Lively. Plant-centric. Nourishing. Simple. Centered. Authentic. Delicious. And so much more! Live Simply Natural is all about feeling inspired, confident, and enthusiast about being your best self.
Hi, Welcome to Live Simply Natural!
Live Simply Natural is more than just a food blog, it’s a guide to eating well, feel whole, and living life naturally. With support from articles around mindfulness, cousious movement, good-for-you foods, plant-based nutrition tips and topics, self care routines and a ton of other resources on living healthier and happier in today’s world.
The recipes shared on Live Simply Natural are nutrient dense, gluten-free and dairy-free, plant-based, while also offering flexibility for those who need a little wiggle room.
Ultimately, our goal is that you’ll learn more ways to optimize your overall health and well being, while having some fun in the kitchen. We want to make healthy living deliciously simple…because it is!
The LSN Philosophy
The Live Simply Natural philosophy is all about returning to the roots of nature. We talk a lot about nourishing the body with plant-based food because we believe it’s the foundation to feeling good. But feeling good isn’t only about what you eat. Feeling good includes all aspects of your life.
Here are our Simple 6 Philosophy Principals for better health and wellbeing.
01. eating as an act of nourishment.
Buy local. Eat organic. Nourish the body with REAL wholesome foods that you can be trace back to the source. Eat a diet high in plant foods: fruits, vegetables, greens, nuts, seeds, grains, pseudo-grains and legumes.
02. conscious movement!
The way we walk, move, sit, stand, and hold our body is reflections of our state of mind. Being aware of how, when, and why we move creates an opportunity to connect to both body and mind. Conscious movements each day can have a huge impact on energy levels, mood, sleep, food choices, concentration, stress levels, and self-esteem. Being conscious with the way we move creates a sense of balance in our everyday wellbeing.
03. cultivating your intuition & inner wisdom!
Listen! Thats is what we are asked to do. Your body responds to you in it’s own unique way. Learning to listen to our whole-bodies responses creates opportunities for your inner wisdom to surface and be heard.
04. connect with nature!
This one seems simple but it’s a powerful principal that can be used in every aspect of our lives. From the food we eat, to the products we use, and even the environment we surround ourselves in. These days our world is so full and fast paced, I invite you to slow down and simply noticing the beauty of nature around you. Align yourself with the natural flow of the seasons, notice the colors of your food, buy seasonal produce and eat with the rhythms of the earth.
05. uniting breathe & mindfulness into your daily practice!
To be mindful is to be truly alive, present, and at one with yourself and those around you. Regardless of our internal condition–like our thoughts, emotions, and perceptions–our breathing is always with us. Learn to breathe deeply and be aware and awake to the here and now.
06. practice radical acts of self love & self care!
We are constantly giving energy, love, time, and resources to our families, work, and communities. Taking the time to recharge and giving back to ourselves is one of my favorite philosophy principals. Remembering that our needs matter and honoring ourselves with love and care is truly a gift to the world. Creating a radical self-love and self-care routine is necessary to feel whole, centered, and balance with everything we do in our daily lives.
Hi, I’m Vanessa
At the age of 16, I found myself jumping into the scariest (but most rewarding) job known to man… parenthood! Yep, I was 16 and pregnant. I can’t say that I was fully ready for the journey but I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason.
You want know what lights me up?! Making people feel, own, and celebrate their enough-ness and supporting others into coming home to who they truly are.
With years of consistent practice and dedication, I began to fall in love with food, life and, most importantly, myself. Live Simply Natural is my way of capturing all of the things that have inspired my own journey. This is for me, my children, the world and for YOU!
You all ask great questions! Here are the answers to your most frequently asked questions…
Why did you create Live Simply Natural?
To be totally honest, I created it for myself first, I wanted a space to share my healing journey, document what worked for me and my family and share all my favorite recipes with family & friends. But over time it became something much bigger. This is where Live Simply Natural was born. Now my goal is to support YOU!
I eat a different way than you do, can I still benefit from this?
Heck yes! I’m all about flexibility and adjusting to where you are. Just because I eat a plant-based diet, doesn’t mean you have to as well. There are endless possibilities, variations, and substitutions that you can add to the meal plans and recipes I make. Have specific questions? Submit them to Vanessa@LiveSimplyNatural.com.
What fitness program do you recommend?
I’m all about mind-body connection exercises and following what feels good. For example, if your a dancer at heart than I recommend trying out a class at your local dance studio. If your inner yogi is calling you to do yoga than by all means go and do yoga. If you love being in the water than try swimming, water aerobics, or paddle boating. And if your not really sure than try it all. Have fun exploring new ways of moving your body and when you find something that feels good, stick with it!
Are your children vegan?
Yes! This journey was always something we wanted to do as a family. But we didn’t want our children to feel forced to follow us. So we lead by example and gave them information as they were naturally curious and overtime they made the choice for themselves to become vegan.
Is being vegan expensive?
No, many of the suggestions I give here are totally free and flexible to your preferred spending. And anything I do recommend (like a high speed blender) are only suggested because I truly believe it will benefit your overall wellness journey. Being vegan can get expensive when you start getting into many of the vegan products offered these days, which me do enjoy on occasion. But keeping in whole food plant-base and cooking from home always comes out cheaper.
Do I need to count calories?
When you’re starting to transition to a whole foods plant powered lifestyle, the goal is to focus on the nutrient density and quality of the food rather than all the numbers.
I personally do not count calories. What I eat varies based on the recipes I’m working on at the time. Sometimes I’m developing new and tasty desserts and these have higher sugar and carbohydrates content. Other times, I focus on juices and smoothies. You can get an idea of my typical meals by checking out my recipes page.
What do you eat in a day?
Straight up, I love food, more specific, I love plant food. I love the way it nourishes my body, the way it makes me feel, the energy I get so that I am able to show up as a wife, a mom, a mentor, community activist, an entrepreneur, and all around good person. I love how the food we eat connects us as a culture, socially and emotionally at times. On the technical side, I stay away from animal products and do my best to eliminate gluten, refine sugars. Mostly I eat anything that’s grown from the ground, so vegetables, fruit, greens, nuts, legumes, seeds! I also love hot tea, chocolate and coconuts, I’m kind of cuckoo for coconuts.
Where can I find the products you use every day?
I created a list of my favorite kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, and some food products I use, check them out on The Store.
What is your favorite kitchen tool?
Hands down, it’s a blender. I have both the Blendtec and Vitamix. I use it probably three times a day. High speed blenders have been the perfect kitchen appliance not just for smoothies, but I also make soups, nut butters, nut milks, hummus, sauces, dips, ice cream, and much more. Check out my full review on both of these in my Vitamix vs. Blendtec post. For more must have kitchen tools check out my kitchen reviews here.
Have more questions? Send the me an email at Vanessa@LiveSimplyNatural.com to have yours answered!
This blog is intended as a platform to share my thoughts, ideas, and knowledge on all things wellness related! Therefore, I’m not your physician; always check with your doctor before engaging in any change. These ideas are of my own.
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