Can Candy be Healthy?

My opinion on candy has changed a lot over the years. You see, prior to teaching others about nutrition, I didn’t care one bit about what I ate. Having candy and sweets was a regular day in the life. When it comes to candy, you’re either a chocolate or fruity person – it’s chocolate for me. Snickers has been my favorite for as long as I can remember. There’s something about the salty/sweet combo of peanuts and chocolate in there. I had no control over my sweet tooth. There was candy available...

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How to Know If You’re Eating Right

You want to eat better. You do the research. You hear people saying “eat this don’t eat that” and try to figure out what exactly it means to eat healthy. You want to eat right because you care about your health…but how do you know if you’re eating right for your body? When I was in college, I ate whatever I wanted. I loved sweets especially. As it tends to happen in college, I started to put on the freshman 15. Pinterest was still newer, and one of the first boards I created was for workouts....

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Eating Healthy in Unhealthy Food Environments

Eating healthy can feel like a never-ending struggle. It can feel like you can’t stick with any healthy habits and nothing you do is going to work (if you even can know if you’re doing the right thing). At home, you can find control. You can keep the chips and cookies out of your pantry to avoid a binge. You can cook your own meals and pay attention to your portion sizes. Things become more complicated when you go outside of that comfort zone and into unhealthy food environments. My husband,...

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5 Healthy Habits for School Season

August for many means the start of the new school year. I remember being a kid and getting excited about going back-to-school shopping. Some of my favorite things to pick out were a new pencil case, notebooks, and colored pens each year. I still remember color coordinating my pens to my classes. As a kid, back-to-school time is exciting! As an adult, it tends to be more on the stressful side. You have to make sure the kids have all the required school supplies, clothes that fit as they...

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3 Healthy Recipes for Your Summer Potluck

Looking for healthy recipes for your summer potluck coming up? I’ve got you covered! If you're anything like me, deciding what to bring to the summer potluck is always a challenge. You want to make something that will taste good for everyone to enjoy, and you also would like it to be at least somewhat good for you.Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. Focus on nutrient-dense, whole foods that will provide fullness and energy, so you can be ready for the cornhole or washers tournament still...

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1 Simple Habit to Stop Overeating

Mindful eating is a simple habit to stop overeating. Eating slower can lessen guilt if you struggle with feeling out of control around food. Our modern society is fast paced. If I asked how you’re doing, there’s a good chance “busy” would be included in your response. Weekdays you rush to get out of bed and out the door. You work all day. You spend what’s left in the day cooking, cleaning, and with family. Weekends are full of activities for the kids, hanging out with friends, grocery...

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Why Snacking is Good for You, Plus 5 Healthy Snacks

One of the first things people will do when they feel out of control around food is try not to snack as much. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are staple meals that are natural to eat, but there’s no dedicated snack time. So it begs the question, is snacking good for you? I’ll tell you why you should snack more. Blood sugar is a key factor in how you feel throughout the day. What level your blood sugar is at relates to how you feel... If your blood sugar is too high, you may feel antsy, anxious,...

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5 Ways to Stop Sugar Cravings in their Tracks

Have you ever dreamed of that perfect crunchy/gooey sweetness of a chocolate chip cookie before you had even eaten your dinner? That used to be me every night. I had a hard time actually wanting a meal because my sweet tooth was drawing me towards all the foods I knew I didn’t need to be eating. I thought it was just a problem with me. I would go through phases of trying to resist and cut out sweets. Then I’d have a bad day or feel like I deserved a treat and be right back where I started...

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3 Easy Ways to Take Control of Your Health This Year

You're ready to take control of your health this year. Healthy and happy - they go hand in hand. I want you to begin thinking about what you can add to your life to make it better. We lift ourselves up by focusing on how we can improve instead of shaming ourselves over what we feel we've done wrong. Remember change starts with you. Be bold to consider varying from the norm to find what allows you to live your best life. Use these 3 tips below to start making easy changes to improve how you...

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3 Tips to Enjoy Your Holiday Meal Guilt-Free

Food guilt…been there, done that. Of all the times to have the voices in your head telling you to eat this, don’t eat that, I shouldn’t have eaten that - now is not it. The holidays can be stressful enough without adding food to the list of things making your head spin. As a health coach that specializes in helping women find food freedom, I find it especially important over the holiday season to not have to worry about the foods you choose to eat. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and...

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5 Simple Steps for Healthy Living

Transitioning into a healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming. For many, it feels like a world full of unfamiliar routines and unattainable habits.  To break down that barrier, here are five simple steps you can take to make your own transition, starting today: 1) Start your day with a cup of warm lemon water. Most people aren't drinking enough water, so it's great to start your day with hydration. This simple habit is one of the kindest routines you can implement for your digestive...

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