September 30, 2015

 

I hope that wherever you are, you are enjoying the change of seasons. For some, that means “boots and sweater weather;” for others, it’s football and bonfires; for still others (like me), it means enjoying fall road races and the opportunity to cook up some of my fondest Autumn foods. Check out a few of my favorite Fall recipes in next week's blog post.

 

October is probably THE BEST TIME of the year to take stock of where you are in your health, nutrition and fitness goals. Why now? Because we are heading into what I call, “the season...

September 24, 2015

 

 

 

Here I am pictured last year with two of the most amazing people I know: Tricia and Kurtis Baker, founders of Attitudes in Reverse (AIR). The Bakers founded the organization with their daughter Kathryn shortly after the suicide of their 19 year old son, Kenny. In spite of this unimaginable tragedy, the Bakers have found a love and inner strength to lead an organization that now educates teens and their families about depression and suicide prevention. The Bakers are heroes. 

 

I choose to help AIR by supporting their efforts to build...

March 17, 2015

 

 

 

I add red pepper flakes to almost any meal.  I've been known to sprinkle it on fish dishes, pizza slices, and salad entrees because it's a surefire way to keep my cholesterol low. According to an August 2014 issue of "Women's World," one recent study confirmed that consuming just 1/4 tsp of capsaicin, the piping hot fire in the flakes, cut bad cholesterol ( LDL) in only two weeks. According to Dr. Zhena Yu Chen, the capsaicin in the red pepper flakes helps your liver break down excess fats and toxins.*

 

Want an extra healt...

March 16, 2015

 

As a nutritarian (90 per cent plant based eater), I am always looking for ways to include more protein into my diet, especially since I am an avid runner logging sometimes more than 45-50 miles a week. To get enough, I add wild salmon, or, once in a while, I break open an egg or two. And that's okay, according to a study published in January's issue of the American Heart Journal. One egg packs 6 grams of protein and provides vitamin B-12, which is great news for plant based eaters like myself. Vegetarains and vegans don't always get...

March 3, 2015

 

If you are truly a fitness addict like myself, you might find taking a rest day almost impossible. But, with that said, it is crucial to take a rest day every now and then, especially if you want to perform your best when competing. As tempting as it may be to train hard everyday of the week (for me, that means logging five plus miles a day), it is important to take a recovery day at least once a week. Here's why: as you put your body through a strenuous workout (whether it be running 10 miles or bench pressing in the weight room), m...

February 24, 2015

 

Giving up sugar is not easy for some, but love yourself by avoiding the harmful effects of sugar overload – symptoms may include inflammation, increased cholesterol, weight gain, brain fog, stomach distress, headache, suppressed immune system, mood swings and more.

 

If you find it difficult to give up sugar, try these sugar-busting tips:

 

1) Eat consistently each day – three meals and two snacks with a balance of protein, fiber and healthy fat.

 

2) Drink water. Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. Whenever you have a crav...

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