We’ve all made THIS mistake before... Myself included!

 
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What starts out as a well-intentioned favorite food (I’m going to eat one cookie because these look delicious!) turns into a full-blown eating fest (holy shit I just ate 4 of those cookies and a piece of pizza and had chips & salsa and 2 glasses of wine and now I feel STUFFED!)

I’m talking about a food BINGE.

Check out the top 3 reasons that women struggle with binge eating:

1. You’re feeling TIRED or STRESSED. When we’re tired, stressed, or emotional, it’s easy to seek comfort in food. Here’s the truth though — eating NEVER helps the root cause of our tiredness or stress! Find a way to deal with stress/tiredness that doesn’t involve food. Honor your body by only eating when you feel true hunger.

2. It’s EVENING or WEEKEND time. I love the evenings and weekends, but that time often comes without plans or routines. We are more likely to binge when we’re out of our normal routine. Try to keep yourself busy during evenings or weekends, or be intentional about finding ways to relax that don’t involve food!

3. You’re being TOO RESTRICTIVE. If you’re feeling hungry all the time, or following a diet that’s SO strict that you’re never able to enjoy chocolate, wine, or any of your other favorite foods, chances are you’ll binge. NO ONE has the willpower or “motivation” to live this way forever. Focus on building sustainable nutrition habits that teach you to eat nutritiously most times, but that still allow you to ENJOY your favorite foods!

Let's Talk FAILURE!

 
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I am an extremely positive, passionate person about everything in life, but especially my clients and my business! But there’s something I want to talk about today that ISN’T all sunshine and rainbows…

It’s FAILURE.

There are two ways that my clients fail.

It’s not eating too much chocolate.

It’s not drinking too much wine.

It’s not lack of consistency.

It’s not overeating.

It’s not stress or emotional eating.

It’s not lack of exercise.

Will all of these reasons cause my clients to not lose weight? Absolutely!

But lack of results is NOT FAILING my friends!!!

Failing happens when you stop reaching towards your goals and completely GIVE UP on yourself. It also happens when you REFUSE to LEARN from your mistakes. Those bullet points I listed up there are mistakes that my clients make… sometimes often!

No one is perfect… Mistakes happen to all of us (me too)! But giving up on yourself every single time you make a mistake, or making the same mistake repeatedly without learning… THAT is FAILURE at it’s FINEST.

This applies to EVERYTHING in life too, not just weight loss!! Remember to be kind to yourself and show yourself some love. Setbacks and mistakes WILL happen… It’s what you do AFTER they happen that determines whether you achieve your goals or not.

Are YOU a struggling snacker?!

 
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You’re probably thinking to yourself… “WHAT is a struggling snacker?” ⁉️

I know what a struggling snacker is because I used to be one…

Years ago when I was dancing in Chicago, I used to get SO HUNGRY between meals. I would grab pre-packaged, processed foods for snacks because they were easy to shove in my dance bag. I’m talking about skinny pop, sun chips, pretzels, 100-calorie bags of cheese its, and other snacks like that.

Is there anything WRONG with those snacks? NO!!

Buttttttt, are they the MOST nutritious snacks?! NO!!

Remember, nutritious foods contain protein, vitamins, minerals, and NUTRIENTS… Whereas non-nutritious snacks don’t contain many nutrients.

When choosing a snack, choosing a nutritious option is KEY because it helps keep you feeling full, helps you become more energized, helps you become stronger, and helps your metabolism and body run MOST efficiently!

When I became a SMART snacker, I lost weight, became more confident, had more energy, AND my dancing improved.

Share in the comments below… What is your favorite NUTRITIOUS snack?

Want to learn my little secret that practically GUARANTEES my clients get results?!

 
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It’s not that I’m a magician and can wave a magic wand and BOOM! My clients lose 20 lbs. Although the Freedom with Food Formula DOES offer a pretty magical transformation, a magic wand has nothing to do with it.

Instead, it’s asking my clients THIS question before we start working together

“On a scale from 1-10, how committed are you to reaching this goal?”

Here’s the truth — If you’re committed to ANY goal you hope to achieve at any level less than a 10, you’ll struggle to achieve it.

You MUST make your health and fitness a priority if you want to lose weight.

Now, this DOES NOT MEAN spending hours a week in the gym, or meal prepping for the entire week on Sunday... Nor does it mean eating the same bland foods over and over again.

But this DOES mean being honest with yourself.

If you think you don’t have time to pay attention to your health and fitness, then you’re probably right... You’re probably not committed enough to yourself in that area yet, and that’s okay! Be realistic with yourself though, and don’t expect to see any results where there’s no commitment/time.

Once you decide you’ve had enough, you’ll make time for it.

Making time has NOTHING to do with how busy you are, but rather has EVERYTHING to do with your priorities. Some women I work with have EXTREMELY busy schedules, but because they are committed to themselves, we work together to find time during their busy days for fitness and nutrition.

Remember too, this isn’t black and white, committed or not-committed. Every small step you make counts.

If all you can manage is a few short walks a week, do that!

If you struggle to eat enough veggies, start by adding in one serving a day.

Doing something ALWAYS beats doing nothing.

HOW you lose weight is more important than HOW QUICKLY you lose weight.

 
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In 10 years, it won’t matter if it took you 9 weeks, 9 months, or 9 years to lose weight.

Here’s what WILL matter:

✔️ The strategies you’ve learned to keep the weight off long-term.
✔️ The skills to know HOW to eat healthy most of the time but also how to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks
✔️ The strategies to know how to manage life’s stress and your emotions without using food as a coping mechanism
✔️ Freedom from guilt around food. You deserve to eat pizza and chocolate and drink wine when your best-self wants it WITHOUT any emotional strings attached
✔️ The skills to know how to portion out your meals and how to listen to your body’s hunger and fullness levels
✔️ Higher confidence and energy levels than you’ve felt in years
✔️ Sustainable habits that allow you to live and ENJOY your life while staying healthy
✔️ SELF TRUST. So that you’re CONFIDENT that you can enjoy your favorite foods without overindulging

Sure, a quick fix weight loss program that promises QUICK results sounds enticing...

But wouldn’t you rather lose weight and learn the skills and strategies to KEEP it off?!

Wine + Beer = Weight Loss?!

 
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Heck yes!!

Seriously, it is 100% POSSIBLE to lose weight and lead a healthy life while still ENJOYING booze my friends.

It all comes down to being strategic and having a plan!

Check out my best 4 tips to help you enjoy alcohol while still losing weight or staying healthy:

1. Because you KNOW you’ll be indulging in your drinks, focus on eating lean protein & veggies earlier in the day.
2. Choose drinks that are easy on the calories and sugar. Some examples include vodka sodas, light beers, or dry wines/champagnes.
3. Alternate one boozy drink with one water. This helps control how much alcohol you drink AND helps prevent the dreaded hangover. Afraid of what others might say if you’re drinking water? Order a sparking water with lime ;) It looks just like a mixed drink.
4. Avoid the drunk munchies! Drinking does NOT give you permission to mindlessly eat at the end of the night.

Want more free nutrition tips, healthy recipes, and workouts? Comment “ME” below and I’ll send you a link to my FREE Facebook group, where I share daily tips, recipes, and workouts!

Struggling to lose weight OR create a healthy relationship with food?

 
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This COSTLY mistake is why...

Hint—It starts with a C.

And NO, it’s not eating chocolate.

It’s LACK of CONSISTENCY.

Friends, PLEASE remember this — One piece of pizza won’t cause you to gain weight. Just like one salad won’t help you lose weight. ‼️

What you eat MOST of the time matters more than what you eat SOME of the time.

You DO NOT need to completely eliminate your favorite foods (like chocolate and wine) in order to lose weight, BUT you have to be honest with yourself and only enjoy them occasionally in appropriate portions.

I promise… If you eat nutritious foods mindfully MOST of the time, there will always be room for your favorite foods WHILE still achieving your goals.

Do you agree with me? Drop your favorite HEALTHY FOOD emoji below!

Can you guess the single most IMPORTANT nutrient to help boost performance for EVERY activity except for long endurance events?

 
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Nope, it’s not protein… Or carbs… Or caffeine!

It’s WATER!

Here’s a SCARY statistic — 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Yikes!

The benefits of drinking enough water are countless… From clear skin to healthy kidneys to strong muscles, but drinking enough water is CRUCIAL for weight loss. ‼️

So… How much water should you drink?

That really depends on your body, your goals, and your lifestyle, but as a general guide, try to drink 0.5-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh.

Check out my BEST 3 tips to help you stay hydrated:
1. Have a water bottle or glass with you 24/7. Have one in the car… keep it at your desk… Even on the coffee table while watching TV! Simply SEEING your water bottle is a great visual reminder to drink more water.
2. Set a reminder on your phone. Set an alarm for every 2-3 hours to remind you to get up and drink a glass of water.
3. Include water-rich foods in your diet. Many of us forget, but ALL fruits, veggies, and even meats contain water. Adding nutritious, whole, healthy foods into your meals can add up to 20% of your daily water intake!

How much water (on average) do YOU drink on a daily basis?

Would you order tacos at an Italian restaurant?

 
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I sure as heck wouldn’t!

I LOVE tacos, but I only order them at a Mexican restaurant.

When you try to adapt a “fad diet,” you’re basically ordering tacos at an Italian restaurant.

You see, fad diets are meant for the average human. They are barely customizable to YOU and YOUR LIFE. I can’t tell you HOW many women I speak with who HAVE NOT lost any weight on a fad diet… Simply because the diet failed to accommodate their own individual needs.

Most diets do NOT take your body shape/structure, or your career choice, or your injuries/illness, or your food preferences, OR your lifestyle into consideration.

How can you expect the exact same diet to work for a 28 year old lawyer with two kids at home that works for a 65 year old retired schoolteacher?

In my 5-step method, the Freedom with Food Formula, I help my clients lose weight by creating a sustainable nutrition plan/habits that are 100% customized to HIS or HER own life.

Please friends… DO NOT order tacos at an Italian restaurant.

YOU and YOUR BODY deserve better. You deserve a sustainable nutrition plan that fits into YOUR life… Not the other way around!

Would YOU be brave and order tacos at an Italian restaurant???? Personally, I’ll save the pasta and pizza for the Italian restaurant.

I only have ONE coaching spot available for the rest of April. Want to talk about how I can help you achieve your goals? Comment below.

If a health coach ever tells you to do this, RUN FOR THE HILLS!

 
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Can you imagine eating egg whites, ground turkey, and asparagus EVERY DAY for 2 YEARS straight?!

Last week, I had a call with a potential client, and she shared her experience with a previous weight loss coach. THAT is exactly what she ate for 2 years straight. She never missed a single day.

Sure, she lost weight, but at what COST⁉️

She never ate at a restaurant (adios social life!)
She never went to her friends’ houses for dinner
She never ate pizza or ice cream
She never drank booze
She never ate the HUNDREDS of other healthy foods that could’ve help her achieve her goals
She learned NOTHING during those 2 years except how to eat egg whites, ground turkey, and asparagus… Which means she gained ALL the weight back after she stopped the program.

I wanted to CRY for her when she shared this information with me.

PLEASE listen up my friends — There are MUCH better ways to lose weight and to take control over your health aside from restrictive diets that eliminate your favorite foods.

Life is meant to be LIVED and ENJOYED. If you feel the only way that you’ll be successful in losing weight is restricting yourself, please focus on eating nutritious foods 80-90% of the time, but still allow yourself to ENJOY your favorite foods 10-20% of the time!

There IS a better way, and I’m making it my MISSION to teach as many women as I can that it’s 100% POSSIBLE to lose weight and still ENJOY your favorite foods.

Using ONLY an emoji, share how you would FEEL if you had to eat egg whites, ground turkey, and asparagus every single day for 2 years straight!

Can you guess the MOST important SKILL that I learned to help me successfully run 26.2 miles?

 
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Hint—It’s the exact same skill that I teach my clients in the Freedom with Food Formula… So they are able to lose weight while still occasionally ENJOYING their favorite foods.

Hint #2 — It is NOT Motivation…

Don’t get me wrong… Motivation is definitely needed SOMETIMES to help you reach your goals, but here’s the truth — NO ONE is motivated ALL OF THE TIME towards reaching their goals.

When I was training for the Chicago marathon last summer, there were SO MANY TIMES where I struggled with motivation.

Often times, I could find 1000 excuses to NOT run, but struggled to find ONE reason to get my booty out the door to run.

In a similar way, there are SO MANY TIMES that my clients are tempted to order a pizza, or swing through a fast food drive through for dinner, as opposed to cooking a quick, healthy meal at home.

The MOST important skill that helped me run a marathon AND helps my clients CRUSH their weight loss goals is DISCIPLINE.

When you’re disciplined, you’re able to CHOOSE your ACTIONS with your goals in the front of your mind… Without letting ANY emotions influence how you act.

Here’s a fact — If you rely on motivation all the time, you’ll NEVER lose weight, or run a marathon, or reach ANY of your goals.

Being disciplined will help you LEARN to stay on track no matter HOW motivated you feel.

I’d love to know… What is one goal that YOU have reached because you were DISCIPLINED?!

If you follow FOOD RULES, there is ONE SECRET CHANGE that you need to make.

 
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“I don’t eat past 6pm.”…

“I never eat carbs”
“I stay under 1200 calories a day.”

If you live by any of these strict food rules (or other ones not included), you MUST change your MINDSET.

Please listen—Following food rules ONLY helps create a messed up relationship with food. I’ve talked to hundreds of women who think about food 24/7 because of the unhealthy relationship they’ve developed with EATING.

Food is a necessity. It is meant to fuel your life and to be ENJOYED… It is NOT meant to rule your thoughts and rule your life.

In the Freedom with Food Formula, I help women to change their mindset, so they find peace with food and are able to escape from food rules, once and for all.

The magic question — HOW do you change your mindset?

It starts with your THOUGHTS and ends with your ACTIONS.

Begin to think about food in a different way, and then choose actions that help you to break free from your “food rules.”

Pop ONE food rule that YOU have struggled with in the past below!

You CANNOT out-exercise your fork.

 
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When I was training for the Chicago Marathon, I read a book that specifically focused on nutrition for marathon runners.

There was an entire chapter devoted to the fact that some marathon runners GAIN weight because they justify everything they eat by the fact that they are running so many miles a week.

Talk about an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise…

As a society, when did we start believing that we DESERVE to eat chocolate or drink wine simply because we exercised?

Or, when did we start viewing exercise as a PUNISHMENT for eating a cheeseburger or pizza?

No matter how hard you try, exercise alone will not help you lose weight. You must create sustainable nutrition habits that teach you how to eat nutritiously most of the time while still enjoying life’s indulgences.

Exercise and food are two INDEPENDENT parts of the healthy life equation.

Exercise keeps our hearts, lungs, bones, and muscles strong... it isn’t a tool that’s meant to justify what you eat.

In a similar way, you DESERVE to eat chocolate, pizza, or burgers occasionally only simply because you WANT it... Not because you “earned” it with exercise.

Do you agree with me?

Ready for an EASY way to portion out your meals at the speed of LIGHT?!

 
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Seriously, this 4-part method is exactly how I portion out every single one of my meals, and you don’t need a food scale or measuring cups or any other fancy tool to use it.

All you need is your HAND!

Check it out below

1. PROTEIN — 1-2 Palm-sized servings at each meal
2. VEGGIES — 1-2 Fist-sized servings at each meal
3. HEALTHY FATS — 1 Thumb-sized serving at each meal
4. SMART CARBS — 0.5-1 Fist-sized serving at each meal


Do YOU have an easy way to portion out your meals that works? If so, drop it in the comments below!

Food Cravings are NOT your problem.

 
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We’re often taught that food cravings are EVIL, and that we must AVOID the foods we crave at all costs.

Women come to me asking “How do I get rid of my food cravings?” OR “What do I do when a serious food cravings hits?!”

The truth is that ALL of us have food cravings at times.

For some of us, it comes from the pure satisfaction of enjoying a particular food… And for others of us, cravings hit because we use food as a coping mechanism for stress and emotions.

When we fight our food cravings, we only WORSEN our relationship with food, because we try to completely eliminate and avoid the unhealthy foods that we crave... Which tends to lead to a late-night binge session... Can you relate

So, back to the GOLDEN question...

WHAT do you do when a food craving hits?!

You remember that YOU always have POWER over your decisions with food. YOU ARE IN CONTROL of your choices.

Stop allowing your food cravings to control you.
Stop thinking that foods are “bad” and “good”
Stop letting your emotions and fear take control over your eating.

START TRUSTING YOURSELF.

Instead of fighting your food cravings, be mindful, make a PLAN to help you navigate your cravings, and learn to TRUST YOURSELF to take power over your food choices.

I promise that THIS is one way to help heal your relationship with food.

Tag a friend in the comments below who needs to hear this message today!

Want to know the BEST diet in the world to lose weight?

 
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Is it —

Weight watchers
Whole 30
Keto
Intermittent Fasting
Slimming World
Jenny Craig

NOPE. It’s NONE of these.

Here’s the TRUTH behind every.single.one of these diets.

They are in the business of making MONEY. Sure, you might lose weight on them, but they DON’T teach you the skills that you need to keep the weight off long-term SOOO you end up gaining the weight back, and spending even MORE money to repeat the diet.

You DO NOT need another fad diet to lose weight.

You DO need a smart nutrition plan that allows you to eat nutritious foods MOST of the time, while still enjoying wine and chocolate on occasionally.

In The Freedom with Food Formula, I teach my clients the SKILLS they need to balance eating healthy foods with their favorite not-so-nutritious foods for the REST OF THEIR LIVES.

At the end of the day, diets simply tell you WHAT to eat. They don’t help you understand WHY you eat the way you do, or HOW to change your habits long-term.

Share in the comments below… What is the WORST diet you’ve ever tried or heard of?

TRUTH TIME — I have a HANGER problem.

 
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If I let myself get too HUNGRY, I am NOT a nice person to be around. I get super crabby and moody. It’s bad… If you don’t believe me, just ask my husband, Brad.

The GOOD news is that I make it my PRIORITY to fuel my body with proper nutrients every single day so I DON’T turn into the wicked witch of the Midwest.

TOO many women that I speak with who are trying to lose weight feel hangry ALL.THE.TIME because they’re restricting themselves on an extreme diet (like trying to eat 1000-1200 calories a day).

If you’re one of those women who is deeply restricting or practically yourself trying to lose weight, and you feel hangry more times than not, PLEASE STOP.

Eating too few calories WILL NOT speed up weight loss. In fact, it will do the OPPOSITE. If you eat too few calories, your body will cling to every single fat cell you have because your body believes it is being STARVED.

If your goal is to lose weight, try using a MODERATE calorie deficit (1500-1800 cals/day) while still finding a BALANCE that includes your favorite foods and drinks (for me, it's the chocolate and the vino).

PLEASE, show your body the love and respect it deserves by fueling it properly. You deserve MORE than feeling hungry all the time.

Calorie counting is one of the WORST ways to lose weight.

 
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Last week, I was talking to a client and we were looking at her food diary in My Fitness Pal.

Her weight had plateaued the past few weeks after a few weeks of consistently losing, so we decided to track her nutrition to see what’s going on.

By looking at her calories ONLY, she was eating around 1500-1600 cals a day. Based on her exercise routine, she was definitely burning more calories than she was eating… So, why wasn’t she losing weight?!

It’s because weight loss is SO MUCH MORE than simply calories in and calories out. YES, you must be in a calorie deficit to lose weight, but THE FOOD you eat (where you get your nutrients from) is KEY to your success.

You see, ALL foods are made up of macronutrients — proteins, fats, and carbohydrates (which includes sugar). Everyone’s body is unique, so YOUR body processes proteins, fats, and carbs in a very different way than MY body.

Looking closer at her diary, it was EASY for me to spot that her fat and sugar intake was OFF THE CHARTS for HER age, weight, and body type. On the other hand, her protein intake was WAY too low for HER body.

You and your body deserves MORE than simply counting calories.

Know someone who is a calorie counting QUEEN who isn’t getting results and NEEDS to hear this message?! Comment below.

How do you feel when I say the words “MEAL PREP”⁉️

 
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Stressed? Anxious? Confused? Overwhelmed?

I feel your pain. Seriously, I used to HATE cooking healthy meals. I found it super stressful and overwhelming. I didn’t know where to begin, and thought I needed to spend HOURS every day cooking healthy meals.

Boy was I WRONG. Over the last 7 years, I’ve learned that cooking healthy meals at home DOES NOT REQUIRE you to spend 5 hours in the kitchen… Nor does it require a $200 grocery store bill every week.

Sure, cooking healthy meals requires you to PLAN and PREPARE ahead of time, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend your ENTIRE Sunday cooking meals for the entire week.

Check out my BEST 3 hacks to help you turn into a meal prep ninja:

1. WASH, CHOP, and STORE ALL FRUITS AND VEGGIES AS SOON AS YOU GET HOME FROM THE STORE — Not only did this help save me time, but it also helped save money. You’re MUCH more likely to use these if they’re already cut up and ready to eat!

2. DOUBLE and TRIPLE RECIPES — Whether you’re cooking for 1 person or a family of 4, try to double and triple healthy recipes and freeze the second and third batch. Having healthy meals in your freezer that are ready-to-go can help for weeks that turn crazy busy!

3. PREP SMARTER, NOT HARDER — Try to multitask when possible. For example, try to bake 4-5 chicken breasts at once, and use it throughout the week on salads, sandwiches, & wraps. While the chicken is in the oven, prepare your fruits, veggies and whole grains for the week.

At the end of the day, your meals don’t need to be FANCY in order to lose weight… They need to be NUTRITIOUS. Every month, I share a healthy recipe pack with ALL of my clients to help them become masters at meal prep without spending hours in the kitchen.

Are there certain meals where you struggle to find healthy recipes?

Hit me up in the comments below and let me know which meals are a challenge for you and I’ll share my best recipes!

Does cooking healthy meals at home SOUND bland and boring to you?

 
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If so, keep reading.

SO often, I talk with women who believe that losing weight means eating meals that TASTE boring and flavorless, like plain chicken and broccoli, and that’s simply NOT the case.

Check out my best 4 tips to help maximize the FLAVOR of your food (while still losing weight)!

  1. Use salsa, hot sauce, mustard, pico de gallo, or other low-calorie/low-fat condiments to add a kick to any meal.


  2. Cook your protein and veggies with garlic, onions, or to add some natural flavor without too much spice!

  3. Experiment with seasonings! Oregano, red pepper flakes, dill, sage, and thyme are just SOME of the many options of seasonings you can choose add flavor to ANY protein or veggie. The sky is the limit here! Simply find a flavor you ENJOY and run with it!

  4. Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Seasoning. Seriously this seasoning is SO GOOD!!!! I use it on veggies, chicken, turkey, sweet potatoes, and SO many more foods to add some flavor without adding extra calories or fat!


Instead of believing that healthy meals have to be flavorless and boring, use this as an EXPERIMENT to find seasonings and flavors that YOU love!

Do you have a FAVORITE way to make protein and veggies taste delicious??? Share it below!