I love to eat, therefore I love to cook. My commitment to plant-based, whole, nutrient dense foods keeps me healthy and unworried about my weight. I exercise regularly too. But as I get older I notice I do have to watch my caloric intake – mainly, I can’t indulge in Red Rabbit Cooperatives amazing vegan doughnuts or the incredible baked goods my friend Kaylee creates (at Thrice/Thai Fresh in Austin) as often as I could’ve in my 20s and 30s. Because I eat well and exercise I definitely look and feel much younger than I am.
During the holidays I went overboard with baking and creating decadent and rich vegan dishes for friends and family. I ate my way through the holidays with abandon and enjoyed every bite. Then after New Year’s I enrolled in The Bar Method’s 6 week challenge. I wanted to trim off the extra 5 pounds leftover from too many cashew cheeses and maple date treats! And guess what? I won second place by losing 10 pounds and 10 inches! I couldn’t believe it myself. Everyone wanted to know, how did I do it? I’ll tell you….
In addition to amping up my exercise (Bar Method classes alternating with power walking) I cut out sugar and cut down on all the rich foods I’d indulged in. I added more greens, seeds, and beans, and cut back on dishes made with flour, oil, and nuts. I also discovered Raw Fit by Garden of Life. I have used their Raw Protein powders before in smoothies, and have also enjoyed their Raw Meal. But the Raw Fit was a game changer.
Since January my husband David and I have been using Raw Fit for breakfast. We make a shake using one scoop in coconut water and we add a tablespoon of chia seeds and a spoonful of Maca powder. We have noticed that it not only keeps us satiated for hours but it also gives us incredible energy! My workouts have never been stronger. We also use the Raw Fit if we get hungry between meals. It’s really prevented us from snacking and also helped us cut down on our portions at meal time. David has also slimmed down enough to wear clothes he hasn’t worn in years!
I love Raw Fit’s clean and healthy ingredients. It’s vegan, raw, and loaded with plant-based protein made from beans, seeds and grains. It provides the body with essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and probiotics and contains green coffee extract which is known to boost metabolism and aid in weight-loss without the caffeine stimulant.
I have tried many vegan protein powders on the market and have never been satisfied enough to stick with any one. Until now! I am grateful to Garden Of Life for creating Raw Fit, a delicious, nutritious and life-style supporting product. I can’t recommend it enough!
I also regularly use Garden Of Life’s raw vitamin line Vitamin Code. I take their B Complex, B12, and D3 every day!