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March Quiz Recap: Favorite Health and Unhealthy Foods

Last month we asked you to tell us what your favorite foods are that you consider "healthy" and "unhealthy".  We got some great answers! For healthy options many responses focused on seafood and veggies such as salmon, scallops and shrimp and roasted veggies seemed to be a big hit! 

For unhealthy options, we mostly heard things like pizza, ice cream and donuts! I am a true believer in everything in moderation. It's ok to enjoy your favorite foods once in awhile keeping portion sizes in check, but you can also find some great healthier alternatives to theses "unhealthy" option as well.

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day!

No-Dye Healthy, Festive, Delicious and GREEN Recipes Just in time for St. Patty's Day!! 

Whether you have kids or not, St. Patrick's Day is such a fun excuse to get creative with your food by making it green.  Sure, you can go the easy route and buy green food coloring, but why put all those chemicals in your body when it can be SO easy to use fresh, nutritious ingredients and have the same effect? I have compiled a list of my favorite No-dye green recipes to celebrate this fun day!

Why Long Term Healthy Eating is Better Than Dieting

I found a great infographic from US News the other day that shows exactly what ourBest Life Nutrition Programstands for and why that I wanted to share:

I cringe when I hear someone say they are on a diet. I understand that in some cases, certain medical conditions or eating disorders might require some form of dieting.  However, for the most part, just learning how to eat healthier, be mindful of what, when, how, and why you are eating and creating some lifelong healthy habits can be a game changer.

December Quiz Results: Weight Loss Myths

In last month's quiz, we asked you about some popular weight loss myths that we hear on a regular basis.  There is so much information and so many opinions out there, sometimes it's hard to keep track, but overall, you did pretty well!  Here are the results:

Question 1: True or False? Steady state low intensity exercise for a longer period of time will help you lose more weight than shorter duration moderate intensity exercise because it burns more fat.
Answer: False
While low intensity exercise can actually help burn more fat than high intensity, the total caloric burn will be higher in the later situation (shorter duration moderate-high intensity exercise).

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Challenge Yourself

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Challenge Yourself

"If it doesn'tchallengeyou, it doesn'tchangeyou"

If you are trying to make changes in your diet or your fitness routines, one thing is for sure - you have to challenge yourself in order to see results.  So, this week, I challenge you to do 2 things ...

1) Make one small change in your diet for the better and try to stick to it every single day this week.  Here are some ideas:
  • No dessert after dinner
  • Drink a full glass of water with lemon right when you wake up

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Someday is not a day of the week

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Someday is not a day of the week

I read a quote the other day that I really liked:

"There are seven days in a week and Someday is not one of them"

It made me reflect on the times I've recently said "Oh I'll get to it someday".  Life is too short to keep saying you'll do it someday.  Obviously you can't do everything you've ever dreamed of right now, but you certainly can make a plan. I went right into my calendar and started making a schedule for the things I knew I had been putting off.

MONDAY MOTIVATION: 5 Easy Steps to Eating Cleaner This Week

MONDAY MOTIVATION: 5 Steps to Eating Cleaner This Week

Another Monday has come and we are fast approaching summer! Get your body feeling it's best by trying these 5 simple steps to eat clean this week:

1 - Drink a glass of lukewarm lemon water first thing in the morning before you do anything else.  This will help to make your body more alkaline versus acidic to get you off on the right track for the day.  Helps with your metabolism, and digestion.

2 - Prep! Prep! Prep! Get your veggies chopped, roasted and packaged, wash and cut up fruit, marinade lean meats, and put together smoothie freezer bags so that you have everything at the ready when a craving hits!

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Stop Making Excuses

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Stop Making Excuses


I don't have time. I am too tired. I don't have the energy. I have too much going on. I'm hungry. I'm stressed. I can't. 

And the list goes on and on.  Sure, we could come up with excuses all day long as to why we don't make changes, but fact of the matter is this ... if you keep making excuses, you'll never make progress.  What it really comes down to is how badly you want something. You have to make changes to see results so how are you going to make changes?

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Nutrition in its simplest Form

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Nutrition in its Simplest Form

I've been doing a lot of talks lately about nutrition to a younger audience and have been trying to keep it basic and simple enough for them to recognize and understand how food fuels your body and why we need certain foods. And it got me thinking that adults probably could use this basic advice as a reminder as to why we should eat healthy and what purpose food serves.  

It occurred to me that in every day life, most people go about their day making choices about what they eat based on what sounds good to them at the time and they probably don't think about what that food is going to do for them and why they are eating it.

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Get Back Up Again

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Get Back Up Again

In the words of Princess Poppy, and my son's favorite song in the world right now "If you knock knock me over, I WILL GET BACK UP AGAIN".  For those of you that don't have kids, this is a song from the Trolls movie and I think it has some great meaning behind it, especially when you are looking for some motivation. Having now listened to the song about 1,257 times (but who's counting?) I have thouroughly analyzed the song lyrics and had them memorized months ago and came to the conclusion that Princess Poppy is a great role model and she is exactly right.