Lessons from the Flexible Chef

From the Show: Talk Healthy Today
Summary: Being too strict in your diet can set you up for failure. Perhaps it's time to loosen up a little?
Air Date: 4/14/17
Duration: 20:46
Guest Bio: Nealy Fischer
Nealy-FischerCelebrated wellness expert and healthy living innovator, Nealy Fischer, has helped countless people eat well, move more, and ultimately to crave a healthier lifestyle.

Nealy strives to make it possible for everyone to master their own kitchen (and life) while forging their own path, not following a carbon copy rule book. Admittedly a reformed perfectionist, she learned her craft as a child in her mother’s kitchen, spending years applying all the rules before deciding it was far more exciting to break them. Pleasing a husband, four children, and evolving groups of guests, she writes and tests her own recipes until they pass muster with people’s diverse palates and dietary needs.

Nealy splits her time between Hong Kong, Israel, and the United States. Her global lifestyle yields many rewards. Living on three continents provides the impetus to go-with-the-flow living and re-imagine recipes, making flexibility the main ingredient in preparing the food her family, friends, and guests crave.

An intense study of yoga taught Nealy one must first be skilled and strong in the basics in order to bend, a mantra she passionately applies to all she does. Her blog, newsletter, YouTube cooking channel, and lifestyle videos -- some featuring her children as they forge their own paths in the kitchen -- inspire others to lead creative and healthy lives, and to take the reins in the process.

Her mission to help others live a more craveable life has resulted in the design and execution of immersive cooking events, luxury yoga retreats, and women’s wellness empowerment programs with renowned health professionals.
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Lessons from the Flexible Chef
Being too strict in your diet can set you up for failure.

Perhaps it's time to loosen up a little?

A self-proclaimed "recovering perfectionist," Nealy Fischer, aka The Flexible Chef, takes a more practical approach to mealtime and health in general.

The key is finding the balance between excess and deprivation. Adapt whatever you see as ideal to make it work for you and your family.

Nealy advises trying to use ingredients already in your pantry and fridge, instead of hitting up the grocery store every few days. Get creative! Experiment and play, and don't be afraid of "flops" from time to time. Don't forget to plan and schedule; you can bend a plan, but if you have no plans, you might encounter disaster.

Worried that your kids are heading in the wrong nutritional direction? Model good eating behaviors and make sure the right choices are readily available at home. You can be in control of a large percentage of a week's choices. 

Listen in as Nealy joins host Lisa Davis to discuss a more flexible approach in the kitchen, including some of her favorite recipes. She also explains how she and her entire family realized health improvements by going gluten free... but in the "clean" way of doing so (eating real foods, not the processed gluten-free foods of today).