Interview with Lisa Consiglio Ryan, ‘Go Clean, Sexy You’

Lisa Consiglio Ryan

Go Clean, Sexy You not only serves up a collection of delicious recipes, but offers a holistic approach on how to live a healthier life putting whole foods into your body, detoxing every season to regularly cleanse your system, associating with those who fuel you not bring you down, and managing stress with activities that bring you back to balance.

A certified health and nutrition coach, author Lisa Consiglio Ryan provides straightforward guidance on how to overcome the obstacles that keep you from losing those last ten pounds, make you feel exhausted every afternoon, and compel you to indulge in unhealthy habits. Spending years struggling with a growing arsenal of health-destroying conditions that ranged from fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, candida and rosacea to cystitis and tons of allergies, Lisa decided to turn to nutrition and lifestyle to reclaim her health. Then pursuing her education with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she turned her personal quest into her vocation with the launch of Whole Health Designs.

As a nationally acclaimed wellness expert, Lisa has worked with thousands in her detox programs. Her approach incorporates easy-to-adopt eating habits, free from counting calories and fat grams. As you navigate through the seasons with Lisa’s whole food–based detox plans, you’ll be tapping into your body’s wisdom, forming sustainable habits, and developing loving, respectful relationship with your body. Not only will you feel better, you’ll look better too!

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Have you always been a vegan? If not, how was your transition?

No. I became vegan in my twenties for 8 years. I went back to veganism 7 years ago.

Are there any foods you miss? What do you eat instead?

Hmmmm, sometimes ice cream, but I just LOVE coconut ice cream so I really don’t miss the dairy. In fact, I don’t miss dairy at all… it gives me the worst indigestion and I just feel plain awful after eating it.

What challenges do you find being vegan?

A long time back when I became vegan, I used to have a lot of difficulty finding restaurants that offered vegetarian, let alone vegan, options on the menu. I was stuck eating rice or potatoes most of the time if I went out to eat. Nowadays, there are tons of vegan restaurants with lots of options when I am traveling or just don’t feel like cooking at home.

What tips do you have for someone who is thinking of going vegan or beginning?

Start small. Trying to overhaul your whole diet all at once is overwhelming. Try one thing like substituting smoothies for breakfast. Blend fruit, avocado, and kale to make a nutritious and filling drink.

What substitutes do you always have on hand in your pantry?

Nutritional yeast, coconut oil, maca powder, gluten-free oats, quinoa, and bananas.

What are your cheat meals as a vegan and with a plant based diet?

I love burritos and tacos! Even though I use black beans, I inhale these babies because they are so good! The salsa, guacamole, chips… I can’t get enough.

What is your go-to 30-minute meal?

Lentil bowls are the best. Red lentils with leeks, grapes, mint, walnuts, and spinach is a power-packed meal I make in less than 30 minutes.

What’s your favorite quick energy and healthy snack?

My gluten-free banana oat muffins. I make a whole batch on Sundays and eat them throughout the week for mid-morning and afternoon snacks. I make the muffins with oats, bananas, cranberries, coconut flakes, flaxseeds, almond milk, and pumpkin seeds.

Do you cook vegan for your children and husband?

Yes. What challenges do you face and how do you overcome them? The biggest challenge I face is having the whole family happy with the meal choices. Sometimes I like to experiment with fun vegan ingredients and the kids turn up their noses. But after a few tries, they prefer the vegan meals. It’s no fun cooking 3 dinners each night to please everyone, so I am now just cooking what I want and everyone eats it. There is no choice!

Do you take any supplements or vitamins?

I always take a multi-vitamin, B12, probiotic, and Omega 3’s each day. I also do a TBSP. of apple cider vinegar to keep colds at bay. Not necessarily a vitamin/supplement, but it’s an immune booster powerhouse.

How do you deal with the holidays being vegan?

I usually dive into my cookbook and make a few meals and appetizers to bring to parties. I also like to bake so making fun vegan treats that surprise guests makes my heart happy. I always have a veg-friendly main meal to replace the turkey. Most of my family gets me now so they even bring me delicious vegan options for dinners.

What vegan wines do you drink?

I like many, but Frey Vineyards is a popular one in my household. I’m a Sauvignon Blanc girl.

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