Category Archives: General Nutrition Information

News From a Nutrition/Health Junkie

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As you may know, I’m a nutrition and health JUNKIE!  For decades I’ve been obsessed with what is the optimal diet to enjoy ideal health (read my bio to understand why/how I came to this).  But most recently – over the last couple of months, I’ve attended many seminars on nutrition and disease and watched 15 hours PLUS of documentaries dissecting cancer.  What I’ve learned is fascinating and I’m so excited to pass it along to you in my next several blogs!

But first……  In the news lately, Continue reading News From a Nutrition/Health Junkie

Hoping To Avoid The Freshman 15? Or Sophomore 17? Or Junior…..(you get the jist!)…

 

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I have so much to say on this subject, and granted I haven’t been to college in a LITTLE while cuz I’m in my twenties 😉 (wink wink wink……OH BE QUIET! 😯 ), I still know how it goes down!

To be clear as to why this is a topic worth tackling, let me point out a scary statistic.  You ready?  70% of college bound kids will pack on an average of 12 to 37 pounds by graduation.  That is frightening!  Why is this happening?  Well I can think of a bunch of reason – but MORE importantly, I have a bunch of SOLUTIONS!  Gaining weight and losing self-esteem in college do NOT have to be a fait accompli.  Read on….
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The SKINNY on Alcohol.

 

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Whoa!  It’s July already – and that means that in just under one month, college kids will be back to hitting it hard.  And I DON’T mean the books!

We’ve all heard of (and probably experienced) the freshman 15.  But is gaining weight in college inevitable?  It doesn’t have to be.  This topic is first and foremost on the minds of the 18+ year-old kids that I work with.  When we discuss this, the conversation typically leads to an in-depth look at alcohol and the role that it plays on weight.  SO, since most of you out there probably engage in a cocktail or two (or 10) from time to time, let’s take a little looksie. 😯   Here goes.  You scared?  (I know I am!) 😉  Continue reading The SKINNY on Alcohol.

HEALTHY, Vegan Reuben Sandwiches TO DIE FOR!!!

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I’m back!  Didja miss me?   😥
So here’s what I’ve been up to!  I spent a little time on the east coast visiting family.  While traveling, I had a STANDOUT MEAL that I am still fantasizing about.  It was a vegan Reuben (sandwich)!  OMG!  I don’t know what it is about these that I just cannot get enough of, but the Portsmouth Brewery (in Portsmouth, NH) made theirs to-die-for!  And a brewery making vegan food?  Weird, but they MORE than nailed it!  Needless to say, I’ve been OBSESSED with making different versions of these, and like….EVERY DAY.  The good news is, depending on how you do it, they can be made to be SO HEALTHY!  So I’m gonna share, cuz that’s what I do 😉  So! … Ya ready? Continue reading HEALTHY, Vegan Reuben Sandwiches TO DIE FOR!!!

Aint Nothin’ NATURAL About “Natural Flavors”, In Case You Were Wondrin’!

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So first, let me start off by saying that I HATE myself for always becoming addicted to the most OBVIOUS ‘bad-food’ offenders!  I think, “it won’t kill me if I eat it just once”, but once becomes finishing the entire jar within 10 minutes.  So, I guess I got some splainin’ to do!  First, click HERE to see how delicious these hot cherry peppers look!  I mean, amAAAAzing, right?????  Continue reading Aint Nothin’ NATURAL About “Natural Flavors”, In Case You Were Wondrin’!

Things I Think Are …. HOT!!! (Yup! “HOT”! I’m THAT Weird!)

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I’m one of those people who gets super excited about really stupid things.  To the point that I’m delusional enough to think that I MUST SHARE with everyone I know, and then some.  Like, when I discovered I could make pancakes just by using my AWESOME vegan protein powder and a little egg white, I practically screamed it from the roof tops!  Or when I started substituting date-paste (you’ll read about that below) for sugar in absolutely EVERYTHING, I thought I was so freakin’ clever!  I would tell anyone who’d listen.  Anyway, agree or not, I think my little “go-to things” are pretty dam HOT (if I do say so myself).  So here comes the sharing!  Buckle up! Continue reading Things I Think Are …. HOT!!! (Yup! “HOT”! I’m THAT Weird!)

A Plant-Based Diet Does Not Entail Eating Plants, ….jis sayin’

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Last week I attended a beautiful luncheon that I had been looking forward to all month.  As usual, I ate beforehand because I wasn’t expecting there to be any healthy options on my plate.  Boy was I SHOCKED at what was presented to me!  A beautiful scoop of quinoa inside a large half of a succulent squash, atop a large salad of mixed field greens.  WHOA!  Someone on the food committee must TOTALLY get the benefits of a plant-based diet.  The woman next to me, knowing that I was health-conscious, commented, “You must be thrilled.  Don’t you only eat plants or something?”.  I found this to be hilarious!  After we both stopped laughing, a great conversation ensued – and I’m going to share some of that with you.  LUCKY YOU!! 😉  Continue reading A Plant-Based Diet Does Not Entail Eating Plants, ….jis sayin’

Carb-Cycling! An Extremely Effective Way To CUT FAT!

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In a recent blog I promised I’d talk more about the details of carb cycling.  Carb-cycling is INCREDIBLY EFFECTIVE, absolutely healthy and energizing – AND, depending on how ‘extreme’ you take it, gives you CRAZY sexy results!  It’s a win-win.  It’s the ‘diet’ of choice for many athletes and an absolute must in the body-building world.  So here are the basics to getting to SUMMER READY in a relatively short period of time!  Read on for the deets…. Continue reading Carb-Cycling! An Extremely Effective Way To CUT FAT!

Appetite For PROFIT! You MUST Watch This!

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Before you click HERE and watch this AMAZING video, let me give you a little background on why this is SO important.

A while back (and uh, every day for that matter!) my son insisted that I let him buy a huge bag of potato chips because they were GOOD for him!  He pointed out that RIGHT THERE IN THE INGREDIENTS was the word “natural”.  It MUST be healthy!  THEN he was upset that I wouldn’t get him a package of Ramen Noodles.  I pointed out that Ramen Noodles contain YEAST EXTRACT (otherwise known as MSG) and caramel color which is a carcinogen (cancer-causing).  Of course, THEN my precious son labeled me the ‘food police’ which REALLY pissed me off!  But it got me thinking…..  Where ARE the freakin’  ‘food police’?  Do they even exist?  And if so, why do I find myself at the grocery store struggling like hell to give my son a fighting chance of growing up without diabetes, MS, cancer, (insert disease here)….?????  So I did what any GOOD food-policing-pissed-off mom would do!  I went to my buddy GOOGLE (maybe you know her?) to research WTF is going on here!  And that’s when I came across the book Appetite for Profit.

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Make HEALTH Your HOBBY!

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So for those of you rolling your eyes at me right now, hear me out!  This will (hopefully) inspire you 😆 .  Let me start off with a little story that STILL has me floating (and gloating!).  A few days ago, my teenage daughter ACTUALLY said this to me!  “Mom, I wish I could devote a whole week to just feeling great and working on my health!  I’d work out every day with you, maybe do two boxing classes a week – and on top of THAT, still go for walks, hikes and bicycle rides and run – and every meal would be perfectly healthy and energizing.”  …..something like that!  (I may have embellished the “with you” part when she said she’d work out every day…… ).  Anyway, needless to say, I was THRILLED!  And did I mention that I was thrilled?  Just checking.  I LOVE that I don’t have to be too preachy with my kids (even though THEY’RE probably reading this and rolling their eyes in disagreement!).  They SEE me chugging aloe vera, whipping up black bean brownies, trying that new kale recipe or a new work out class – and that I enjoy seeking out and indulging in opportunities to up the anti with my health.  READ ON! It’s fascinating!  😉 ….
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