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Pooja R. Mottl
Pooja Mottl is the author of The 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Cravings for Healthy Foods in Three Easy, Empowering Days. She is a professionally trained Natural Foods Chef, Healthy Eating Coach, and Healthy Living Expert whose work has captivated audiences from Good Morning America to the Huffington Post. She is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, a world-renowned institution for pairing culinary training with health promoting food. Pooja also holds a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University and is an NSCA-CPT certified personal trainer.

Pooja advises private clients on healthy eating and has taught cooking classes at Whole Foods Market. Pooja has appeared on Good Morning America, WGN TV, Martha Stewart Radio,, the Green Festival, HuffPost Live, and a variety of additional media outlets.

She is known as the creator of WAMP (Whole And Minimally Processed food) - what she refers to as the gold standard in healthy eating. Her approach to health is also based on empowerment - giving people the tools to confront the perils associated with rising levels of obesity and other lifestyle-related diseases.

Pooja is a wife and mom and works in California and New York.

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Entries by Pooja R. Mottl

New York's Official State Snack Far From Wholesome?

(6) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 12:23 PM

Last week, after New York State senators passed a proposal to designate yogurt as the "official state snack", certain media had a field day mocking what some found to be a colossal waste of tax payers time and money. The Daily Show with John Stewart couldn't help but...

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The 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Relationship With Healthy Food

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Adapted from The 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Cravings For Healthy Foods in Three Easy, Empowering Days

"You picked the veggies, rice, and beans over a piece of pizza? You've got to be crazy! How do you have the willpower and discipline?"

Over the years, these are some of...

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Reset Breakfast for Better Health

(15) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 10:19 AM

It was beyond shocking to me to find found out as I was doing research for The 3-Day Reset that more than 60 percent of the foods we eat for breakfast are anchored refined sugar and refined flour. If you think about it, most standard items...

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WAMP: My Gold Standard For Healthy Eating

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:12 AM

If you find labels, health claims and dietary advice confusing, you're not alone. Every day it seems as though there's a new study out touting the benefits of eschewing dairy or taking vitamins, only to be trumped by yet a more recent news story that contradicts these directives. What to...

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Eggs That Elevate Health, Conscience, and More?

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 12:02 PM

It's sad knowing that most eggs are unlucky. Almost all chicken eggs, the backbone of thousands of culinary creations, from soufflés to omelettes, come from hens that never stepped foot on a blade of grass, basked in a ray of sunshine, ate bugs, or foraged the way that mother nature...

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How HypnoBirthing Supported the Labor I Hoped for

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 1:30 AM

"Yup." That's what I heard my husband yell out from the bathroom after that little strip on our pregnancy turned "positive." It had happened -- I was pregnant!

For the next few days and weeks I was in bliss mode, until, that is, the morning sickness showed up.


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5 Late-Summer Farmers' Market Recipes

(3) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 8:00 PM

It's not too late! You can still enjoy the tastiest fruit and veggies from your local farmers' markets. In fact, the summer harvest is still at its peak and in just one visit to the market (with a few helpers to assist you in carrying the goods!), you can prepare...

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Easy Transitions to Healthier Eating

(15) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 11:23 AM

With a full year ahead of us, now is the perfect time to reset yourself when it comes to food and start making simple changes to our eating habits to make healthy eating less of a "resolution," a "sacrifice" or a "burden," and more of an easy, ingrained, natural part...

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Holiday Menu: 5 Sustainable Courses For A Healthy Holiday Meal

(5) Comments | Posted December 17, 2011 | 10:16 AM

The holiday season is in full swing! It's that fabulous time of the year which comes to us like clockwork -- a sustainable, annual feature of our everyday lives.

Yet, how sustainable is the food we're celebrating with? Interesting to think about, right? Last week I teamed up with...

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The Truth Behind Sexy, Year-Round Abs

(5) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 8:09 AM

How many times have you heard that getting a flat, sexy tummy is based mainly on what you eat? But on the flip side, how many times have you seen fitness infomercials touting the latest and greatest 6-pack routine to "disintegrate" belly fat in minutes? Which one is it? Are...

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3 Ways to Get Your Taste Buds Loving H2O

(21) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 8:39 AM

Don't like the taste of water? These days, you're certainly not alone. But when it comes to human history, disliking H2O was a risky endeavor. Here's the how and the why.

As history notes, water has been quenching, refreshing and balancing our palate and hydration needs for most of human...

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How To Reset Your Taste Buds -- Using Chocolate

(52) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 8:01 AM

Dear Fellow Chocoholics,

Chocolate, in small amounts, can be good for you. But how do you know you're really eating pure chocolate? Could you in fact be consuming an adulterated knockoff?

The truth is, most of the chocolate America eats is what I call "chocolate in disguise." Why? Because chocolate...

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Vitamin-Packed Seafood Dinners -- In Just 15 Minutes Or Less

(4) Comments | Posted August 30, 2011 | 8:04 AM

It doesn't get much better than seafood in the summer! And to honor the season's end, here are three healthy and delicious recipes you can make for yourself or to show off to friends in 15 minutes or less! Using quick cooking techniques such as poaching, simmering and pan-searing, these...

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3 Summer Exercises To Boost Balance, Coordination And Tone

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 8:27 AM

When summer rolls around, I make it a point to use the outdoors as much as possible for fitness because it gives us the chance to move our bodies freely in wide open areas instead of being cooped up in crowded gyms. Places like your local park, and high school...

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All-Natural Sports Drinks To Beat The Heat

(24) Comments | Posted June 24, 2011 | 8:05 AM

Summer is here! Running from your kids' early morning baseball game to the tennis courts for some practice in the afternoon sun requires you to be adequately fueled, nourished and hydrated.

Here are three simple, delicious and nutrient-rich drinks you can mix at home using just a blender! Unlike...

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Healthy Vegan: How To Avoid 3 Common Pitfalls

(21) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 8:42 AM

Thinking about going vegan? Know someone who is? As vegan gets more airplay with Oprah, Clinton and Wynn, increasingly some of the most common questions I'm asked are "What do you think of vegan?" or "How do I cook vegan at home?"

Without debating the pros and cons of going...

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Exercises For Balance, Coordination And Agility

(3) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 8:07 AM

How much do you think about balance, coordination and agility when it comes to fitness?

For many Americans, the word "exercise" is only associated with "gym" and "jogging." But in order to keep our bodies resilient with age and prevent common injuries that occur from everyday activities (tripping, back...

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Moving Beyond Sushi: Amplify Your Health With Tasty and Traditional Japanese

(6) Comments | Posted April 25, 2011 | 2:50 PM

As a natural foods chef, I explore ways to create meals that are not only amazingly delicious, but good for you. I've always been inspired by traditional cuisines -- Thai, Indian, Mexican -- but one in particular intimidated me: Japanese. The ingredients and terminology seemed so foreign. This was one...

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Food Labels: How to Spot Hidden Sugars

(99) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 7:28 AM

Try finding out how much sugar has really been added to your yogurt, cereal, bread or energy bar, and watch the hours fly by!

Although the FDA (and the USDA) has certainly acknowledged and tried to define the term "added sugars," or those sugars...

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A New Year, A New YOU! 5 Healthy Solutions That Will Change Your 2011

(3) Comments | Posted December 31, 2010 | 12:06 PM

It was a season of office parties and late nights out, with plenty of cocktails, heaps of holiday ham, and extra servings of pie, cake and Christmas cookies. As the dust settles and the indigestion abates, 2011 resolutions for better health begin in earnst. Many of you will resolve to...

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