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To Lose Weight, Eating RIGHT Is Far More Important Than Exercise

  A recent NYTimes article, To Lose Weight, Eating Less Is Far More Important Than Exercising More,  made the compelling point that exercise is NOT the most important aspect of weight loss.  Aaron E. Carroll says, “Exercise has many benefits, but there are problems with relying on it to control weight.”  I agree 100%. The

Healthy Green Juice? Not So Fast!

Carrying around a green drink can make us (ok, me) feel virtuous and healthy:)  But bottles of green juice and smoothies instead of diet soda isn’t all good news. Most of them contains lots of added sugars and not as much of those healthy ingredients as you would think. A new smoothie at Robeks called,

Healthy Hydration at Half-Time

  Spring sports are here and so are sports drinks and juice boxes.  These drinks are loaded with sugar and are NOT necessary.  Unless you or your kids are real endurance athletes or are really sweaty, water is best. A small gatorade (355 ml) has 21 grams of sugar.   A pouch of Capri Sun has

Top Secret Healthy Chili Recipe

  When my oldest daughter was 4 she was an easy and great eater.  Her favorite food was SPINACH.  Jessica Seinfeld (Jerry’s wife) wrote a cookbook that was very popular at that time called, “Deceptively Delicious” about how to sneak vegetables into your kid’s food.  I thought, how dumb, just give your kids vegetables and

#1 Tip for a Healthy Holiday

  It is an old adage that still proves relevant today.  Start each morning with a nutritious and filling breakfast. It will help you balance your energy and your cravings throughout the day. When I eat healthy in the morning, I’m more motivated to stick with it the rest of the day AND I don’t

6 Healthy Tips for a Night Out with Friends

  Many people eat well when cooking at home but lose control when dining out.  But going out to eat is fun, it’s how we socialize with friends and sometimes it’s even required for our jobs.  The best thing to do is plan before you go.  Try these 6 tips for eating healthy when dining

Healthy Halloween? – Healthy Ideas for Trick-or-Treat

  Halloween is huge at our house.  You can’t beat scary decorations, fun costumes, pumpkin carving and of course CANDY!   As a mother and health coach I find it a challenge.  I take the unorthodox approach of letting my kids eat as much as they want on Halloween.  They eat ALOT but also taste alot

Annual Apple Taste Test

  Most nights, I announce that we are having fruit for dessert and I’m met with groans and whines.  This time of year, I announce our Annual Apple Taste Test and I actually hear cheers.  It is kind of like a wine tasting. Apples are highly nutritious with numerous health benefits and so easy to

Kid’s Favorite Smoothie

  Kid’s love those colorful Go-Gurt yogurts but they are loaded with extra sugar, modified corn starch, carrageenan and other artificial ingredients and food dyes.  Plus, they are made with low-fat yogurt, removing all of the good and filling fats.  I know, we used to believe that low-fat was best, but the evidence is overwhelming

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