My New Favorite Topic with Heather Rampolla + a Giveway. Jackpot!

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I had such an incredible birthday weekend. It was full of great friends, great food, and great wine too! ;)

I love getting older. Have I mentioned that yet? Each year bring with a new and deeper confidence in myself, an appreciation for everything I've experienced in my life and where it has led me to in my life. It's truly amazing.

To continue with our month of awesome guest posts + giveaways, today Heather Rampolla from Raw and Not Alone is here to talk about a new favorite subject of mine, raw food and more specifically, raw pasta option. Jackpot!

Heather was one of my featured Savoury' Souls a few month ago so check out her interview found here to learn more about her.

And read on to learn all about some awesome alternatives to super rich, gluten-laden pastas + enter to win the pretty awesome giveaway from Heather at the bottom.

And DON'T forget about last weeks giveaway, one month of coaching we me! It is open until September 30th!

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Pasta typically lacks vitamins and nutrients, and could be the culprit behind your expanding waistline.

If you're like most, boxed pasta is an “easy” dinner idea. But did you realize that studies have revealed that wheat (along with cereal grains, maize, barley, and dairy products), contain opioid substances called exorphins. Exorphins produce narcotic-like and mood-altering affects and can be addictive.

Knowing this, it’s no wonder that we want to *stuff* our faces with endless bowls of pasta! However, many of us already know that pasta isn’t all that healthy for us, including the following reasons:

• Wheat Pasta Causes Spikes In Our Blood Sugar & Insulin Levels ← Carbohydrates from refined grains get broken down into glucose so fast that there’s little difference between eating 10g of sugar or eating 10g of refined grains. ← ← But here’s the deal: to counteract the excess glucose in the blood, your pancreas secretes large amounts of insulin. Too much insulin, however, and those cells become insulin resistant — to say this is a bad thing is an understatement. High insulin levels and insulin resistance are associated with obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and several cancers. ← • Wheat Pasta Contains a Pesky Little Protein Called Gluten ← A large percentage of people are allergic to gluten, and even those who aren’t have difficulty digesting it. For many of us, our genes respond to gluten as a foreign substance.

Want to know a secret of mine?... I admit to having a weakness for comforting pasta. I know that eating wheat pasta is not healthy for my body, but it’s still tempting.

Have you ever noticed about yourself that the minute you tell yourself that you “can’t” have pasta (or whatever naughty food you love), you then can’t stop thinking about eating it?! It’s torture, right?!

Well, I don’t want to leave you in a state of torment thinking about how you can’t have pasta because it’s not as healthy as you thought.

I have a healthy version of pasta to share with you that you can eat endlessly without guilt. In fact, eating this version of pasta will likely help you to shed a few pounds!

How to Eat (Veggie) Pasta & Lose Weight One of the reasons that I love eating pasta is that it is a staple recipe that is so versatile. These days when I eat pasta, I no longer use the packaged stuff that comes from boxes.

Instead, I use whole natural veggies! Here’s how you can too...

Pad Thai/ Linguine Pasta: You likely already have a veggie peeler in your set of kitchen tools. Go dig it out of that drawer where all your utensils get shoved. After you peel off the outer skin on your veggie of choice (think zucchini, carrots, etc) continue to peel into thin ribbons and strips. Serve with your favorite sauce. I’m dreaming of Alfredo or Curry! Oh boy, are you getting hungry yet?

Spaghetti Pasta: You can use many different types of veggies to make your spaghetti noodles simply by using a spiralizer or hand held mandolin slicer. If you don’t yet know what a spiralizer is you’re missing out! Here is the one that I use and recommend; the Joyce Chen (which is great for angel hair spaghetti). Veggies you can use include zucchini, yellow squash, beets, sweet potato, etc. For a quick dinner idea, make a red marina sauce to top over your veggie spaghetti.

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Can I Really Lose Weight Eating Endless Pasta?

Yes, this is the kind of pasta that you can fill your plate with and eat guilt free! There are very little calories in veggies like Cucumber, Yellow Squash, or Zucchini, my favorite pasta base.

I challenge you to try this switch from cooked wheat pasta to raw veggie pasta. I have no doubt that you too will see the difference in how you feel and how your waist will shrink.

Why it works?

Eating large bowls of veggie pasta means getting LOTS of fiber (which is necessary to eliminating excess weight stored in our colon). Plus, by eating more plates of veggie pasta you're getting more nutrients that leave you feeling fuller longer because you’re getting the vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

Veggie pasta is super easy for your body to digest, which converts into more energy for you! Wheat pasta, as you know leaves you feeling lethargic and weighted down.

Wanna Win A FREE Veggie Pasta Spiralizer?

Are you willing to give this makeover to pasta a try? I believe in this so much, that I'm offering a free Veggie Pasta Spiralizer. Wanna win it? All that is required is for you to leave a comment below, stating: 1.) Why you're ready to give Veggie Pasta a try 2.) Share this post on Facebook

The winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email for a shipping address. Don't wait to enter as the giveaway winner will be announced October 7th!

---- Want more tips to help you eat healthier, head on over to RawAndNotAlone.com where Heather shares simple raw dishes, motivates others to not give up on their health, and empowers her tribe of readers to feel beautiful with raw foods.

cropedface-EditHeather Rampolla, is creator of RawAndNotAlone.com. She shares simple raw dishes, motivates others to not give up on their health, and empowers her tribe of readers to feel beautiful with raw foods. In addition, she is author of “30 Juice Recipes To Feel Healthy, Happy, & Hot” 

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A Savoury Soul: Heather Rampolla // Raw and Not Alone

I have eaten a vegan diet for almost two years now and have spent a lot of time playing around with what I eat within it. At times I've been what I call a "Junk Food Vegan" and other times, my diet is based around super clean, organic and often raw foods. One of the best things about going to school at IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) is that we learn  over 100 different dietary theories. One of those that I have been increasingly more interested in is the raw foods diet.

So many people think that by eating vegan and/or raw your diet consist of carrots and lettuce leaves but that is so not the case. I've had the opportunity to expand my culinary repertoire in ways I never thought possible. Not only has cooking become a highlight in my day, my energy is off the charts and my skin is clearer than it has been in years.

I recently met Heather, the raw foodie behind Raw and Not Alone, a blog dedicated to empowering people to eat for vitality, energy and overall happiness on a raw diet. I've had a blast exploring her blog and am learning so much more about eating raw and so many more exciting recipes to try. Raw an Not Alone is an incredible resource for those who are looking to incorporate more raw foods into their diet OR transition into a raw lifestyle.

I had the opportunity to ask Heather a few questions and share them below.

What motivated you to go raw

Well to be honest, I didn't want to eat raw. I fought the idea as long as I could when my husband brought it up. Eventually, he gently told me, "that's fine honey, you don't have to but I'm still going to eat raw". It was then that I realized my fears about the whole thing were a bit silly, and I decided to give it a 3 month trial.

I really didn’t expect to fall in love with this way of eating. In the beginning, it was a bit of a challenge. I was still a bit stubborn to the idea, even though I had decided to give it a go. I think secretly I was hoping my husband Ron would get bored with it, and we could just go back to eating like normal. The whole idea of not using a stove or oven to prepare meals took some time to adjust to. I remember feeling frustrated trying to find recipes that were simple to make but still tasted good.

 Once I discovered a few recipes that tasted really good and that I knew how to make in about 15 minutes or less, being the adventurer that I am, I welcomed the challenge of eating raw! I had this need, and still do, that there should be some passion when it comes to eating and preparing meals. And when I found out that this was still possible with eating raw fruits and veggies, I was okay with it.

 What caught me off guard was how I looked and felt by month 3. I couldn’t believe the difference! My skin and hair was glowing! My energy increased, AND I lost about 15 pounds without trying!  The change was so drastic that I realized that I didn’t want to go back to the old way of eating.

Can you tell me a little more about Raw and Not Alone?

I had learned so much along the way in my raw journey that I realized that I could help others discover an easier way to incorporate raw foods into their life, so I created a website called RawAndNotAlone.com. It’s a place to welcome all, no matter where they are at in their raw food journey, whether you are just trying to eat more fresh produce or if you eat all raw.

Here on RawAndNotAlone.com I share how to turn ordinary produce into real meals, like magic! I also provide motivation for the mind, because often it’s our thoughts about food that can really trip us up.

What are your "go to" meals and snacks?

I have a few go-to’s such as Sushi using veggies, avocado, & Raw Nori Wraps. Another one is Spaghetti & Red Sauce, but instead of using traditional pasta, I spiralize Zucchini and make the red sauce in my vita-mix. There’s also Raw Pizza, and Fresh Wraps (using de-stemmed Collard Leaves). Pretty much for any traditional cooked meal there is a raw alternative using uncooked plant based ingredients. Perhaps my favorite     “go to” meal is making Asian Sesame Ginger Wraps. I wrap them in Collard Leaves.  At first the idea of using a collard as a wrap might sound like it would taste bitter, but it’s not if you remove the thick stem in the middle. When people try these, they go crazy over them! It’s tricks like these that I love sharing with others, because it makes the experience of eating raw foods delightful.

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For snacks, there is Banana Ice cream, and if I’m feeling a bit naughty I might  pick up a bag of Raw Kale Chips, or whip up a batch of Raw Chocolate Truffles.

Ohh, answering this question is making me hungry!

What has been your biggest struggle and how have you overcome it?

In the beginning my biggest struggle was to find or create recipes that really tasted good in their raw version.

But after that, It has been to give myself permission to do this in a way that fits me and my lifestyle. I’m a creative person who is also busy, much like others. I didn’t want to be bound by rules, but felt like I should because that’s the way I thought others said I should be. For example, I thought that I must plan out my meals for the week, or that I have to soak raw nuts until they sprout and use the dehydrator in meal preparation, or that if I’ve going to eat raw foods then I must only eat ALL raw foods. It almost felt like if I said “I eat raw foods” then I am saying that “eating cooked foods is a sin”.   I think that is nonsense! I had to give myself permission to ditch the “all-or nothing” attitude from others I came into contact with in the raw food community.

Once I did this, it made my journey easier and increased my desire to eat more raw foods, because I wanted to and not because I had to.

These days, it’s all about keeping it as simple as possible. I plan meals only if I want to. I’m okay with eating a cooked (vegan) meal when dining out with friends or family who don’t want to eat at a salad bar. I no longer feel the pressure to soak and dehydrate to make elaborate raw dishes. If it takes more than 15 minutes, it’s not going to make it to the dinner table.

Once I gave myself permission, it’s been liberating actually!

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Heather Rampolla, is creator of RawAndNotAlone.com. She shares simple raw dishes, motivates others to not give up on their health, and empowers her tribe of readers to feel beautiful with raw foods. In addition, she is author of “30 Juice Recipes To Feel Healthy, Happy, & Hot” 
You can also find Raw and Not Alone on the following:
Here is a little assignment for you: Take a look through Raw and Not Alone and try out one of Heather's recipes. Then, come back here and tell me how you feel.

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