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Do holidays equal unwanted calories?

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Food, General, Health, Nutrition

It used to be said that from Thanksgiving until New Years the average person could put on 5 pounds due to all the gatherings abounding in varieties of goodies. Do I dare start with the long list of carbs that are at the average Thanksgiving table? Dinner and dessert would probably add up to the amount of calories many people need to cover two days worth of eating. Not to sound negative and take all the fun out of the holidays, but is it really that fun when your clothes don’t fit? Or when you don’t feel well because you put your body into an unhealthy state with all the sugars from... Read More...


Are you being thankful for the body you have been given?!

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Food, General, Health, Nutrition

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I hope to inspire you to make a healthy change today for a better tomorrow. I got a new car this spring and I have been trying to take good care of it. I did something dumb the other day because I was in a rush and I opened the hatch at the same time the garage door was opening, that may not mean anything unless you know the height of the garage door does not allow clearance for that and I put some scratches in my new paint, sad face. It’s a car and the “new” can’t last forever, but I was hoping it would last lo... Read More...


Are you children active?

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One of my specialties is working with preschool age children. I created a program I call “Super Sport Day”, check out my web page www.SuperSportDay.com) if you want to know more about it. I’m very passionate about getting children introduced and excited about exercise and nutrition. In our sedentary society, technology has captured the youngest children and it is one of the reasons for the decline in children being active.

The obesity rates for children have increased greatly as activity in and out of school has decreased. Childhood obesity is very real as well as type... Read More...


Exercise and Eating Right without the Confusion

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Food, General, Health, Nutrition, Vitamins

Run, no don’t run, walk, no, that is not enough, eat meat no be vegan and eat for the planet. REALLY??? If you are the average hard working person who has little time to find the facts through all the verbiage then I hope to offer you some simple solutions. This is my soap box being a Christian I believe all food is good when set apart by prayer and thanksgiving, but I don’t believe everything you can eat is food! If it is food, truly, unprocessed and real then I believe you can eat everything in moderation. I have an eating plan that has a lists Food Categories: v... Read More...


High Cholesterol could mean “heart attack”, but you can fight that with lifestyle changes!

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Food, General, Health, Nutrition

Drs. prescribe statins for people to lower their cholesterol to reduce their risk for heart attack or stroke. While they can be effective, they also have the possibility of unwanted side effects. Among the list of side effects include muscle tiredness, weakness, or pain, digestive problems, mental fuzziness and possibly liver damage. I have had clients who have been on statins and complain of these issues. It is also possible your blood sugar may increase when you take a statin, which may cause the development of type II diabetes…I’m sure you must know you don’t want to end u... Read More...


Facts about the vitamins in your foods and what they do for your health.

Posted in Fitness, Food, General, Health, Nutrition, Vitamins

If we would take seriously that food is information to the body maybe we would work on sending better messages. I recently offered Part One of a class I called Vitamins A-Z about what your body needs. I will be sharing this class with you over my next several blogs. I started with the fact that your body cannot make vitamin A, it must come from your diet. There are 2 types of vitamin A, the first is classified as preformed and is found in meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. The second type is pro-vitamin A and is found in fruits, vegetables, and other plant based products. I am not going ... Read More...


Grab and Go Anti Inflammatory Foods

Posted in Fitness, Food, General, Health, Nutrition, Vitamins

Hello again, I hope you have been reading and taking notes from this series of “Grab and Go” foods. My goal is to help you see that making healthy food choices can be as fast and easy as grabbing packaged goods. It all starts with a change of information. I want to help, so take a few minutes each week to read the blog, as it could really benefit you.

Let’s talk about anti inflammatory foods like the ones listed below. (Be sure to include these on your next grocery list and be prepared for the week ahead.) We need foods that have fiber, antioxidants (I talked about the... Read More...


Grab and Go Antioxidants

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You have probably heard about antioxidants before, or maybe not? The prefix anti means against, and oxidation is what antioxidants are against. What is oxidation? I will explain it as best I can.  Oxidation is a chemical reaction where electrons are transferred from one molecule to another, and that is as scientific as I’m going to get about the subject! That in itself is not always bad, but in the body when that happens with free radicals things can become unstable (unhealthy). I’m not going to try to give you a whole scary lesson because all of these processes are natural and ha... Read More...


Grab and Go a banana and some nuts

Posted in Fitness, Food, General, Health, Nutrition, Vitamins

I’m all about making life simple when it comes to eating. That does not fit everyone’s style, but if that is you then you are going to like my grab and go series that I’m working on to give you ideas for quick meals or snacks when you are on the run. You have probably already heard that bananas come conveniently packed in their own skin ready to take in a hurry. If you spend a few minutes of your time you can have “to go” size snacks of raw nuts that are so healthy. Nuts are very good for you but they are high in healthy fat, but too much fat, well you know where ... Read More...


Apples and Boron for Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is a very real concern for many women especially past menopause. I know none of us want to end up with broken hips or any other broken bones for that matter. We need several things to have strong bones. From the nutritional perspective we need calcium and vitamin D. Most of us know where we can get that, but how about boron. Boron activates vitamins and minerals necessary for the formation of healthy bones. You need between 3 and 5 mg of boron a day to help treat osteoporosis. Let’s just prevent it by adding an apple, or some grapes, nuts, peaches, or pears. Any one of these... Read More...



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