Diet Diva Dishes

The Liberation of Cleaning Out


 I have gone through my closets and bathroom to purge clothes and items I don’t need.  How liberating!

I tend to be one of those people who has a bit of clutter.  My house is clean, except for the piles of “stuff” on counters and my office.  I tend to pile papers and magazines and after a while I don’t even want to walk into my office because of the piles.

I am getting married soon, so I have had to make room in my closets and various areas of my house for my new husband and his […]

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget


There are a million excuses people use to not eat healthy, some more understandable than others, but “it’s too expensive” should not be one of them! There are tons of things you can do to eat healthy without breaking the bank.

Here’s how:

Quality over quantity

In terms of meat, seafood and cheeses/specialty items, the better the quality, the better for your health and budget
Talk to the meat butchers and fishmongers etc.; they recommend quality products and give you exactly what you need
A little goes a long way—not to mention if you […]

3 Fun Ways to Get Moving!


I’m on my own path of exercise and it’s important to do what I enjoy and what works best for me, not what everyone else is doing and enjoying. 

I used to do the hour long P90X every morning around 6AM before class, or run intervals on the treadmill for 60 minutes, or go to boxing classes with my mom…all of which are great but also really intense. Some people thrive off of grueling workouts like that, but I am not one of them. It was hard for me to accept that about myself, which is why […]

Life Happens: how to learn to let go


I’ve been through a lot in the past few years. Everyone goes through periods of life when the unexpected happens, and we need to learn how to embrace it or it will get a hold of us.


In October of 2012, I lost my beloved husband to cancer and became a widow at the age of 38 with two boys ages 3 and 5. The fight against the cancer was exhausting to say the least, and Stephen’s death was the hardest thing I have had to overcome.


I made a choice. When I first heard of […]

Green Grape Smoothie


Happy Friday! It’s going to be a warm weekend here in Orlando and I’m looking forward to it. When it gets hot outside our family loves to cool off by swimming in the pool and I enjoy making up a batch or two of this Grapes & Greens Smoothie! I made this recipe a while back for the runDisney blog, and it’s been a family favorite ever since. Cheers to a warm weekend in the sun!


Green Grape Smoothie

serves 2


1 cup frozen green grapes

1 frozen banana

¼ cup frozen pineapple

2 […]

10 Ways to Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle


This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” and with yesterday being National RD day, I wanted to give a few pointers associated with my nutrition philosophies as a dietitian! These tips are my advice on how you can bite into a healthy lifestyle and keep moving forward.

Focus on what your body needs. 

Foods offer so may nutrients that your body needs! Don’t be afraid to bite into foods that fuel your body. Focus on foods that meet your body’s needs for vitamins and minerals. While putting the emphasis […]

Weight Loss Challenger: Week 2

Disney Princess Race Recap


Want to run like a princess?  Or dress like a princess and go for a run?  Disney is the place to do it!


This year I did what is called the Glass Slipper Challenge:  the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday of Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend.  In the days leading up to the races I spoke on stage in a panel of experts:

Leslie Kay, fashion blogger with Disney Bound
Elizabeth Comeau, editor of Zelle, Runner’s World running site for women
Betsy Hughes, co-owner of Track Shack Events

My niece Justina contacted me […]

Perfectionista: The Diet with All or Nothing

You have to start a diet on a Monday or the 1st of a month, you expect to eliminate your favorite foods entirely, you describe food as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, and if you have a little slip up and indulge just once, you completely throw in the towel. Does this sound like you? Because if it does, you could be an all-or-nothing perfectionist dieter! But I am here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be that way! No human, no life, no situation, no experience is, or will ever be perfect so why do we think […]

Food Therapy: Toss It Out!