Managing Expectations

In a spin class I found myself in the “not wanting” mentality. The music was not upbeat fitness tunes. The instructor did not believe in doing anything “wild and crazy” such as coming out of the saddle to climb a hill (all of which only makes since if you have taken a cycling class). The minutes seemed to drag on longer…

The 4-Letter Word

Diet.  I was recently talking with a coworker about the South Beach diet. She and 7 other coworkers have taken up this diet together.  I love the team approach!  Dieting is a form of mindfulness. At least for the time that we commit to it! Y’all may know, I’m not a big believer in diets; however, there is a…

Out of Sight, Out of Mind.

Picture this: Your awesome neighbor baked cookies and brought them over because she heard you were having a rough week. You decide to share the cookies with your roommates or family (aren’t you so sweet?)  Do you: (A) leave them on the counter to make them available or (B) tell everyone they can help themselves to…

Power Off. Power On.

  Do you remember the computer blue screen of death?! Or do you suffer from a frustrating and sluggish computer that is not cooperating? If you have not already picked up the phone to call the IT department, the solution is typically to turn off the devise then turn it back on. Here’s something to consider……

Making Mindful (and delicious!) Choices

Out to dinner last week I had the opportunity to put mindful eating into practice in the restaurant setting. I enjoyed each crunchy bite of salad combined with a tasty piece of seasoned shrimp, savoring the taste and textures as I munched and chatted. By the bottom of the bowl my taste buds had grown…

What is Motivating You?

You can make any changes to your body that you want. It is a matter of knowing how to change your ways and finding the motivation to stick with it. A few years ago I received a lovely ring. Prior to receiving this gift I was an avid nail biter, but having that new shiny…

Make it easy!

Stop what you’re doing. Think of something that’s really easy to do. Close your eyes and take a moment to think about it. For me the first thing that came to my mind was brushing my teeth. I do it at least 2 times a day and it feels good! Okay, what did you think of? Now…

What Fills Your Cup?

I love this phrase – fills your cup – and I thank Kristen Norton for bringing it back into my vocabulary. For those of you wondering what in the world that means, I would summarize that it’s same concept of what recharges your batteries? What gives you light or energy? This week I had the…

No more grocery shopping guessing games

(This week’s post is brought to you by Kristen Norton! Kristen is a fellow dietitian, adventurist, creative colleague and friend. She shares with us a useful tool to untangle grocery shopping confusion via the EWG’s Food Score app/website.)   We know whole foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat, wild-caught fish or poultry are best for…

Mental Health Day

On this Labor Day that celebrates us hard-working American’s it only seems appropriate to talk about the importance of these play days. I was lucky enough to be raised by mother who believes in taking mental health days. Yes that’s right, she let me stay home from school “just because” one time per semester (as long…