March 2016 • andrea leigh co
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breaking up with sugar

I’m sharing an article today that I wrote for our local newspaper, for the full article, please click here to see a PDF of the full newspaper article. It’s on page 11, under the blue heading “Lakewood Cares.” If I could pinpoint the moment when I felt a downward shift in my health, it would be late winter 2009 when a bout with bronchitis required antibiotics to take care of the infection. For the following five years, I experienced continual cycles of fatigue and cold-like symptoms to full-blown colds… [find the rest of the article here on page 11] For …

date night: eating raw @ The Root Cafe (a review)

Cleveland, and Lakewood in particular, has a seriously under-rated food scene. If you live in Northeast Ohio, you’ll know what I mean. If you’ve never been here…well, you are missing out my friend, though I suspect many people will discover this hidden treasure in July during the RNC. Last night my husband and I were treated to a three-course raw foods meal at one of our favorite local hang outs…The Root Cafe. I love The Root’s commitment to locally sourced, organic ingredients for it’s vegan and vegetarian menu and that the atmosphere reflects our community. It is quintessentially Lakewood. And …

sugar detox challenge

“I need to eat less sugar.” “I’m addicted to sugar.” “I have a hard time stopping myself from eating too many chocolates…cookies…desserts?” “I wish I had more energy.” “I need to lose weight.” Sound familiar? So often, I encounter people who share their struggle with eating too many sugar-laden foods or are frustrated by their lack of energy or their weight. Yet, they struggle with taking the next step to kick the sugar addiction. Our culture doesn’t help. Cupcake wars, cake bosses, and Pinteresting parties with cakes and candies taking front and center encourage us to believe no special occasion …

chocolate mousse cake (vegan, sugar free, gluten free, paleo)

I’m not really sure if “cake” is the right work to describe this dessert. Pie doesn’t really fit either, although this does have a crust. But after doing some research to see if there was a more fitting name for this confection and turning up nada, I’m running with cake. Food people, if I’ve missed named this dessert, please let me know. I’m all ears. Ever since radically reducing my sugar intake a couple of years (and more on this to come next week), I’ve tried to stick to desserts that use mostly fruit to sweeten them. After seeing similar …

Clean Eating Works!

I’m so excited to share a few results from the 5-day Clean Eating Challenge that took place last week. I’ll admit I was skeptical at first if anyone would really notice a difference in just five days, but they did! Here’s what a few of the Challenger’s said: We both definitely feel better overall. We don’t feel so bloated and we felt more energized so that two of the days we didn’t even have coffee. This is just what I needed. I think my favorite part was the snacks – being intentional and packed with raw foods. Plus, I have …

everyday hummus (vegan, gluten free, oil free)

I was reminded this week how good homemade hummus can taste. As part of the Clean Eating Challenge, which wraps up today, I committed to making my hummus fresh since most (all?) store-bought hummus has citric acid – a food additive that is derived from feeding black mold. Ummm, gross! You can read more about that in this Wikipedia article. It’s also present in many other store bought foods, like canned tomatoes. Although, it’s not as fast as opening the lid to store-bought hummus, once you have your ingredients assembled, it comes together in less than five minutes. Hummus is …

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