a burger and french fries at a restaurant

The word “healthy” seems to have a different meaning to everyone. Some people view healthy as eating a 100% “clean” diet with no sugar, no dairy, and no processed food….ever. Some people view healthy as working out 7 days a week with no rest days. My approach to health is somewhat in the middle. To me you are healthy when you are eating whole foods that nourish your body….most of the time. To me you are healthy when you exercise the body at least 3 days a week, and then on the others days you don’t just sit on your butt all day. Healthy isRead More →

Man reading a nutrition label in a grocery store

The other day I was in the grocery store shopping for turkey burgers. I went into the store knowing exactly was I was looking for. At least I thought I did. Until I started looking around and realized just how many choices there were. They had low fat turkey burgers, full fat turkey burgers, spicy turkey burgers, and some claiming to be “all natural”. With all of these choices I realized just how important it is to read food labels. There were so many brands claiming to be “healthy” yet the ingredient list had 10+ items, and some I didn’t even recognize! So in orderRead More →

Employees sitting at an office meeting with papers and laptops

According to a recent study, “on average, adults in Western countries spend between 55% and 70% of their day sedentary” (Chau 2013). For the average person who spends about 16 hours a day awake, that equals out to be about 9-11 hours of sitting each day! To make it even worse, the same study found out that “that each additional hour of daily sitting is associated with an overall 2% increased risk of all-cause mortality.” If you have a desk job, I’m sure you spend more time than you’d like sitting. If you start to do the math, it can get frightening! But the goodRead More →

bare feet in bed sleeping

Your life is busy. I get it. I understand that when you feel like you have a million things to do, that sleep is an easy thing to cut out. But what if I told you that simply getting more sleep could help you reach your weight loss goals? And that with the combined weight loss and increase in sleep, you would have more energy and feel better than ever? I bet I have your attention now. As a certified Health Coach, it’s my job to help people feel their best and be the healthiest version of themselves. Did you know that at least 40%Read More →

Isobag mini packed with healthy food for work

I totally understand when people tell me that they have no time to workout because of their full-time job. I get it. I also have a full-time job that usually turns into more than 40 hours a week. I realize just how easy it is it fall off track. Especially when my days can be booked full with appointments with hardly any breaks in between! However all of my crazy hours have just helped me get better at planning. Meal prep is now more important than ever. Before I used to get away with making 2-3 meals at a time. But now I’m cooking 7-9 mealsRead More →

girl looking at products in a health supplement aisle

2016 is coming to an end, and that means it’s almost time to make those New Year resolutions! After the month long “holiday season” most people end up feeling like crap. They’re stressed, exhausted, and don’t even get me started on their diet! So naturally most people’s resolution is centered around their health. Maybe you want to finally lost that 15lbs, or maybe you want to cut sugar out of your diet, or maybe you just want to start focusing on yourself again. Whatever your resolution is, improving your health will help! As a certified Health Coach, I’m not big on supplements. I would muchRead More →

health and fitness supplements

The supplement world is booming. There are hundreds of supplements out there claiming to do everything from burn fat all the way to increase muscle mass. Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) are one of the most widely used supplements in the fitness industry. So before you go spending lots of money on BCAAs, let’s look at the research to see if it’s even worth the effort. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are nine essential amino acids, meaning that they are crucial to our survival, and without them we would die. Out of these nine essential amino acids, three of them makeRead More →

A variety of fresh bread on a wooden table

I’m sure at some point in your life you heard somebody say that you should go on a low carb diet if you want to lose weight. You might have even had a friend who tried it themselves and lost weight! But let me tell you a little secret. Your friend might have lost weight, but they really didn’t lose much body fat, if any at all. The weight that you lose is really just water weight. The human body holds 2.4 grams of water for every 1 gram of carbohydrate consumed. So naturally when you decrease your carbohydrate intake, you end up holding lessRead More →

Polar A360 watch

When Fitbits first became popular, I jumped on the band wagon so fast. I’m all about health and fitness, so why not track it on my wrist? I loved my Fitbit. I was obsessed with getting 10,000 steps every single day. I tracked my workouts daily, and always looked at my sleeping patterns. I didn’t think it could get much better than that. But then all of a sudden I started having issues with my Fitbit. My workouts wouldn’t sync to the app. The estimated calories burned seemed extremely low. And it literally starting falling apart by the screen. Customer service was great and sentRead More →

Do you feel tired all the time? Are you prone to muscle cramps and headaches? Do you constantly feel bloated? Believe it or not, but these are all signs that you aren’t drinking enough water! I bet it doesn’t come as much of a surprise to hear that water is super important for you health. The human body is about 70% water, so why not give it what it wants?? I get it…water might not be the most appealing drink of choice. However, it’s important to get into the habit of making it your most consumed beverage. There are so many different studies and websites out there allRead More →