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Why Intermittent Fasting Might Be the Best Diet for You

Trying to lose weight or improve your blood sugar? Intermittent fasting might be worth a try.

As a rule, I don’t do diets.  I always recommend the slow and steady approach of cutting out empty calories and increasing your physical activity to lose a few pounds, or get your cholesterol, blood sugar or blood pressure under control.  For most people, that works really well, but sometimes, after a certain age, and especially if you’re already pretty careful about your diet and exercise, the slow and steady approach feels like you’re swimming upstream – exhausted but getting nowhere. Continue Reading..

5 Simple Tips to Lose 5 Pounds by Spring

Who wants to lose 5 pounds by spring? We’re counting down, and that means it’s time to get in shape for shorts weather!

Ahhh Happy March —  the month where you finally start to feel like there’s warmth and sunshine at the end of the tunnel.  Let’s not talk about how for most of the country, March is just one big tease.  You know – the stores are putting out racks of bathing suits, shorts and t-shirts, while it’s gray and sleeting outside.  Deep breath.  If you think it, Spring.  Will.  Come. Continue Reading..

7 Ways To Work Out in Under 10 Minutes

Your workouts don’t have to be long and sweaty to work for you.  Here are 7 ways to get an all-body workout in – in 10 minutes or less.

Sooo… How are you doing with your New Year’s resolution to get to the gym and get fit?  I know.  You’re not alone.  It’s hard, when there’s work, school, kids, vacuuming, laundry, grocery shopping, yada yada yada.  We all know though, the excuses aren’t going away.  Ever.  They’ll just get replaced by a different excuse.  So, let’s just do our best to work around them.  Sometimes, you’ve gotta get creative about how to squeeze in your exercise. Continue Reading..

The 7 Best Snacks for Weight Loss

Have you heard? Americans are snacking more than ever, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Snacks can be a great way to sustain and power your body between meals, provided that they’re “nutrient dense” – yes, those are a dietitian’s two favorite words and I just said them. #NutritionGeek

Nutrient dense is a fancy way of saying that a food provides lots of bang (or health benefits) for not very many calories. Ideally a snack should include at least 2 or maybe even 3 of these nutrient dense foods, depending on how much fuel your body needs. Contrary to what you might think about adding calories from snacks, including nutrient dense snacks in-between meals helps keep your blood sugar stable and prevents the hangry horrors and mindless eating that happens when you’re overly hungry. THAT’s where too many calories come from. Continue Reading..

Just How Many Calories Are You Drinking?

Here’s a familiar scene: You get together for your weekly or monthly night out with the girls and you’re ready to plan ahead so you stick to your “diet”.  You order a salad instead of the chicken wings you’re really craving, and something light and healthy, like chicken or fish for a meal. Good for you! So why are you gaining weight?

Well… Let’s think about what and how much you drink when you go out, or even when you’re at home. Maybe you have a few mixed drinks, or even just a glass or two of wine in the evening. It’s probably not that much, but it’s enough to negate all of the exercise and healthy eating you’ve done. Continue Reading..

The 5 Main Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight…

Have you noticed that it gets a little bit harder to lose weight, or keep those extra pounds from creeping on as you get older? And while it’s true for everyone, women have the hardest time of all. While we’re quick to blame it on the holidays or our thyroid, the truth is, middle age weight gain happens to most of us, and it usually happens for five main reasons. Continue Reading..

Skip the Diet. Get Slim By Design Instead

I was invited to review Slim By Design by the publisher, and I received a free copy of the book. I was not compensated for my time, but this post does include an affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission if you purchase the book through Amazon.  As always, all opinions are my own.

 

Brian Wansink PhD, is the Director of Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab, and he has the coolest job in the world. Wansink and his team of researchers get to travel the world and go into peoples’ homes, workplaces, and basically anywhere food is served, and they watch what, when, and where and how people eat. They analyze what they see, how much people spend at restaurants, what’s in their grocery carts, and then, they make suggestions to change the eating environment to help individuals make better choices.


I love that, because as a registered dietitian nutritionist, we focus a lot on why people eat, and what they eat, and sometimes usually that’s a challenge. Most people have a really hard time tackling the whys-  too touchy-feely and emotional. And let’s not even start on the Eat-This –Not-That part of nutrition. I guess that’s why RDs have the Food Police reputation. Continue Reading..

7 Grab ‘n Go Breakfast Recipes

Let’s get our breakfast on starting this week people! March is National Nutrition Month, and this year, the theme is Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle. Lots of research shows that breakfast eaters tend to have better eating habits throughout the day, and an easier time maintaining a healthy weight, so, how ‘bout we start the month by biting into some good-for-you breakfast ideas?

We all know making it is the hardest part about breakfast. So get out your grocery list and work on your plan-ahead skills. Most of these high-energy recipes are easy enough to throw together at night, so breakfast is ready to grab and go when you are. Continue Reading..

If You Think You’re Addicted to Chocolate You’re Not Alone

Have you ever been eating say… French fries, your favorite flavor of ice cream, a package of Oreos or tortilla chips and said (or just thought) OMG I am SO addicted to these… Now think, have you ever been eating baby carrots or a kale salad or cucumbers, and thought the same thing? Yeah. Me neither. Turns out, someone paid researchers at the University of Michigan to confirm what we all know is true. Highly processed and junk foods are more addictive than healthy foods.  Continue Reading..

How to Fix Your Broken Metabolism: The MD Factor Diet

I was asked to review The MD Factor Diet by the publisher, and I received a free copy of the book. I was not compensated for my time, but this post does include an affiliate link, which means that I will receive a small commission if you purchase the book through Amazon.  As always, all opinions are my own.

If you read my blog, you probably know, or can guess I’m not a big fan of “diets”. They just don’t work. I’ve worked with clients for long enough to know that the ones who come in with “Just tell me what to eat and I’ll do it”, are the first ones to not show up for their follow up appointments – and that’s not because they don’t need my services any longer. It’s the people who listen and learn, ask great questions, set their own goals, and create their own plan that are successful in making changes in their diet and their health.   Continue Reading..

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