macro Plans. Well, let me tell you! 🙂

CNC Macro Plans provides you with personal macro goals as well as nutrition coaching (on the 4- and 8-week plans). Our goal with the CNC Macro Plans is to give you the tools to track macros on your own – either via Quick Guide provided with the “Just the Macros” plan or with the help of a coach over 4 or 8 weeks.

The Macro Meal Plan Subscription is a weekly flexible meal plan with macro-friendly, diet-specific recipes, and a grocery shopping list to help you with your meal planning while keeping your eats interesting and exciting. It’s not customized to your individual macro plans, but if you would like a custom macro calculation, you can purchase one at discounted price when you sign up for the subscription plan.

Want to give the CNC Weekly Macro Meal Plans a try? It’s just $29/month (less than a $1 per day) and includes 4 weeks worth of meal plans. And here’s a little incentive to give it a try: The first week is FREE! You can sign up, see what it’s all about, and cancel if you wish. Curious? Well, you’ve got nothing to lose! 🙂 



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Sunday With Sisson 11.18.18

Hi, everyone. Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday morning. For those of you accustomed to receiving Sunday With Sisson in your inbox, I wanted to give you a heads up that the team and I are making some changes (just technical) with the newsletter and “Sunday With Sisson” for just a few weeks. Some of you may notice some temporary interruption in your email delivery from MDA. It’s all part of upgrading our systems. Unfortunately, there’s never a good time for these things.

In the meantime, I’ll be posting “Sunday With Sisson” letters each Sunday on the blog until we’re back to our full mailing capacity. Enjoy, and—as always—thanks for joining me here. 

Good morning, everybody.

So, California is on fire. You’ve probably heard the stories and seen the videos of people racing along burning highways to escape. It’s unlike anything the state has ever seen.

I no longer live in Malibu, but I did for 25 years, and my daughter Devyn has been living in our old Malibu house with her boyfriend and three dogs.

She was in the house last week as fire raced down the valley toward our home. They watched as it got closer and only left when the flames finally reached our backyard, assuming they had more time before it was upon them. They didn’t.

I was following along on live stream news from my place in Miami. When I saw local L.A. reporters standing on the street below our house with 30 foot flames roaring directly behind them, I called and told her to get the hell out. Devyn had no idea because the power and Internet were all cut. She and the dogs went to Santa Monica; her boyfriend stayed in Malibu to protect our house (successfully) and a few other friends’ homes in the area.

When I got confirmation that she was all right, I went to sleep. I’m a worrier—as longtime readers will know—but I went to bed with a clear mind, knowing that everyone was safe. Sure, I worried about the house, which has been on the market for a few months and contains 15 years of dearly held memories along with some lingering belongings, but I was also totally at peace with whatever happened. We’ve got insurance and houses are just stuff. The people who live in the house and the memories we form there are what matters. That sense of home doesn’t just disappear. It stays with you.

The house survived anyway, albeit with a fair amount of fire and water damage to two sides of it. Two of our neighbors weren’t so lucky and lost their homes entirely.

It’s interesting to me that just two weeks ago I was writing about the importance of practicing gratitude. These events asserted a real life reason why gratitude is so essential: life is fragile—and it can be taken away at any moment. Even if you think you have nothing, you have life, and the promise and opportunity that represents.

Gratitude asks us to resist the temptation to judge the height of our own fortune (or the depth of our misfortune) by comparison with others. It’s self-referencing, which is the seat of its power. So many things become possible when we operate from that place.

I’ve said before on the blog that Thanksgiving happens to be my favorite holiday. This year I’ll be celebrating its message more than ever.

Enjoy your Sunday, everybody, and a good holiday to you and yours.

Best,

Mark

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Clean Eating Buttered Crookneck Squash Soup Recipe

This clean eating buttered crookneck squash soup recipe is straight from my grandmother’s kitchen!

I know, crookneck squash is a summer squash and here we are in November. But I was at the store this… Read more →



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