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Growing up I was not a soda drinker nor did my parents keep soda in the house. However, to my parents’ horror (just kidding) in college,I began to indulge in soda on a regular basis. It did not help that my boyfriend at the time (and now my husband) was an avid Dr. Pepper drinker.… Continue reading »

You may be familiar with the general rule of thumb about stretching – stretch a few minutes before your exercise to warm up and a few minutes after to cool down. If you are new to stretching and exercising, chair yoga is a good place to start getting comfortable with strengthening your muscles and improving… Continue reading »

Have you ever dealt with saying something like, “Ok, tomorrow I am going to start eating healthier” or “Next week I’m going to go to the gym and start getting in shape” and a month later… nothing has changed? Setting a SMART goal is a very effective way to not only say you’re going to… Continue reading »

What are you thankful for today? What have you accomplished, overcome or experienced this year that has really put a smile on your face? Thanksgiving Day is always a fun time for me to hang out with my family, eat a delicious meal and on occasion, prepare my shopping list for Black Friday and/or Cyber… Continue reading »

Preparing healthier versions of classic dishes during the holidays may sound daunting, but it can certainly be done with minimal effort! Simply plan to opt for one or two lighter ingredients before you go grocery shopping – most likely, your guests won’t notice the difference. Try these simple swaps when preparing your holiday favorites. Reduce… Continue reading »

One can expect to encounter busy roads, airports and train stations when traveling during the holidays. In fact, the Thanksgiving holiday is the busiest travel time of the year. I don’t like to travel much during the holiday season, but here are some of my best tips for having a healthy trip no matter the… Continue reading »

The 2018 Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey.  Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it may not sound like much, most people never manage to lose these extra pounds. You are invited to join… Continue reading »

No matter where you are reading this from geographically, the autumn season brings exciting annual traditions! One of my favorite traditions is to attend the North Carolina State Fair. Even if you do not attend your own state fair, similar events are held in local towns as well.  No matter the size and location of… Continue reading »

Students and teachers are now back at school! For the rest of us, it is almost time to say goodbye to summer. When seasons and schedules change throughout the year, it is important to have a plan to continue incorporating healthy practices into daily routines. I am currently adjusting to a busier schedule with work… Continue reading »

As we are embarking on a fresh new school year with a new 9th and 6th grader, I figure what better time than now to get back on track with our healthy habits that have fallen by the wayside over the summer.  Perhaps it is even time to adopt some new routines!  With both of… Continue reading »