Creative Plant-Based Solutions This National Nutrition Month


It’s March, which means it’s National Nutrition Month!  You likely don’t have that marked on your calendar, but as a dietitian/nutritionist, this is the month we dietitians live for!  This year’s theme is “Go Further With Food” and I’ve got three foods you may or may not be already familiar with that I absolutely LOVE!  

 Coconut Water

Coconut water is one of the best natural beverages you can drink.  It’s delicious and refreshing and rich in electrolytes, particularly potassium.  Over 50% of Americans aren’t getting […]

Hard Workout? Nutrition Recovery Tips

Athletes come in all shapes, sizes, and skill levels. One thing that remains consistent with all athletes – whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior – recovery is extremely important. During exercise our muscles break down, and in order to recover efficiently proper nutrition (and the timing of it) is crucial.

An important nutrition component of building healthy, strong muscles is protein. Protein is the building block of all the cells in our bodies, especially our muscles. It is therefore essential we consume enough of it. You’ve heard that post-workout protein is important, but what about proper […]

Getting Fired Up for the Cold

As the winter drags on, it’s hard to stay motivated to exercise when your bed feels so warm and the minute your feet hit the floor it is cold. I did not always think mornings with temperatures in the low 50s were brutal. However, since transitioning from cheesehead (Wisconsin) to Floridian, you can find me starting these cooler runs in long sleeves, gloves, and something to keep the ears warm. Sure there is not snow shoveling here, but there have been times where temperatures have dropped low enough so that I felt like a human popsicle. I’m accustomed to the hot sunshine, after all, so I’ve had to learn how to adapt to the cooler weather to stay encouraged to run.

6 Ways to Stay Slim on Vacation


Wherever you travel this summer, bring your fitness and nutrition goals along with you! The rest and relaxation of vacation doesn’t have to usher in indulgence and loss of motivation. Instead, view your next trip as the perfect chance to stick to your goals in new and exciting ways! Follow these 6 easy tips to make this vacation the healthiest one yet.

5 Tips to Keep You Running toward Weight Loss


5 Tips to Keep You Running toward Weight Loss

Are you a runner hoping to lose weight this summer? Check out these tips to get you started and keep you going! Running can be as relaxing or intense as you make it, depending on your exercise goals. Along with running, hydration is important especially in the summer months. Eating a balanced diet and timing meals and snacks with runs are vital for muscle recovery.

Below are 5 tips that have helped runners with weight loss

1. Keep a Food Journal or Logging in a Meal Tracker app

Runners […]

Benefits of Sugar for Performance


Disclosure: As part of my ongoing work with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, this post is sponsored.

Have you seen these hysterical “Sweat It to Get It” Gatorade videos with Peyton Manning and Cam Newton? Not only do they crack me up, I love the messages in this campaign… Gatorade Thirst Quencher is intended for athletes that sweat for at least an hour.

For the past 5 decades, Gatorade has made athletic performance a priority, formulating its products based on research conducted by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) or supported by a body of published literature.

With all the […]

Race Report: Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend


Once again I was lucky enough to run another exciting runDisney race weekend!  As the official nutritionist for runDisney, it’s one of my perks.  I had to present at a global wellness summit in California earlier in the week, and my new husband John had business out there that week as well, so we decided to meet up after our business was done and head down to Anaheim together–without kids!  We’ve been married for 5 weeks and hadn’t taken a honeymoon, so we justified going to Disneyland without our kids as saying it was our honeymoon […]

What Staying Healthy Means to Me


Eating right and exercising regularly is hard.  Really hard.  Temptations to eat high fat, high sugar, high yum-factor food crosses my path several times a day.  When the alarm goes off way too early to be awake let alone exercising, I don’t always leap out of bed into my exercise gear.

So why do I do it?  Why do I say “no” to Ben and Jerry and “yes” to Tony Horton and Sean T?  One word:  Energy.  When I don’t exercise and eat too much junk, I feel bad.  I feel bad in every dimension.  I’m […]

Big Sur Marathon Race Report


 Last summer I made the decision to sign up for the Big Sur Full Marathon. I had always had it on my bucket list of marathons, and figured there was no better time than the present to make it a reality. 
I went to the Monterey/Carmel/Big Sur area back in the early 90’s when I was a teenager on a Girl Scout Wider Opportunity trip to learn about photography and John Steinbeck. I immediately fell in love way back then with the gorgeous California coast about an hour and a half south of San Francisco. For me […]

Keeping Sane During Injury


Instead of getting depressed and angry about my lack of movement, I tried to look on the positive side. 

About a year and a half ago I fracture my pelvis.  The doctor didn’t even need to order an MRI to see that big crack on the Xray.  It didn’t happen with a fall–it just happened.  Looking back on it, I was running too much, putting too many miles on my body without proper recovery, and I was too thin.  I was less than a year out from losing my late husband to cancer, and I was […]