Gluten-Free Father’s Day Feast

Gluten-Free Father’s Day Feast

Chicken Skewers with Cashew Pesto Sauce Fire up the grill and get your wooden skewers blanched in water. The star of this simple dish is the sauce. Made with cashews instead of pine nuts, this sauce is a great savory alternative. Ingredients 2 c. Fresh Basil 1/2 c....

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3 Reasons Your Body Will Love Kettlebells

3 Reasons Your Body Will Love Kettlebells

If you’re a regular gym-goer, you know what a Kettlbell looks like:a circle-shaped cast-iron ball donning a handle big enough to accommodate two hands. Even though they've been around since the 19th century, these primitive looking weights have gained superstar...

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What’s Your Workout Type?

What’s Your Workout Type?

We take care of our bodies. We take care of our health. These are utterly important to our overall wellbeing! That said, every once in a while it’s ok not to take ourselves too seriously and have some fun with this thing called “fitness.” Where do you see your workout...

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Healthy Carb Breakfast for Your Body Type

Healthy Carb Breakfast for Your Body Type

"Carbohydrates." Say the word and almost everyone listens.  Most of us know that when we eat carbohydrates, our body stores them in our muscles and liver for immediate use for energy. What we don't store in either of those two departments gets stored as fat. Not...

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Calorie Crazy vs Calorie Conscious?

Calorie Crazy vs Calorie Conscious?

Several years ago I trained a great client who  showed up for every session with a calorie-counting heart rate monitor ready to go. I also had another client around that same time who would show up shortly after breakfast worried about the 200 calories she just...

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Foods That Are Right For Your Body Type

Foods That Are Right For Your Body Type

This morning I'll be going on The TODAY Show with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford to talk body types - specifically foods that are right for your body type. If you miss the show and are interested in what's going on, here is what I'll be talking about. Foods for Your...

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The Dirty Dozen & Clean 15

The Dirty Dozen & Clean 15

Summer is just a couple weeks away. Fruit salads and grilled veggies will be pushed into high gear. I always encourage people to try to shop organic when it comes to produce. Aside from a higher nutrient value in organically-produced produce, organic fruits and...

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3 Unassuming Exercises That Will Kick Your Butt

3 Unassuming Exercises That Will Kick Your Butt

For the sake of today's post, I'd like to throw all exercises into one of three categories: 1) Hard: They look difficult to do, and if done properly they are difficult to do. There is no escaping it, yet we do these exercises because they benefit us in some way. For...

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Stephanie Howell: How I lost 145 pounds

Stephanie Howell: How I lost 145 pounds

Losing weight was never really difficult for Stephanie Howell. She simply wouldn't eat. Yet this former native of southern Illinois moved to Chicago in 2006 weighing 315 pounds. Five years later, Stephanie is a transformed and committed woman with a svelte 170 pound...

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Is the Breakfast You’re Eating Right for Your Body?

Is the Breakfast You’re Eating Right for Your Body?

Eating the right foods in the morning plays a bigger role in how healthy or unhealthy you eat for the rest of the day. Breakfast sets a whole chain of events in motion, from maintaining even energy levels (thanks to blood sugar levels) to keeping cravings in check...

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The Best Adult Dessert Ever: Raw Brownies

The Best Adult Dessert Ever: Raw Brownies

Last week I spoke at the Kenmore Live Studios in Chicago for a Families in the Loop event. It was a pre-Mother's Day event, largely geared around food, fitness and style. I was there to give a few tips on how to stay healthy, but the real star of the show was Beth...

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No Excuses (Tabata) Workout #15

No Excuses (Tabata) Workout #15

A Tabata workout is a set of eight high intensity intervals performed for a total of four minutes. The intervals consist of 20 seconds of high intensity exercise, followed by 10 seconds of recovery. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, they're not. The optimum words are...

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3 Great Pre and Post-Workout Breakfasts

3 Great Pre and Post-Workout Breakfasts

The right breakfast is the linchpin of many-a-workout. Eat too little - or nothing at all - and you'll run out of fuel. Eat too much and you'll feel sluggish and uncomfortable. I've posted before on foods that energize, and have written about the importance of eating...

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No Excuses (5K) Workout #14

No Excuses (5K) Workout #14

If you can walk, it’s highly likely you can do a 5K – even if you plan on walking the entire way. The speed in which you complete this 3.1 mile run depends on 1) your goal 2) how diligently you train. I’m not going to lay out an entire training plan, rather two...

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4 Tips to Re-Shape Your Body

4 Tips to Re-Shape Your Body

You want to hit a healthier weight, but never seem to have the time to get into a regular workout routine, or put together a plan to eat better. What if you didn't have to plan and prep to make a difference? Here are a few simple changes you can make in your lifestyle...

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Five Signs You Need to Change Your Workout

Five Signs You Need to Change Your Workout

If you're tired of the same workout, or just not seeing the same results as you used to, it's probably time to change things up. Here are five signs that it's time to change your routine. 1. No Motivation Your iPod is fully loaded. You spent an hour (or more if you're...

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No Excuses (Spinning) Workout #13

No Excuses (Spinning) Workout #13

Back in the day I used to teach Spinning®. I almost always taught at 6:00am. Like working out for anyone, getting out of bed well before the sun rises wasn't always easy, but was always worth it.  Always.I loved teaching, and had a core group of "usuals" that were...

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Quick and Healthy Parmesan Asparagus with Balsamic Reduction

Quick and Healthy Parmesan Asparagus with Balsamic Reduction

The other morning I made a simple Parmesan asparagus with balsamic reduction for brunch. It turned out great and tasted terrific. Aside from flavor, there are so many other reasons why Asparagus is up at the top of my list of favorite vegetables. Prebiotics: We've all...

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