Connecting with Nature

While exploring the Franklin Park Conservatory with my friend, Cameron, last week we got to talking about how much more alive we feel when in nature. He is very connected to nature and I asked him to share what that means and how his connection affects his day-to-day life. Q: What does it mean to…

Hidden Stress

I fancy myself a fairly relaxed person, but when I notice the other drivers on the road are more annoying than usual I can safely assume that I’m probably stressed out. At times, I do not yet know what I’m worried about. Could it be an interview or business meeting? Something regarding my health? Or…

What’s Your Vice?

This was a question posed to me last week – specifically someone that wanted to know what foods or beverages I indulge in, because let’s face it none of us (especially the dietitian!) are eating perfectly all the time. Ironically, that question was easy to answer last week… I’m a sucker for anything with icing!…

It Should Be Fun!

Caution: I’m about to use a four-letter word for some people… Exercise. I recently came across this amazing YouTube video (now blocked do to copyright laws) of Flying Uwe doing a treadmill cardio workout. It caught my eye because: (1) I love to dance (2) The gym is one of my happy places While I…

Kick-up your workout!

Recently, I’ve been feeling bored in my normal exercise routine and was glad to get some inspiration from the article mentioned below to restart interval training and shake things up a bit! In this article, Walk Hard. Walk Easy. Repeat. by Gretchen Reynolds with NYtimes.com discusses the benefits of interval training. It is especially good…

Unrequested R & R

Last week I was forced into rest and relaxation. That might sound strange, but for those that know me, this was a struggle. I sometimes have a hard time sitting still. To paint the picture, I identify best with Tigger when compared to the characters on Winnie the Pooh. What is wonderful about winter is…

Partner for Health

I have recently adopted a new approach to life – working in a group, pair or team is better than flying solo. As someone that prides herself on marching to the beat of my own drum this is a big deal! I’m well aware of the challenges of teamwork –including compromise and learning to share…

Raw vs. Cooked Produce

Good Morning! I think this question below is great, as the winter months draw near I know some of us just can’t choke down a salad when it’s 40 degrees outside! Q:  “I don’t like vegetables raw and prefer to lightly blanch them before munching on them. Am I losing a lot of the nutrients…

Mighty Muscles

Ask not what you can do for your muscles, but what your muscles can do for you. You already know how important it is to get your blood pumping while you are exercising, and since you’re doing cardio 3-5 times a week you already have that covered (right?).  Now, did you know that is it…

Pickin’ Pumpkins

Yay it’s October! Leaves changing, crisp breezes, haunted houses and pumpkins a plenty. I know we all love pumpkins for their excellent carvable capabilities, but did you also know that they’re really good for you?! And pumpkin pie doesn’t always start in a can ;-). Better than just a decorative Halloween candle holder or a…