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Book Club with Glennon

Truthiest Truths about Living Well

I am a lucky girl. I have a wonderful family, comfortable home, amazing friends and yet I struggle with the same pull for perfectionism as many of you. Yet, my luckily life brings me harsh lessons at seemingly perfect times. This week I had the great fortune of meeting Glennon Doyle Melton, the refreshingly honest blogger behind Momastery.com. Glennon makes speaking from the heart seem effortless and comical and essentially sweet all at the same time. Thanks to my friend Laurie and an amazing (spontaneous) group of women, we formed a "book club" that allowed us to meet Glennon from the … [Read More...]

Quest for the Best: Granola (part 1 - store bought)

Quest for the Best: Granola (Part 1)

    I just love granola. And not because I now live in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, I know the stereotypical visions of people eating a snack with all of the flavor of cardboard as a survival tactic while on long hikes, stopping only to hug a tree or two along the way, right? Far from it! For me, granola conjures up the comfort of a warm bowl of oatmeal in my grandma’s kitchen, the sweetness of dried fruit that I loved snacking on as a kid and the surprise of various spices that keeps my adult palate intrigued. It is filling without being fussy. As a Dietitian, I find the … [Read More...]

What's Hot about Hot Yoga

What’s Hot About Hot Yoga?

It’s clear...yoga is hot! In almost every city you can find a multitude of yoga studios; many of them are offering hot yoga. Hot yoga is basically the practice of yoga in a hot, humid room; generally between 80-95 degrees. The twist on this centuries’ old practice is intended to help warm your muscles so that you can more easily stretch and hold postures that you might otherwise have difficulty holding. I personally think the trend is particularly hot because we are moving into an era of extreme sports. Whether pushing ourselves to extremes through programs like Insanity, participating … [Read More...]

Creamy Squash and Carrot Ribbons

Meatless Lent {including recipe: Creamy Squash and Carrot Ribbons

  Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent which is the 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter.  Lent is supposed to be a time of reflection and preparation for Catholics, but for my entire life it has always meant answering the dreaded question “what are you giving up?” While I prefer the idea of doing something good in preparation of Easter, and that is still something I promote with my children, my Catholic guilt always brings me back to picking some kind of sacrifice. So, my dear readers, I’ve picked something this year that I think might benefit you in … [Read More...]

Are Your Workouts Intense Enough to Get Results

Are Your Workouts Intense Enough to See Results?

When it comes to the secret of getting REAL results from your workout, I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. The good news is that you can get amazing results in a short amount of time! That’s great for all of you who are time-strapped with the demands of life…that’s pretty much everyone reading this, right? The bad news is that you are going to have to step up your effort. Wait…don’t stop reading yet! This doesn’t mean you have to quit your day job and become a gym rat to have any kind of muscle definition. Hear me out… We’ve all heard the recommendations for physical activity and … [Read More...]