How to Enjoy the Holidays Without Ever Worrying About Weight Gain

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  The holiday season has officially arrived. There is something special about breaking bread together and enjoying good food. Usually the food is a little too good and we tend to overindulge leading to that infamous holiday weight gain… or is that just what happens to me?!   Continue reading

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Travel to Cuba: Everything You Need to Know

Cuba’s growing popularity as a new travel destination for Americans has left people with many questions about planning for this trip. I recently spent two weeks in Cuba, traveling through Varadero, Trinidad, Havana, and Vinales.  In preparation for this adventure, I found it difficult to obtain clear information for putting together the itinerary. I figured I would share my experiences to help out others planning to visit this beautiful country in the future. Here are answers to many common questions and tips on how to make the most of your trip to Cuba.  Continue reading

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Should You Get the Flu Shot? 7 Things to Seriously Consider

It’s that time of year– Pumpkin-everything season! But also flu shot season.

This yearly vaccine is a sore subject for a lot of people. Among many questions, the biggest one is whether it’s really necessary to get the flu shot. Don’t make your decision based on what you think you know about the vaccine, what you’ve heard from other people, or what you’ve seen in the media. Get the facts, first! Before even beginning to uncover any answers, let’s expose some common myths and misconceptions about the flu vaccine.

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How to Make the Most of What’s Left in the Year: Revisit Your Goals

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Happy October! Oh my goodness, can you believe there are only 3 months left before the end of the year?! As I think back to January 2016, when it was a brand spanking new year and everything seemed possible, I get a little panicky realizing I’ve fallen short in reaching a few of my goals.   Continue reading

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Are Superfoods Necessary or Overrated?

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Can you supercharge your diet without Superfoods? Are they really that important, or just overrated? I’m talking about all of that in today’s blog post and including a little goodie for you at the end. 

Sign Up here for a free guide of my 15+ favorite superfood staples, how to integrate them into your daily routine, and a few recipes too!  Continue reading

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Eggplant Chickpea Stew Recipe

I like trying out new recipes in the kitchen, but I don’t especially enjoy cooking all day. And I definitely don’t like the clean up that follows! So here is a great Meatless Monday recipe that packs in veggies, fiber, and plenty of nutrients. It’s a quick one pot meal that packs big flavors. 

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I came up with this meal idea when I was visiting my parents in Florida this summer. My dad had eggplant growing in the garden and we were trying to figure out what to make with them. It turned out to be quite yummy and filling, too. Continue reading

Is Fiber Good for Weight Loss?

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Always feeling hungry? Can’t control your appetite some days? Increasing fiber in your diet might be just the solution you need.

With so many recommendations on what to do, how to eat and when, it quickly becomes difficult to make the right food choices when trying to manage your weight or chronic illnesses. Continue reading

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Healthy Travel Snacks to Pack on Your Next Trip

In my last post I shared some practical ways to stay healthy while traveling. A large part of that involves being prepared with healthy snacks. Here are a few of my favorites…

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I like healthy travel snacks that are as minimally, processed as possible, will fill me up, satisfy my sweet tooth, and still be nutritious. These are snacks I typically bring along for plane rides, road trips, or weekends away. I tend to make poor food choices when I’m not prepared, so I am always careful to carry healthy travel snacks with me.   Continue reading

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