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About Laury

Hello! I am Laury.

 

 

I started a blog in 2009 called The Fitness Dish to share all of my health tips with my friends, but what it really did was give me an outlet and a space to share my life as I tried to maintain a healthy balance after struggling for more than half of my life with body image and food issues. I started having babies, chronicled my pregnancies, and I wasn’t really feeling my blog anymore after that.

Somewhere in between there I became a yoga instructor, started a nutrition business, wrote an e-book, and got really into DIY beauty & body care, essential oils … and wine.

I went from being vegetarian and vegan on and off (for 18 years!) to finally listening to my truth as a (responsible) omnivore.

I went from being a full-time personal trainer to closing my PT/Bootcamp/Sports Training  business after 12 years.

My vision has changed a little, but my path remains the same.

My favorite thing to do is share wellness knowledge with my friends:  it’s my passion, and the road I was meant to be on. Everything I have done along the way has taught me and led me to right now.

I am obsessed with yoga. It changed my life and my perspective in so many ways, and I can’t wait to share more about how.

I’ve merged my favorite posts from The Fitness Dish, delicious healthy recipes from my nutrition program (formally called “Freevive” and now Flowtox), and my love for yoga and all things wellness, family, and life on this blog.

This is me. All of my passions poured into one place.

 

In October 2015 we rushed my son to the emergency room after he had a reaction to tree nuts. He was diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy and it has been scary and challenging, but we are handling it. You will find many old posts on here containing nuts, those are some of my best creations that I can no longer enjoy … but I want you to (as long as you don’t bring any of it over to my house).

I’d love to connect with other allergy moms so we can share our experiences keeping our babies safe with one another.

Basically, expect to see some of the awesome food I love to make, wellness tips, detoxing the home, YOGA love, as well as (some) fitness, and random stuff about my amazing, adorable, CRAZY kids (2 humans, 2 fur-babies).

I’m not perfect and I don’t want to be.

 

I enjoy chocolate, red wine in the winter, a nice Rosé or a Shock Top in the summer, I eat out sometimes, and some days my only form of exercise is wresting my toddler’s toys away from my crazy 70-pound puppy.  I enjoy health and wellness A LOT, but I also enjoy some not-so-healthy things. All we can do is try our best to make big or small changes each day that will make the world a better place … having fun and being kind along the way … while sharing our love and our truth in the process. This blog shares a mostly the healthy stuff, but just know there’s more to the story that I won’t always have time to write about!

“If you want to change the world, start with yourself.”

-Gandhi

50 Comments

  • Reply A Versatile Weekend « Food Loving Polar Bear

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    August 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    Ahhh Chloe and Munchkin do look alike!!! Same lil white booties and everything!! Except Chloe only has one booty and the other leg’s entirely white leading from her chest. I’m not sure but looking at the the reflection it looks like he has a white chest, too. How cool! haha 😛

    August 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm
    • Reply laury

      I had a cat named Chloe, was one of the best cats ever!! So you have my kitty twin, and my childhood kitties name 🙂 Loves it.

      August 23, 2010 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    Laury youre so pretty !!!

    August 25, 2010 at 12:31 pm
    • Reply laury

      Aw, thank you, Nicole!! You are too sweet 🙂

      August 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    Hey Laury! GREAT blog! I have only just discovered it and I love the healthy living message you spread. So many great blogs on health and fitness are cropping up right now! I’ll definitely be adding this one to my blog roll. 😉

    Amanda

    August 25, 2010 at 11:51 pm
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  • Reply Stephe

    MAZEL TOV!!!!!!!!!! Love you both lots!!
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    September 30, 2010 at 10:28 am
    • Reply laury

      xxoo

      December 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Katie

    This is great! I am loving looking around your site. I just posted a review about Master your Metabolism on my blog about how I hated Jillian’s one size fits all approach. I hate reading fitness/nutrition articles and book that preach this philosophy – your blog is such a refreshing change! Welcome to my reader!

    I love your apron.

    October 5, 2010 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply Dana

    i LOVE your apron!

    October 6, 2010 at 10:59 am
  • Reply BIOCHEMISTA

    Hi Laury! Hope you’re having a fantastic Friday! I was wondering if you’d consider submitting a letter for my “Letters to Me” campaign. You can read a short description of the project here: http://www.biochemista.com/p/letters-to-me-campaign.html

    Thanks so much! Have a great weekend!

    Lauren

    October 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Miho

    Hi! I came from the link you left on Kris’ recent post, and your picture was pretty, so I wanted to say hi! 😀

    You seem like a very skilled/talented lady! And your apron in the top picture is very cute. 😉

    October 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks for stopping by, Miho 🙂

      December 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Kristina @ life as kristina

    LOVE your blog-so glad I found it and you are gorg!

    January 4, 2011 at 11:31 pm
    • Reply laury

      Aww, thank you so much, you are super sweet!

      January 5, 2011 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner

    The more and more I read your posts, the more and more I love them!!! I am adding you to my blogroll!!! I can’t wait to read more!!!

    January 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn

    Girl you are GORGEOUS!! I’m so glad I found your blog, you have so many raw and vegan eats that I can’t wait to try! 🙂

    January 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm
    • Reply laury

      You are so sweet! Thank you so much 🙂 Glad you came by!!!

      January 27, 2011 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    You are so beautiful and your fantastic soul just shines through your blogging. So glad to be apart of your writing 🙂

    March 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Laury,
    I have a question for you (when you have the time to answer!), are you a dietitian or you went to school for nutrition, but not a dietetics program? The reason why I ask is because I’m really into nutrition and would love to go to school for it but the RD programs don’t exist around me! Just wondering if you weren’t an RD, what kind of things can you do with a nutrition degree?
    Thanks!

    May 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hi Amy,

      I have done the same with RD programs and found they were not for me for many reasons. I do not have a nutrition degree, I am a certified nutritionist and a certified fitness nutrition specialist. Basically I can assess peoples diets and help them to make changes. I can not prescribe a diet like an RD and am not licensed to work with patients that have issues like Renal failure, Diabetes, etc. I work more like a coach for people looking to make healthy changes and can overlook their diet and help them to stay on track. I do not write diet programs basically…and am not really interested in doing so.

      May 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Kiah

    I just stumbled upon your blog, and am having a BLAST reading it! My husband is a total carnivore/cereal King, so I can relate to finding that healthy food balance in marriage (-:

    August 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm
    • Reply laury

      welcome!!! glad you came by!!

      August 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Taryn @ TheFitFlosser

    It’s great that you now have a better approach to health and nutrition. It seems like we both have similar stories in the sense that we were over training and not eating properly. Glad you have found a balance.

    September 21, 2011 at 12:11 am
  • Reply Live Your Best Love Life

    This is great! I am loving looking around your site. Your blog is such a refreshing change! Welcome to my reader!

    January 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm
  • Reply Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction

    Hello! I just found your blog through Facebook and i have to tell you that I love your perspective and outlook on life! I am adding you to my blog roll, and can’t wait to read some more of your posts 🙂

    February 10, 2012 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Danielle

    Hi,
    I’m cooking for a diabetic friend and came across your blog (amongst other blogs), but yours totally stood out. I like your overall concept and the fact that you post photos of your fam and the dishes you create, which makes for a more personable (and readable) experience…Not just words (blah) on a screen. My siblings are fitness gurus and they are constantly telling me to “eat right” (even though I just received a clean bill of health from my doc). Funny thing is I thougt I was eating ‘right’ UNTIL I landed on your blog! And boy do I have a lot to learn! 🙂 Also funny is that I’ll heed to a blog, and not my own family. Maybe I’m just a visual since they’re so auditory. Ha! Well, you have a beautiful family and I’m loving the wedding dress! Thanks so much for posting such healthy recipes and blogging with such ‘flair’. You go girl 🙂

    April 2, 2012 at 7:17 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hi Danielle! Thank you so much for the awesome comment! I really appreciate you taking the time, it made me smile 🙂

      I had to laugh when you said you will not listen to your siblings, but will listen to blogs. One of the VERY reasons I started my blog was that my family would ask for my advice, or complain about nothing changing, yet I would provide advice and it went in one ear out the other. Now my entire family are devoted, addicted even readers of my blog! I never thought I’d get them eating kale or avocado pudding but it’s happened! And as much as they don’t admit it, I hear from 3rd parties how they now “preach” (even though I hate thinking of what I do as preaching) some of the things they learn from me. Even my clients do it. There’s something about reading a blog where all of the info is laid out, where you can grasp it at your own time, and be entertained that will get your attention!

      As far as not eating “right” –good for you that you got a clean bill of health! My philosophy is you need to find something that works for your body; and also educate yourself as much as possible on food, so you can make the best choices. Sometimes you won’t make “the best” choice, but that is normal and human!

      There is a lot to learn and I love learning new things all of the time. It’s all about feeling my best, and when you eat the right foods for your body (and the environment) you will thrive!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      April 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm
      • Reply Danielle

        Hi Laury!

        I’m back, but this time not to cook for my diabetic friend. I have thrown in the towel and decided to make a lifestyle change 🙂 With constant pestering from my family, those health and fitness gurus(!!), I realized in order to sustain my clean bill of health status, I needed to eat healthy… basically all natural.

        With advice from fam, Dr. Oz, Dr. Fuhrman, your phenomenal blog, and my own research, I stopped eating all sugar, bread, dairy, eggs, meat or chicken (not even free range). I have been eating natural foods only (legumes, veggies, fruits, nuts, fish, and whole grains (quinoa, steel cut oats). I’m beginning to feel even more awesome and look even better! Your blog is a definite help and I love the recipes! Now if I could just exercise more! ha! 🙂 We’ll see…

        Best Regards,

        Danielle

        June 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm
        • Reply laury

          Hi Danielle!

          What a treat it is to hear from you…and with such inspiring news! This comment really made my night tonight! You don’t even know! Thak you for your kind words and for checking in with me about your new healthy goals! It makes me so happy and I am here ::cheering:: and ::clapping:: for you. As far as exercise goes…all you have to do it move! Now that it’s summer, just try and walk more! Our ancestors {who ate how you now are} walked 5 miles a day, and if can just get a quarter of that and work your way up, you’re doing good! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself about it..you’re doing fantastic with the eating! Keep up the good work, and definitely keep me posted! xx

          June 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm
          • Danielle

            I’ll keep you posted! By the way, I read your post today re: you re-introduced the water w/ lemon back into your day… You’re right, and not only does it aid the immune system, it also aids in digestion. But you knew that 🙂

            You look great and I’m assuming your metabolism already blasts and blocks fat, but I’d like to share a juice drink/shake with you. I drink it each morning to jump kick my metabolism (since I’ve not been working out like I should). Tried and true, it works!

            1 cup ice
            4 oz. pomegranate juice
            1 cup frozen strawberries
            squeeze of lemon

            Blend all in blender. Add water to desired consistency.

            Take care and have a great night!

            Danielle

            June 19, 2012 at 11:52 pm
          • laury

            Sounds yummy! Thank you!

            June 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Ellie@Fit for the soul

    Wowww you look gorgeous in that dress and dancin’ with your husband~:) And I love the fact that you love nutrition and food, hehe. And your baby is adorable!

    April 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you! You are too sweet this made me night!

      April 16, 2012 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply Janet

    Hey Laury!

    I really love the blog and was wondering if you were looking for contributing authors? I think it carries an important message of healthy and creative living that I myself try to embody on a daily basis. I know you get a ton of emails, so I’ll get right down to it and pitch some ideas for articles I’d like to write for the site:

    Why Your Daily Run is Worth Sweating For
    Why Does a New Trendy Diet Seem to Appear Every Year?
    How to Know Where Your Meat is Coming From
    A Look at the Most Popular Exercise and Weightloss Trends From the Past 5 Decades
    5 Tasty Veggies Cooked 5 Different Ways

    If any of those sound interesting to you let me know and I’ll starting writing it.

    Thanks,
    JanetHey Janice!

    I really love the blog and was wondering if you were looking for contributing authors? I think it carries an important message of healthy and creative living that I myself try to embody on a daily basis. I know you get a ton of emails, so I’ll get right down to it and pitch some ideas for articles I’d like to write for the site:

    Why Your Daily Run is Worth Sweating For
    Why Does a New Trendy Diet Seem to Appear Every Year?
    How to Know Where Your Meat is Coming From
    A Look at the Most Popular Exercise and Weightloss Trends From the Past 5 Decades
    5 Tasty Veggies Cooked 5 Different Ways

    If any of those sound interesting to you let me know and I’ll starting writing it.

    Thanks,
    Janet

    May 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Hi there! I randomly stumbled across your blog and wanted to say hello. We both seem to have the same interests — both had babies a month apart (Congratulations for your beautiful daughter, Ella, turning 1) and love working out. Looking forward to reading more.

    Rachel

    May 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Angela / Canned Time

    Hey Laury,
    Just a heads up that I featured your Red Velvet Cheesecake on my Friday Food Blogger Friday posting today. Here’s the site link http://wp.me/p26wpj-qb. Love all your stuff and the cheesecake is perfect!
    Thanks so much,
    Angela

    July 27, 2012 at 3:38 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you so much, Angela! What a pleasant surprise!!!

      July 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Colleen

    Hi Laury! I have never tried Vega Protein before, but the vanilla chai you mention always sounds so good! I saw two things on amazon — Vega All-in-One, and Vega Whole food Health Optimizer. I wasn’t sure which one was the kind you use in your recipes and protein shakes. Please help!

    August 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm
    • Reply laury

      Colleen I emailed you but thought I would post here for other readers too!

      I use Vega vanilla chai whole food optimizer. It’s delicious! I hope you enjoy it!

      August 2, 2012 at 12:19 am
  • Reply Danielle

    Hi Laury!

    First and foremost, kudos to you (once again!) for providing us with the most updated and THE BEST information both here and on your FB page! You are beautiful/glowing, you haven’t changed (awesome!) and your soul still shines through in your blog 🙂

    Okay…not sure if you recall (fine if you don’t) but a brief recap…I received a clean bill of health and it took my family and your wonderful, informative, all-knowing blog to change the way I eat. I am still grateful that God used (my fam) and you and your site as a vessel to change my life 🙂

    Sorry for the mush–ha!–but I’m wondering if you can help me since I’m having a difficult time making a decision. I need another juicer/processor. My family (degree/certified health/fitness gurus) advised me on many different juicers. One sibling tells me to purchase the Omega b/c it’s a masticating juicer, then another sibling tells me the Vitamix is the only way to go, then another tells me the Ninja is the best… BUT I watched (again) the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and I liked the Breville that he used….sooo what do YOU think?

    I’m leaning toward the Omega ’cause it has the masticating thing going on and the way my sibling explained it was like gold spewing from his mouth (into my ears). Ha! 😛 I also don’t care about price; it’s my health and I am willing to pay a pretty penny.

    Sooo… on that note, could you advise me on a juicer? Not that I don’t trust my fam (I do), but I think you know more and you’re the one w/ the blog 🙂 My siblings would kick my butt if they saw this. Haha! 😛

    In desperation,

    Danielle 🙂
    *Thanks for any info you can provide*

    December 16, 2012 at 11:20 pm
    • Reply laury

      Danielle, this comment made my night 🙂 I definitely remember you! So glad to hear you are doing well and have gotten a clean bill of health! That’s amazing and kudos to YOU! You did the work to get yourself healthy! I am glad to have been a small part of helping you. That’s awesome.

      Hungry for Change is a great movie and I remember them being really big on juicing!

      I am more of a Vitamix girl (which is a blender, not a juicer). I don’t juice as often as I used too. I like getting the whole veggie (juicing removed the fiber). With that said, I spent a little more $$ on my Vitamix and less on my juicer (I have the Jack Lalane power juicer it was $100. bucks). Definitely do not get the Ninja. My sister in law has one and says it’s not that great. You get what you pay for with that!

      If you end up going with the Omega and juicing, definitely save your pulp! That’s where all of the fiber is..you can make crackers and breads and other fun things.

      If you get the Vitamix I can let you know a bunch of my favorite recipes 🙂

      I am definitely not against juicing. I just think it’s a lot of work, time, and money (so much produce to make the juice, and I only do organic stuff). The clean up is not ideal either. I would do it first thing in the AM too, but with a little one now juicing then taking it apart to clean right away because a pain. I love green smoothies and will use my juicer from time to time for detoxing, since it’s easier on your digestion to juice.

      Here’s a post I did on juicing vs. blending:

      http://www.thefitnessdish.com/?p=10253

      All in all, they are both great to have–but to get more for your $$ the Vitamix does SO much. More than just smoothies. You can make soups, healthy ice cream, avocado pudding, and so much more 🙂

      Hope this helps! Best of luck and keep at it, girl!

      December 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm
  • Reply Danielle

    Hi Laury!

    You need to wear an ‘S’ on your chest for ‘SuperWoman’ 🙂 You have a family, websites and whatever else you’ve got going on and I commend you for taking time out of your schedule and responding so quickly! Again, thank you 🙂

    I read your ‘juicing’ post and it was very informative and exactly what I was looking for. The information made it easier for me to understand the benefits of blending vs juicing. I also see the differences between the two types of machines.

    Your websites make my life a little easier because they include great up-to-date information and you don’t sugar-coat anything like other people and other sites often do. You just give us the ‘real’ and that is what we’re looking for.

    I thank you for always providing great information and awesome recipes. Rachel Ray and Paula Deen, move out of the way because there’s been a new girl in town and she revels only in healthy, great-tasting recipes that will kick your bad-for-all-humanity-high-fructose-corn-syrup-high-cholesterol-cooking butts!!!

    Cheers!

    Danielle 🙂

    December 18, 2012 at 11:10 am
    • Reply laury

      You are too sweet! “Move over Paula Dean…” <--I love it!! 🙂 Thank you so much. You are making me blush hahaha. I am so glad I could be a help to you. If you need anything please let me know! Happy Holidays!

      December 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Mickie

    You were a beautiful bride! Love the dress!

    February 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm
    • Reply laury

      thank you so much! <3

      February 6, 2013 at 11:40 pm
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