Healthy from the inside out

I'm passionate about wellness!  Physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.  I teach fitness, yoga, boxing and kickboxing.  I'm also an actor, a runner, a cyclist and a lover of nature and the outdoors.  I like to enjoy food and fun with family and friends.  If I can do all of that and become healthier, happier and help bring others to their healthiest and happiest as well, I'm complete.  I started this blog to store all of my healthy recipes that friends have been asking for and we'll see where it goes from there! (All content and photos are mine, do not use without permission. Thanks!)

The amazing cashew and how I made cheese out of it.

I LOVE continuing education.  If I could be paid to be in school and constantly learning, that's the job I would have.  Fortunately for me (unfortunately for my bank account) there are tons of opportunities for continuing education with reputable and amazing presenters in the Chicago-land area.  

The first week of March 2017, I became pescatarian following one of these events.  I saw a presentation by Bruce and Mindy Mylrea that was well researched, annotated and very convincingly presented that contained a lot of information about acid load on the kidneys and what animal products actually do to our bodies.  There was also a lot in there about the sustainability of farming and such.  (I am an environmentalist and can't wait until I have the space to compost... difficult on the third floor in Chicago... so this hit home with me.)

I couldn't give up fish, I'm from New Orleans, I didn't want to be disowned by my family (or divorced by my husband) and ... I really like fish.  But I already ate very little read meat and giving up chicken was something I could see happening.  I decided to try it.  I gave up dairy as well.  

Except for cheese.  

Man, cheese is good.  I tried to limit it and I could totally tell the difference in my digestion on the days that I did have it.  Then one day I went to a Farmer's Market.  There was a vegan tent.  She had cashew cheese.  I tried it.  It was AMAZING.  We bought some.  It was EXPENSIVE.

I started doing some research and eventually began making my own.  I got good enough at it that I could just do it by rote.  I made it for parties, just for friends, for whenever.  People loved it.  Cheese eaters loved it.  So I put it online.  

If you're trying to cut cholesterol, if you're trying to give up dairy, or just want a healthier cheese spread option with more protein and less fat, here you go.  I hope you enjoy.