Hello! Thank you for visiting.
My name is Maria and I am passionate about helping you learn about healthy nutrition so that you and your family can live long and healthy lives.
I grew up in Russia. We didn’t have a lot of processed foods because the food industry didn’t exist back then in Russia.
We shopped at a local farmer’s market and in the summer, we grew our own food.
The meals that my parents and grandparents were preparing for us were simple, clean, wholesome and fresh.
When my family immigrated to America in 1993, I was 16 years old.
First time I walked into a local supermarket in Brooklyn, NY, I was completely blown away by all the food choices that were presented to me.
I have never seeing a Sneaker’s candy bar up until that point.
For the following 7 years, I ate myself to a very unhealthy self!
I gained 25 pounds, my body was aching. I had a lot of low back pains and I had zero energy to get up in the morning. And I was only in my early 20s.
A few more years went by before I begin looking at myself and my eating and living habits.
When I was 26, I moved to South Florida.
The warm weather, sun, ocean and the blue skies made me wanted to be slimmer, cleaner, healthier.
I began my journey to wellness by learning everything I could about healthy eating, healthy cooking, healthy foods.
My first book was about Vegetarian lifestyle. It was a good start for me at that time because a vegetarian diet puts a lot of emphasis on eating more fruits and vegetables and eliminate animal products.
I decided to try it.
Within a few months, I begin feeling better. I had more energy, more focus. I lost weight and my attitude on life changed for the better.
Since then I have tried many different diets including an acid and alkaline diet, Paleo diet, Keto diet, low cards diet and more.
Although these diets are different, what I learned was that eating healthy it’s that complicated once you realized that the basis of being healthy is not a diet.
It’s a lifestyle that focuses on eating whole, minimally processed, foods that contain short ingredient lists.
When your budget allows, make meats, eggs, dairy and the dirty dozen your organic priorities. Eat humanely raised, local meats and ocean-friendly seafood.
Drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Limit your alcohol intake to one gland of anti-oxidant rich red wine a day.
Avoid processed and refined foods such as white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead.
Steer clear of trans fats, fried foods or foods high in sugar. Avoid preservatives, color additives and toxic binders, stabilizers, emulsifiers, and fat replacers.
Consume healthy fats (essential fatty acids, or EFAs) every day.
Eat more food that is produced local and seasonal.
A healthy lifestyle does require you shop and cook healthy meals but it doesn’t take much time if you know how to cook healthy. Your effort will be well rewarded with delicious, healthy meals that are easy to make.
There’s an ever-growing body of evidence supporting the relatively simple principles that are behind healthy eating – yet many people seem to be more confused than ever. Never-ending promotions of fad diets get in the way of people making healthy choices.
What’s more, our Standard American Diet (SAD) is not contributing to our health.
Our supermarkets are full of convenient packaged foods that appeal to our taste buds, but compromise our nutrition. Because most of these foods’ natural nutrients are removed in the refined process, we need to get them elsewhere.
Processed foods have additives. Our Standard American Diet relies heavily on processed foods that include artificial color, additives, flavorings, and chemically-altered fats and sweeteners. These additives and chemically altered substances may be giving our bodies the wrong signals, instead of the information they need to function properly.
Even “natural” foods have fewer nutrients. Our food is not the same as it was 20 years ago. Nutrients in the soil have been depleted, so food grown in that soil has fewer nutrients. Chemicals are increasingly used in raising both plants and animals, particularly on huge industrial farms that specialize in a few products.
No wonder, we are confused about food.