Sugar cravings? Blame it on your gut bugs!

Sugar cravings?  Blame it on your gut bugs!

First it was Thanksgiving, then Halloween and now we are on the verge of the holiday party season. No big deal you tell yourself, it’s just “one treat”, right? Except….when it turns into a week and then a month and there is no end in sight….. It’s like you’ve taken a bite of the forbidden… Continue Reading

This is why your scale can’t always be trusted! (Personal)

This is why your scale can’t always be trusted! (Personal)

Do you ever fantasize about hitting a particular number on the scale?  Maybe you even think your life would dramatically change and your self-esteem would skyrocket! Now, have you ever come so close and yet…..you still didn’t look the way you imagined?  Somehow you were still looking at a very similar image staring back at… Continue Reading

Is Your Fruit Smoothie Making You Fat?

Is Your Fruit Smoothie Making You Fat?

Whole food is the way to go, there is no argument there. Fruit is a fantastic whole food and I encourage you to eat several servings a day. Here comes the but….. BUT, if you think that 100% bottled fruit smoothie at your local grocery store, Starbucks, or even a fresh smoothie at your favorite… Continue Reading

Ditch the “diet” mindset in 5 easy steps!

Ditch the “diet” mindset in 5 easy steps!

Those who don’t struggle with their weight may often wonder why the heck it’s so hard for those of us that do. Could it really be that eating healthy is that complicated?  The truth is there are many underlying issues like hormones and digestion that can make losing weight more challenging. However, the biggest challenge… Continue Reading

Is Insulin Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts? Part 3

Is Insulin Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts? Part 3

We are now at Part 3 in my series on hormones, so I trust you’re well aware that hormonal factors have a massive impact on body composition. As I discussed in Part 1 of this series, wherein I focused on thyroid hormones and Part 2 where we explored the estrogen connection, carrying extra weight is… Continue Reading

Is Estrogen Messing With Your Weight Loss Goals?-Part 2

Is Estrogen Messing With Your Weight Loss Goals?-Part 2

Hormonal factors have a massive impact on body composition. Do you feel as though you’re doing everything right, exercising regularly, eating healthier than most, and still your weight won’t budge? If this sounds like you, a little hormone balancing may be in order. As I discussed in Part 1 of this series on hormones where… Continue Reading

Are Your Hormones Messing With Your Fat Loss Goals? Part 1-Thyroid

Are Your Hormones Messing With Your Fat Loss Goals? Part 1-Thyroid

As you may know, I’m a Nutritionist, who specializes in weight loss, or at least that’s what people think they are seeking me out for.  The reality, however, is often somewhat different. Allow me to explain. Carrying extra weight is simply a symptom of an underlying problem.  As a registered Nutritionist, it’s not so much… Continue Reading

Why is losing weight and getting fit SO damn hard?

Why is losing weight and getting fit SO damn hard?

I get asked this question all the time. I hear you; everyone is trying, but few are succeeding. Unfortunately, that is the sad, but true, reality. The reason is simple. There are a ton of people out there searching for that “magic pill” to lose weight, get fit and live a vibrant, healthy, life. The problem is;… Continue Reading

Fit, Healthy and a Great Mom? Is it Possible? Hell YES!

Fit,  Healthy and a Great Mom?  Is it Possible?  Hell YES!

I remember it very clearly. Sitting across from a young mother who was really not sure if she was buying the message I was selling. She looked me square in the face and said “I just assume that woman like YOU are bad mothers.” To say this statement caught me by surprise is a huge… Continue Reading

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