As a Health Coach and Personal Trainer, the nutrition choices that I make are about so much more than what will give me "the perfect body". Quite frankly, the perfect body is not what I'm really after anymore. Sure, I want a toned physique and strong arms but not at the expense of my energy, happiness and enjoyment of life's pleasures. So this week, I've created this blog post on my 4 favorite nutrients for my team over at Mint Studios!
I can't even believe it's already back to school time! I live close to a college campus so it's always fun when all of the students come back and you get all of that energy thrown back into the community. But with that come some common stresses for both parents and students, so this week I've got my top 3 tips for back to school success!
Lately I've been talking a lot about intermittent fasting and bulletproof on my instagram and snapchat, so naturally, I'm getting a lot of questions. Today, I want to spend some time explaining what the heck intermittent fasting (IF) actually is, why it's amazing and how it's totally different than what you think it is.
There are a lot of products out there that are marketed to us as being healthy, when it reality, they are full of sugar, processed carbohydrates and additives; protein bars are some of the WORST! So, if these bars are made to look healthy, how do we read between the lines and make the right choice?
I recently read an article from the New York Times titled “The Myth of High Protein Diets.” The article went on to say that eating meat is bad and that everyone should switch over to a plant based diet. Most of what this article says I can agree with, up to a certain point. Eating more plants, less sugar, refined and processed foods and drinking more water will move any unhealthy person in the right direction; that is pretty simple. But is meat really all bad?
7 surprising health tips that will instantly make you feel better.
In a world where drive-thru hamburger joints and $1 pizza slices outnumber farmers markets and grocery stores, eating healthy can be a challenge. Even when you make up your mind to resist deep-fried temptation and go for a salad, you too often end up in sticker-shock.
Trust me, I know how this goes - I've been that person in shock at checkout. A small bag of jerky or green juice shouldn't cost 7 times the cost of french fries! So, this week I'm sharing my top 5 tips to eat well without breaking the bank. Yes, it absolutely can be done!
Do not underestimate the power of stress. I'll be the first to say that I've been a little bit of a stress case lately. Well, actually, just ask my husband; I've been totally stressed!
This morning I woke up and realized that we are nearly halfway through summer. Can you believe it?! Wow how time flies! It's moments like these, when life goes from 0-60 before our eyes, that we realize that there is no better time than now to start working towards accomplishing our goals.
There's a lot of debate out there around protein. How much do you need? What is the best source? Should it be all plant based? Do I consume it pre or post workout? The bottom line with any nutritional decision that you make is that it makes YOU feel good.
In my early 20's I never once thought about my body, calories, love handles or cellulite. I grew up a big time athlete. I played water polo and swam my entire life and had one single focus that drove all of my decisions. I was going to the Olympics to play water polo. It was my life. My dream. It was all I thought about.
Can I eat carbs? How many hours of sleep do I need? Is fat bad? In this Q&A I answer the questions I'm asked most often by my clients. Some of my answers might surprise you, but they're almost guaranteed to help you feel happier and healthier in no time. Do you have other questions that you don't see answered here? Ask in the comments below!
Delicious, nutritious and easy breakfast recipes featured on KTVU Channel 2 The 9!
Sleep and weight loss go hand in hand. Sometimes I'll even tell clients that it's more important that exercise or nutrition. So, why is it so hard for us to get enough of it? Especially when it's so darn good for us! Today, I'm taking a look at why sleep is critical for weight loss and how you can start to get more of it tonight!
There are a lot of food myths out there and on this week's segment of The 9 on KTVU I set the record straight on a few. These myths stem from old scientific research, magazines, gossip between friends and from marketers simply trying to sell us all more product. In this segment I cut through the noise to clarify whether going gluten free really is better for you and why low fat, diet foods may be sabotaging your health.
After years of doing this, I finally said ENOUGH! Losing weight and feeling great shouldn't be this hard. And trust me, it isn't when you have the right tools, nourish your body with the right foods and support your mind with love and care. That is exactly what my 10 Day Refresh will give you.
Think about your attitude toward your body for a second. Are you on a diet because you hate your body or because you love yourself and want to take better care of your body and mind? When you talk about yourself do you focus on the sum of what is wrong with you instead of focusing on what is right?
Why do most diets fail? Because many of the foods that we eat today are biologically addictive. That means that our food is so chemically engineered that it tricks our brains into thinking that our stomach needs more. This brings me to our current view on diets and of those who are overweight and obese. Do Americans simply have a complete lack of willpower or is food addiction a real thing?
In case you missed it, I was on KTVU this morning to talk about one of my favorite subjects, Healthy Cocktails! Check out the segment and recipes below for some delicious, healthy and easy summer sips.
A few months ago I gave you some insight into my wellness diary and received a lot of positive feedback from followers, so I've decided to do it again. Below you will see my diet, sleep, exercise and wellness details for the last 5 days. You'll see that I am definitely not perfect, so I hope that you fine both peace and inspiration in what I share here.