August 5, 2019

Avocados are one of my first picks when fighting the melancholy blues because they are rich in tryptophan and folate ( one of the B vitamins) and are loaded with omega 3's, an important fatty acid that fights inflammation in the body and helps regulate our brain's neurotransmitters. In order for one's body to manufacture serotonin, which I call the "feel good" neurotransmitter, it needs plenty of tryptophan, a natural amino acid. Many studies are showing that lowering levels of tryptophan corresponds with a drop in serotonin levels, w...

April 2, 2018

Did you know that running is one of the best forms of aerobic exercise you can do, especially when it comes to living longer? You might think I am biased since anyone who knows me, knows I spend more than an hour logging miles most of the days of the week, covering anywhere from 45-70 miles. That may sound absolutely "nutty" to some folks, but the sport truly has a way of de-stressing me and keeping me youthful and energetic. But even if you do think I am biased (and nutty :-) ), the facts are out there that support running as the top...

January 3, 2018

Let's be honest with ourselves, WE ARE WHAT WE EAT.  It's true- the food we eat does have an impact on our physical AND mental health. When we eat healthy, nutritious foods, we tend to feel better and look better and also perform everyday tasks better.  When we eat foods laden with excess fat and sugar or salt, we tend to feel terrible, both physically and mentally. So the next time you don't feel well, take a look at what you are eating and try to make some changes everyday to improve your diet. Some of my "go to foods" for staying m...

January 10, 2017

Hi Bee Fitters,

Hope everyone is off to a great start to the new year! Since it is a brand new year, I thought it would be fun to hear where some of you are from and what got you interested in health and fitness. I will start by giving you a bit of information about me:

~ I was a philosophy geek in Hamilton College with the hopes to attend law school but instead followed a career in the fashion industry. I LOVE fashion and dressing up-- I think dressing up makes one feel better about oneself. ;-)

~ I was a runner in high school and start...

January 8, 2017

 

Did you know that flowers can make you happy!? Studies at Rutger's University and Harvard have been conducted to prove that flowers have a positive effect on someone's emotional well being. In some studies, flowers are linked immediately to an individual's happiness, reducing stress and easing away depressive symptoms. So, the next time you are feeling blue, go on a nature walk to take in the fragrant smells of trees and and flowering shrubs and flowers. If the winter season is upon you, try focusing on the beauty and smell of evergr...

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...

May 25, 2015

Let's face it, fear sometimes provides a useful function by raising alertness or reaction to harmful or dangerous situations. But fear also can be emotionally destructive by needlessly raising anxiety, raising blood pressure, and causing other unhealthy physical reactions. You know the kind I am talking about:

 

- Fear of flying ( this is a biggie for me; it started after I had kids).

 

- Fear of not performing up to expectations in a new venture or project.

 

- Fear of heights. This is a biggie for me, too, and may be tied to my fear of fl...

May 22, 2015

Your mom is right - breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. We’ve all heard this before, but has anyone ever told you that what you eat makes a crucial difference to the way you feel the rest of the day? And yet, according to food industry studies, more than 30 million people in the U.S. skip breakfast on a regular basis.

 

 

Now, I’m not talking about eating a breakfast of coffee and Lucky Charms (or even Whole Wheat Cheerios) or a bagel and cream cheese with a skim-milk latte. These kinds of breakfasts start your day in a defi...

 

I often talk about the antioxidant benefits of fruits and vegetables. But another great way to infuse your food with anti-aging and disease-fighting nutrients is through herbs and spices! These food “enhancers” also enhance your life, packing a lot of vitamins, minerals and health benefits in just a pinch. I rounded up the latest research to help you Spice Up Your Health:

 

To reduce inflammation: Inflammation is a key contributor to heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and joint pain, so reducing inflammation is important to...

February 25, 2015

Working out is NOT just about looking good; it's also about feeling good. I have always been a big believer that exercising is good for the body, MIND, and soul. Whenever, I feel stressed or anxious, I increase the intensity of my running and weight routine. The vigorous workout does wonders for my mood and spirit. That is why I was not surprised when I read in the January 2014 issue of University of California at Berkeley's Wellness Letter that :

 

"Exercise can reduce depression in many people and may even help prevent it in the first...

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