Happy New Year!

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Hi Guys!  Just wanted to pop in and say Happy New Year to you all!  Like I mentioned in my last post, I’m not huge on New Years Resolutions…but I do like to take the time to look back at the year and reflect on the things I’m grateful for.  As I took the time to do that, I realized there are so many incredible things that happened this past year and starting this blog is just one of the many!   Read More

Berry Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

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Are you all ready for Christmas? Did you finish your shopping? I haven’t. My husband and I are in Phoenix to spend Christmas with his family. We arrived yesterday, so after this post is written we are off to the store to finish up with some last minute gifts! Our three nephews are here too, so it should be a super fun Christmas morning. Just something about the excitement in the kids’ eyes when they’ve realized Santa stopped by and the joy in their faces as they open their gifts…I’m really looking forward to it! Speaking of joy – Read More

Why Dieting SHOULDN’T Be Your NY Resolution

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Ahh yes, the infamous New Years Resolution to lose weight, become healthier and fit into those skinny jeans once and for all!  It just seems so funny to me that we go from the joy and happiness of the Holiday’s right into a frenzy of intense fitness, restrictive diets and all or nothing mentality which ultimately ends up in a downward spiral to feeling like a failure, grosser than ever in our own bodies and let down by our “lack of willpower”.  I don’t know about you, but that sounds like an awful way to start a new year!!   Read More

4 Healthy Travel Tips

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Traveling, while mostly supposed to be fun, still seems to bring out a lot of anxiety in people.  Especially in people who have a tendency to stress about food or have a history of yo-yo dieting and restricting/binging.  So with the Holiday season upon us, which means a heavy travel season as well, I’d like to share some thoughts and tips on the whole “staying on track” (AKA not coming home hating yourself for the way you ate) while traveling thing.  First and foremost, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this is something I’m sure EVERYONE struggles with on some level.  And if they don’t, they are weird and I’m not worried about them 🙂   Read More

Healthy Beef & Turkey Meatloaf

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I don’t know about you, but I love me some comfort food!  Especially when the temperature starts to drop and the days get shorter – it just makes the evening a little less miserable when I have a warm delicious meal to look forward to.  So that, ladies and gentlemen, is where this recipe comes into play.  Meatloaf was a fairly regular meal in the winter when I was growing up, but let’s be honest…as a kid, I just liked the top layer that was a mixture of ketchup and brown sugar.   Read More

6 Tips For Thanksgiving Eating

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I can’t believe it’s already here!  Turkey Day!!  It feels like just yesterday that I wrote this post about Holiday Eating and in a blink of an eye, our first Holiday has arrived.  As mentioned in that post, Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of family, friends, thankfulness (shocking, I know) AND delicious food.  But for so many of us that have ever struggled with yo-yo dieting, bingeing or both, it can definitely turn into a stressful anxiety provoking day filled with overeating, guilt, panic and shame.  Not this year!

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Move It Or Lose It – 5 Ways To Move More

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Let’s face it.  As Americans, we spend FAR too much time sitting on our booty’s.  Even with that 5am spin class, many of us fail to fit much movement into our daily lives.  We spend the majority of our day moving from one sedentary position to the next – bed, car, work, car, couch, bed – with sprinklings of walking mixed in.  The average American only averages 5,000 steps a day.  That’s not much.

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Oven Baked Chicken Tacos (+ a BIG announcement)

BakedTacosI have a slightly abnormal obsession with Mexican cuisine.  I’ve noticed that I pretty much always try to make any new food with Mexican flavors….and (usually) never regret it.  Garlic Powder + Cumin + Chili Powder = My ‘Go-To’ Spices for life.  I also don’t have a lot of patience for making epic, multiple ingredient meals during the week, so anything I can do to have a delicious meal without a lot of prep time, cook time or 7 trips to the grocery store equals a win in my book!  So without further adieu, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite week night taco recipes….but first….

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5 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

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Now this is an interesting post topic for me, because in my Health Coaching, I stress the importance of, and strongly believe in, not focusing on the number on the scale and that, ultimately, finding true balance and peace in your life and body is NOT about being a certain size or weight.  I also believe that when we are treating our body’s and ourselves right and paying attention to our non-food needs and desires, our body will arrive at it’s own ideal weight where we feel comfortable and confident.  However, as a Health Coach, I do get asked by people why they can’t lose weight when they’ve been being so “good” and exercising regularly and eating all their vegetables.  While my belief’s still stand about diet and restriction, I do want to address a few reasons why these people may be “stuck” despite their efforts.

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Holiday Eating – Do You Have A Plan?

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I know this post may seem early to you…but is it just me or did this month fly by??  Today is the 28th, which means that this Friday is Halloween, which means that next month is the highly anticipated grand kick-off of the Holiday season….all starting with that glorious day of shoveling as much food as humanly possible down your throat…Thanksgiving!  Craziness.  So I think it’s time to start prepping ourselves now.

I don’t know about you, but every year (up until the last two years) I left Thanksgiving (and Christmas….and New Years) feeling like a gross puffed up blow fish version of myself.  I’m pretty sure I left every year waddling and struggle breathing my way back to my car.  I bet it was a super attractive sight too..anyways, the point is that I always overate.  Every year.   Read More