Your Local Farmer’s Market & When to Go Organic . . .

Summer is so short for those in the northern, east and midwest sections of the country.  Enjoy every minute of it!  This includes what you eat, and how you shop for your food. Make it an event and attend your local Farmer’s Market. How do you know when to go organic?  Whenever possible!  However, many people cannot…

Your Happy Healthy Starts Here

Successful eating and exercise begins with what you like to eat, and how you like to exercise.  You will be more consistent with eating the healthier foods you enjoy, rather than force feeding yourself foods that you dislike  So, for example, if you like carrots and asparagus, look for recipes that feature them, instead of say brussels…

Running the Race With Friends

Running a race is more than physical ability; it includes mental focus and stamina which may be just as important, or even more crucial to success. Increase your level of accomplishment and do it with friends.  As my official 5th/3rd race runner and former PCV (Peace Corp Volunteer) Rick says, “You get all caught up in the…

Exercise with a friend

Find a partner or a group of people who will encourage you to get outside for exercise. Studies show that working out with other people can positively motivate your routine. Check out this study on social comparison theory while exercising http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/attachments/34033/jssarticle.pdf

Spring Cleaning the Negativity – The Weeding Process

Negativity is something to avoid for our overall health because it affects us mentally, emotionally, and physically.  Starting with a simple positive thought can be a good start with treating our overall health from the inside out. Getting rid of negativity can be highly beneficial. Whether we battle negative self-talk, a negative outlook, or just encounter a…

Knives in the Kitchen

You’ve begun a new journey toward health! Do you have the tools to support your new endeavor? The right tools can make a world of difference between growth on your journey or constant way-lays by the speed-bumps of discouragement. Although some speed-bumps can be expected on any life-changing journey, you can control their impact with…

Hunger and How to Control It

Usually diets and hunger seem to be synonymous.  They don’t have to be! It has been years of controlling appetite, working toward eating healthy and keeping weight at a happy place for me.  Really, it isn’t easy, but it is very worth it! That is why I want to share what helps me so that I pray it…

Thinking Outside the Box with Emotional Eating

Nerves, anxiousness, loneliness, procrastination and/or just plain boredom may find your head into the refrigerator (aka box) for more reasons than hunger.  When this happens, you begin to eat more food than your body needs.  This isn’t good on any level, whether you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight.  What makes matters worse is…

Can You Lose Weight on Vacation?

Here are more insights from my weeklong cruise. Is it possible to eat and enjoy lavish meals, luscious desserts, and snacks that are available 24/7?  Yes it is possible, but if you don’t want to think about losing, how about maintaining your weight?  That is definitely doable. Our Captain, Edward Perrin, was from England, and the…

Healthy Eating on a Cruise Vacation

I just came back from a cruise, my first one, and it was amazing!! I won’t bore you with a lot of the details, but I would like to give you some highlights that will incorporate useful healthy tips to prevent major overindulgence and massive weight gain from so many delectable food choices.  Many of…

The Pressure Cooker

 An extremely useful kitchen tool that decreases cooking time and enhances flavor,  may not be the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of pressure cookers. Those of us who have been around a while may have childhood memories of our mothers wrestling with pressure cookers. Usually, we evacuated the kitchen out…

Welcome in the New Year with Exercise. Where to Start?

Time to get moving, be a healthier eater, and work on some of those goals you were thinking about before the new year came. Where to start? A good beginning for a healthier you is to start some exercise.  It can be very difficult in the north where the weather is not conducive to getting…