Fitness & Nutrition Tracking: What (& What Not) to Track

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There’s never been a better time to track your health and fitness statistics than right now. From calories to steps, to sleep, to even tracking your poo, there’s a way to watch your every move and gauge your progress. While I agree that there are great advantages to having lots of information at your disposal, it’s easy to go overboard and waste your time and energy on useless stats. And it’s even easier to get overwhelmed by all the info and as a result do nothing with it. Here’s when to track your health and fitness, and what you don’t need to worry about:

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Hosting Holiday Dinner? These Recipes Are My Go-To!

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One of the most stressful holiday events can be the job of hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Having to take on cooking a huge meal, timing it all correctly, and having it actually turn out… well… the opposite of Griswold Family Turkey from Christmas Vacation is a lot. Cooking a turkey? Actually stuffing the stuffing? Yikes.

Two years ago, my man-friend and I decided to take the leap and cook our own Christmas dinner. We weren’t hosting a huge get-together thankfully – it was just us and the kids. We decided if anything went badly, we’d have steak and pumpkin pie for dinner. Turns out, from the turkey to the dressing to the gravy, everything was fantastic.

Here are the recipes we used that even we could handle. [Read more…]

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The 2 Basic Nutrition Rules I Recommend Starting With

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Nutrition can be confusing AF. With a thousand different diets out there and conflicting reports every other week on the news, it’s no wonder a ton of people just say, “f*** it” when it comes to trying to eat healthy. I’m not going to go into how many grams of protein you need or what the hell ketosis is, but I will give you a couple things to look at to get started into a more healthy diet – My two basic nutrition rules: The 500 Year Rule, and the 85/15 Rule. [Read more…]

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How I Quit My Soda Habit

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As a child of the 80s and 90s, I grew up drinking sodas. We got Happy Meals at McDonald’s as special treats and I would slurp down a Coke in seconds flat. My dad loved Pepsi, so those were always in the fridge and we could have one at dinner every now and then. Although I drank plenty of water too (I was a dancer so was constantly in class or rehearsal) I would often stop and get a soda at a drive-thru once I got my license. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I had to stop… [Read more…]

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Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries. And a meal for your week!

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Any time I cook, I try to be efficient AF. If we’re baking something in the oven, we’re also going to bake a side dish… because that’s less work. Since sweet potatoes were on sale for $.79 (holla!) at the grocery this week, I decided to try Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Sweet Potato Fries. [Read more…]

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Want to Feel/Look Better? Eat Like A Grown Up.

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My past nutrition advice: Eat real food. Drink water more than you drink other things.

My new advice: Eat like a grown up.

I’m tired of getting asked nutrition questions that are really just people wishing I would tell them it’s ok to eat crap. Stop with that. We all know better. We know deep down that at some point… we need to get our shit together. I also know that once we get into certain habits, we don’t always remember some of the basics. So, unless you’re really broke, in college, or are 12 years old and in charge of buying your meals, here’s a quick reminder of how to eat like an adult: [Read more…]

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My Favorite Fitness Apps

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There are a million apps out there… and tons of fitness-related ones. Some are more aimed at fitness consumers and general population, some more towards fitness professionals. I’ve downloaded a bunch over the years, but have found that I only really use a selected few. These are those: [Read more…]

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Things I Learned Making Ina’s Winter Minestrone Soup

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I’ve read about this soup from several different blogs and finally decided to give it a whirl.  This soup is yummy, but a big undertaking. I love finding new great recipes, but I dread making it that first time. Everything seems like it happens so quickly, I feel all spastic. Everything turned out great, and now this is my go-to recipe for having people over, but here are some good tips if you’re making it for the first time:

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Healthy Recipe Review


So you know when I was telling you about those healthy, low-fat, gluten free Banana Oatmeal muffins? What, you don’t remember? Ok, go here and get caught up.

So I made ’em and they were awesome! Here are my notes:

  • Recipe calls for oat flour. I didn’t have any and couldn’t find it at the store. I didn’t want to start driving all over creation looking for some, so I googled on the iPhone and learned you could just put your oats in the blender and blend away until you have flour-esque consistency. You may be like, “yeah, duh,” but I was unaware of this. Worked out perfectly!
  • Recipe calls for 2 very ripe bananas (e.g. brown ones). I only had 1 at home and the store only had green ones. Boo. So we had to make due with one brown, one greenish-yellow. Still worked, but didn’t have a very banana-y taste. I love bananas so I’m thinking of holding 3 bananas until they’re mushy to use for my next batch so I get more of the banana flavoring.
  • Be prepared to give some away. Eating healthy/yummy muffins is good. Eating 10 in one sitting kind of defeats the purpose. (I’m not saying I did this, I’m just warning you that they taste really good and you might want to over-indulge. If you’re prone to over-indulging, make a few baggies and give away as little gifts!)
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