Recipes That Will Keep You Fit during the Holiday Season

Recipes That Will Keep You Fit during the Holiday Season...more

Christmas tree diet report

“Tell me something good,” I said, curled up next to Mr. T on the couch after dinner last week.“Cold Stone,” he replied.“RUDE!”This set off a discussion about how I desperately wanted Cold Stone but couldn’t have it thanks to myChristmas tree wager. In August I (foolishly) gambled that I could lose 13 pounds by December 1. If I win, I get a long-coveted Vitamix. If I lose, no Christmas tree. (No. Christmas. Tree.)...more

Maintaining My 6-Pack After 4 Kids: What I Eat

Are you ready? This is what I like to call a “Matrix” moment. You know in the movie, “The Matrix” where Neo (Keanu Reeve, aka Johnny Utah) is about to learn the dealio of life and he’s given one last chance to turn back? Well, this is one of those moments, because what I’m about to tell you, you can’t come back from. Once you’ve learned the truth there is no turning back....more

Change the Way You Look at Carbs

Raise your hand if carbs stress you out!How many are too many? When should I eat them – before lunch? No carbs after 3pm? Only on odd days when it’s cloudy with a 30% chance of rain? Come on! We are giving carbs WAY too much credit.Check this out:...more
omnivores such as humans can survive medium-term on most anything considered food. food science ...more

No, He Really Can't Have It. Please Don't Sabotage My Child's Special Diet!

My son Leo is on a medically managed diet. Which is easily manageable, as long as we plan ahead. Every so often, though, we find ourselves in social situations with dietary complications, and encounter folks who dismiss our, "I’m sorry, he can't eat that," with, "But why can't he have just one bite? Surely that won't hurt." 

 If you've ever been that causally dismissive person, I'm asking you to please stop. Please stop right there. And listen hard, and then repeat: Do NOT contradict someone who has told you their child can't have a certain food. Don't do it. Just don't. Again, please. ...more
An uncle actually told me once that if I just prayed over my food I could eat it.  I have ...more

Th Great Cheetos Robbery

When trying to lose weight, we are all faced with the same plight ...CRAVINGS! ...more

Navigating Change With Grace, Beauty and Ease

 We’re heading back to school and lots of kids are groaning right now. Some adults are grumpy too. It’s time for change. My household is going through a huge shift. My daughter is leaving home to attend college, and my son is starting high school. Weren’t they just toddlers? ...more


 I haven't really talked to much about my Jawbone Up since I got it. Someone asked me weeks ago if I liked it and I just kind of shrugged and said "sure". I really only use it to track steps and sleep.  I'm doing well over the recommended 10,000 steps a day and I mostly get in eight hours of sleep a night. There's an option to enter extra workouts and food, but mostly I don't bother. My extra exercise is just more walking and I forget to put in my yoga time. I never track my food or water. It just seemed too much, too time consuming....more

Weight Loss Tips That DON'T Work For Me

A couple days ago, I had someone who read my blog say, "I feel you are missing so many methods to help a person lose weight. What about all the weight loss tips you read in magazine articles. When are you going to post those?" The problem is that I have seen the same flipping tips in the health and fitness magazines for literally years. Almost every month I'd eagerly open up a magazine after reading on the cover, "5 Weight Loss Tricks That Really Work." And guess what? They didn't do a thing for me. In fact, I think I saw most of the "tricks" in the same health magazine just a couple issues ago! So no, you won't see the usual strategies in my posts unless they leave a lasting impression on me. However, today is an exception. Below you'll find tips that I continue to see in weight loss articles, but continue not to work with my body. ...more
Wine does the same to me! It sends me into a binge.more

High-sugar diet may reduce cognitive function

Making your kid read over the summer may not be the only way to fight the Summer Slide, especially if they're reaching for the Oreos between page turns.A new study out of Oregon State University has found that diets high in sugar (and also diets high in fat) may reduce cognitive function by altering bacteria in the gut.The researchers studied mice on high-sugar and high-fat diets and found that particularly "cognitive flexibility" was decreased.Why?...more