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Monday
Dec032018

3 Healthy(ish) Cookies to Bake This Holiday Season

It’s December – which means the holidays are officially kicking into high gear (although I’ve secretly had my tree up since before Thanksgiving). And with the holidays comes tons of fun activities – cheerful reunions and extra time with loved ones, feelings of nostalgia, twinkling lights, and my favorite – lighting those winter-scented candles on a cold night.

But for many of us, the holidays also signal an uptick in stress – from time constraints, to tight wallets and the stress of finding the perfect gift (and wrapping it!), to trying to navigate the increase in unhealthy foods in every direction. I think we can all agree we’ve got a few more things on our to-do lists this time of the year than normal.

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Tuesday
Nov272018

3 Recovery Techniques to Optimize your Workout 

Over the past 15 years, I’ve had my fair share of clients who get frustrated or hit plateaus with their exercise routine. What I’ve learned in this situation is that most of my clients weren’t overtraining, but rather they were under-recovering. While they were putting in the hard work and long (sweaty) hours, they weren’t putting in the intentional time to unplug and recover!

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Monday
Nov192018

5 Common Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

As a dietitian and coach, I’ve learned that at the start of a program, most people have no idea how good they are designed to feel. They have come to mistakenly accept commonsymptoms as normal. When asked how they are currently doing, they often shrug and somewhat disenchantedly report feeling “fine.” 

When was the last time you took full stock in how you’re physically feeling from day to day? If it’s been awhile, think of what words you would use. Are you well-rested, refreshed, and high energy? Or are you fatigued, bloated, and over caffeinated? 

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Tuesday
Nov132018

Turkey Day Menu and Fat Burning Workout

Mid-November signals that Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and as you make preparations to host the once-a-year feast or maybe just need to bring a dish to share, there are ways you can stay on-track with your health goals and not end up feeling like a stuffed turkey.  

While time can be limited in the days leading up to major holidays, it can often give way to a variety of excuses for why it’s okay to skip a workout or overindulge. Once Thanksgiving rolls around it can feel like the tipping point of a holiday rollercoaster that won’t slow down until January and is reason why now is so important to develop and stay committed to a healthy eating plan and workout regime.

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Tuesday
Nov062018

Getting the Most Out of Resistance Training

Many clients come to me with the goal of getting a stronger, better-toned, better-muscled body. These are all outcomes you can see from regular strength training — it can build muscle strength and bone density, and even improve your metabolism. But, strength training shouldn’t be limited to just increasing the amount of weight. If you want a well-rounded routine — that enables you to see full benefits — I recommend additional resistance training progression techniques, too. 

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Monday
Oct292018

Stress-Free Holiday Tips

As excitement for the holiday season continues to grow, it’s important to establish a game plan so you can make this year’s festivities as stress-free as possible. With all of the decorations, gift-giving, dinner parties, traveling and family gatherings, it can be easy to get caught up in the chaos and exhaustion. It’s a hectic time of year, and it’s often tempting to throw in the towel on healthy habits until the New Year. 

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Tuesday
Oct162018

How To Spot A Bad Supplement


“I don’t trust supplements; they aren’t regulated. I’m going to just get what I need from food.” 

I’ve heard these statements from countless people who are first embarking on a health and fitness journey. Based on the general reputation of the supplement industry, I can appreciate the initial sentiment. Although, the ideas of optimal nutrient sufficiency from our current diet and the perceived lack of regulation are both myths.1-4 Our diet is not as nutrient dense as it once was (most of us do not consume nearly as much produce as we should), and the FDA (and the FTC, for that matter) does in fact have a role in regulating the industry and its claims. 

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