How to Have a Worry-Free Vacation

Recently on a morning news show, the hosts reported on what they would do and not do on vacation. Not surprisingly, many of the group stated that they would do “as little as possible.” Next, they said, “all fun, no healthy food, and no exercise!” As much as it was understandable, these TV personalities were essentially advocating for doing absolutely nothing to a large group of viewers. Of course, we can say that it was all in good fun and designed to bring a human aspect to the show, but it did make me wonder what we actually do plan to do on vacation! Continue reading How to Have a Worry-Free Vacation

Planning a Vacation? Prepare Your Body

Planning a vacation to Europe or somewhere exotic this summer? Here’s what you need to know about what kind of shape you need to be in to make the trip worthwhile.

Summer is a popular time to take fun and exotic trips. But many places require long flights, have a challenging landscape, or require a great deal of walking. Before you go, make sure you are in shape for your vacation of choice! Continue reading Planning a Vacation? Prepare Your Body

Stop! Wait Just a Minute Before You “Jump In” to a Change

By Rita Larsen, RDN; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

With all the excitement and fun that comes with the New Year, it is not surprising that we will feel the energy and pace of the prospects we are about to face! New beginnings will always be a great opportunity because it is just what we need to leave old behaviors behind and start new, better ones! Continue reading Stop! Wait Just a Minute Before You “Jump In” to a Change

8 Alternatives to “Stress Eating”

By Rita Larsen, RD, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

8 Alternatives to Stress Eating

Many of us make quick, unplanned decisions regarding our eating choices. We may even avoid conscious thoughts about what is healthy and nutritious, and instead have the following internal conversations:

“I go to the gym every day and I work out hard. I feel entitled to spurge a little afterwards. I don’t feel anything is wrong with that, even if it is a trip to a fast food restaurant. I am truly hungry at the time…but later I realize a well-chosen breakfast at home might have been a better choice. I act without thinking some days and always in a hurry.”

“My life is really stressful. I work hard all day. I have many difficult decisions to make at work right now. My family life is very busy, not a lot of time to think about what I am putting in my mouth. Some days it is, well, anything.”

Does this sound like you? These are common themes for active people living active lives. But, this is not about what is good to eat or even what is good for you; but rather what to do in physical or emotional situations, besides eat. Continue reading 8 Alternatives to “Stress Eating”