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Hello! My name is Megan, and I’m on a mission to make healthy living easier and more accessible. I love sharing quick and easy recipes, made with only all-natural ingredients, to prove how delicious real foods can be!

SONY DSC(This rich chocolate cheesecake packs a sneaky serving of veggies!)

I am a certified Holistic Health Counselor, trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Based in New York City, Integrative Nutrition® is the largest nutrition school in the world. The school teaches over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and is led by top experts in the field of health and wellness including Dr. Andrew Weil, Geneen Roth, Dr. David Katz, Dr. John Douillard, Dr. Mark Hyman, and David Wolfe among many others. My education has equipped me with a deep knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and the importance of preventive care, which I love sharing here on my blog and with my clients!

I have also trained with Clinical Nutritionist and Detox Expert, Natalia Rose in Intelligent Detox Counseling. This approach encourages eating all-natural, whole foods in proper combinations, for best digestion.

Despite my website’s catchy name, I do not believe in “detoxing” in the sense of a drastic, quick-fix diet. Instead, I encourage my readers and clients to make gradual steps in the right direction, such as choosing real foods over processed versions, to create lasting lifestyle change.

While I love creating healthy meals, I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen, so most of my detox-friendly recipes use simple, whole ingredients to keep things as easy and as quick as possible.

I make a point of enjoying everything I eat, so I hope you enjoy it, too!

…because healthy living can be easy and delicious!

71 comments to About Me

  • just found your blog :) excited to read more! also a fellow graphic designer girl here!

  • Susanne

    I really like your blog, just found it today but I will definitely keep reading :-)

  • Oh, Megan- I love your wedding photos!! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Can’t wait to read more of yours!! Congratulations on your recent wedding. We got married in October of last year, so October is a great time for weddings in my opinion!

  • Hi Megan! Thanks for commenting on my blog last week! Your wedding photos are honestly some of the cutest wedding photos I have ever seen! Love that first one especially.

  • Hi! I like your blog. I’m happy to see that you’ve given up on crash diets and planning to stick to eating healthy, wholesome foods. I’m a vegan and am always cooking up a storm, trying to come up with delicious recipes that will keep my husband and I from from bored when it comes to eating. I’ve got a bunch of recipes as well as a bunch of tips on eating healthy the right way on my blog, check it out if you’re interested! http://nocrapdiet.wordpress.com

    By the way, the raw chocolate macaroons look delicious! I only have almonds and I’m out of coconut oil at the moment, but I’ll definitely try them out when I get the chance.

  • Jody James

    I was looking for a almond milk creamer and happened upon your recipe for almond milk. I am working on lowering the sugar on my diet. I am gluten intolerant so I already have some dietary restrictions. But still want some yummy alternatives to sugar snacks. Looking at making your raspberry chocolate chip muffins.

  • Christin

    Some simple and creative ideas. Thanks for the info and keep up the good work! =) Happy eating!

  • Joanna

    Hi Megan, I have been perusing your blog for a couple of weeks now trying to figure out where you get your protein from. I see nuts and eggs, but that’s about it. I found that you don’t eat beans. Can you please let me know what other types of protein you eat on a daily basis and how much. I am new to this way of eating and have been following Beyond Diet for about 5 months, but have also been reading about the Paleo Diet online as well. I aspire to be a vegetarian but would like to avoid beans as per the paleo diet. Can you help me with this? BTW, your paleo chocolate chip cookies are phenomenal.

    • Hi Joanna! I get my protein from eggs, nuts & seeds, goat dairy, and the occasional meat or fish– but don’t forget, veggies are also great sources of protein! Nearly 51% of the calories in spinach are protein, so my morning green juice has 17 grams of protein from just leafy greens alone! I don’t count calories or macronutrients, but I rarely worry about getting “enough” protein when I’m eating a varied diet.

      Hope that helps, and glad you’re enjoying the cookies! :)

  • MC

    I just found your blog today and I am so excited. I have been studying health and nutrition for over 19 yrs. Along the way I have had 6 children, 3 miscarriages and moved 19 times. I am a homeschool mom also. Alternative medicine and lifestyle have saved my life. When I first started studying, information was not as easily found as it is now. I look forward to going through your blog and learning even more. I will be looking into the school you attended as it sounds very intriguing to me. I love that you are high raw and include so many amazing recipes on your blog. Thank you for all your time and effort to help inform others.

  • Just found your blog thru The Talking Kitchen, what a lovely site! I’m excited to try some of your recipes, especially the dessert ones because they are totally in line with how I eat and cook.

  • KatyB

    Thank you for your reply! Looking forward to all the great things on your website! Love it so far!

    Katy

  • Just wanted to tell you that I love your blog. Thank you for sharing your insights, knowledge about nutrition and all your totally wonderful recipes. BTW, Dr. Weil is my hero:)
    I subscribed and who knows with your good influence we will be eating a lot healthier. I am always on the lookout for good for you, delicious recipes.
    By the way, how do you feel about canning and drying food for preserving? Haven’t completely scoured your posts yet, but hope you have some good food preservation ideas as well.

  • Sarah

    Hi Megan!

    Love your blog. Since you practice Holistic Health Coach, what are your feelings on Adrenal Fatigue? Is there a certain diet you recommend for treating it? I already eat a gluten-free, lots of veggies and healthy fat diet. Thank you!

    • Hi Sarah! There’s a range of ideas on what’s best for adrenal fatigue– I’ve read Spent which addresses a variety of factors, including not only diet but also lifestyle changes. I think, in general, experts agree that you should avoid stress and difficult to digest foods, like sugar, dairy, and processed meats.

  • Emily

    Wow I’m pretty excited such healthy yummy ideas you have, i have recently gone dairy/soy free for my baby, I have been dairy free on & off in the past, but always end up going back to dairy after such strong cravings for cheese, hot choc, coffee, yoghurt, ice cream & the rest. Thank you so much i am looking forward to trying your recipes out now – but where to start. (-;

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  • Jenn

    Just stumbled upon your blog and excited to add it to my Google Reader so I can follow you! I love your philosophy on food and gosh do all of your eats look delicious – can’t wait to try them all!

  • Sarah Burns Warman

    Wow, you are amazing! I’m vegan and I love to cook. I love your ideas and flavor combos! I’m so glad that even though you eat eggs, you also educate that fact that we do not need protein from animals. I get every thing I need from veggies and grains. I run daily so I know I get what I need. Thanks for your info and wonderful work.

  • Lauren

    I’m happy to have found you. I have been recently diagnosed with Hypoglycemia and Fibromyalgia which has drastically altered my diet. I’ve been having a hard time finding things I can put together with the few things I can eat right now (strict diet now for another month…then a more liberal one). Thank you. I tried the mashed cauliflower tonight. I was looking for a potato substitute and it was excellent! YAY!

  • I just found your blog and I can’t wait to try some of your recipes. Thank you for posting them. I have been food combining and wheat free (and as low carb as possible, cept for the chocolate :o/) for years and love that there is someone else who knows what that is! Most people just look at me like I’m insane when I say “There are too many food groups on my plate”.

    I plan to blog about your blog and recipes in 2013!

  • After the Holiday season I totally needed this!! I am a young dancer so overindulgence is frowned upon quite a bit! My Nana likes to fatten us all up, and then I come home and make myself a yummy smoothie :).

    -4oz strawberry yogurt
    -3/4 cup of Orange juice
    -1/4 cup of oats
    -1 1/4 cups of spinach
    -1 whole banana
    -4 ice cubes

    It serves quite a few and I personally loveeeeeee it!

    It doesn’t fit paleo, but it sure is yummy, and it is healthier than my holiday foods!!

  • Haley

    I recently decided to do the Paleo 30 day challenge. The first 2 days were hell…..and then I found your blog and it’s been a WHOLE lot easier.

    So just wanted to say thank you!! :)

  • Beth

    Hi Megan, I stumbled on your website looking for a mashed cauliflower recipe. I have recently been put on a very restrictive diet by a natural path doctor, to find my allergens. I am off all sugar, gluten, grains, dairy, caffeine, alcohol for a month. Needless to say, I was getting desperate to find yummy food. Thank you so much for your blog, I have found several things I can have and I look forward to trying a bunch pf your recipes!

  • Delphine

    Hi Megan,

    I have been following your posts on your blog for the past few months now and I love it. You are doing a great job.

    Did you enjoy while learning at IIN? Did you take the courses from home or on the campus in NYC?
    I hope you don’t mind me asking those questions and that you can help.

    Have a great day!

  • Kelli

    I just found your blog last night while looking for a low-carb alternative to pizza since I started Phase 1 of South Beach this week. I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you! Some of these recipes sound so amazing! In the first 3 years of marriage, I had 2 kids and gained 70 pounds. When I got pregnant with my third, I decided I needed to be healthier, and actually came home from the hospital weighing less than I did when I got pregnant. In total, I’ve managed to lose 50 pounds! But I’ve been really struggling the past 6 months or so. I recently recommitted myself to living a healthier lifestyle — I no longer just want to lose weight, I want to actually be healthier too. And I want to set a good example for my kids. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, and inspiring me with so many amazing and healthy recipes!

  • […] the Detoxinista has done it again!  Her Zucchini Hummus dip is nothing short of the title… AMAZING! […]

  • Hi! I abs. love your recipes and what you’re all about. I’m half way through my course at IIN and have recently launched my health coaching biz. Originally from Florida but living in Perth. Western Australia at the moment.
    Would love to connect further! xoxo

  • Lori

    Hi Megan, I have just recently found your website while searching grain free recipes. I tried the blueberry crisp and it was delish. I have IBS and diet is the best treatment. I avoid milk products, red meats,wheat, and fried foods. It can be difficult sometimes. Especially traveling. I want to try the zucchini recipe but I need to get a spiral slicer. Don’t want to invest a lot of money in this until I see I am going to use it.

    I love reading your website and trying your recipes. Cant wait to see whats new. Looking for a apple crisp recipe. I will keep checking back on your site to see if one shows up. Thanks so much!!!!!

  • Naomi Schaab

    Hi Megan!
    Just wanted to say I love your blog. I suffer from panic disorder and anxiety and I am currently on medication, but want to slowly get off the meds and control it by diet. I am trying to follow a low carb, gluten and dairy free diet to see if this changes how I feel and regulate my hormones. I was wondering why you don’t include legumes in your diet? Are they not a detox friendly food? I love beans and legumes, especially when I am eating meat free meals.
    Cheers

    • Megan

      I do include beans and lentils in my diet every now and then, but they’re not my favorite type of food, so I don’t eat them regularly.

  • Found your website via a pin on Pinterest and I’ve been here for the past 40 minutes reading and pinning!! Thank you for all the great recipes and info – I love it!!!

  • Just found out about your blog because I was searching for a good juicer. Definitely going to read more of your posts!!

  • Hello, Megan!

    Love the blog! I own a yoga studio and am also suuuper into nutrition. I was 100% Raw for over 3 years and have healed from lots of health problems through nutrition. And you have a similar if not identical approach to me! Haha there’s so much diet advice out there, it’s fun to find someone – with a wealth of recipes! – who shares the same views : )

    Best to you!!

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  • Stacy

    Hi Megan. I love ur blog.. Such great, simple, yet delish recipes! If i may be nosey, what is a typical days diet like for u (bf, lunch, dinner, snacks) and jow do u balance ur macros?

    It’s refreshing to see a food blogger and nutritionist who isn’t extreme…. I’ve fallen prey to too many fad diets promising great results, only to male me end worse off (80-10-10is one I’m still trying to recover from)

    Also, what do u recommend for someone battling intestinal yeast overgrowth and dysbiosis?

    Thanks so much

    • Megan

      Stacy, you can see any of my “What I Ate Wednesday” posts for some sample ideas of what I eat at various meals. I prefer to focus on eating whole foods, rather than worrying about counting any calories or macronutrients, because that would drive me crazy. (I’ve done that in the past, and I wasn’t any healthier or happier back then!) You’ll notice that I purposefully omit any nutrition information from my recipes, because I don’t want to encourage the obsession that those numbers can bring! That would take the enjoyment out of eating and creating recipes for me.

      In regards to yeast overgrowth, there are many schools of thought on how to tackle that condition, so it will depend on which approach resonates with you. I recommend reading about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for healing the gut: http://amzn.to/15HhXYR or the Body Ecology Diet for ideas on candida cleansing: http://amzn.to/YIokqo

  • Ria

    Hey Megan,

    I really love your Blog. I liked your Wednesday food sample ideas. I am a total health freak and love working out and eating right. I am sure your blog will give me wonderful ideas for future too. :)

  • Ellyana

    Hi Megan,

    I really really love your blog at the first read :D
    I was searching for food combining all about and found your blog.
    I am trying to change my lifestyle, the way I usually eat to more healthy, you & your blog make me more excited to do that.
    I love your Frozen Banana Truffles, my family & friends too :D
    Thank you…

  • Jocelyn

    I’m so in love with your blog, thank you in advance for everything I will learn and all the great healthy changes I will be able to make with the help of this blog! I loved the cauliflower crust pizza and I can’t wait to try everything else you have on here!

  • Kelly

    Hi Megan,
    I absolutely love all of your food ideas and am so excited to have found your site full of inspiration and hope to creating a healthier and more delicious life. I am overjoyed. Thank you for your insights and hope to do one of your programs in the future. This I can already tell will be such a helping hand. Many Thanks!!!

  • Cynthia

    HI,
    I really like your site and have used some of your recipes. Your writing style is nice to read. I have been interested in healthy living for a long time now and for the last six months I have been following a Paleo lifestyle. Its taken me the six months to eliminate all grains but I have done it. I lean more heavily to the chicken, turkey, fish side with only a bit of beef. Mainly because I don’t like the flavor much. I use only organic products and grass-fed products as much as possible. I am liking this way of eating and my blood tests show a significant drop in total cholesterol and LDL, tricylcerides. I would like to know what you think about the Paleo diet. I used to follow Andrew Weil but have come to believe that he is not now current with new research. Thanks for your feedback.

  • Trisha

    I just discovered your blog. I am going to try your recipes soon! I am currently on a low carb diet and I have been looking for low carb dessert recipes. Unfortunately some of the ingredients are not available here in the Philippines.

    I hope you can also include nutritional facts in your recipes :) Thank you!

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  • Melody

    Hi Megan, I live in Africa and I’m very interested in becoming a health coach. I have no background in health and nutrition. I recently lost 26kg through Cambridge weight plan. I know this is a quick fix and by no means no lasting solution. There is an upsurge of lifestyle illnesses here like hypertension (been hypertensive since i was 15 years old), diabetes , depression, obesity etc. People are becoming more health conscious but have absolutely no idea where to turn to. In your honest opinion, do you think i will benefit from doing the IIN course? Looking forward to your response. When is baby due?

  • Candace Anne

    Hi Megan!
    I just found your blog when I google-d raw vegan pumpkin cookies! I am enjoying your recipes and your blog is inspiring! I am also attending IIN and I am at the 6 months point woohoo!

  • Elin

    Megan, I cannot begin to describe how incredibly happy I am that I found your blog, and how well your philosophy on health resonates with me and my own holistic view on food, skin care, non-toxic living etc. and how everything is connected. I have been on the search for a blog or forum where all aspects of life and health are tied together for so long without finding any. And then I found you! You make everything seem so simple – because it really is – and you have managed to take the time and effort in refining both the ingredients and method. I am so grateful that you have such a big heart and want to share all of your knowledge and skill with the rest of us, helping and guiding us toward a more healthy living on so many more levels than just food-wise. It is like fairy dust and I cannot thank you enough! Living in Sweden, it is quite difficult getting my hands on all the ingredients presented in most US food-blogs, we have neither jicama nor noni over here – haha! -, but since you are being so ”back to basics” with your ingredients, it has never been an issue for me! Keep up the amazing work and know that I will always await your next recipe! I wish I could spend a day in the kitchen with you and just watch you experiment with delicious fudge, cookies and entrées, but I am happy to be able to follow you from afar. THANK YOU for improving my health!

  • Raquel

    Thanks for sharing your recipes!!! I just made the almond butter and I’m totally amazed and shocked how easy it was. Yes, you need to be very patient like you said, but the it’s totally worth it :) I just saved your website under my favorites!

  • Rebecca

    Just found your blog today and can’t wait to try the recipes! I am always looking for good grain free sweets. I also don’t want to spend a fortune so I appreciate the recipes for almond flour,amond butter and almond milk.

  • PrincessPindy

    Just found your blog and am so happy. I am 7 weeks off gluten and sugar and all the recipes for treats that I have found are overwhelming with so many strange ingredients… Your recipes seem simple and easy!!! Thank you so much!!!

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  • Yongyi

    I already think you know how much your blog means to a lot of people out there. It has help me to satisfy my cravings without worrying about coming up with my own healthy recipes for anything. So glad that I found your site and able to untalize it as often as I have. Thank you so much! Do you have your own recipe book with all these wonderful recipes in it? I would like to purchase one ASAP. Ounces again, thank you for your knowledge and for sharing wonderful ideas and recipies for good eating.

  • Nik

    How do you feel about Greek yogurt and dairy? Also gluten? I’m very lost and would really appreciate some advise, I trust you! I’m so tired of hearing so many conflicting ideas

  • Hi Megan,
    I have just found your website and I am trying to figure out cups of liquid and flour etc. I live in Ireland and use gramms. Do you have any conversion chart. Thanks Jay

  • Amy

    Hi Megan,

    I’m thrilled to have found you! I’m about to embark on a 30 day Candida diet and many your recipes will fit perfectly! I’m planning on making the curry butternut squash this weekend! Just an awesome thing you’re doing here!!

    Amy C.

  • Just enrolled in IIN — do you have any specific IIN related blog posts!? :)

  • […] there but I like this one the best.  Not only do you get a “more-like-crust-crust”, Megan’s recipe on her Detoxinista website provides a great tutorial with easy to follow directions and […]

  • […] there but I like this one the best.  Not only do you get a “more-like-crust-crust”, Megan’s recipe on her Detoxinista website provides a great tutorial with easy to follow directions and […]

  • Nicole

    Hello Megan Ive just found your blog. Im an african american female who was brought up on fried stuff greasy stuff and so on. Im 44 and I want to start eating clean. I think you are the one to change my life. Your blog is so educational. Thank you megan!!!!!

  • Hi Megan. I’m a fellow food blogger and just wanted to stop by and say Hi. Love your recipes and will follow you from now on. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Kenza

    I just found your blog, and it seems amazing. I m actually student at IIN, to be health coach.

  • Kenza

    You are very inspiring! , and thank you for sharing all theses recipes that seem so yummy!

  • I’m so happy I found your resourceful site! I just started a paleo lifestyle change with my husband and I have been finding it so difficult. (Especially eating out) you have amazing recipes! I can’t thank you enough :)

  • Hey Megan,
    I just discovered your blog and am excited to try several of your recipes! Thank’s for doing all the hard work of finding what works and tastes best together.

  • Antje Lennon

    Hi!!
    I’m an American living in Shanghai, China. I found your site when I was looking for instructions on how to make almond flour. I love your recipes and have cooked so many of them! I’ve told several of my friends about your website and they love it as well :) In the past 2 years that I have lived in China it has become more and more easy to get the ingredients you often use in your recipes. I spend my summer in the US and I can’t wait to get to Whole Foods so I can make even more of your yummy food!
    Thank you for amazing website!!
    Antje

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