Megan Gilmore (aka The Detoxinista) is the creator and recipe developer behind Detoxinista, dedicated to sharing recipes and tips to make healthy living more accessible. Megan is a certified nutritionist consultant and her recipes have been featured in The Guardian, as well as Shape and Clean Eating magazines.
Megan has just come out with a brand new cookbook, Everyday Detox, which I love. Although not vegan, Megan focuses on foods for healthy digestion. Her recipes and photography are a delight. I sat down and chatted with her:
SU:What inspired you to write your book?
MG:My goal is to make healthy eating as accessible as possible, so I wanted to share a collection of delicious whole food recipes that are really quick and easy to prepare. No tricky ingredients required!
SU:How did you take the first steps toward actually sitting down to write it and decide which recipes to include?
MG:When I set out to write this book, I wanted it to be loaded with recipes people would actually want to use on a daily basis. I picked out my very favorite salad dressings, smoothies, entrees, and desserts, and hoped that they’d be a hit with my readers, too!
SU:At what point did you know that your idea was going to succeed?
MG:I’m not sure I did know it was going to succeed! But, I know that there are a lot of people like me who don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so I hoped these easy and delicious recipes would resonate with others.
SU:What makes your new book different from other cookbooks out there?
MG:All of my recipes take digestion into consideration, so they are as simple and healthy as possible, calling for ingredients you already have in your pantry.
SU:What motivates you to jump out of bed every morning?
MG:Ha, my son gets me out of bed whether I like it or not! But, I also love what I do. If my recipes and tips make just one person healthier, I feel like I’ve made an impact on the world.
SU:What is your morning routine?
MG:I usually wake up naturally around 6am each morning, and sip on water while I check my work and blog emails. My son wakes up around 7am, so it’s nice having a quiet hour to myself to think about my day and get things accomplished before I start dealing with mom duties! I find that I’m most creative and productive in the morning on an empty stomach, so I try to write as much as I can in the morning while I’m feeling freshly energized. I’ll usually have a smoothie around 10am, when my appetite finally shows up.
SU:If you could take food items to a desert island (that you’re going to be stuck on for a year) what would they be?
MG:I eat a lot of chia seeds, hemp hearts, and dates, so I’d probably try to bring a huge supply with me, along with my Vitamix so I could make smoothies. Hopefully I could pack some seeds to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, too!
SU:Imagine that money is no object (that you’ve just won billions in the lottery), which charity/cause would you donate to?
MG:I’d love to contribute to unbiased research into human health. We are dealing with more health issues than ever, and I’d love to help turn that around for future generations!
SU:What do you hope to be doing 5 years from now?
MG:I hope to continue sharing recipes on my blog, and perhaps a second cookbook in the future, and I hope to be enjoying my family and friends as much as possible.
SU: What is your all-time favorite quote?
MG: Be happy with what you have while working for what you want. – Helen Keller
I urge all of you to get your copy of Everyday Detox – And be sure to share pictures of your creations inspired by Megan’s recipes!
And be sure you sign-up for my One-A-Week Challenge – For the next four weeks I’m sharing one habit a week to integrate into your routine to help you feel healthy and gorgeous! First up – Go meat free!