Diet Diva Dishes

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 […]

Eating at the Office: Recipes & Quick Tips


The refrigerator at your office is pretty predictable: soggy salads, sloppy peanut butter & jellies, and a few scattered cups of yogurt. There’s probably a box of donuts on the break-room counter, and a bowl of candy at a desk that you find yourself at all too often. But who said eating at the office had to be so boring, not to mention unhealthy? Despite early mornings and busy work days, it is still possible to eat nutritious and tasty meals while at work. These tips and recipes will make your lunch break more exciting than ever!

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 […]

Fueled by Plants


“Aren’t you tired all the time? Is that safe? How do you have enough energy to work out? So like, where do you get your protein?” If I had a nickel for every time somebody asked me the protein question…I could solve world hunger.

Being vegan, a lot of people openly express their concerns about whether I’m getting enough nutrients. Believe it or not, there is not one nutrient that comes from an animal that you can’t get from plants. They provide us with everything we need and more.

In terms of energy, I have tons […]

Avocados–The Fruit of Diversity


We can all tell from my post a couple weeks ago how much I love avocados, but I only vaguely mentioned the many ways to eat them. My uncharacteristic lack of description hasn’t been sitting well with me, so I decided to visit the magical site of Pinterest and do a little avocado searching to provide some specifics. I put together a list highlighting some awesome ways to use avocados that I have either tried before, or would love to try soon. Enjoy!
Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookies 

Avocado Quesadilla 

Lemon Avocado Salad Dressing

Avocado Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter […]

Top 5 Nutrition Tips for Successful Weight Loss


Are you a fitness enthusiast looking to shed a few pounds and tone up for the summer? Or do you find yourself frustrated with all the food temptations that lurk around the office while you’re trying to lose weight? Wherever you are in your health journey, these nutrition tips are tried and true and sure to get you on the right track.

1. Keep Food Log. Knowing what and how much you put in your body is key to successful weight loss. This step is often needed to become mindful and understand your food choices. Whether you […]

National Blood Pressure Month


May is National Blood Pressure Month—a topic that I feel should be addressed. According to the American Heart Association, 80 million adults have high blood pressure in the U.S. That is a ridiculously high number! Having high blood pressure should not be a “common” thing we eventually, inevitably get. It’s extremely risky and dangerous—it’s time to get it together people!

Having high blood pressure increases your chances of having overstretched and injured arterial walls, having a heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, peripheral vascular disease, and reduces the supply of oxygen-rich blood to […]

40 and Fabulous


The number doesn’t thrill me, but everything else about being 40 is actually fabulous. I have so much in my life to be thankful for, and I have never felt better.

I turned 40 back in November, and while I can’t say I dreaded it, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. I distinctly remember when my dad turned 40 and the surprise birthday bash my mom sprung on him, and it was mind boggling that I was that old now, too.

The number doesn’t thrill me, but everything else about being 40 is actually fabulous. I have […]

5 Reasons to Love Avocados


Avocados! Where does one even begin to describe such an amazing fruit? This is definitely a staple in my diet and I am so excited that avocado season is officially here! To celebrate, I’ve narrowed down my love for them into 5 reasons (harder than you think).

Loaded with healthy fats

Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, both of which improve and regulate cell and hormone function and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Increases nutrient absorption from plant based sources

Many antioxidants and vitamins obtained from fruits and veggies are […]