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National Nutrition Month – The Benefits of Beans

Beans, beans, the musical… Ok, we all know how the rest of the song goes, but did you know how beneficial beans, also known as Pulses, can be to the diet? In fact, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recognized how important this food is and declared 2016 “The Year of the Pulses.” You don’t have to…

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Diary of a Figure Competitor

I’ve always envied people who compete in figure competitions. Actually, maybe “envy” isn’t the right word. It’s more like “respect,” because I know the kind of self-discipline and determination it takes to tackle one fitness goal, and I feel like a competition is more like 100 fitness goals all rolled into one. I got a chance to spend some time…

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Healthy Snacks for Kids

As a former nanny, I used to love breaking out the mixing bowls and stirring up fun in the kitchen mid-day with the kids. Mixing, concocting, and mashing things up to teach them all about healthy snacking. That’s right…teaching kids how to have fun, be creative…AND eat healthy!  Here are a few of my favorite fun ideas anyone can make!…

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Game On! March Madness Challenge

It’s Official – March Madness is Here! So my challenge to you for this March Madness season is to test each other during the next four weeks with this workout every Monday. I’ll document how I did and challenge you to do the same thing. Let’s see how many of us can commit to the challenge and create our own…

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Savor the Flavor

March isn’t all about basketball games and The Final Four, it’s also about NUTRITION! March is National Nutrition Month. It is one of my favorite months of the year, a time to check in with yourself and evaluate your eating habits and patterns. I am very excited about this year’s theme set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Savor the Flavor of Eating…

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Take Your Workout With You!

If your excuse for not working out is that you are on the road and travel too much, I don’t want to hear about it. No more excuses, just do it! (I stole that line from Nike. I didn’t want you to think I came up with it on my own). Here is my go-to workout when I’m on the…

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Get Your Calcium With or Without the Cow!

What comes to mind when you think of the easiest way to get Calcium and Vitamin D? …Most of us would respond with MILK! However there’s more to the milk and dairy aisle than just Moo’s these days. Almonds, soy, cashews, coconut, rice, and quinoa, are a few of the new stars filling the dairy shelves. Let’s compare and contrast…

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Fight Back with Fat

February is dedicated to love, but also to our trusty blood pumpers, our heart! The American Heart Association has named February as the American Heart Month in honor of promoting awareness of heart disease. To help prevent heart disease we should eat a balanced diet rich in whole foods. Certain whole foods contain fats crucial to protecting our most important…

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A Few Reasons I Love My FitBit

Working as a personal trainer for eight years, I have always owned a fitness watch of some sort. It’s always good to have a stop watch on hand (pun intended), and plus, they just look cool. My Dad bought me a Fitbit for my 30th birthday and I have been addicted ever since! Why? Well, because I’m of the generation…

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A “Healthier” Treat on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is Sunday, and it’s ok to treat yourself to a little something sweet. After all, moderation is key in a well balanced diet! Try treating yourself to something you can feel good about putting into your body with this simple decadent chocolate recipe. Made with dark chocolate, nuts, and fruit, it’s a treat that provides antioxidants and satisfies…

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