How Travel Can Make You a Better Parent, Friend, and Person

In the months leading up to a much anticipated “girls trip” to Miami, I prepared how any other 36-year-old mother of two would for travel. Pinterest became my instant go-to between packing lunches and loading the dishwasher; searching for the “best” restaurants, beaches, hotels…you name it.

Fast forward to the night before my trip…I was set! Reservations were made, beaches were researched and flip-flops were packed! Everything was perfectly planned.

Now, I consider myself to be a relatively seasoned traveler and confident when it comes to exploring new places. But Miami had surprises up her sleeve that no travel website, or social media platform could ever have prepared me for. What was supposed to be a weekend of mindless relaxation transformed into an eye-opening lesson on friendship, self-esteem, and living! Continue reading How Travel Can Make You a Better Parent, Friend, and Person

The Real Life Eating Habits of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

My eating habits didn’t start out so great, it wasn’t until a professor of mine called me out on it in college that I started to change my ways.

It must have been in my junior year of college when my fellow students and I were asked by our nutrition professor to write down what we ate for the week as an assignment. I didn’t think that would be tough at all, in fact it would help me to call to mind what I grabbed from the student union on the way to class, or helped myself to on the snack shelves at the pharmacy I worked at after school. And, I turned the menus in the following Monday. Continue reading The Real Life Eating Habits of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

10 Steps to a Healthy and Fit Lifestyle

You’ve been working hard and it’s finally paying off – you’re ready to welcome bikini season with open arms! But just because you’ve reached your fitness goals does not mean it’s time to start going back to old habits.

When it comes to health and fitness, one the biggest struggles for most people is racing towards a finish line instead of continuing to move forward and progress.

Here are 10 things you can do to make your new changes into a lifestyle!

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7 Reasons You DON’T Need to “Start” on a Monday

Does this sound familiar? You snuck a donut from the office café, then decided to have an extra serving of pasta for dinner, then thought, “It’s okay, I will start eating healthy and working out on Monday!”

For some reason many people have this idea that starting a healthy lifestyle should start on a specific day – like New Years, the day after their birthday, or “next Monday.”

The reality is that you can start eating healthier, exercising more, and practicing good habits at any time!

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50+ Healthy Meals for Two

Let’s face it, eating out with your significant other is convenient. There’s no grocery shopping, no preparation, and no clean up. Sounds like the perfect scenario, right? Wrong!

While some restaurants are starting to adopt “healthier” menu options, most dishes are still loaded with sodium, trans fat, and unwanted calories. Not to mention that giant list of tempting appetizers, sugary drinks, and picture-perfect deserts staring at you.

Do not give into the temptation. Stay in and cook healthier meals together! Not only will you consume less calories with a home-cooked meal, you will know all of the ingredients that go into your food (which makes it easier to enter into calorie tracking apps) and can control your portions.

Check out these healthy, and delicious recipes, that are perfectly made for two!

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