Listen Up, Your Body is Trying to Tell You Something + Vegan Pumpkin Seed Slaw

So I have been having some tummy troubles, joint pain, foggy brain symptoms for a few months now. It is funny how our body tells us what it needs, and will continue to tell us until we listen. That tiny voice in the back of your head combined with the way you feel physically are pretty clear communicators — if we listen. The voice and the body will scream louder and louder until we do listen, of not, and eventually there is now way to avoid the discomfort any longer.

I smoked for years, and I loved it. It was my friend, my shoulder to cry on, my recreation, my biggest supporter. I kept it up even when it made me feel crummy because I knew we were meant to be together through thick and thin (eek!). Eventually I just simply could not do it any more, the tiny moment of relief or joy that I used to feel was replaced by a loud nagging voice and physical discomfort that just simply outweighed the fun. Something in me shifted as I became more and more interested in feeling truly good, and less interested in masking what I was really experiencing. Now when I imagine smoking my stomach turns and I feel ill. It is hard for me to say if it is willpower or the opposite – a new internal habit built around wanting to feel GOOD.

I went to the Dr. the other day for a physical and to talk about my body’s symptoms, and she really just reaffirmed what I already knew. I needed to change the way I was eating, listen to my body and do it now… today.

So here I am committed to feeling good, which for the mean time means I can not have any gluten, dairy, sugar or wine (boo-hoo, I am actually whining) for 4 weeks. I am so far one week into it, and I will say that my symptoms are quite a bit better although not totally gone. Going off gluten for the first time in my life has been a bit odd, I have been really foggy and tired and dizzy. But today I am doing better and now feeling chipper enough to share a recipe I came up with today that fits my diet — and is really easy and really good. I love to cook, love to get creative with ingredients, and love healthy foods so I am excited about the challenge. So over the next few weeks I will share gluten free, dairy free, sugar free goodness with you.

<3 Liza

Vegan Pumpkin Seed Slaw


  • 1 bag Mann's Rainbow Salad or (5 cups thinly sliced cabbage, carrots, broccoli stems)
  • 1/4 cup Vegenaise reduced fat mayo
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 Tblsp. Pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tblsp. Hemp seeds (or any other seed/nut you like)


  • Dump, dump, mix and enjoy! This slaw is great in a wrap, on a salad, or just spooned out of the bowl. Each 1 cup serving has only 80 calories, so load it on! The pumpkin seeds will help keep you satisfied and you will get tons of vitamins from the veggies.
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