Inspired By Issue No.18 - Lisa Ryan, Nutrition Health Coach and Founder of Whole Health Designs

 Lisa Ryan, Nutrition Health Coach and Founder of Whole Health Designs


Lisa Ryan is an ambassador for the 'clean life'. She follows the 80/20 guideline - 80% clean living and 20% do what you want - eat pizza and drink wine, all without feeling guilty! 

What is clean living I hear you ask? In a nutshell, Lisa says the 3 main principals are eating anti-inflammatory foods, cooking with natural ingredients, and being eco-conscious. All resulting in you feeling fantastic! Her website, Whole Health Designs, has everything you need to transition to a clean lifestyle, including detoxes, juices and hundreds of healthy recipes all created by Lisa herself. 

We found out how we too can follow the clean life, and asked Lisa how she likes to spend that all important treat time!

AM: Tell us about your background, what inspired you to get into clean eating?

LR: After being a chronic-dieter since I was 8 years old and becoming very ill by the time I was 28 (I had hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome, rosacea, cystitis, depression, and candida), I decided to take my health in my own hands and do away with medications that weren’t helping and finding the root cause of my issues. I am a teacher at heart and realized I love to teach about food and nutrition so I received my certification in health coaching and am now enjoying working with women all over the world. During my transition to clean eating, I discovered what my body really needed to feel and be well. I couldn’t believe how healthy one can feel when you clean up the
clutter within your cells and feed your body whole, real foods. I want everyone to feel this way and I’m dedicated to supporting others with their wellness journey, whether it’s recovering from a chronic illness, losing weight, feeling energized and learning how to cook nourishing meals that taste great.

AM: Top do’s for leading a ‘clean life’:

1. Speak your truth.

2. Treat yourself like you are sacred.

3. Drink water, lots of it. Start with water with lemon each morning and drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day.

AM: Top don’ts for leading a ‘clean life’:

1. Saying YES to everyone and everything.

2. Comparing yourself to others. Comparison kills and keeps you stuck.

3. Cheat days. Some diet programs advocate this but when you “save” your not-so-clean foods and behaviors for just one day, you still have that deprivation factor that hinders really getting to know what your body needs to feel amazing and balanced.

AM: You follow the 80/20 guideline, what is your favorite sinful treat that you like for that indulgent 20%?

LR: Cava and vegan chocolate cupcakes.

 Lisa says her favorite sinful treats are cava and vegan chocolate cupcakes - I'm sure most of us would agree!

AM: You say you previously had an unhealthy relationship with food, having tried many diets and exercising excessively. What advice would you give to those following a similar pattern?

LR: This is a long process. But very doable. If you are into dieting, the first thing to do is to pay attention to any negative self-talk, especially when it comes to your body. Working with the mind is a great first step because even though your body is wise and knows
what is best for you, your mind will take over. So quieting those thoughts, saying “Thank you but I got this.” OR “That’s not true, I AM beautiful, strong, etc...” is extremely helpful. From there, you can throw away the scale and do away with counting grams, micros, etc... and beginning to eat food that makes your body feel balanced and light. As for the exercising, the process is the same... tackling the negativity, crowding it out with positivity and self-love, can over time lead you to a happy, healthy life without being obsessive.

AM: As a busy mum yourself, what tips would you give those who struggle to have time to cook a home-cooked meal?

LR: Batching is key. Pick a day and schedule 1-2 hours to make a bunch of soups and salad jars plus cut up veggies for snacks. Put in glass containers and freeze the soups for the week. You can also make salad jars (they will keep for about 5 days) and use for lunches. Once I learned to batch, it saved me so much time especially when it came to family dinners!

AM: What is your go-to on-the-go healthy snack?

LR: I LOVE the Gluten-free Banana Oat Muffins from my book, Go Clean, Sexy You.

 Gluten free banana oat muffins from Lisa's new book Go Clean, Sexy You


AM: Top 5 clean eating foods:

LR: Nutritional yeast, dark leafy greens (collards are my fave! Sorry kale!), beans and legumes, apple cider vinegar, and raw nuts and seeds. BONUS: coconut oil (you
can use it as a beauty product too!)

AM: What one food could you not live without?

LR: Avocado. I add it to EVERYTHING. Smoothies, soups, salads, even desserts. I make a sick avocado chocolate mousse!

AM: Favourite yoga pose:

LR: Svansana. I am always on the go so just being still, being aware of my breath after a practice is amazing. I also love the crow pose.

AM: Favourite green juice recipe:

LR: Bliss Out, our top-selling favorite at our juice shop and I drink this each morning or after a work out because it is extremely alkalizing and fresh.

Juice these ingredients:

1 cup kale

1 pear

2 cucumbers

1 tsp. parsley

1/2 lemon

1/4 inch fresh ginger root

Makes appr. 16 oz.

Serves 1


AM: Favourite way to spend the weekend:

LR: My family and I belong to a beach club in my town. We love to go all day long and hang by the pool, cook out, lounge around, go stand up paddleboarding or kayaking, and also watch the sunset on the beach. Water is my church and I feel so centered near it.

AM: If you could cook one of your healthy recipes for anyone in the world, who would it be?

LR: It’s a tie: James Franco and Jimmy Fallon. I would also like to sit around the table with Chelsea Handler.

 Lisa's new book - Go Clean, Sexy You


Get Lisa's new book, 'Go Clean, Sexy You' filled with lots of clean and delicious recipes to kick-start you to feeling amazing! In the meantime, follow Lisa on Instagram and check out Whole Health Designs by clicking here


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  • So honored to be featured on your Inspired By blog! xoxo

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