DIY Falafel Bowl – Plant-Based Protein

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I’m obsessed with Chopt’s mediterranean falafel bowl, so I decided to find a version I could make at home when I crave it. This combo is delicious, makes you energized after, and you can chop it all up and mix for a similar feel for the salads you can get at Chopt.

Why I love: This is full of plant-based protein from the falafels to the hummus, which is made from garbanzo beans. You’ll stay full with the healthy fat from the avocado and get antioxidants as well as your serving of greens from the cabbage and arugula.

Here’s what you need:

Here’s what to do:

Bake the falafels according to instructions. While they cook, arrange arugula, avocado, and hummus in a bowl. Chop the cabbage into almost a slaw size and let it quick pickle in the red wine vinegar with some salt and pepper. When the falafels are done, add to the bowl with the cabbage. Either eat as is or chop the falafels into small pieces and mix throughout the salad. Enjoy!

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Natural Anxiety Relief: Why You Need It

It’s no secret that anxiety is the worst and also not a secret that I definitely struggle, but I don’t like to talk about it without a reason to.

For me personally, I feel like I’m in GREAT mental health and still, anxiety comes in all shapes and sizes:

I get it about my career, I had it when I was in school, about my relationships (I feel bad if I don’t talk to someone enough), about where I’m going in life, before a launch, and sometimes even about how I look. Some days, it’s about nothing at all.

The reason I’m sharing this isn’t to go into details on my personal life, but to remind you guys that anxiety isn’t something you can always control and it can get you in a bad place no matter what it’s about.

I’ve done the basics (and you should too): meditate, eat healthy, move, get help, work on yourself always. 

After feeling good with my efforts in those areas, I was still kind of curious about natural anxiety relief. Even when you have a “good” awareness around your anxiety, your body can still react to it while you try and calm yourself down. This is where your heart rate goes up, you get a pit in your stomach, you may even feel light or nauseous.

I’m a BIG believer that nature provides us with so many powerful relaxants, so I wanted any anxiety relief I took to be natural. 

Which brings me to alll of your questions & DM’s whenever I post about this: Ashwaghanda. 

Here’s what it is:

Ashwaghanda is a natural supplement with properties that enhance your mental state, mood, promote relaxation in your body, and help with other issues like adrenal fatigue. It’s made with ayurvedic herbs which (if you don’t know) promote your body returning to it’s natural state of relaxation. The capsules I take are meant to be taken daily (3 pills per serving) and are vegan-safe and third party tested.

Why I chose this one:

I have NOT taken any other brand of Ashwaghanda other than this simply because I feel great on it and I feel good about what’s in it. Someone close to me tried this out before I did and we saw the best results, so I felt like it was safe for me to try out. I like how it makes me feel, which is obviously the most important part.

Normally, with anxiety, I feel it very clearly in my body. After taking Ashwaghanda consistently, it’s a subtle but VERY real shift that I can only explain like this: the thoughts that give you anxiety are still there, but your body is more relaxed and calm, which helps you think more clearly. I still get anxious, but my body responds in a much more positive & relaxed way. I like having the freedom and relaxation to think through whatever is making me anxious, which helps avoid something more serious like a breakdown.

People have asked me about side effects and I haven’t experienced any. No digestive issues, no odd mental side effects, nothing like that.

Obviously this is a personal choice between you and your doctor, but this post isn’t sponsored or promoted. I really just have seen awesome results in my mental health and I know you guys have been asking me to tell you the full story past what I post on IG.

If you want to try some out for yourself, order some here and let me know how you like it. It’s cheap & lasts a month.

Do you have any questions I didn’t answer here? Should I post more about mental health? LMK my loves, I’m happy to share what you want.

If you’re on a roll here, don’t forget to eat for your best mental health too – everything I know is right here. 

Enjoy your day & PLEASE let me know if these help you out.

XO – Lupe

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How Your Relationship with Food & Your Body Affects Your Biz

HEY guys.

So for a while now, I was thinking to interview someone for this week’s episode to talk about food, how we think about ourselves, and how it affects other areas of our lives (like work).

THEN, I remembered an incredible conversation I had with Lauren from The Real Female Entrepreneur about this exact topic, so why not share it on Healthy & Hustling for anyone who hasn’t listened yet?

I’ve been talking a lot about how we see food, how we treat ourselves & so on because I’m a BIG believer in simply eating MORE REAL FOOD. 

Obviously this is why the Eating for Abs Meal Plan exists – to get you guys real results the easiest way possible. 

So as a killer pep talk to go with the meal plan ( & free challenge here), check out this episode of the Real Female Entrepreneur where we talk alllllll about why we eat, how to take control of how you eat, and how this pattern sneaks its way into the rest of your world.

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Comment on my latest post if you’ve had the same experience happen to you with food & other parts of your life – I’m dying to hear your story!!

XO – Lupe

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Cheesy Vegan Zucchini Chips

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For those of you who A) have no idea what to do with zucchini when you buy it or B) think you can’t have cheese if you’re vegan…

I have a little snack for ya.

I’ll admit that these smelled scary in the oven at first and I thought it would be a bust, but these turned out to be SO delicious & easy to eat.

I already released the Eating for Abs Meal Plan but honestly, I’ll add these to the list of approved snacks.

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Here’s what you need:

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Here’s what to do:

Preheat your oven to 225 F. Slice the zucchini into thin slices about 1/4 inch thick. Mix the slices in a bowl with the cheese, olive oil, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Spread evenly onto a baking pan and bake at 225 for two hours, flipping halfway. Depending on how thin you actually sliced these, the baking time could vary so check on them until they are golden brown or crispy on the edges. Remove from the oven and let them sit for 10 or so minutes.

Enjoy these cheesy vegan zucchini chips!

XO – Lupe

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Losing Weight is a Long Game

I KNOW. If I could have gotten my dream body at the snap of my fingers, I would have.

The reality is that when I was losing 17 lbs, there were tears, struggles, confusing days, & of course times where I wanted to say “screw it”, and give up.

It also took about 6 months… and guess what?

The journey hasn’t stopped. Once you reach a healthy weight, you also have to work to maintain that healthy lifestyle.

But here’s the good news. If you accept that losing weight is a long game, you do it right.

This means in the future, you spend more of your energy maintaining & enjoying your new healthy lifestyle, not being confused on why you’re not seeing results.

If you’re trying to lose weight, I figured I’d share some of my most effective lessons I learned along the way (and also learned from the thousands of women I’ve helped to love their bodies and stop feeling stuck):

Get real.

Don’t buy into the sh*tty diet culture telling you it’s normal to see real results right away. Healthy weight loss is 1-2 lbs per week. When you factor this in with around 3-4 weeks of wiggle room to mess up and take your time, you can make a much more accurate estimate of what your progress can look like.

Your weight goes up and down no matter what the number on the scale is.

I had a “goal weight” for a long time and once I hit it, I thought I’d never see a higher number again. Truth is, my weight fluctuates allllll the time. I had weeks where I didn’t lose a pound, I had weeks where I lost 3-4, I gained 3-4,  I had DAYS where I’d see the number change based on what I ate, drank, and did. I also have coached thousands of people and saw THEIR weight loss graphs. All of the successful ones were full of bumps – it’s the downward pattern over time that matters. The people who let bumps and fluctuations throw them off quit and never saw results. Remember, it’s how you look and feel over time that matters more than the number.

If you’re not building a lifestyle out of it, WYD?

If you make ANY change to your eating, fitness, or routine, you’d better be willing to fall in love with it for life. It’s a waste of your time to try a new “plan” and eat foods you hate for quick results, just to go right back to the lifestyle you had before. You get to be creative and enjoy it if you focus on what makes you feel good.

Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s.

I love getting inspiration from other people, but every time I compared myself a little too much, I stopped feeling good in my journey. I actually became 1000X more confident just by deciding to focus on myself and what made me feel best. Beating myself up for not having someone else’s routine or not looking like someone else was only holding me back.

Eating Right > Fitness

Before the fitness lovers jump down my throat, hear me out. I’ve seen way too many poor girls work up a storm in the gym and not see a hint of progress if they haven’t improved their eating as well. And trust me, I was there too. I used to think some wild things about fitness: that I could “work off” something unhealthy, that I could “make up for it in the gym”, that I could burn x amount of calories and eat whatever I wanted. This was a great example of using rewards and punishments with food and fitness and it was not a healthy pattern. Instead, what I learned to do is make my healthy EATING come first and surprise… my time working out was put to WAY better use. I saw results, I hit my goals, I was actually energized enough to work out. This small shift has also worked for the girls I help. If you’re not sure where to start but are serious about making small, REAL changes to how you eat (without giving up the good stuff), use my step-by-step process to do it in a way that will last.

SO here’s the thing: losing weight can be a long game, but when you do it in a healthy way with a healthy mindset, your results lasting is the REAL long game. 

Have a killer weekend & tell me what you’d LOVE to see next on here…. Recipes or motivation? You LMK.

XO – Lupe

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