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The Good Hearted Benefits of Gratitude

I once heard someone tell a story about a man who complained about having no shoes. His feet were blistered and worn, and in the winter his feet were as cold as ice. Day after day he would walk through the town complaining about the pain he felt with every step. The man complained about

The Key to Making Changes that Stick

Everybody has their one thing. Something that when you do it, it makes other good decisions happen. That’s your keystone habit and it is the secret to unlocking a healthy life. You know those days when everything just seems to click. You are on fire! Maybe you started your day with a really healthy breakfast.

The Biggest Impact You Make on the Earth

  We all seem to be a little more environmentally-conscious these days. Even if we aren’t really doing anything to improve our carbon footprints, we at least know what one is. We’ve heard reports about ice caps melting, we’ve seen crazy weather patterns dumping feet of snow in certain areas of the country (sorry Boston),

Getting to the Bottom of Gut-Friendly Eating

Gassiness, bloating, and craziness in the bathroom…it is an embarrassing reality for many people. But you don’t have to suffer in silence. Even if your symptoms seem mild in comparison, that annoying feeling of a Monday morning muffin top preventing you from buttoning your favorite pair of pants might be just enough to push you

What to Eat? The New Dietary Guidelines Report

Ah…March. For some people March is all about St. Patty’s Day green, libations (yep – I actually used that word) and celebrations. For others March is about spring break or clocks springing forward for more time in the sunshine.   For Dietitians however, March is all about National Nutrition Month®.   Every year the Academy

Principles to Practice: Healthy Thanksgiving Plating

So often we hear recommendations for healthy living – drink 8 8-oz. glasses of water each day, eat in moderation, exercise for 150 minutes each week, get in 8 hours of sleep…and it goes on and on. Unfortunately it can be hard to determine how to follow these recommendations in the midst of our busy,

The Fall 15 Workout

  I am not some dedicated gym rat that loves the thought of doing push-ups, burpees, or anything else that sounds like something that will make me want to puke. I am however someone who wants to feel good in my clothes. I’m guessing you and I are alike in that way, huh? Because I

Easy Minestrone Soup

Minestrone soup is unaffectionaly sometimes referred to as the kitchen sink soup...meaning you can put just about anything in it! To me, it's a God-send for staying within a food budget AND eating healthy. That combination isn't something you come across every day. Minestrone soup is essentially a broth-based soup with lots of veggies. You can

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

  • 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