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Jan 19, 2018

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About Laura Lea: 

I'm a Certified Holistic chef, recipe developer and writer. I’m rooted firmly in my hometown of Nashville, TN, and in my opinion, this is the best city on earth.

10 years ago, I couldn’t have dreamed that those sentences might apply to me. By then, I had graduated with a B.A. in English Lit from the University of Virginia and been swept along in the mass-exodus to New York City. Very quickly, I found myself listless and enormously anxious, slogging away at a corporate job that I didn’t enjoy. I also became disillusioned with the social routine of late nights and hungover, greasy brunches, which seemed to get so many people through the workweek.

I decided to OPT OUT of the way I’d been living my life in the city. And I found myself alone all of a sudden…a lot. I hadn’t quite mastered the art of “table for one”, and my wallet wasn’t fond of dining out anyhow, so I started to occupy my time with cooking. Food had always been a joyous, comforting and steadfast part of my life. My mother is a fabulous cook and I grew up with family dinner over cozy from-scratch meals. In my NYC loneliness, cooking felt like the perfect way to fill the void.

On a tight budget and surrounded by gorgeous farmers’ markets, I started making vegetables the main attraction in my meals. Proteins and healthy fats were essential elements, but they often took the form of beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Over time, I began to notice my emotional and physical health improving. I had more energy, a clearer head, and my anxiety had reduced dramatically. Though I wasn’t (and am not) vegetarian, I was fascinated by the far-reaching, holistic benefits of plant-based food.

One day, I quite nearly stumbled upon a school called the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood. A nationally certified culinary school focused on health-supportive cooking? No folks, it wasn’t too good to be true! As soon as I stepped inside, I knew I’d found my future.

I hustled and finagled my work situation to accommodate their part-time school program, and then I hustled and squeezed every bit of experience from my year at the Natural Gourmet. Besides saying YES to my husband, choosing NGI was the best decision of my life. During their 11-month program, I was trained in classical knife skills, sanitation and safety, but I also took extensive classes on the relationship between food and healing.

When I graduated in July, 2013, my heart and mind were full and determined to spread the world of holistic health in my hometown of Nashville. My family goes back in Nashville for generations, and my ancestors founded several institutions that still exist today. This city is in my blood, and I knew I needed to start with this community in sharing my food.

Nashville is a growing, thriving metropolis, but it’s also still a small town that holds tight to tradition…including biscuits, gravy and a lotta pork. Don’t get me wrong—the goal of LL Balanced is NOT to uproot or diminish the biscuit/caramel cake Nashville of my childhood. Goodness, no!!! Instead, my goal is to offer healthier versions of Southern classics and introduce new ideas about food, so that we can have our caramel cake and eat it too. As a fiancé to the love of my life and a career-woman, I know how difficult it is to provide balanced meals for yourself and your family. It’s easy to default to packaged, processed food, but that is only going to take you further down the rabbit hole of ill health and away from simple, wonderful REAL FOOD.

You need somewhere to start, and you’ve found it. On LL Balanced, you will find affordable, comforting, often make-ahead meals that are packed with nutrients and flavor. My hope is that my recipe will impact every aspect of your health, from weight goals to managing allergies to improving your relationships. Better yet if they inspire you to get out there and start creating some delicious, satisfying real-food dishes of your own!

There is a way to enjoy nutritious food without feeling deprived, stressed or uprooted from your childhood favorites…and it’s right here! Thanks for stopping by LL Balanced, I hope y’all stay a while!

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Jan 11, 2018

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About Dave Scott: 

In 1980, Dave Scott went to the island of Oahu to race the third ever Ironman Triathlon. In both 1978 and 1979, there were 15 starters and 12 finishers. After an article on the event appeared in Sports Illustrated in the spring of 1979, the number of entries ballooned up to 108 in 1980, which would be the last year the event was held on Oahu.

Dave Scott was an unknown that day in February of 1980, but after ABC’s Wide World of Sports showcased Dave’s journey around the island of Oahu where he led the entire day and broke the existing course record by nearly two hours, that changed pretty quickly.

In many sports, the winners from the early years quickly become yesterday’s news as faster athletes bypass the trailblazers.

Not Dave Scott. He was the Roger Bannister of triathlon. Over the next 16 years he won five more Ironman World Championship titles, became the first athlete to go under 3:00 hours for the Ironman marathon, then the first to go under 2:55 and the first to go under 2:50. He was also the first person to go under 10 hours, 9 hours and 8:30 in Kona.

Dave continued to push the limits of what the human body could do at the Ironman when he and Mark Allen, on October 14, 1989, had a race for the ages where they were never more than a few feet apart from each other for over 138 miles.

That race is known simply as IRONWAR, a term I coined after having the privilege of watching Dave Scott and Mark Allen simply destroy Dave’s course record, which he’d set in 1986.

Dave went 8:10:13 that day and broke his course record by over 18 minutes. He ran a 2:41:03 marathon, which was over eight minutes faster that his run course record. Mark Allen earned his first Ironman victory the hard way: He beat Dave Scott on the greatest day Dave ever had on the Big Island.

Then, after taking five years off from Ironman because of injuries and attending to the needs of his new family, Dave Scott changed perceptions again by coming back in 1994 at the age of 40 and finished second overall. Two years later, at the age of 42, he added to his legacy by posting a 2:45:20 marathon and running himself into an amazing fifth place overall.

Over a span of 16 years and ten Hawaii Ironman races, he won six times, placed second on three occasions and—at the age of 42—crossed the line in fifth place.

Dave Scott’s personal triathlon journey paralleled the early history of the Ironman Triathlon. His accomplishments on the Big Island of Hawaii led to Dave Scott becoming the very first inductee into the Ironman Triathlon Hall of Fame.

About eMeals:

eMeals is America’s leading online meal planning solution. With 15 meal plan food styles, from Quick & Healthy and Vegan to Low Carb and Paleo, eMeals is the way that smart families do dinner.

eMeals meal plans simplify the process for getting healthy and delicious meals on the table. eMeals provides simple-to-follow recipes and 1-click shopping lists. Subscribers can choose to either pick-up items on the shopping lists themselves or utilize the newly integrated grocery delivery option through AmazonFresh and Instacart or curbside pickup with Walmart Grocery or Kroger ClickList. Start your FREE 2-week trial today.

 

Jan 5, 2018

About Matt:

No Meat Athlete was founded in 2009 by Matt Frazier, at about the same time he went vegetarian. Six months later, Matt qualified for the Boston Marathon with a time of 3:09:59 at the Wineglass Marathon, over 100 minutes faster than his first marathon time seven years prior.

Since then, Matt has run several 50-mile ultramarathons and in 2013 ran his first 100-miler at Burning River in Ohio.

When he’s not running, cooking, or blogging, Matt enjoys martial arts, reading, gambling, music, and brewing beer. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife, two children, and two rescued dogs.

 

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About eMeals:

eMeals is America’s leading online meal planning solution. With 15 meal plan food styles, from Quick & Healthy and Vegan to Low Carb and Paleo, eMeals is the way that smart families do dinner.

eMeals meal plans simplify the process for getting healthy and delicious meals on the table. eMeals provides simple-to-follow recipes and 1-click shopping lists. Subscribers can choose to either pick-up items on the shopping lists themselves or utilize the newly integrated grocery delivery option through AmazonFresh and Instacart or curbside pickup with Walmart Grocery or Kroger ClickList. Start your FREE 2-week trial today.

 

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