Part of the reason I chose to graduate with a degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology was because of the health crisis the US is currently in.
I'm talking record deaths from heart disease, type II diabetes, obesity- diseases that did not exist 70 years ago.
I felt compelled to help people understand what eating better looked like. I just didn't know that it's not that most people don't know what to eat, they don't know how to get it on the table.
"Yes, I know I should be eating vegetables, but all I have time for is the drive-thru or anything that delivers".
It was a painful cycle to watch; a cycle so many Americans are locked into that has the power to kill.
Foods of convenience do not care about your health.
I felt scared for our nation, so I decided to do something.
I wanted to teach people that there is a simple way to get health on their table each night.
And no, it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg, you don't have to be Martha Stewart, and you don't have to the time to...
I'm often asked what is it that I eat in a day, so here it is!
Bragg's apple cider vinegar with lemon first thing in the morning
Green smoothie with spinach, flax and collagen
Winter Glow Up salad from the Basically It Meals menu!
Dijon-Dill salmon also from the menu; so friggin good
I hope this helps you better understand what a healthy day can look like!
Did you know the colors in your food can give your skin a healthy and natural glow?!!
Yes, this time of year more than ever, load your diet up with richly colored fruits and vegetables:
One of the many reasons why we are obsessed with our Winter Glow UP salad
I was interviewed on Fox 2 Now recently about New Year's resolutions.
Kim asked, "how do you make a New Years diet easy to stick to?"
I told her by not going on a diet! Seriously, you don't need another diet!
No one does. We've all tried one, and rarely do they work.
You need something practical and realistic, especially during this hectic time of year.
What is more practical and realistic than healthy balanced meals, designed by a nutritionist, ready to eat, and delivered to your door?
There really is no reason to get any more complicated than that...If you are in St. Louis, sign up HERE to receive weekly meals that are already prepared, delicious, and loaded with nutritional value!
I'm sure you've heard of a few: maca, matcha, ashwaghanda, spirulina, dandelion root....to name a few. But what the heck are all of these and do you actually need to be eating them?
The answer is no, not necessarily! These potions and powders are a nutritionist hackers dream, but totally not necessary for a healthy life.
Maintaining a healthy regular diet is way more important, however if you are a smoothie junkie like me, you may want to try one or two of these out....they have some pretty cool benefits!
If you're thinking about cutting back on the sugar this year, here are three reasons why you should:
When sugar is a regular part of your diet, it makes it impossible for your body to break down fat! In fact, you're likely turning all of that sugar into fat.
Sugar accelerates aging, causing you to look older faster.
When you consume sugar, your blood sugar spikes and then plummets which leaves you feeling unnecessarily tired and cranky.
1. Frozen yogurt: While this can be a slightly healthier alternative to ice cream, that is what makes it dangerous! We tend to eat more when we know its "healthy-er". Keep your portion small and limit your toppings to one favorite!
2. Popcorn: I too am a fan of all the delicious popcorn flavors you can find everywhere nowadays, and while popcorn is far better than chips or pretzels, it can still be overdone. While popcorn's nutritional stats are decent, it goes down easy and by the handful. Topped with some artificial butter or cheese powder, it can pack a punch of calories without you even realizing it.
3. Peanut butter: Yes, a wonderfully healthy source of fats, fiber and protein, it is also very calorically dense and the serving size can disappear alongside crackers or veggie sticks with two bites. Portion it out ahead of time to be sure you know how much you are eating.
Ask the nutritionist!
Each week, we are doing #askthenutritionist, where we will answer your question of the week, and also take your questions for future editions!
This week's question: “My iron levels are low, should I be taking an iron supplement?”
The answer is not necessarily. There are a few reasons why your iron might be low and you may be able to make tweaks that allow you to bypass iron supplementation. If you have a heavy menstrual flow, you may consider an iron supplement around your time of the month (but no more! Heavy iron supplementation can reduce your absorption of iron from food).
It is also possible you have an issue with absorption in your gut. You may try a few things for this: cutting out gluten (super easy if you use a gluten-free meal service), drinking aloe vera juice, and taking a probiotic. A few dietary tweaks you can make to up your dietary iron include: steamed dark leafy greens (broccoli, spinach, sprouts), red meat, organ meats, and...
Unfortunately, those wrinkles you saw pop up last week, those aren't going anywhere.
Your body is aging...
All. The. Time.
That is science.
BUT it is preventable. We can slow it down, even reverse it, with a few small tweaks.
In this video I break down my 4 BEST TIPS to rewind and reverse aging, so you can look your best for a long long time.
This is actually one of my Facebook Live Wine About It that I do each week. I am there every Thursday at 5:30pm bringing you a nutrition tip that will give you fast results. Join me, won't you?! See you next Thursday!
Healthy food shouldn't feel like a punishment.
Yet, so often it tastes like one!
Why does healthy equal boring?
Plain chicken with steamed broccoli...
Raw cauliflower dipped in air...
Plain brown rice, hold the salt...
It doesn't have to be that way!
All of these enhance flavor while also enhancing health! It doesn't have to be complicated or time consuming, just delicious.
To learn more about how to cook healthy at home, check out the No-Diet Diet Club!
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