Sometimes it’s a simple solution

Monday, May 15, 2017 There are so many diets, research articles, and ideas it can become overwhelming to try and choose the healthiest diet for you and your family. Kristen and I have talked about many different diets, and you know it’s our well-balanced mission to help people ditch the diet mentality and make it simple. …

Is your fridge your friend or foe? 6 healthy fridge-hacks

Your food environment can set you up for success or it can make healthy living a struggle. Last week, we gave you a checklist for your countertops and your pantry. In part TWO of the spring cleaning series, we have a checklist for your FRIDGE. It’s all about visibility and convenience. The most visible foods are the…

What does my sleep routine have to do with my weight?

Monday, March 13, 2017 How much sleep you get, how you wind down at the end of the day, the quality of your sleep, and how you wake up in the morning has A LOT to do with your weight and general well-being. Don’t take it from me! Here is more information from The Mayo Clinic on how…

4 steps to make Mondays awesome

Monday, Mar 6, 2017 I love that moment when I tell people that Mondays are my favorite day of the week… If I could read minds, I’m guessing their thinking, “there’s something wrong with this girl,” or “she must be on something.”  As the story goes, in 2009, when I started Well-Balanced Nutrition (the first…

You’ve been challenged | whole grains and heart health – part 2

In honor of Heart Health month, every Wednesday in February we are talking about whole grains because of their connection to good heart health. If you missed the first post do check out: Not all carbs are bad: whole grains and heart health part 1  Last week I challenged the notion that all carbs were bad and should…

The one thing that got my child to eat broccoli again

Many parents want to know how they can get their children to eat more vegetables. I work with young families every week and I hear their struggles.  They often say, “she loves her fruits and eats them several times a day, but her vegetables…not so much.” I am in the same boat. My two little ones…

A simple cure for the afternoon slump

It’s 2pm and you’re starting to feel exhausted. Your brain is a little slow and you are day dreaming about a nap. There’s a good chance that you are on a sugar crash from all those holiday treats or maybe it’s just been a really long day. You could reach for another sugary pick me…

3 ways to stay well this winter

Cough, hack, sneeze! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been hearing this everywhere! From work to daycare to friends and family… everyone is coming down with something. It has me thinking about these 3 things we all could be doing to stay well this winter. Get your Vitamin D level checked. Our vitamin D levels are…

5 Steps to Workout Success!

If you are persistent, you will get it. If you are consistent, you will keep it. I spend my spare time at the YMCA of Durham or Chapel Hill. I like to tell people if I’m not outside playing in the woods, I prefer to be playing at the YMCA.  Given my regular presence at the…