Healthy Holiday Tips

exercise nutrition Nov 21, 2019

Tips to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

It’s easy for your healthy lifestyle to get derailed during the holidays. There are parties, celebrations and gatherings galore. To stay on track, make a point of implementing the following tips.

Rest and Recharge

  • Do your best to get 7+ hours of sleep a night. The proper amount of sleep will have a positive effect on you both physically and mentally.
  • Schedule quiet time into each day. Decide on a time of day that works for you and stick to it. You only need to set aside about 15 minutes. Use that time to relax and reflect.
  • Consider doing one of the following: meditate, write or recite what you are grateful for, listen to a motivational or inspirational podcast.
  •  Identify and participate in relaxing activities. Make a point of planning and doing things that are fun and bring you joy. Think of activities that you enjoyed during the holidays when you were a kid. Make a point to do them and share them with someone.
  • Schedule a massage,...
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Prevent or Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

nutrition Nov 05, 2019

In the past couple of weeks I’ve had the pleasure to talk to two people who are managing their diabetes, type 2, with diet and exercise. One individual has lost 60 pounds this year and they both no longer need medication. How is this possible?

Many of the choices we make every day affect our health. It’s a matter of whether you want to manage your wellness naturally, when it is possible, or take medication. Both people I spoke with are being very intentional about their health. They have altered their diet and have made significant changes in patterns of behavior.

Dr. Michael Greger on his website nutritionfacts.org shares, “We’ve known since the 1930s that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, arrested, and even reversed with a plant-based diet. Within five years of following the diet, about a quarter of the diabetic patients in that early study were able to get off insulin altogether.”

Dr. Greger further explains that meat may play a role in increasing...

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Avoid Processed Foods

nutrition wellness Aug 06, 2019

Eating a whole foods plant-based diet is one of the healthiest choices you can make. If you aren’t ready to take that leap do your best to consume as many foods as possible in their natural form. More and more studies are linking processed foods to health issues including an increased risk of disease and mortality.

Americans are consuming more and more processed foods such as packaged snacks, soft drinks, ready-made meals, and sugary cereals, which contain added flavors, colors, sweeteners, emulsifiers, and other non-food ingredients. 

Eating these foods can lead to an increase in the rate of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. On the flip side, higher consumption of unprocessed or minimally processed foods is associated with lower risks of all reported disease. 

Consumption of processed foods, more than four servings daily, was associated with an increase in mortality. People who consume the most processed foods tend to eat fewer...

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Facts About Iron and Plant-Based Sources

nutrition plant-based Jul 16, 2019

Iron is an essential nutrient in our diets. Although red meat and seafood are good sources of iron, many plant-based foods also contain plenty of this mineral.

Numerous vegetables, legumes, and other foods contain a form of iron called nonheme iron, which accounts for the majority of people's iron intake in the United States. The type of iron in animal products is called heme iron.

Although the body can absorb it more easily, heme iron is not essential to the human diet.

If you are not receiving enough iron in your diet the symptoms may include:

  • tiredness
  • weakness
  • poor appetite
  • headaches
  • pale skin
  • heart palpitations
  • cold hands and feet
  • brittle nails

Plant-Based Sources of Iron

  • Legumes - lentils, tofu, tempeh, lima beans, kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas
  • Grains - quinoa, fortified cereals, brown rice, oatmeal
  • Nuts and seeds - pumpkin, squash, pine, pistachio, sunflower, cashews, unhulled sesame
  • Vegetables - spinach, baked potato with skin, tomato sauce, Swiss chard, collard...
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The Benefits of Batch Cooking

nutrition wellness Jul 02, 2019

Preparing meals can take a lot of time. Most likely you don’t have time in your weekly schedule to make healthy meals nor do you want to use the time you do have in this manner. I don’t blame you!

If you don’t want to invest time every day preparing meals, batch cooking is a great solution. It’s just like it sounds, cooking in large batches. You cook or prep a bunch of food at once and use it throughout the week.

Batch Cooking Ideas

There are a variety of ways you can approach batch cooking. I will share a few but feel free to expand on my ideas and implement what works best for you. 

  • If you make a weekly meal plan, you can prepare items for multiple meals at the same time.
  • Pick a recipe and double it. Either cut up and prep everything for it and assemble and cook it during the week. Or make it ahead and reheat it. Place the rest in serving size containers and freeze them.
  • Cut vegetables and place in containers in the refrigerator. You can use these for...
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Facing Challenges While Traveling

exercise nutrition vacation Jun 25, 2019
 

Maintaining a plant-based diet and exercise regimen while traveling can be a challenge. Plan ahead, do your best, and get back into a routine when you get home. 

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Quick Healthy Plant-Based Meals

nutrition wellness May 21, 2019

Getting healthy meals on the table can be a struggle if you’re in a hurry and didn’t plan ahead. Instead of grabbing or ordering takeout, stopping at a fast food restaurant or eating cereal for dinner, I challenge you to whip up a quick, nutritious dinner. You’ll want to have the freezer and pantry stocked. After that it’ll be easy.

To create a quick salad, start by purchasing pre washed packages of greens like lettuce blends, slaw, or spinach. Choose toppings like cherry or grape tomatoes, pre sliced mushrooms, shredded carrots, pre sliced beets, quartered artichoke hearts, sliced water chestnuts, canned garbanzo or black beans, olives, hummus, avocado or guacamole, nuts or seeds, and etc. You can put almost anything on a base of greens. What you choose will determine how filling your salad is so if it’s your dinner make sure you include some protein.

Have a supply of frozen vegetable noodles like zucchini, carrots or butternut squash on hand....

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Controlling Your Health Is A Choice

exercise nutrition wellness May 14, 2019

Do you believe you have the ability to be in charge of your health? It’s a personal choice to take better care of your body in order to prevent or reverse the effects of certain ailments or diseases. You have the ability to eat a healthy diet, exercise and develop a positive mindset.

If you aren’t sure what to do or how to go about implementing strategies to improve your health and wellness find someone to help you. Hire a coach, like me, a nutritionist, or a personal trainer. Enlist a family member, friend, or colleague.

Many of the common ailments people in the United States are afflicted with are preventable. Things like diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, kidney disease and cancer are linked to nutrition. So, potentially you could avoid them by changing your diet. Wouldn’t it be worth it? 

Exercise goes hand in hand with nutrition. The human body is meant to move. Cardio workouts increase your heart rate and help burn calories. Burning...

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Eat to Lose Weight

nutrition wellness Apr 30, 2019
 

5 things you can do to Eat to Lose Weight:

1. Eat whole foods, no prepackaged or boxed foods. That means foods in their natural state as opposed to those that are highly processed. 

2. Read food labels when shopping and don’t purchase items with a lot of sugar, sodium or fat. It will take you more time to do the grocery shopping but it's worth it. Once you've done it a few times you'll be familiar with what brands are the healthiest and what ones to avoid. 

3. Eat good, complex carbs instead of simple carbs. Avoid carbohydrates that are refined, meaning they are forms of starch and sugar that don't exist in nature. Instead eat whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. 

4. Eat more fruits and vegetables. They are also an example of healthy carbs and they contain fiber. Plants are the only source of fiber. Most Americans do not get enough in their diet. Choose either fresh or frozen varieties. Both are acceptable. If you need to make dinner in a hurry...

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Even Coaches Struggle

nutrition wellness Apr 23, 2019
 

Just because I am a Wellness Coach it does not mean I don't face my own struggles and challenges in trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. My biggest problem is usually food related. If good food choices are available and there's nothing to tempt me l'm usually okay. It's when I go out to dinner and the menu isn't vegan friendly or I'm at a function and there aren't things for me to eat. Then I have a hard time. 

So, if you are trying to make lifestyle changes and struggle at times know that you are not alone. It's normal! Don't let it get you down. Recognize it for what it is, a slip up, and get back at it. Keep trying, recommit, start over. Most of all remember why you are making changes in the first place. 

Take charge of your health! Be well!   

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