Not Losing Weight: Stop Doing These 3 Things

A few years ago I had to perform this 20 minute long dance in nothing but nude trunks and a bra top. Yeah, I know…cruel.Already struggling with depression, and unresolved body issues to boot, I had to get used to the fact that I’d be dancing in basically a bikini in six weeks. Needless to say, I was less than thrilled....more

Glorious Breakfast: How It Can Help You Lose Weight

Ah, breakfast. One of my three favorite meals of the day.I love getting up in the morning and allowing myself plenty of time to eat my greek yogurt with Fiber One mixed in, drink some coffee and not have to rush into my day....more

Overeating on Road Trips: Prevent It with These 4 Tips

I just got home to San Diego after a long road trip from Kansas City. The days were long and extremely boring, so what better to do than eat, right? With limited options, I was "forced" to eat Cracker Barrel, Wendy's, frosted cherry Pop Tarts, a gourmet burger joint, oh, and an apple. And that was just the first day!...more


      A recent study seemed to suggest the daily apple does not equal less doctor visits.  (Remember, 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away?')  However, once you read the study results more thoroughly it doesn't really confirm a thing!  Obviously health, and doctor visits are a more complex subject than whether we eat an apple each day.  For starters, the study didn't record what other foods people eat, if they have insurance or not, if they are generally healthy to begin with, and so on.  ...more

Fitness Foodies...

It is difficult to talk about diet, weight and health without including the topic of physical exercise.  During my dietary guidelines research, I unearthed a statistic that I have pondered over the past few weeks.USDA data reports that more than 50% of adults in the United States are not physically active. ...more

Is this the trick you need to finally learn portion control?

Portion control has always been a challenge for me. My diet is pretty good, and I usually make healthy food choices but I  can definitely overeat once I get started. And I’m at my worst when I’m facing a big portion of delicious food at restaurants. I try to stop eating but I can’t, even if I’m full. So I was really intrigued when I read about MealEnders. ...more

New M.I.N.D. diet may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's

A team of researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have created the M.I.N.D. (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's. Apparently, it's easier to follow than the Med or DASH diets. There are only 15 dietary components: 10 brain-healthy food groups and 5 unhealthy ones.You can probably guess many from each group. The good:1. green leafy vegetables2. other veggies3. nuts4. berries (especially blueberries and strawberries)5. beans...more

The Devil Is In The Details: Cage-Free, Free-Range, and Organic

How did a routine trip to my local Costco end up leading me 119 miles from home to a small family-owned farm in Temecula, CA? The answer is simple; I was on a mission to eat real food.  Sounds like a no-brainer, but I feel as if I’ve just opened my eyes to this concept.  I have never really put much thought into what I ate....more

My Top 10 Habits for Successful Weight Loss

I am a person who can proudly declare that I have lost almost 60 lbs thanks to Weight Watchers.  I am also someone who will freely admit that every single day is a struggle to maintain that weight loss.  Many people think that once you hit your goal weight the journey is over.  Like once you've crossed the finish line, that is where you will stay effortlessly because you managed to lose the weight.  I'm telling you with all honesty, that is the complete opposite of the reality that "losers" face....more