Mountain Dew, Cool Ranch Doritos and Candy Bars

The breakfast and lunch of ……. a future holistic health and fitness coach? It may be hard to believe, but, that was my breakfast and lunch for at least a full year in high school. I would get picked up by a friend for school and we would stop at the Speedy Q where we would get breakfast. My go to was Mountain Dew and cool ranch Doritos (cool ranch was a new flavor at the time). In my school our Spanish club sold candy bars year round for their trip to Spain. Sadly, I ate the gooey caramel one almost daily for lunch. I stepped it up a bit senior year and ate a super bagel and fries at Charlie Brown’s every day. Charlie Brown’s was an ice cream place that was off limits for lunch because we weren’t allowed to leave school property. The craving for super bagels must have been pretty bad since I seem to remember serving detention a time or two. Horrifying isn’t it? Somehow, with those habits, I remained very thin and relatively healthy. I think it must have been because my mom cooked healthy meals every night. One nutritious meal a day kept the doctor away. Well, when I was a kid anyway. In college, I drank double shot mocha’s two to three times a day. Except in the summer time. Tim Horton’s came out with a frozen mocha that was ridiculous and yes, I had at least one a day. I was already a personal trainer at this time! Hell of a role model, huh? My habits sucked! 

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Kombucha! Part 1

I don’t know about you, but, I love a good Kombucha. By now, I am sure you have heard the word before. But, maybe you are not quite sure what Kombucha is. I am here to give you a little Kombucha 101 and take you on a little journey with me.

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To Fuel or Not to Fuel

Seems like there has been a lot of talk in my circles lately about pre and post workout fueling. There’s a lot of debate about what’s best especially pre and post running. I’m going to give you my quick protocol that I follow. I am not going to throw out a bunch of scientific facts or direct you to a bunch of studies. You can find that stuff on your own. I am going to give you the guidance I give my clients and what I follow myself. I guess there is a 15 year study behind my method, because in the years I have been working with clients, this is what has seemed to work the best.

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Chocolate for Breakfast?

Last week I gave you the hard fast rules to change your body quick. One of them was to start your day off with a habit that will help keep you on track all day. This week I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to fuel up after a morning workout and an excellent habit…smoothies for breakfast. Chocolate for breakfast anyone? Let me know what you think

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Hard Fast Rules to Change Your Body Quickly

Last week I started with a new client who asked me to create a list of things they could do nutritionally to see changes in how their body looks and feels quickly, but, not riduculous stuff that is temporary. Then of course it is the time of year (at least here in Michigan) that everyone has that “Oh crap, it’s almost time to bare the beach body!” mentality, so I have had a lot of “what can I do fast?” questions this week.

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Cook Beans From Scratch

Beans are one of my favorite foods. They are easy to make, they freeze well, there are diverse varieties, you can make a wide range of foods with them, and they are extremely good for you. Beans are high in protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates, folate, thiamin, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Many beans such as black beans are also rich in antioxidant phytonutrients such as anthocyanins. It is hard to imagine a food that delivers more than beans. As amazing as beans are, many people feel intimidated by cooking them. There are a few steps involved, but the overall process is relatively simple. People also have concerns about the time involved. Most of the time required is spent passively waiting for the beans to soak which can be done while you are sleeping or out of the house. Continue on and I will teach you just how easy it is.

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Clean Up Your Pantry

I have been asked several times to come up with a list of pantry items that I consider clean. What better time of year than New Year’s resolution time! Last Sunday I was in Whole Foods after 8 p.m. and the aisles were full of people reading food labels. There were some pretty confused expressions. I want to help you stock your pantry with the best items that I consider “clean”. Of course, if you have been following me long enough, you know the majority of your daily eats don’t come from the pantry. With that said, here you go:

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Stock is a simple to make ingredient that is great to keep on hand. You can use it in place of water when cooking things like rice, risotto, lentils, and beans for an extra boost of flavor. It is also a great way to use up extra vegetables you might have in the fridge. Below is the basic recipe that I use to make stock at home. When making stock for myself I usually like to start with a base of mirepoix. Mirepoix may seem like a strange word, but it is something you have probably cooked with before. A basic mirepoix is simply a combination of chopped celery, carrots, and onions. The ratio of these vegetables should be one part celery, one part carrots, and two parts onion. How much of this you need can be adjusted based on how much stock you are making and how much and what type of other vegetables you are using. The recipe below is really just an outline.

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