Eat These Foods Today for Beautiful Skin Tomorrow

Eat These Foods Today for Beautiful Skin Tomorrow

Real foods are probably the very best natural prescriptions for beautiful skin! The key to getting a gorgeous glow is consistency. Eat these foods for beautiful skin often and you'll reap the rewards. Let's not forget that there are a whole slew of processed foods...

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Life Without Dieting

Life Without Dieting

Are you dieting? If so, you're not alone. Millions of others are right there with you. For the most part, people diet to lose weight. The weight was likely gained through a combination of eating too much of the wrong foods, and probably not exercising enough. Nothing...

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Change Your Body With This Body Weight Workout

Change Your Body With This Body Weight Workout

Nothing can change your body more than your very own body. Using your own body weight to get your body to exercise, not only works, but it's also safer than using equipment and almost always functional. I'm not talking about running or doing a bunch of sit ups,...

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Foods That Prevent Weight Loss & Harm Health

Foods That Prevent Weight Loss & Harm Health

Want to eat healthy and clean? It's not easy. People tell me all the time how challenging it is to eat truly healthy when the good stuff is hard to find. Food products, not food, have been on center stage for years and years, taking up more of the spotlight than ever...

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

The first time I made a recipe combining chocolate and avocado was in a chocolate chip cookie recipe a couple years ago. I substituted the avocado for butter. The difference was hardly noticeable. I don't cook with butter all that often, so I didn't miss the butter...

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Red, White & Blue Smoothie: Happy 4th of July!

Red, White & Blue Smoothie: Happy 4th of July!

I'm at the point in my job as a mom where I feel it's really important to get my kids involved in making food with me. They've been in the kitchen with me for years, watching me do everything, but now...at least my oldest...is able to use a knife with supervision....

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Flywheel v SoulCycle: The Calorie for Calorie Burn Off

Flywheel v SoulCycle: The Calorie for Calorie Burn Off

I had a chance to take classes at both Flywheel and SoulCycle - both indoor cycling studios. I took the Flywheel class in Chicago's Gold Cold neighborhood last Tuesday and SoulCycle on Saturday in New York's Upper East Side neighborhood. I from Chicago and typically...

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Killer Workouts: Yoga, Flywheel & Running Hills

Killer Workouts: Yoga, Flywheel & Running Hills

Last Friday my husband, Justin, and I took our two kids to my parents' house in northern Wisconsin. The six+ hour drive from Chicago wasn't exactly fun, but it was worlds apart from the days when we constantly had one of the kids facing away from us in a car seat...

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Homemade Fruit Smoothie Popsicles With No Sugar Added

Homemade Fruit Smoothie Popsicles With No Sugar Added

I had a bunch of kids over for a playdate not long ago and made these homemade fruit smoothie popsicles. I know this isn't a fascinating post on fitness or some mind-blowing article on diet, but hey, who doesn't like popsicles? And aren't they better when they're NOT...

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What A Personal Trainer Wishes She Could Tell You!

What A Personal Trainer Wishes She Could Tell You!

Yesterday I did a segment with HuffPost Live. You can catch it right here. And if you're interested in catching my mug, I show up right around the 8:30 mark, and then periodically after that. Last week I was interviewed for an article featured on the Huffington Post,...

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Four Essential Tips for Long Lasting Weight Loss

Four Essential Tips for Long Lasting Weight Loss

Ever since I was a kid I've thought diets were kind of weird - especially big corporate-branded diets. That's not to say I wasn't body conscious as a teen or young adult, but eating expensive boxed foods to lose weight just never really made complete sense to me. When...

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Kids Who School Near Fast Food Restaurants Are More Obese

Kids Who School Near Fast Food Restaurants Are More Obese

I live nearby a couple of big high schools in Chicago. Both are within spitting distance of several fast food restaurants. Off the top of my head, either have a Popeyes Chicken, Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's and/or several small places students can stop in...

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Emotional Eating Overload & The Movies

Emotional Eating Overload & The Movies

I have a really bad habit. When I watch movies of nearly any genre, I get up and walk away about 20 minutes before it ends. I can't say that I do it ALL the time, and I certainly never do it in movie theaters, although I'm mighty tempted, but it happens. When I do...

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Bad Habits That Cause (or are linked to) Obesity

Bad Habits That Cause (or are linked to) Obesity

For the next few minutes, or just as you glance over this article, take genetics and obesity out of the equation. Let's say that weight gain or weight loss was 100% in your control. Realistically genetics do play a role for some, but not all. According to the National...

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10 Simple and Healthy Diet Refresher Tips

10 Simple and Healthy Diet Refresher Tips

Over the last few weeks I've done a few speaking events for various organizations and have worked with multiple new clients. I find that it's really helpful to cover the basics again and again. In fact, the coordinator at one of the events at which I spoke last week...

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Poor Body Image and Satisfaction Are Harmful

Poor Body Image and Satisfaction Are Harmful

Fat days. I hate 'em! And yes, just like most other women and men, I experience them. I have fat days about as often as I have bad hair days, as well as I-have-nothing-to-wear days. They're every once in a while, and usually come without warning. My clothes might fit...

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Feeling Sore After A Workout: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Feeling Sore After A Workout: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Nearly anyone who has worked up a sweat through exercise, or any strenuous activity, has probably dealt with some level of pain. During exercise, lactic acid builds up in the muscles, causing that burning feeling - also known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. As soon...

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Food Coloring: Health Consequences & Healthy Alternatives

Food Coloring: Health Consequences & Healthy Alternatives

Last week we celebrated my daughter's 7th birthday with about 23 other little girls running around our house. We had a balloon artist to entertain the kids and lots of easy food that I made that morning. Parties for kids this young are usually no more than two hours....

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