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Nutrition, Fitness, and Wellness articles for busy women who want to lead a healthy, fulfilled life they love.

Preparing for the Holidays With Time to Unwind

Preparing for the Holidays With Time to Unwind

It might seem like January 1st was just yesterday, but the reality is that Halloween is here, Thanksgiving is peeking at us from around the corner, and the decorations for winter holidays are already going up in stores all around us. That means that right now is the time when we’re all starting to  make plans for the upcoming holidays. Will we throw our hands up, give in to all the yummy seasonal treats, and plan to start over in January? Should we avoid even looking at Halloween candy and have a salad for Thanksgiving dinner? Can we find some kind of middle ground in-between?

I was recently able to get away for a night to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and we had a great time. We did a ton of walking, had a delicious dinner, slept in, and I got to enjoy the hotel gym. The weather felt like summer, but the truth is that enjoying a weekend away was a part of my prep for the stress of the upcoming holidays. 

The holiday season might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also one of the most stressful times. So today, rather than preemptively worrying about how you’ll handle all the foods around you over the next couple of months, I encourage you to take time to just breathe. The long to-do lists will come whether we worry about them or not, so take this short time before the holidays to practice self-care and prep your body and mind for any upcoming stress about food, budgets, and long lists to check off. 

Without worrying about what’s coming up, take the time to breathe, relax, and recharge in whatever way you love. I’m trying to soak up as much sun and fresh air as possible, and I think that’s great advice for anyone before the drearier days set in for the winter.

A little rest and sunlight can go a long way in helping you prepare for the holidays in a way you may not have even thought you needed. 

Take a deep breath and relax, and I think you’ll find that you’re even more resilient against whatever the upcoming season brings you!

Need a little extra support? My team and I are running a 21-Day Reset starting November 1st and we’d love for you to join us.  Reduce inflammation, improve circulation, optimize your digestions, balance your blood sugar, and improve collage resilience - just in time for the holidays!  Pop into The Health Pro Hub and let them know that I sent you.  We’ll get you all ready to crush your health goals!!

 

How do you unwind before a busy season? Let me know in the comments!


 

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If you need some inspiration for healthy living, please join me in my Facebook group Never Diet Again for a great community filled with great discussion! 

Posted - 10/19/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

Find Your Footing in Your Fall Routine

Find Your Footing in Your Fall Routine

The falling leaves may make for beautiful scenery, but this time of year can be difficult for people beneath all that foliage. If you’re the kind of person who has a strict routine and commits to sticking with it, the shift in season and all that comes with it is likely shaking up your sense of normalcy. If you struggle with routine, school starting up, after school activities, and the holidays will be keeping you on your toes, and it’s tough to get used to constantly having a set time and place to be doing something. 

Most parts of my routine are usually pretty set, like getting in a morning workout and helping my son get up and ready for school on time. However, I always need to leave a little wiggle room for adjustments because even the most perfectly planned day will have a few hiccups and bumps in the road that you just couldn’t plan for. 

I recently had an in-person meeting outside of my house which is rare in a time where Zoom is usually the go-to option. I was actually excited to shake things up a little, but leaving my house and breaking from my routine did mean a little readjusting. 

My meeting was right in the middle of the day at noon, so I had to plan my day around it. I wasn’t too familiar with the area, so I didn’t know what my lunch options would be, so I chose to pack up my lunch for the day and bring it with me. I packed items that could easily be transported, like boiled eggs, my favorite bar, and a bottle of water. That way, if there weren’t any healthy options that sounded good nearby, I had an easy plan B to opt for instead of having to resort to drive-through food. 

Not all change has to be a negative thing or cause any kind of anxiety.

I recently tried a plant-based shake that a trusted friend recommended, and after a couple of weeks, I noticed a positive change in how I was feeling. Initially, I didn’t feel any need to try a plant-based shake. I’m happy being an omnivore, and I don’t have any digestive issues or lactose intolerance, so I really only tried the shake out of curiosity. It ended up being a great option for me, and I’m so glad that I took a chance and changed up my routine instead of just relying on the same shakes I’ve known and loved for years! 

Shake up your routine sometimes because you never know what you’ll find out about yourself!

 

Change is sometimes scary, but that doesn’t mean it’s always bad. You can face change in a positive way by making the preparations you know you’ll need, like bringing a healthy snack along the way, and by accepting the fact that the change that’s coming may just be for the better. :)

 

For now, let me know–what do you take with you to-go in your cooler? Let me know in the comments!

 

Perfect Pairings is right around the corner with delightful food and wine on the menu, so don’t forget to grab your ticket and join us. Save your spot today right here, and invite a friend to join you!

If you need some inspiration for healthy living, please join me in my Facebook group Never Diet Again for a great community filled with great discussion!

 

 

Posted - 10/12/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

Maintaining Balance With a Full Calendar

Maintaining Balance With a Full Calendar

Do you ever feel like you’re walking on a tightrope in life, just trying to stay steady to keep from falling off? Balance is important, and when our balance gets off center, falling off that tightrope is a given. 

My balance recently went completely out the window for a week, so my to-do list became a mile long, and I had to stop and figure out how I was going to get it all accomplished. I had to pause, take a breath, and consider what happened that the balance in my life was completely off kilter?

School starting last month introduced a new routine for my family, and after adding in after school activities, homework, and my kiddo’s part-time job, my schedule was already pretty busy. To add to that, I signed up for a 14-day business accelerator course, and I’m launching new products all around the world. 

My life started looking like one long series of “and, and, and…” before I knew it, and that’s how I woke up one day with a to-do list that seemed impossible. However, I did manage to cross everything off eventually.

Today, I want to share how you can do the same if you feel like your plate is too full to balance. 

 

  1. Take a deep breath. 

You may feel too busy to even think about taking time to breathe, but before you jump into your tasks, clearing your mind with a deep breath may be what helps hold you together to get it all done. Start with a breath to prepare for what’s to come. Or two. Or three.

 

  1. Get everything on paper. 

Thoughts of chores that seem jumbled and endless in your mind may just seem a little clearer on paper. Take a look at your calendar, figure out where you can fit in time to get things done, and cross off tasks that aren’t crucial. Seeing your tasks on paper makes it a little easier to create a plan to tackle each and every chore. 

I let myself get so busy that I skipped some of my daily walks, and that’s something I’m not okay with. Now my walks get put on the calendar, and no matter what’s going on around me, I make the time and effort to fit them in. Sure, it may mean that I have to skip some minor task, or even make phone calls while I’m out walking, but getting that walk in with little compromises is always going to be better than not getting it in at all. 

 

  1. Learn how and when to say no. 

Many of us are the type to want to be able to do everything, but the reality is that we just don’t have the bandwidth to complete every little task presented to us. As hard as it is, we have to learn to prioritize and find out what we’ll simply have to say no to. You may feel guilty at first, but being honest about what we just can’t fit in our schedules is important to maintaining the balance in our lives. 

 

My life gets crazy busy just as everyone’s does sometimes, but breathing, prioritizing, and being honest about when to say no makes it possible for me to stay balanced. 

 

What’s something on your calendar that you’re looking forward to this month? Let me know in the comments!

 

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If you need some inspiration for healthy living, please join me in my Facebook group Never Diet Again for a great community filled with great discussion! 

 

 

Posted - 10/05/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

Age is Just a Number

Age is Just a Number

I was recently playing pickleball with some friends, having a great time and enjoying a beautiful day. Pretty soon after we started, however, our conversation took a turn towards a not-so-fun subject–the creaks and groans my friends felt their bodies making in protest of our movements. We’re all about the same age, but I didn’t really feel the same way. It seemed odd, but when I thought about it, I realized that a couple of months ago, before I made some changes, I may have found myself agreeing with them. 

We’ve all heard it said that age is just a number, but if you start to feel your body protest when you try to rise, you may start doubting that old adage pretty quickly. Rather than giving up and deciding that it’s all just downhill from here, change up your mindset and start giving some thought to how your habits might help you feel a little less than your number. 

Here are my two tips for small changes you can make to lessen the snap, crackle, and pop in your body each day. 

 

  1. Consider what goes into your body. 

This first tip is a perfect fit in our Eat, Move and Recharge™ triangle. When your body starts to feel its age, remember to check how much you’re hydrating and what you’re feeding your body before you give up on yourself. Supplements may also be a key ingredient to feeling better. I’ve recently added a collagen supplement, and I can already feel a difference in my body’s response to movement. 

Our bodies need plenty of water, healthy food, and the right supplements to feel their best, so nutrition should always be the first thing you consider when you aren’t feeling your best. 

 

  1. Stretch before and after movement. 

It may be tempting to skip the stretching and jump right into the action, but doing that just might leave you stuck in bed the next day. Stretching before your workout will prevent pulls and tears, and stretching again afterwards is what keeps you able to go back the next day. 

Stretching will help prevent injuries and soreness, so that working out makes you feel great and not leave you needing days for recovery. 

I try to live the healthiest lifestyle possible, and all of the little things that I do to take care of my body really add up. And they have helped me avoid some of the unpleasant parts of aging. 

Let’s take care of our bodies, get off the sidelines, and get back into the game!

 

If you need some inspiration for healthy living, please join me in my Facebook group Never Diet Again for a great community filled with great discussion! 

Do you have any healthy practices that help you feel your best? Let me know in the comments!

 

We have our October beer pairing event coming up soon, so if great beer and great food lights you up, don’t forget to grab your ticket and join us. Save your spot today right here, and invite a friend to join you!

 

 

 

Posted - 9/28/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

Staying on Track When Our Routines Are Shifting

Staying on Track When Our Routines Are Shifting

With school starting back and fall air settling in, September brings a sense of change each year. Autumn has arrived here in New England, and my family’s routine is already shifting around school schedules, extracurriculars, and all the fun fall activities we love. 

I am a creature of habit, and when I find myself away from my routine, I sometimes have a tough time sticking to my healthy habits. However, as our routines shift, our sometimes rigid plans need to change, too. It can be tough to make adjustments if you feel like you’re already locked into routines you love, but the reality is that as life changes around us, we have to adapt ourselves and our schedules to keep up with the hustle and bustle. 

 This week, I’m sharing three tips to ease into fall routines without getting thrown off track. 

 

  1. Stay Prepared With Healthy Snacks. 

You might find that your busy fall schedule keeps you away from home-cooked, healthy meals, and maybe your lunchtime now happens from the car since you have to be picking your children up from school. It may be tempting to swing by a fast food restaurant, but doing that frequently will undoubtedly halt your progress. 

My personal trick to avoid this pitfall is bringing along a cooler bag with me when I’m leaving the house for a few hours. I keep it packed with things that are easily transportable, nutritious, and have a long shelf life. And it’s insulated, so I can also add in food that needs to stay cool.

I keep it packed with a packet of Origin, my favorite plant-based shake that I can easily mix with a bottle of water when I’m on the go. I also stick in some balanced bars, like Daryl’s Performance Line protein bars, and things like beef jerky and nuts that will keep me satiated for a long time. My bag is always prepared to support me for 3-4 meals in case I get caught out, but if I’m planning to be gone longer, I can stick even more healthy snacks in to stay on track. 

 

  1.  Reschedule Your Workouts When Life Gets in the Way. 

I'm a morning workout person, so I like to get up and get moving right away. Now that school is back in, I’ll have to shift my workout back a little bit so that I can get my kiddo up and to the bus on time. On the other hand, if you’re used to evening workouts, you may need to start earlier to make up for the changing daylight hours. 

If you have something that has to be planned for the middle of your workout time, you can always plan to do half of your workout before and half after. It may not be ideal, but whether or not you can learn to shift your routines around your changing to-do list can be what makes or breaks your forward progress. 

 

  1. Find Time for Things That Make You Smile and Bring You Joy. 

Your schedule will fill itself up as much as you allow it to, but it’s really important that you block out time for yourself each day. I personally like to block out time in the middle of the day and at the end of my day for a walk that helps me clear my mind. Yes, sometimes things get in the way and I have to be flexible, but knowing that my me-time is already scheduled on my calendar helps me ensure that it isn’t being skipped over. If it doesn’t get planned and put on the schedule, it will never happen. 

 

My challenge to you is to take some time to plan because planning is the key to success amidst shifting routines. 


 

If you need some inspiration for healthy living, please join me in my Facebook group Never Diet Again for a great community filled with great discussion! 

What’s your favorite thing about fall? Let me know in the comments!

 

We have our October beer pairing event coming up soon, so if great beer and great food lights you up, don’t forget to grab your ticket and join us. Save your spot today right here, and invite a friend to join you!

 

 

 

 

Posted - 9/21/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

What is Nitro Nutrition?

What is Nitro Nutrition?

I recently launched a new program called Nitro Nutrition in conjunction with my new partnership with Kyani. I’m SO excited about it because it’s perfectly aligned with what I’ve been teaching all along, from eating, moving, and recharging to getting in the right amount of protein, fats and carbs. The best part? I now have access to an international community for my clients!

Our pilot program had over 500 people participating, and it launched all around the world. No matter what far corner of the world your friends are in, they can be your accountability partner. This community is worldwide, and Kyani has provided us with amazing products that bring amazing results! 

Before you jump ship after hearing the word “products,” let me first assure you that my philosophy has not changed. Programs that are centered on products will never work, but that’s where Kyani is different. 

My Reclaim Your Life, One Bite at a Time® program is still based on the foundation of my Eat, Move & RechargeTM system, but Kyani’s awesome Nitro Nutrition products can help turbocharge your results in the Eat facet. 

Kyani offers a range of products from collagen in yummy flavors like peach to shakes that actually taste great, unlike some others that I’ve tried in the past. But the great thing about Nitro Nutrition is that it isn’t based on products at all. It’s based on you, your food, and your community.

Mark Macdonald leads the Kyani community, and I’m so excited to be working with him again! He’s the owner and founder of Venice Nutrition, a best-selling New York Times author, and a really good friend of mine. 

Our program just launched officially, so if you are looking to reduce inflammation, improve your collagen resilience, balance your blood sugar, or even improve your sleep, I’d love to tell you more about how Kyani’s products can help supplement your health lifestyle!

If you aren’t quite ready to jump in, but want to hang out on the sidelines to see what we’re doing, come join us in the Health Pro Hub, in my Facebook group Never Diet Again, or jump on a call with me! I would love to help you learn more about this community and talk to you about how you can get off the sidelines and enjoy your life to the fullest extent. 

Are you interested in learning more? Let me know in the comments!

We have our October beer pairing event coming up soon, so if great beer and great food lights you up, don’t forget to grab your ticket and join us. Save your spot today right here, and invite a friend to join you!

 

 

 

Posted - 9/15/21 (Wed) Read more...

 

Create New Health Goals for a September Reset

Create New Health Goals for a September Reset

I love empowering women who are ready to make a change. They may need a little help getting started as they learn to prioritize their health, and the best part of my job is getting to be their guide along the way. The first step in guiding them is always going to be finding out what their goals are for their health. 

September is very much a time of reset for me. I know January is the typical choice for setting goals and making resolutions, but I’ve always been drawn to September as a time for new goals. The school year begins, so change is in the air. It’s also Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, making it the perfect time for me to reconsider all of my goals for my life and the upcoming year. 

One thing I wish for all of the women I work with is that they have a clear set of goals for their health. I don’t mean the typical goal of losing ten or fifteen pounds, but the real foundational habits that will help them to live a healthier life. 

Things like getting up at a regular time for a workout, making sure you drink enough water each day, or planning a retreat that fills your soul. These are real habits that will bring you towards your health goals. 

I urge the women I work with to choose health goals that are a part of the eat, move, and recharge triangle. I truly believe that seeking health in these three areas are one of the keys to a happy life where you are able to do all of the things you love. 

When we look at health goals, we look at things that are deeper than the numbers.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been reviewing my goals and considering where I’ve reached them and where I haven’t quite made it. One of my goals was to work on strengthening my body, and I have, but I didn’t quite get to where I wanted to be. I might have been too aggressive when setting my targets. Making realistic goals is just as important as setting the goal itself so that you are able to feel the success of reaching the finish line. 

When I’m looking at making new goals, I love to bring in other people to partner with. For my nutrition goals this year, I’m partnering with Nitro Nutrition. We have an amazing community for accountability, motivation and fresh ideas, so we all keep moving forward. With their great products and awesome support system, I feel more confident in my ability to stay on track for myself and help my clients reach their own goals. 

The last 18 months have been tough on all of us, so it hasn’t been easy to prioritize our personal health. I hope you’ll join me for a September reset as I’m starting Nitro Nutrition and working on my own health goals! 

Also, be sure to join my Never Diet Again group for lots of ideas and support for healthy living. Click here to join!

What goals do you have for your health? Let me know in the comments!


We have our October beer pairing event coming up soon, so if great beer and great food lights you up, don’t forget to grab your ticket and join us. Save your spot today right here, and invite a friend to join you!

 

 

 

Posted - 9/07/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

Eating, Moving, and Recharging on the Road

Eating, Moving, and Recharging on the Road

I recently spent some time in Salt Lake City for a conference and had a great time there. Even though I was on the road, I didn’t want to derail my healthy lifestyle. During my trip, I still made time to eat, move, and recharge while I traveled. 

One way I stuck to my plans while travelling was being willing to ask about menu tweaks. I ordered a delicious omelet, but asked the server to hold the meat and cheese and add in a few extra veggies. In the end, I was able to get exactly what my body needed for a tasty and healthy morning meal. 

When I first arrived in Salt Lake City, I made a quick trip to the grocery store to stock up on snacks. I bought pretzels, hummus, and bottled water so I was never without a healthy choice. Packing protein powder for a meal replacement is a great option as well, but whenever possible, I like to try local food, so picking up a few healthy options made my trip easier and more enjoyable. 

I love to recharge by going on a walk, and that didn’t change while I was on my trip. Taking a walk around a new neighbourhood allowed me to stretch my legs with some movement and clear my mind at the same time. I also reconnected with some old friends I hadn’t seen in years, and that was a great way for me to recharge socially. 

Our day to day lives don’t always go according to plans, so it’s important to have an idea of how you can personally eat, move, and recharge even when you’re on the go. If you’re looking to do a reset sometime soon before the fall and winter holidays come around, leave me a comment below! I would love to help you brainstorm. 

Also, be sure to join my Never Diet Again group for lots of ideas and support for healthy living. Click here to join!

Are you ready for a reset? Let me know in the comments, and let’s brainstorm together! 

We have our October beer pairing event coming up soon, so if great beer and great food lights you up, don’t forget to grab your ticket and join us. Save your spot today right here, and invite a friend to join you!

 

 

 

Posted - 8/31/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

Living A Healthy Lifestyle and Having Fun

Living A Healthy Lifestyle and Having Fun

I recently took some time for vacation, visiting Vermont and then dashing back down to Boston with my son to see a Green Day and Weezer concert. We had so much fun! The bands and the weather were both great!

I love stepping away for a little bit for some time with my family. As your Nutrition Evangelist, fun is a big part of my job. That might come as a surprise because many people see getting healthy as a chore. The reality is that getting healthy isn’t about cutting all the fun things out of your life, like pizza nights and lazy days. Being healthy and having fun actually go hand in hand!

For today’s blog, I want to share my experience of trying to stay healthy and balanced while on vacation and still enjoying myself.

We had a great time at the concert, but my food choices weren’t exactly on point for that night. I had an egg sandwich for breakfast and dinner, and plenty of snacks between that, so it wasn’t my finest day for nutrition. But that doesn’t really matter. I had a ton of fun making memories with my kiddo, and I was able to get back on track the next day, no big deal.

Driving to Boston for the show also meant that I didn’t do a ton of movement. I did plenty of dancing at the show, though, so a stagnant day in the car didn’t totally throw me off track. Even though I didn’t move all day as I had planned, I still made sure to get in the movement I was able to and get back on track the next day with plenty of walking.

Going to a concert with my son was the self-care I really needed. It was so great to take him to his first big concert, to spend time with him and enjoy a great show, so my self-care took care of itself. We had so many smiles and a nice break from the daily stress of life, and that’s what self-care is all about!

It doesn’t have to be bubble baths or manicures. Self-care is doing whatever makes you feel rejuvenated.

When you think about how to practice a healthy life, I challenge you to think outside of the box! Your diet, exercise, and self-care habits don’t have to look like anything traditional. And they definitely don’t have to look like anyone else’s! You can live a healthy life and have fun, too.

How have you been having fun recently? Let me know in the comments! 
 

If you’re not already in my Never Diet Again group, join us now for more conversations on living a healthy and fun life. Click here to join!

We have our October beer pairing event coming up soon, so if great beer and great food lights you up, don’t forget to grab your ticket and join us. Save your spot today right here, and invite a friend to join you!

 

 

Posted - 8/24/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

Practicing Balanced Self-Care

Practicing Balanced Self-Care

Self-care looks a little different for everyone, and sometimes you might need a more specific kind of self-care for your own well being than your go-to choice. It’s a good thing that self-care comes in so many forms, but such a broad category can also be a little overwhelming to think about practically. 

Today, I want to share how I practice self-care in a well-rounded way. Of course, your routine won’t look the same as mine, but I hope that learning about my current routine for self-care will spark some inspiration and maybe even a few new ideas you can put into practice. :)

My self-care takes many shapes and forms depending on what I’m needing physically and mentally on any given day. Here are a few of my favorite ways to care for myself throughout the week. 

 

  1. Enjoying a massage. 

Since Covid hit, I haven’t been indulging in massages like I used to. However, going for a massage still is one of my very favorite ways to practice self-care. There’s no relaxation quite like spending some much-needed time on a massage table, and I definitely want to get back into the schedule of spending time on myself with a regular massage appointment. 

  1. Stretching out. 

I love working on my strength and feeling the progress as I get a little bit stronger each day, but sometimes what my body really needs is a stretch session. Stretching keeps me comfortable and pain-free, so I’ve recently been including plenty of stretching in my self-care. 

  1.  Eating a balanced plate. 

Self-care for me includes nurturing my internal health. I treat myself with locally delivered eggs and meat, and I’m always careful about bringing in high-quality produce to my home. I’ve been reading about what foods I can eat to help with circulation so that the nutrients I eat get to where they need to be. I’ve started taking supplements that support nitric oxide production (which helps circulation which helps so many important things like your brain and heart and lungs) and eating plenty of leafy greens too. Great circulation helps me continue to do all the things I love, from volleyball to pickleball to evening walks with my family. I love spinach and kale, so including them on my plate is something that I consider to be a part of my self-care. :)

I practice self-care in so many ways, but I always try to do a little bit in each category: traditional self-care, physical exercise, and food intake. Practicing self-care in how I eat, move, and recharge keeps me feeling great and helps my body perform to its fullest extent. 

We discuss how to live our eat, move, and recharge triangle in my VIP group. I’ll be offering some great specials very soon for joining that group, so keep an eye out for those!

 

Do you have questions about practicing balanced self-care? Let me know in the comments! 
 

If you’re not already in my Never Diet Again group, join us now for more conversations on the many ways to practice self-care. Click here to join!

We have our September Perfect Pairings coming up soon, so if great wine and great food lights you up, don’t forget to grab your ticket and join us. Save your spot today right here, and invite a friend to join you!

 

 

Posted - 8/17/21 (Tue) Read more...