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July 28, 2016

I was in a meeting the other day when I heard someone say “Don’t let perfection get in the way of progress” and it kind of stuck with me. It was in reference to a potential business deal. He was cautioning other team members not to get lost in every last detail of the plan before seeing any actual execution. He was frustrated with the way projects have been run in the past by this agency in that they wanted to cross every t and dot every i in the planning phases before even lifting a finger in the execution phase. Which unfortunately in this case led to many projects never actually lifting off- but a lot of highly detailed and thorough plans. I would agree that having a thorough plan is great in many situations, but if the plan is never executed, what’s the point? As I thought through this statement I discovered how easily applicable this principle is so many things in life- including eating healthy and being fit.

We tend to put an enormous amount of pressure on ourselves to achieve per...

June 27, 2016

Summer parties and BBQ’s are ENDLESS, which comes with its pros and its cons. This is a common concern I get from my own clients ALL THE TIME. “How can I enjoy the parties without packing on the pounds and feeling guilty come Monday morning?” When there’s a will there’s a way and it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. BBQ’s are notorious for copious amounts of food- good food, but not necessarily healthy food. So how do you do it? Below are my top tips (that I follow myself) and a few of the most common questions I get. I can’t promise you that following these tips is easy and mindless. It will require some focus and effort. But what I can promise you is that on Monday morning (and come Fall) you’ll be feeling a lot better about the choices you’ve made over the weekend.

               

1. Plan ahead!

I can’t stress this enough. Get organized at the beginning of each week. Look ahead for that week and a few weeks ahead to...

May 23, 2016

I get it, there's a TON of information floating around out there about what's healthy and what's not. At times even I have to take a few minutes at the grocery store to sift through my selections. So I can only imagine how frustrating it could be for someone who doesn't have extensive training in nutrition. It's common that I have clients following a few basic diet rules they've picked up along the way because they read it somewhere or a friend told them about it. Only for me to give them the unfortunate news that everything they thought they were doing right could be causing more harm than good! Below are some of the more common ones I see in my practice... 

 

 

 

Your workout routine for years has been spending countless hours on the elliptical at a moderate pace.

This very common workout routine will have you burning less and less calories over time. Chances are the calories you actually burn are much less than what the machine is reading. This is because your body gets more efficie...

April 12, 2016

It's recommended that we eat 5 full servings of fresh produce every day, including fruits and vegetables. Now, if you can confidently say you do this on the reg, read no further and also bravo!! As a dietitian and someone who is very passionate about eating right, this is one area even I have to really focus on and plan accordingly. This is also something I see most of my clients struggle with so you're not alone if you do too! When I ask my clients to brainstorm ways to increase vegetable intake (and yes, I make them work for the answer not just give it to them) the response I usually get is.. "eat a salad??" Which is usually said in a sad discouraged tone because that's the last thing they really want to eat. If you're someone who can eat one or more salads every day then, once again bravo! However, you probably stopped reading after the first few sentences or didn't click on this post at all. Now I have been known to whip together an awesome salad or order one as an entree at a...

April 11, 2016

Hunger is the physiological need for calories, salt, and water driven by a number of factors including diet, sleep quality, activity levels, hormones and emotions. It is normal to experience an increase in appetite after going hard in the gym or during your menstrual cycle, pregnancy or breastfeeding but if you feel like a bottomless pit, something might be up! Below are some of the more common reasons you may experience constant hunger.

1. Going too long in between or skipping meals. When your stomach is empty for too long your body will release more ghrelin, an appetite stimulating hormone, resulting in feeling ravished. Let this go on for too long and it’ll typically leads to overeating. As a rule of thumb consume a meal or snack every 3-4 hours. Also, have a go-to snack on you, like a protein bar or piece of fruit, for when you run into situations where you’re tight on time.

2. Dehydration. Not only will dehydration decrease your metabolism and affect energy levels but it may also ca...

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