Welcome to my blog! So happy you’re joining me here. I’m Vicki Marquez, board certified health coach, plant-based chef, yoga teacher, author and wellness expert.
Yep, I’m a total health nut…but I’m also a serious lover of food and firm believer in enjoying life to the fullest.
I truly believe that living a healthy lifestyle should be fun, easy & enjoyable, and never (ever!) painful, horrible or filled with deprivation.
My goal, and the purpose of this blog, is to help you bridge the gap and find the balance between living healthfully and indulging when the desire calls. 😁 I’ll share with you as many free resources as possible – including some of my very best plant-based recipes, wellness tips, fitness findings and secrets on how to succeed at living and feeling your best.
I’m constantly learning and growing, reading and researching, so as I discover more and more about fitness, nutrition and living well, here is where you’ll find it.
A little bit about my personal food philosophies…
…While all of the recipes here on my site are primarily plant-based, I believe in the core concept of bioindividuality; meaning there isn’t one best way of eating for everyone.
One person’s food is another person’s poison, so there no prescribed diets here. Vegans, vegetarians, raw, dairy-free, gluten-free, carnivores, pescatarians — are all welcome.
So, why are all of the recipes plant-based?
The answer is simple. Whether you eat meat and animal products, or not, I truly believe that adding more plants to your existing diet is the absolute best thing that you can do for your health. And I want to make that process simple and satisfying for you.
What works for me…
…A primarily plant-based diet that includes a whole lotta fresh, organic veggies, fruits, beans, whole grains nuts & seeds; and every once in a while a very small amount of organic, non-processed, ethically & sustainably sourced animal protein.
I skip highly processed foods, like “white” foods (e.g. white sugar, white flour, white rice, white bread), that contain a long list of unpronounceable ingredients including: food chemicals, additives, preservatives, trans fat, added sugar (esp. high-fructose corn syrup), sodium, artificial colors and flavors; and focus on eating real, whole, natural foods that come straight from the earth.
The majority of my meals and snacks include a healthy fat (like avocado, nuts, coconut etc.), fiber, protein and some type of leafy green or a green veggie.
I choose natural sweeteners like coconut sugar, maple syrup and dates. I drink coffee (unsweetened) and wine in moderation (80/20 rule = 80% of the time healthy as possible, 20% of the time livin’ it up – whatever that means for you) and I eat pizza and French fries whenever the opportunity presents itself. 😉
Now that we got that out of the way, here are few things that you can do next as you explore my site.
JOIN THE LIST, GET THE (free) BOOK
First things first, make sure you join The VM email List (on the right side of this page) to get my FREE e-book, Eat Better, Feel Better, Live Better, which is packed with my favorite strategies and recipes to help you start, well… eating, feeling and living better right away!
You’ll also get practical nutrition advice, nourishing recipes, wellness tips and tons more, all delivered right to your inbox.
Next, pop on over to my healthy recipe archive and get your creative (veggie) juices flowing. I have a ton of snack, salad, main course and dessert recipes to help get you started on the path to a healthier lifestyle. My goal is always to keep each recipe relatively easy to make with fresh, whole, natural, easy-to-find ingredients.
Be sure to come back often, as I’m always posting new recipes and ideas.
If you’re ready to take your healthy eating to the next level by incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet, but you’d prefer to step into your kitchen and NOT spend one ounce of energy wondering what you should eat, make or do, check out my 28-day, done-for-you, plant-based, gluten-free meal plan – Nourish Yourself.
This is my non-diet, non-detox, non-cleanse program that will teach you everything you need to know about eating well and properly nourishing your body. You’ll be a whole new person in just 28 short days, side-effects may include higher energy, happier thoughts, better sleep and shedding that pesky weight that won’t seem to budge.
Click here for the full program details –> NOURISH YOURSELF
ACHIEVE YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS GOALS
Check out my customizable health packages to see if one of them is right for you. Offerings include…
- Health Coaching
- Cooking Sessions
- Yoga Classes
- Corporate Wellness
- Author Visits & Events
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GET THE KIDDOS INVOLVED
Want to get the little one(s) in your life excited about veggies? Meet The Rootlets – my children’s entertainment brand and book series that inspire kids to make healthier choices.
And, if you simply want to get to know me a little better, visit my About Vicki page, watch a few episodes of my TV show, Nourished or check out my Health & Wellness blog category, where I spill all of my secrets and life musings for inquiring minds. 😊
Thank you again for joining me here – I’m so excited to begin this journey with you and I can’t wait to share all of my very best stuff with you.
Talk to you soon!