Back on Track

This has been a week of recovery. Due to some minor surgery I have not been able to keep up my regular fitness routine and due to the extreme cold weather we are experiencing in Minnesota I have oddly enough decided to act on “bear-like” tendencies taking on extra calories and cuddling up in a fetal position on the couch laying idle as time goes by. Have you been where I am? The sudden realization Read More

Who Are You? A Butcher, A Baker, A Candlestick Maker?

When you think about yourself and your life what do you identify with? To put it in storybook rhyme, are you a Butcher a Baker a Candlestick Maker or a little bit of all? What list would you give if someone asked you to name five things you do every day, week or month that you identify with? Do you rise before the sun, read the paper every day, sip that first cup of coffee Read More

80/20 Rule

The 80/20 Rule, you know, take good care of your wellness 80% of the time and you won’t have to worry the other 20%. So if you eat right and move that body most of the time you will have some wiggle room to go out for pizza, have a couple cocktails at happy hour or just hang on the couch some. Seems like a simple rule. I think I may have taken it to Read More

Mindful Plate Too

Have you been working hard to get activity into your life daily? I hope that doesn’t mean you have left out the nutrition part of the good health equation. Check that plate for 1. Portion size (if you are a bit too generous with yourself get out a smaller plate). 2. One half of the plate should be all vegetables and fruit. 3. One fourth of the plate should be grains (preferably whole grains) and Read More

Tips to Making a Workout Work for You

  Work out in the morning to kick off the day. A short workout is better than no workout. A short intense workout can be more beneficial than a long easy workout. Do one thing to plan your workout for a quick start (pack your gym bag at night, get your gear out and ready if at home). Eat a healthy breakfast so you stay on track the rest of the day. Good nutrition is Read More

Listening to Your Body

As Abby from The Tomato Vine told the story of her food interest from growing up with a “mom in the kitchen” she related that that was the beginning of her healthy food roots. She was around it, helped with it, became curious, sought education, helped others and is now a recognized and published chef.  This is like the wellness journey you are on. As a child, you ran and played and drank water from Read More

How is Your Wellness Journey Going?

I was getting ready for work and noticed that the drain in the bathroom sink was moving rather slow and sluggish. Hmmm, first I went for the quick fix trying to force water into the drain until the water filled up the sink with my good intentions. Well. . . that forced “quick fix” did not work so well. I just got a sink full of lukewarm water taking it’s sweet time heading south. I Read More

Winter Water Challenge

We are head on into winter and its cold and drying conditions. I challenge you to take up the water challenge again. That is 8 oz. 8 times a day, and again I would prefer you not include coffee in that intake. This is the best way to put moisture back into your body and keep you hydrated and fresh. Put the glow and moisture back into your skin, keep that alert feeling and shake Read More

What are the USDA Dietary Guidelines?

Are you aware of the USDA Dietary Guidelines? Do you know what they consist of? For starters the guidelines say you should consume less than 10% of calories per day from ADDED sugar, consume less than 10% of calories per day from saturated fats, consume less than 2,300 milligrams per day of sodium and keep alcohol to moderate levels. For women, that is no more than one drink per day, and for men, it is Read More

Whole Grains

Whole grains on your plate? Of course! They contain fiber to help fill you up and keep you regular, can help reduce the risk of heart disease and have several vitamins in them. How can you add them or sneak them in to you and your family’s meals? Well, swap out your plain white bread for whole grain, choose brown rice over white rice, add barley to your soups, use whole grain bread crumbs for Read More