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Top 10 Holiday Health Strategies

When clients share what events or seasons tend to trip them up, most inevitably mention the holidays.

As fun as the festivities are, the jumbled schedules, bigger to-do lists and constant eating-focused events are a lot to contend with.

Whether it’s the slew of parties, the ever present sweets in the break room or the less than healthy family/social dinners, it can be a challenge to keep up the same eating and workout plan (and maybe even sleep schedule!).

How can you enjoy the holidays - and stay on track health-wise? Check out these top ten strategies for making the most of the holiday season with health goals intact. 

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Better Fall Baking

It’s the season for cozy nights in, fires in the fireplace, extra blankets, and fall baking! 

I don’t know about you, but I just can’t get enough of the way the house smells when something delicious is in the oven. But do your old standby recipes fit your new healthier lifestyle?

Must you give up all hope of baking to stay on track with the Healthy Way of Eating? Not so.

With some easy and enjoyable adjustments (and a dose of healthy moderation!), there can be room to enjoy fall treats. Here are some healthful tips to transform your favorite recipes into winners that are taste - and waist - friendly.   


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Delectable Ways to Enjoy Fall Veggies

The weather is cooler, leaves are changing color, and pumpkin-spiced everything is gracing supermarket shelves. It must be fall!

Fall food is known for being comforting. That said, before you start day-dreaming  about favorite decadent fall treats, let’s think about some healthier autumn delicacies - fall vegetables! 

Fall vegetables are some of the most versatile and nutritious veggies around. They are packed full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and FLAVOR.

Check out these 8 great ideas for enjoying the fall harvest in your healthy way of eating!


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Healthy Eating on the Road

It's the prime time of year for hitting the road in search of great vacation vistas and much needed R&R. As vital as vacations are for our mental well-being, however, many of us find ourselves compromising on nutrition when we travel.

Being away from our routines (and our own kitchens!) can throw our weight loss efforts for a loop. Eating on the road - with its limited time and restaurant choices - is often the hardest part of keeping the commitment to a healthy diet.

The good news is, however, you don't have to lose your healthy habits at the next exit. Let's look at some ways to maintain a healthy way of eating when you head out on your next trip.


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Super Summer Salads

With the opportunity to work in multiple vegetables, proteins and good fats, salads are a perfect mainstay for the Healthy Way of Eating. Yet, many of my clients get frustrated with the same salad routines for lunch or dinner each day. Given all the endless combinations a little creativity can inspire, there's no need to get stuck in a salad rut! Take your salad creations to the next level with a variety of flavors, textures, and nutrients with a few suggestions (and photos!) below. They'll have you looking forward to tomorrow's lunch! 

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Better Barbecues

With summer in full swing, the invitations come flooding in for all kinds of outdoor festivities revolving around food. While these get-togethers can be fun, exciting, and entertaining, they sometimes aren’t so in line with your healthy eating goals. Still, none of us like to be ‘that guest’ who won’t eat what’s being provided. Before you turn down those invitations, think of how you can prepare yourself for the extravaganza and enjoy yourself (and the food!) while you’re there….guilt free, of course.

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10 Better Breakfasts to Savor Today

Among the most common questions I get from clients are those that revolve around breakfast—specifically what to eat and whether they even need to bother eating it!  Many people are used to considering breakfast as an optional meal. They don’t have time for it, they claim. They’d rather “save” the calories for later. Others simply aren’t hungry in the morning or dislike breakfast foods in general.  What we have to ask ourselves is ‘why?’  Why wouldn’t we start our day with the best fuel for our bodies? Why wouldn’t we devote just a little time and effort to the meal that will set our metabolic course for the day? Why aren’t we thinking outside the box for more unique breakfast ideas? 



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