Will I have to buy expensive specialty or organic foods or shop at specialty stores?
All plans and challenges include flexibility so that you can decide what works best for your budget and situation. While in some cases organic and/or specialty foods might be recommended, there will always be alternate options to allow you to customize to what's best for you.
I'm already very busy, will this require more time in the kitchen?
If you do not currently spend a lot of time in your kitchen, then initially the recommendations included here may represent a change for you. As with any change, you should expect a period of adjustment but, I understand that your time is precious. You won't find anything here that is overly complicated or time-consuming. And there is no doubt that the additional time you spend planning and prepping healthier meals will yield many noticeable benefits including saving you time, stress and money.
What if I hate cooking?
Cooking isn't something that everyone loves. Sometimes the reasons we don't enjoy it is because we find it to be intimidating, boring, or time-consuming. One of the wonderful benefits of cooking whole foods is how wonderful they look and taste when you are done. I'm confident that embracing healthier meals will inspire you to get cooking more often or perhaps even encourage friends and family to join in.
Will I have to buy expensive appliances/kitchen tools to make these meals?
While some recipes will be easier to make with the help of modern appliances, there will always be alternative preparation options provided for those that don't have access to them. If you are looking to stock up your kitchen or invest in some new gadgets that support healthier eating, these are the few that I recommend:
- the highest quality blender you can afford (this will pay for itself many times over)
- a miniature or full-size (if budget allows) food processor
- a good quality set of pots & pans
- a lemon/lime juicer
How do your plans accommodate picky eaters, allergies, food aversions and preferences (vegan, gluten-free, etc.)?
All meal-plan services (customized and group challenges) start with gathering background information from you about your current habits, lifestyle, preferences, challenges, and goals. This allows me to gain a full understanding of your situation so that I can develop a plan for you that is realistic.
How do your workshops account for distance learning?
Where possible, I use webcasting services to allow participation no matter where you live. This provides flexibility for you to learn from a location and at a time that best suits your schedule.
Do your plans include calorie counts or nutrition information?
All my plans are based on using whole foods that are as close to their natural growing state as possible. I'm a believer that if you are eating the right (=whole) foods, your body will receive the nutrients it needs and respond the way it is designed to regarding hunger signals, satiety, etc. I also believe that portion sizes are important. My plans include portion recommendations but you will not however, see calorie counts here.