April 21, 2014

Trim Your Tailgate!

Think outside the box (literally) when planning your next game-day soiree. Don’t serve the same old boring potato chips, pretzels, and pizza.  Here’s some tips to trim the fat and calories in your football favorites without sacrificing taste at your next tailgate! ~Let’s start with dips.  Everyone loves hot crab, creamy artichoke, French onion, and garden vegetable dips.  Instead of full-fat … [Read more...]

Stevia – the Sweetest Thing?

Have you noticed there are some new sweeteners on the supermarket shelves lately?  Where before my clients would ask me about NutraSweet and Splenda, they are now asking me about Stevia. It is interesting to note that with the adoption of the “green” movement and organic foods, people are turning away from the old stand-bys, i.e. the  pink, yellow and blue packets, for these newer, “natural” … [Read more...]

Got Gout?

What the heck is gout? Well, if you are one of the 3 million Americans who suffer from this disease, you know exactly what it is: painful!  Gout is actually a form of arthritis that affects more men than women (although you ladies are more susceptible after menopause). Gout symptoms include severe, burning pain at the joints, which may appear red and swollen, particularly at the base of the big … [Read more...]

Fighting Fibromyalgia

A few of my clients and several women I know through friends and family suffer from what can be a debilitating disease called fibromyalgia.  Fibromyalgia is an often misdiagnosed and frequently misunderstood condition that causes chronic pain, tender joints, and extreme fatigue in its sufferers. About two percent of the population has fibromyalgia, which afflicts more women than men.  It also … [Read more...]

The Skinny on Fats

Contrary to popular belief, fat is essential for our good health.  Fat stores needed energy in the body. It insulates our body tissues, it cushions our organs, and it transports fat soluble vitamins like A, D and K in the blood. Fat also enhances the flavor of foods (Paula Dean anyone?), makes baked products more tender, and it conducts heat during cooking. Sounds good, right? BUT - not all … [Read more...]

Tired all the time?

Do you frequently feel tired, get tingly feelings in your hands and feet, have difficulty remembering things, and do people remark to you that you look pale? You may be suffering from anemia, a blood disorder that can occur for a variety of reasons, such as chronic disease, genetic disorder, pregnancy, cancer treatments, certain medications, viral infections, and vitamin deficiencies. A simple … [Read more...]

Eating for Two?

Recently I have had the privilege of developing a Nutrition Plan for a client in her fifth month of pregnancy. Her first trimester was a rough one, filled with lots of nausea and unfortunately, vomiting.  She was also only craving foods that are on the not-so-healthy-side, such as fast food, potato chips, and soda. Between persistently getting sick and eating high-sodium, high-fat foods, she … [Read more...]

Let’s Hear It for the Boys!

I like to think my readers are divided up evenly between males and females.  I try to keep my posts gender non-specific, but sometimes I feel as if I err on the side of the ladies.  Maybe it’s because women tend to fuss about their weight and appearance more so than men. Research shows the majority of the "fairer" sex are more health-conscious, that is, females are more apt than males to see their … [Read more...]

Resolutions Re-vamped

Okay, so it’s 2013. A new year, and you are thinking, a new you? It’s never too late to get healthy and fit, so start NOW. All it takes is a little effort, a whole lot of motivation, and the ability to incorporate both good nutrition and regular physical activity in your life. The biggest obstacle my clients face is actually starting a program.  Many worry they don’t have enough time or money to … [Read more...]

Healthy Gifts for Healthy People!

I’ve been getting asked quite a bit about healthy gift ideas for the holidays.  I like to give presents that my family and friends will truly use and enjoy, but that are also in line with my high standards for healthy living. So this week I took pen and paper in hand and developed the following list to help you, my dear readers, with your holiday shopping: Lunch tote. I encourage ALL of my … [Read more...]