Sugar: Time To Get Serious

Do you have a sweet tooth? Chances are that you do. As a survival mechanism humans are programmed to prefer sweetness to other flavors. Couple this inborn preference with the U.S. food supply that provides excessive amounts of sugar, readily-available and in many different forms, and the result is the average person consumes 150-170 pounds of sugar ever year. Nutrition information is always evolving, and as we've learned that inflammation is at the root of all chronic disease, the impact of sugar has come under the microscope. Gone are the days when a spoonful of sugar was a benign treat. Sugar contributes to the development of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and depression in many ways: Continue Reading

Healing Powers of Spices

The typical American diet is deficient in spices. Is yours? If you aren't including ample amounts of a variety of herbs and spices into your cooking, you are missing out on Nature's gift to us. March is National Nutrition Month, and this year the theme is Savor The Flavor of Eating Right. If you believe that eating right means bland and boring food, read on and reach out. To celebrate Registered Dietitian Day next week, we will be offering discounts on new services. See below. Continue Reading

Meal Plan For The Week

My Ask a Nutritionist column for Fleet Feet Tucson this month focused on one essential change for the New Year and my recommendation is to create a weekly meal plan. This is the key to achieving any food- or health-related goal. From weight loss, to fitness and to managing health concerns, it all begins with thinking ahead to ensure that you have the food available that your body needs. Continue Reading

Nutrition & Thyroid Disease

A friend of mine asked if there was anything that I recommend for thyroid issues. The answer is YES!! Nutrients are involved every step of the way in creating and transforming thyroid hormones, and supporting the use of thyroid hormones in tissues throughout the body. Additionally, nearly all thyroid diseases are autoimmune diseases, however this is rarely discussed in conventional medicine. Continue Reading

Fall Detox Challenge

I heard a lot about cleanses and detox diets for weight loss this week. Friends on Facebook, clients and people in workshops are all asking the same thing, "How can I lose weight and clean up my diet? I want to feel refreshed!". Can you detox to lose weight? Why would detoxing work for weight loss? I'll tell you why detox matters, and give you a checklist to get started. Continue Reading

New to Exercise? Here’s How to Start.

A few weeks ago we heard from Debbi Omizo Banis from Body Resolution who gave us some awesome advice about muscle imbalances and maintaining motivation to exercise. Now we will hear from my long time friends Sarah and Craig Smith. This physical therapist couple speaks to those of you starting a new workout routine and looking for some guidance. New To Exercise? Here’s Where to Start. Continue Reading

What Is Jicama and What Do You Do With It?

For the past year, I have been posting monthly challenges or themes, but now I am transitioning to responding to clients questions and requests rather than maintaining a monthly theme. This post was inspired by a question I am often asked when I list options of delicious vegetables for healthy snacks. Jicama is crunchy, sort-of-sweet, versatile vegetable making it a great option that I frequently suggest. But often clients respond with, "wait, what's jicama?". Continue Reading
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My Favorite Workouts

I love to exercise. But I didn't always love it. I grew up swimming and I didn't really consider that exercise. It wasn't, it was just playing and having fun in pool. Even when I swam competitively I never it took it that seriously; I swam because I liked it. When I was in high school I played soccer for the first time. Actually, I ran for the first time, and I struck the ground with my heel so hard that with each stride it hurt more and more. So literally my coach and teammates had to teach me how to run. When I went to college I didn't have a team to play soccer with or swim team to compete on, so I basically stopped exercising. It wasn't something I thought much about, which was particularly odd for an exercise physiology student. Continue Reading

The Key to Functional Fitness: Address Core Muscle Imbalances

To support this month’s Challenge to Get Moving, I have interviewed a number of local experts to learn more about exercise, the best workouts and how to stay motivated. First we will hear from Body Resolution's Debbi Omizo Banis (pictured on the right). I love how well she explains these concepts and I appreciate the reminder to mix up my workouts to address how my body is functioning. Continue Reading

Listen To Your Body

Rather than bashing yourself for not sticking to your workout goals, listen to your body. Perhaps it's trying to tell you something. The goal this month is simple, move. Move your body in an enjoyable way, regularly and consistently. However, to maintain your momentum and consistency, you must also respect the wisdom of your body and address your unique challenges. When Your Body Speaks To You I often hear that exercise hurts, or the individual is too tired or can't wake up to work out. In these cases, your body is talking to you. Exercise is important, but berating yourself for being lazy or lacking self-discipline isn't the most efficient road to the gym. Here are some other considerations for when your body is telling you not to workout. Continue Reading