Don't Let Your Scale Dictate How You Feel

When I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) earlier this year, the doctors game me all kinds of helpful (and alarming!) information about the condition.  What they didn’t tell me was that their diagnosis would trigger my ...more

Did You Know You Can Lose Your Hair From Some Medications?

"Wow, you have a LOT of hair." I can’t tell you over the course of my life how many times I’ve heard this sentence (or a variation of it). I’ve been a bridesmaid around seven or eight times, and when it came down to creating the schedule for girls ...more

Burn Off Your Thanksgiving Meal With These 5 Yoga Poses

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years... each one associated with food, food, and more food. Prime your body to burn more calories with these five dynamic yoga videos. The best part is that you can do these poses at home, and continue them for the ...more

Tips on Keeping Diabetes in Check During the Holiday Season

Ah the holidays! It’s that time of year for pumpkin pie, eggnog, mashed potatoes, and your Aunt Betty’s killer candied yams. And if you have diabetes, everything I just wrote made you think: "OMG. My blood sugars are screwed for the next two ...more

Exercise Without Leaving Your Office or Cubicle

When you work a 9-to-5 job, it can be tough to find the time or energy to exercise. When you add children and/or a family obligations, it ups the level of difficulty. But that doesn't mean it is impossible or that you have to have a gym membership to ...more

How I Went from Breast Reduction Surgery to a Mastectomy

My first breasts were cartoonishly big, and maybe the only two things about me even slightly aligned with the current female beauty standard where we’re all supposed to look like a video game animation....more

Don’t Let Thanksgiving Dinner Be Your Last Meal

Don't Wash Your Turkey. It Could Kill You! You know what's even a worse Thanksgiving fail than politics at the dinner table, salt in the pie instead of sugar, or being stuck in #Snovember? Salmonella. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 6 Americans get food poisoning each year. That's 48 million people. 128,000 hospital visits. 3,000 deaths. Whoa. ...more

How My Son Improved His Health & Changed His Risk Factors

Turns out sugar and processed foods really are very bad things. Or, at least they are for my autistic teenage son. Eliminating those foods (mostly) from his diet was a big part in Leo going from being at high risk for type II diabetes, pancreatitis, and heart disease just a year ago, to him having none of those risk factors at all today. ...more

Fitness Before Food.

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Garth Brooks Concert!

Last weekend was so much fun! It kicked off with the Garth Brooks concert on Friday night. I was really nervous because I started to get a migraine on Friday afternoon – insane headache, dizziness, sensitivity to light, the whole shebang ....more

My favorite oils for dry winter skin and a healthy (and lovely smelling) home

I have a love-love relationship with fats and oils. Grass-fed butter? Delicious. Avocado? All day, every damn day. When my daughter was a tiny breastfeeding baby, I interviewed a neuroscientist for a story I was freelancing. When he heard her cooing in the background of our call, he got very serious and said: Eat plenty of good fat — her little brain needs it. Sold. (Now that she’s a big kid, I eat healthy fats in moderation. Mostly!)...more

Great Gifts for Three-Year-Old Girls

I’ve mentioned before that I am working on cooling my jets in regards to Hailey’s Christmas presents this year. The trouble is that there are just so many cool things that I think she would really love, but I am reminding myself that less is more and I want her to enjoy each present instead of blowing through it, tossing it aside and asking for the next one. Here are some great gift ideas that I’ve complied that would knock the socks off of a three year old girl (well, mine at least!) 1 ....more

Octane Fitness: Zero Runner

Last Thursday, I attended an event hosted by Octane Fitness in NYC to learn about their newest product on the market – the Zero Runner. I went into the event with some doubts – it was hard for me to conceptualize a piece of equipment that resembled an elliptical but that gave you the ability to stride out like you were running outside or on a treadmill. In my mind, it seemed it would be more of a cross-trainer than a replacement for running ....more

Four Facts Survey

Hi!!! I am currently blogging in the dark of the morning at our house in North Carolina. I figured I’d be typing up my first post of the day in Jacksonville today but Ryan and I scrapped our plans to drive to Florida at 5:30 p.m. last night due to flash flood warnings in the Jacksonville area ....more

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

Hi friends! With Thanksgiving quickly approaching tomorrow (what??) and Black Friday following soon after (crazy!!), it seems like...more

What I Ate Wednesday: Paleo(ish) Hacks

Happy eating-lots-o-food-eve to all my American friends. To those who aren’t … happy hump-day! (Do they say that outside the Unites States?) It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in What I Ate Wednesday, so here’s a refresher ....more

Jive turkey

Yesterday I got to cooking the turkey I picked up for the Mr and I. ...more

Octane Fitness Zero Runner – Could This Extend Your Running Life?

A few years ago, when I was working as a trainer at Equinox in NYC, a representative from Octane Fitness came by to give all of the trainers a demonstration of their new elliptical, which was designed to better mimic a runner’s stride. I was sold – the machine was great and I would often ‘prescribe’ it as part of a cardio plan for my runner clients. So, I was super excited to be previewing the brand-new Zero Runner by Octane Fitness this past week ....more