Clumsy people are good on crutches

No seriously, we are. It’s because we have so much practice on them. As I was whizzing down the hallway to yet another doctor’s appointment the technician put up his hands like a traffic cop and even said a couple of ‘whoas‘. In case you are wondering if you missed the post about why I’m on crutches, don’t worry, you didn’t. There wasn’t one because the story is neither sexy nor cool nor cute. ...more

Overweight, Miserable and Ready for a Challenge

At 5'1 and 1-- lbs., I'm not only short, but OVERWEIGHT and desperately need motivation to exercise.  I used to exercise regularly, going to the gym 3 times a week and being active outdoors on the weekends.  Then I broke my foot.  That was the beginning of the end for me!  I'm e-x-p-a-n-d-i-n-g as you're reading this.  Once I start exercising, I know the nutrition part will follow because there's no way I'm going to sweat my *ss off (I wish) and practically kill myself to workout only to blow it on a bowl of ice cream (yes, that's my weakness - sweets).  Anyway, I d ...more

Dry Skin and the Holidays

The holiday season can wreak havoc on your skin. And just in time to ruin your family portraits, of course. This all-natural mask is a savior. Avocado is truly an amazing fruit, great for guacamole dip of course, but you can also use it to moisturize your skin. Why go to a beauty spa and waste your money, when you can simply go to the supermarket? Avocados are naturally full of vitamin E, which is known to be great for your skin. Ingredients 1 whole avocadotwo tbsp. of honey Directions ...more

The Phew Factor

The "Phew Factor"...maybe it could be a reality TV show on one of the commercial TV stations. But, let's face it, we all have our version of the Phew Factor, don't we? The close call at the bad corner in our town? The time we thought we hit "reply all" on our email where we criticized our boss or relative? The child who doesn't get off the bus because she fell asleep and the driver didn't notice. And our health scares -- the topic for today's show on the "Phew Factor". ...more

A Tale of Two Titties

Let me begin by saying that I am a huge advocate of breastfeeding. I'm a dietitian and therefore must, if at all possible, breastfeed all of my biological children. That being said...ouch! If you are a man and don't care about my nipples, I suggest you stop reading now. If you are a girl that is pregnant at this time, I highly recommend you read the gory details. ...more

On my Knees

I have a serious confession to make to you guys today... those that have been with me for a while know that I am truly my own worst critic, and sometimes put a little too much pressure on myself to meet goals/deadlines. This morning when I did my weigh in, I was up a couple of pounds... and I honestly had a moment where I wondered why I put myself through this surgery and all of the emotional twists and turns that have come with it if it wasn't actually going to change my life for the better. ...more

The Work/Life Balance from the Ground

As September numbers come in, state budgets fall short, and the news is full of uncertainty- this can be a time to become disillusioned. It can be hard to be motivated when jobs are at stake, projects are on hold, and fear takes a front seat. ...more

Ok cupcake, where is your Diva?

My inner Darling Diva was chattin with Ms. Julie's Darling Diva, the other day and it came to us.    ...more

What Is Quinoa?

Quinoa, sometimes called a whole grain, is actually the seed of a green leafy plant that is still cultivated in South America. Revered by the ancient aztecs as a source of energy for their fearless warriors, chefs and home cooks now admire it for its mild taste and creamy texture. But what’s so special about quinoa when it comes to health? If you’ve ever tasted quinoa, you know it’s delicious. Quinoa is... ...more

Coco's weekly meal plan: Kid tested

When I returned to work a year ago I quickly realized that "creating" dinner the way I used to was unsustainable. My kids were tired, I was tired, homework and showers needed to happen, evening activities were calling. I couldn't just dash out for a few ingredients. It was too much. ...more