Grain Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Grain Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I'm fully committed to making my recipes with less sugar than the original, purely in an effort to try to recreate something that tastes really good without having as much of the sweet stuff in it. These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are no exception. But when I did a...

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4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Mint Fudge

4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Mint Fudge

Growing up in the Midwest, I always used to love the little mint fudge squares from Marshall Fields. Any time of year, they were great, but especially around the holidays. Do you know the fudge I'm taking about? This Dark Chocolate Mint Fudge is like that - only...

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The Best Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower Side Dish

The Best Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower Side Dish

It's a mash up. I really mean it. I made this side dish last year for Thanksgiving and have since made it multiple times because the cauliflower part of this combo can fly pretty close to under the radar. This really is the best mashed potatoes and cauliflower side...

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How Can You Fix a Broken Metabolism?

How Can You Fix a Broken Metabolism?

“Metabolism” is a word that gets thrown around a lot in the context of weight loss. We think we have a fast metabolism if we lose weight quickly or can sit down and eat a pint of ice cream without putting a dent on the scale. We think we have a slow metabolism if we...

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Why Don’t Your Healthy Habits Always Work?

Why Don’t Your Healthy Habits Always Work?

We all have habits. Some bad, some good, and probably plenty we could improve upon. Most of my clients and the people I talk to are keenly aware of good habits versus bad habits. I'm sure you are, too. We all know that smoking and not exercising are bad habits. Most...

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Does Exercise Really Help You Lose Weight?

Does Exercise Really Help You Lose Weight?

If you want to lose weight, you better get exercising! At least, that's what we've always been told. There is no doubt that the connection between exercise and health is strong, however, the notion that exercise is a panacea for weight loss is a bit overreached. Don't...

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Why Do Women Gain Weight Through Menopause and Midlife?

Why Do Women Gain Weight Through Menopause and Midlife?

Every woman knows that at some point in her life, the transition of menopause will begin. For most women, this happens as early as 40 and for others, mid-50s. While menopause marks the end of a woman's reproductive life, it begins a new chapter, too! I'll get to that...

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Belly Burning Full Body Workout Athleta-Style

Belly Burning Full Body Workout Athleta-Style

A while ago I was asked to be the Lifestyle Ambassador for Athleta's Southport Store. I love Athleta and the way the company embraces a balanced health for women...so, of course, I said YES! I'm partnered with two other amazing women from Chicago who bring up the yoga...

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7-Minute Full Body Workout

7-Minute Full Body Workout

Sometimes finding the time to workout is tough. Getting a solid hour out of the day to do any type of exercise, from cardio to strength, can be next to impossible if you've got a tight schedule. That said, keeping your body moving is incredible important to to you...

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Drop 10 Full Body Workout

Drop 10 Full Body Workout

This is a pretty self-explanatory workout. Work through each of the set, alternating upper body, lower body and core, dropping 10 repetitions with each set. This workout starts using the bigger muscles of the body, then works it's way down to the smaller muscles of...

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Short and Sweet Full Body Workout

Short and Sweet Full Body Workout

Want a short and sweet full body workout? It's here! This workout keeps you moving at a moderately high intensity for about eight minutes. The burpees and the high knees will bring your heart rates up very high. Do not rest until you come to the end of the workout....

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Tight Butt and Thighs Full Body Workout

Tight Butt and Thighs Full Body Workout

The biggest muscles in your body is your gluteus maximum (aka: your butt). Your quadriceps (aka: you thighs) are the longest muscle in your body. So it makes sense why you'd what to tie these two muscles into a full body workout that tightens and tones. Of course,...

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