Good Reads + Recipes:
The Best of 2014

2014-collageAnother year is coming to a close, and my what a year it has been!

2014 was full of exciting achievements for me both personally and professionally.

I threw my first exclusive blog event, Vinyasa y Vino, which brought together 75 of LA’s top health influencers for a night of food, fun and fitness.


I spoke at the IDEA World Fitness BlogFest.

I became a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

And, of course, I got engaged!


This year also brought a significant increase in To Live & Diet in L.A.’s traffic and readership, and I’d like to think a humongous improvement in my food photography skills!

Today I’m rounding up some of the posts that made this year a success, in case you missed them.

These are a selection of favorites from friends, family, readers and myself.

I hope you’ll enjoy them!

Reader’s Recipe Favorite: Sweet Potato + Black Bean Vegan Enchiladas


Social Media Favorite: Vegan Pumpkin Waffles w/ Pumpin FauxYo


Reader’s Favorite Celeb Story: How Jessica Alba Lives & Diets in LA


Fiancé’s Favorite: Ginger-Spiced Cranberry Pear Crisp


Mom’s Favorite: Butternut Squash + Sweet Potato Fritters


Sister’s Favorite: Watermelon Caprese Salad


Mother-In-Law-To-Be’s Favorite: Healthy 4-Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies


Sister-In-Law-To-Be’s Favorite: Strawberry Coconut Protein Smoothie


The BFF’s Favorite: Cinnamon Blueberry Granola 


My Personal Recipe Favorite: DIY Brown Rice Sushi Roll


My Favorite “Feel Good” Piece: Size Doesn’t Matter


I’d like to wish you all a wonderful New Year’s Eve and a fabulous 2015!

This blog wouldn’t be possible without the enormous love and support from you, my readers. So thank you — so very much!

Weigh In: What was your biggest accomplishment or happiest moment of 2014?


  1. I moved to Austin, started my blog and got my health coaching certification so my year was eventful. Congrats on a great year and Happy NYE!
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  2. Hi Whitney! Big year for you in 2014! My biggest moments in 2014 also included leaving behind the corporate world to become a full-time fitness professional and writer. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to what’s next for you in 2015 … especially the wedding. When’s the big day? 🙂 Happy NYE!
    Ashley @ A Lady Goes West recently posted…Top blog posts, readers stats and my foodMy Profile

    • Whitney English says:

      Thank you so much Ashley! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you through your blog too. Congratulations on all the big accomplishments this year!

      Very excited for the wedding – it’s in early June!

  3. You’ve had a great year princess. Although we all know the highlight was meeting me.

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  4. I love how you personalized your recipes! I’m so happy we met in 2014 🙂
    Caroline Kaufman Nutrition recently posted…Your Favorite Posts from 2014 + My Year in the MediaMy Profile

    • Whitney English says:

      Thanks Caroline! So glad to have met you too. Looking forward to getting together soon! Happy New Year! xo

  5. Happy new year! Here’s to the year of awesomeness to come!
    Ellen recently posted…YUVE Got SmoothieMy Profile

  6. Looks like you had a fabulous year! Enjoy the wedding planning such a fun time. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you this year through your blog-it’s one of my faves. I started my blog in 2014 and I am really happy with how it’s going. My goal is to improve my food photog skills as well. Happy New Year!
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    • Whitney English says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words Deb! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you through your blog as well. Good luck with the food photography! xo

  7. Amazing.. you had passed nice year. I hope this year you will be happy like last year.
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