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Beast Mode: You INSPIRE Me!

Working out is hard. There are times it can be daunting, times it’s just not fun, and times when there seems to be no motivation in sight. I’ve been watching a small training group for the past two years, the Beast Mode Squad, led by personal trainer Mike Gallo from RDV Sportsplex Athletic Club. Not only have they inspired me…

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Beach Eats!

Grab a towel and put on the sunscreen! Summer is all about sun, sand, and playing in the waves. Don’t forget to pack the cooler! With these easy eats, spending all day at the beach just got easier (and healthier)! Raw or dry-roasted, unsalted nuts Pre-washed, sliced veggies and fruit Pre-portioned trail mix (without the chocolate chips) Pre-portioned dried fruit Single…

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Rock Your Roll!

Do you really know how to foam roll for the most benefit? There are three things I see every day in the gym that don’t necessarily help you, and some are even pointless. First, let’s talk about the benefit of foam rolling. When you exercise, small tears and swelling happen within the fiber of the muscle. It’s a positive thing…

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Satisfy that Sweet Tooth

I love baking. Yup, a Dietitian who loves to bake! Friends and family have come to learn when they receive a baked good from me, most likely it’s made with applesauce, oil substitutes, prunes, or dates, maybe even whole wheat or gluten free flour. The typical response is, “Thanks”, followed by “wait, is this healthy?” (Hey, just because I like…

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Sunshine and Summertime!

Wherever you live, the weather is warmer and the sun is shining brighter, while the water, beach, cookouts, family and friends are calling your name. I get it…I don’t want to be spending an hour inside the gym when it’s so much more fun to play outside. Here’s a great workout Josh Pribble, personal trainer at MVP Athletic Club, Rockford, created…

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Wonderful Watermelon!

Watermelon just might be one of my favorite summer fruits…Although, I might reconsider once Michigan peaches and cherries are in season. But that’s the beauty of eating seasonally! You get to enjoy the rich flavors of the harvest, and continue to add different flavors and nutrients to your plate year round. Speaking of nutrients, watermelon is loaded with lycopene, a…

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Healthy Summer Snack for Kids

School is out for the summer! Whether you’re looking for a fun food craft for the kids or a healthy sweet treat for you or the family, this is the blog post for you! As a Registered Dietitian and self-proclaimed foodie, I love looking online for healthy recipes. Pinterest, I have to be honest, is one of my go-tos for creative…

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Ride the Coaster of Good Nutrition this Summer!

School’s out for the summer and that means time for family vacations! Amusement parks are great places to take the family for a trip they are sure to remember. However, let’s not forget sound nutrition while you are there. It can be stressful to some thinking that their children are going to be chowing down on greasy nachos and hotdogs, giant pillows of…

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I Think You’re Awesome

I wasn’t feeling it. I was having one of those low energy days, where it felt like nothing was getting accomplished. My day was kind of running me instead of me running my day. I made the decision that night to get up early and get a lift in before I started the next new day. I still wasn’t into…

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Run, Replenish, Repeat

You just crossed the finish line of a grueling long race, or maybe you’re tossing a gym bag over your shoulder complimenting yourself on a workout well done. Regardless of the activity, what you replenish your body with post workout, determines how you recover, length of recovery time, and overall energy levels. Fellow runners, lifters, and group exercise goers, I have…

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