How to Follow the 80/20 Rule for Being Healthy

As a fitness professional, it's expected that I follow the rules. I work out almost every day, I rarely take a day off. I hardly ever eat out. I eat clean and commit to my daily Shakeology. Sounds good right? Where are those abs? Come on baby belly, when will you leave me? I still cheat almost daily. I allow myself to have one cookie. Sometimes I eat an extra carb. ...more
Enjoy them. By themselves they're not a big deal. Happy Thanksgiving.more

The Pawpaw: Try It, You Might Like It

I have always loved to try new foods.  As a nutritionist, I have learned that this is a rare attribute.I don’t get it.  Whenever I walk through the produce section of a grocery store, I am fascinated by strange looking foods. I regularly get sidetracked by fruits and vegetables that I don’t recognize, and I end up spending ridiculous amounts of money to try strange new things.$6 for a pomelo?...more

Brain training can teach people to like healthy foods

You've probably heard about hypnosis for weight loss, but brain training?A new (small) study found that people's brains could be trained to change when it came to healthy eating....more

Starting A New Chapter - Our Journey To Healthier Eating Begins

I have to say that I'm truly excited to start this new chapter. In the past, when it's come to food related changes, I've never held any 'excitement'. I've set goals, but no true excitement about change....more

The Blog

With a BS in English and a minor in Spanish and an MBA, my true loves are writing, fitness, and nutrition. While I doubt I will become the next great novelist or the next Chalene Johnson, the next best thing must be a fitness blogger where I can utilize my two great passions, writing and fitness. I have a future goal of becoming certified as a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant through AFPA....more

10 Superfoods That Make Healthy Snacks for Kids

Healthy foods give kids the energy they need on a daily basis while also supplying the vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients that help their bodies and minds to develop and mature. Since most are constantly on the go with school and play, snack time is one of the absolute best times to introduce healthy foods into their diets....more

Fish is good for the brain - regardless of omega-3 fatty acid amounts

You know eating fish is good for you because of the omega-3 fatty acids, (It only counts if the fish is baked or broiled. Frying it destroys the fatty acids.), but a new study found that just eating the baked or broiled fish is good for your brain--regardless of the amount of omega-3 fatty acids!The study found that weekly fish eaters had more gray area in the regions of the brain related to memory and cognition. But the researchers did NOT find a link between the brain differences and the omega-3 levels in the blood, which surprised them....more

7 Sports Nutrition Myths Debunked

We are officially back from vacation after a wonderful week in Ocean City, NJ.  Now that it is Monday, it is back to the grind! I have sports nutrition on the brain, and was going through some pictures so I decided to share some tidbits with you....more

5 Benefits of Planting Your Own Food Garden

Most people don’t enjoy going to the grocery store. It’s a mundane chore you put off all week, and when you finally venture out on Saturday, all the produce is picked over. The muted, pinkish tomatoes sit blankly in their rows. The wilted lettuce doesn’t look very appetizing. You can’t even find an apple without an ugly bruise. Now try getting your kids to eat those fruits and vegetables. ...more
Maybe you should try growing collard greens or kale, those two plants don't require a lot of ...more

7-Year study says fish oil PREVENTS brain shrinkage and cognitive decline

Great news on the Alzheimer's front!Neuroscientists from Rhode Island Hospital did a study of the benefits of fish oil consumption on 3 groups of adults ages 55-90. The groups were:Group A: 229 adults with no sign of Alzheimer'sGroup B: 397 adults who were diagnosed with mild cognitive impairmentGroup C: 193 with Alzheimer'sThey used a combination of neuropsychological tests and MRIs every six months from 2003 to 2010.The results:...more