The Many Benefits of Eating High Fiber

The Many Benefits of Eating High Fiber

If your diet is rich in fiber, you're probably eat fairly healthy. Most foods that are inherently rich in fiber are good for us in many, many ways. Most of us, however, don't get nearly enough of the rough stuff. In the US, fiber intake hovers somewhere between 10 and...

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Amazing Everyday Foods Your Body Will Love

Amazing Everyday Foods Your Body Will Love

Almost every unprocessed food has inherent nutritional value. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, the right foods do a great job keeping your body healthy. Check out how these common conditions can be aided by some superstar everyday foods. Lower Cholesterol A recent...

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No Excuses Workout #11

No Excuses Workout #11

It's been a while since I posted a workout. Here is a good one that really hones in on shoulders and legs, particularly the quadriceps, while focusing on endurance. Most of my workouts will have running as the default cardio exercise, but really, any cardio will...

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3 Important Muscles to Always Keep Strong

3 Important Muscles to Always Keep Strong

I posted this article last summer. I'm re-posting as it's always a good idea to remember the *key* muscles that are important to our mobility and injury prevention. When it comes to fitness, there isn’t necessarily one mode of exercise that is better than another. If...

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Comfortably Uncomfortable – Raise Your Body’s Bar

Comfortably Uncomfortable – Raise Your Body’s Bar

When you work out, how hard do you push yourself? Whether you’re going for a run, practicing yoga, or lifting weights – if you constantly exercise at the same level with no real effort that raises the bar a little higher, you’re cheating yourself out of potential...

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No Excuses Workout #10

No Excuses Workout #10

I've gotten a little feedback on the workouts I've posted over the last couple months. One of the most frequent comments I've heard is,  "Traci, have you actually done these?" Yes, I have...however, they have run a weeee-bit too long, and have also been pretty...

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3 Postpartum Exercises Your Body Will Love

3 Postpartum Exercises Your Body Will Love

The struggle to lose weight after having a baby affects women from all walks of life.  A lot of factors play into just how fast your body will regain some semblance of what you looked like before getting pregnant. Factors that affect how fast you "snap back"...

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A Healthy and Mild Fat Tuesday Jambalaya

A Healthy and Mild Fat Tuesday Jambalaya

In honor or Mardi Gras, I whipped up a modified - but healthy - version of jambalaya. Traditionally, jambalaya is made with lots of sausage, seafood, rice, vegetables and a ton of hot spices. Since I don't eat red meat and the rest of my family prefers food on the...

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No Excuses Workout #9

No Excuses Workout #9

This workout is all about time and done on intervals - even the strength exercises. The total time for this workout is about one hour and ten minutes. If you're really pressed for time and need to keep it under an hour, reduce the intervals by one set and you'll be...

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Chicken Vegetable Curry: Eat it up and reap the benefits!

Chicken Vegetable Curry: Eat it up and reap the benefits!

I love curry. I could probably eat something with curry every day. The recipe below, Chicken Vegetable Curry, is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it!  It seems like people fall into one of three different camps when it comes to this spice: 1)      They like it 2)     ...

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No Excuses Workout #8

No Excuses Workout #8

I'm a little behind posting my weekly workout, but it's a good one! Since I put this together last week, I've done it a couple times and can say that this group of exercises really focuses A LOT on endurance as well as  functional strength. This is also an ideal...

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Simple & Delicious: Low Fat Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Simple & Delicious: Low Fat Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

A steaming cup of Creamy Tomato Basil Soup really hits the spot on a chilly weekend afternoon. All you need is an immersion or conventional blender and a few basic ingredients. Why not give it a try? 2 cans (14.5 oz. each) of crushed tomatoes 3 cups low fat milk 1...

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No Excuses Weekend Warrior Workout #7

No Excuses Weekend Warrior Workout #7

Here's a great 30-minute workout that does well on its own, or in combination with a brisk run. The focus of today's workout is high-repetition and body weight. Nothing in the workout can't be done from the comfort of your living room, your gym, the backyard, your...

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Super Food Trail Mix Combinations

Super Food Trail Mix Combinations

One minute. That's about all the time it would take to grab a handful of a few of your favorite trail mix-able ingredients, throw them into a bag and call it a day.  To save a little time, I put together a list of a few great ingredients that can be mixed and matched...

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Happy Valentine’s Day: 10 Facts About Our Amazing Heart

Happy Valentine’s Day: 10 Facts About Our Amazing Heart

Happy Valentine's Day everyone. Here are 10 facts about our amazing heart. The heart is one miraculous machine. Weighing in at under a pound, it is the most important muscle in our body. I thought I'd devote today's post to a few interesting facts about this organ...

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Three Shoulder Exercises Your Body Will Love

Three Shoulder Exercises Your Body Will Love

Your shoulders are definitely a part of your body that need a little love. Every time you reach, push or pull, your shoulders are in action. Below are a few exercises for healthy shoulders your body could really benefit from. Dumbbell Shoulder Press This is a great...

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