FOOD FUEL

WHAT, WHY, & HOW TO EAT TO THRIVE

Diet Dogma & Weight Loss

7 Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

If you're like the 45% of Americans that make New Year's resolutions, there's a good chance yours might involve the #1 most popular goal… Losing weight. While a clean slate is always a beautiful thing to give it the 'ole college try, the fact is, 64% of you will ditch...

9 Reasons Exercise is About More than Weight Loss

6 miles of running = 600 calories burned. 40 minutes on the elliptical = 400 calories burned. For many years of my life, that’s how my mind worked. Miles of running and minutes on the elliptical translated to calories burned. And calories burned meant I could lose...

5 Ways to “Un-Diet” (& Free Yourself from Diet Dogma!)

45 million. The total number of Americans that DIET each year. $33 billion. The total amount spent ANNUALLY on weight loss products, according to the Boston Medical Center.  Pause. Is that not disturbing?! Despite the incredible amount of time and dollars invested in...

Fruit of the Doom? Is Fruit Sabotaging Your Weight Goals?

After a long day grinding it out in the world of sales, I used to have a ritual of buying an apple at a local Whole Foods for the 2-hour drive home. Aww, what a healthy, hard-earned reward, right!? Don't let me fool you. I failed to mention the apple was literally the...

Lessons From a Recovering Runner: Health Isn’t About Running

While walking around a local lake last week, I passed by a cheerful, yet serious walker in her early 30's. She was the type with the hard, swinging arms (not laughing, I've been there before), and a pace at about a 10-minute mile. Sporting a pink t-shirt with the...

Study Shows that Religion Is Fattening!?

I've always been fascinated with the link (or missing link) between religion and health. On my own journey as a non-denominational Christian a few years ago, I couldn't help but notice the same staggering statistics of overweight and obese Americans in the church...

Food Basics

Hydration Guide: What, Why, When, & How Much to Drink!

Up to 75% of Americans may be chronically dehydrated! Are you one of them? Check out this hydration guide to improve your hydration and upgrade your overall health! The What on Hydration   Hydration is so important because we are mostly water!...

Non-Dairy Calcium Sources + Secrets to Strong Bones

"For every child, it's said that a woman loses a tooth." Umm… what!? Whether this old wives' tale is true or not, this statement from one of my latest pregnancy reads shook me a bit. Having already seen my husband lose a front tooth to basketball (so picturesque), the...

The “What” on Gluten

When you tell people you don’t eat bread, things get weird. They get even weirder if you mention you don’t eat conventional pasta, crackers, cookies, cereal, pizza, or things with flour. In fact, 3 years ago, I remember the first time that a friend told me she wasn’t...

Fats: Quantity, Quality, & Ways to Eat More!

In Part 1, we discussed the vital roles and types of fats, and in Part 2, we dug into the differing research on saturated fat, cholesterol, and its relation to heart health. Today, we wrap it up with discussing which fats to eat and which to ditch, along with ways to...

Clearing Controversy: Saturated Fat, Cholesterol & Heart Health

In Part 1: The Skinny on Fats, we discussed the different roles, types and benefits of fat. In this post, we dig into the differing research on controversial saturated fat and its relation (or not) to cholesterol and heart health.  ::: Much of the controversy over fat...

The Skinny on Fat Phobia

Fat. The word undoubtedly elicits a visceral response from most people; one ingrained in our culture to be avoided and detested – both in our diets and on our bodies. “Low fat,” “no fat,” and “fat-free” have dominated food labeling, marketing, and media, only...

Gut Health

Flu Season 101: Tips to Naturally Treat the Flu

It was 9:30 PM this past Monday night when my heart began to race. Just two hours earlier, Kyle refused dinner. Something that RARELY happens. Twenty minutes later, his stomach started to feel "off," and I knew in my heart of hearts that this was going to be a long...

Anti-Aging Fruit Snacks

As a kid, I used to go HAM on some Gushers. You know, those little fruit snacks that have a "gush" of fruit stuff in the middle, sending a shock of insulin to already hyped up children... They were/are the most desirable snack for kids - not only delivering 3+...

Is “Leaky Gut” the Root Cause of Your Health Problems?!

During the late fall of 2011, I found myself in a German hospital sharing a "private" room with two German women in their '80's. Neither spoke English. The "private" room had NO privacy besides the 4' mobile curtain that I requested, and I got fed jello, white rice,...

Your Poop = A Blueprint of Your Health. What Does Yours Mean?

Everybody poops. It's a fact of life. And a NECESSITY of health. If we aren't pooping well, we aren't able to properly eliminate toxins and keep our body's systems running smoothly. And while most of us feel comfortable discussing issues tied to everyday...

A Hidden Staple: Fermented Food (+ A Recipe)

My hands look like I killed something blue. Who knew that purple cabbage could stain hands so much that it looks like I strangled a Smurf (remember Smurfs, anyone...)? Inspired with the cabbage-heavy Serbian culture and a recent chapter from my class on the benefits...

The Way You Chew: A Reflection of the Way You Live?

Have you ever watched a baby or child eat? They instinctively chew and chew and chew, until their food is mush before swallowing. And it takes them a really long time to eat because of it. Similarly, my dad is an amazing outlier of our country's "non-chewing" culture....

Real Food Tips

5 Steps to Easy, Low Stress Meal Planning

What's for dinnerrrrrr!?! I KNOW you've asked this. We've all been through some sort of meal rut at some point, because easy and low stress don't usually coincide with meal planning. And I'm in mine currently. With a 1-year-old who eats everything and a 3-year-old who...

The Healthiest Sports Drinks & Why to Ditch the Gatorade!

You've just run 4 miles. Up hill. You're exhausted and you're thirsty. What's better than chugging an ice-cold Gatorade to replenish!? Well, WATER is. (And my list of the healthiest sports drinks, of course, which we'll get to in a moment.) Why to Ditch the Gatorade...

A Quick Guide to the Healthiest Pans

A Quick Guide to the Healthiest Pans Scorch the chicken on my scratched up Teflon non-stick pan. Set off the fire alarm. Repeat. That was the extent of my college cooking. Since when did people decide Home Economics wasn’t mandatory for my generation??! Well, I...

21 Healthy Travel Food Tips

It's official... I'm THIRTY (3 - 0) YEARS old as of yesterday! And I'm officially a mother of a ONE-year-old to this little cutie as of two weeks ago. (Don't mind our make-shift pantry..hehe.) Time. Where does it go??? To celebrate, we went on a family walk in...

The Healthiest, Tastiest Cheese Substitute

So, cheese. It's one of THE most delicious foods on Earth, isn't it? I love a big fat hunk of Gruyére cheese with a glass of red wine, but only once in a blue moon due to an unfortunate dairy sensitivity. I'd love to eat it 'til the cows come home, but I truly feel...

5 Steps to a Power Salad

Another few weeks have already slipped by, haven't they? Unreal. My super active baby girl is now 5.5 months and close to crawling, has 2 teeth (ohhhh teething!), and wears 9-12 month clothing comfortably (I know. Seriously.).   We've also made it back across the...