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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Have Your Fitness Breakthrough

I had someone ask me what I thought were the top secrets to have a breakthrough and achieve their fitness goals once and for all. It’s not really a simple five secrets kind of thing to have a breakthrough, but, I am going to do my best to sum it up into five bullet points. These aren’t really secrets as much as they are reminders or some may call it the simple truth.

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Could You Be Setting the Wrong Goals?

The Fit into Spring program launched this week and I am super excited because the women that are in the program just completed the Fall into Fitness program and they are primed and ready to kick some butt! My goal for them is to have the best summer ever. They are going to be fit, strong and ready to rock their spring wardrobes with confidence. I have learned a lot over the years working with these women and with clients on setting and achieving goals. There is one thing that rings true for all that I have worked with. Setting the goal is pointless if there isn’t a clear picture of what it looks like to reach it and what it takes to get there. But, not just reach it, what does it look like to live that way once you get there? Do you even know what it takes to reach the goal? I am afraid a lot of people set goals without this knowledge and end up feeling like they failed when the reality is, maybe they didn’t set the right goal to begin with.

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Be Good at Being Bad

It’s that time of year. Everyone wants to turn over a new leaf. Many people are starting new workouts or joining new classes or even starting with a trainer. Media tells us the majority of you are going to fall off the workout and health wagon by the end of the month, if you haven’t already. I want to prove them wrong so I am going to give you one really great tip. Get comfortable with being bad at working out. Crazy, right?

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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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