What are "whole foods"?

nutrition Oct 15, 2020

I was super confused the first time I heard someone use the term “whole foods." I was like, “Mom, aren’t all foods whole?”

The way I make sense of it is that ‘whole’ is a breakdown of the word ‘wholesome,’ and ‘wholesome’ refers to the heartiness of the food in terms of its nutrient content. So basically, anything that comes straight from the earth is a ‘whole food.’

The technical definition of a whole food is a ‘food that has been refined or processed as little as possible and is eaten in its natural state.’ Examples of whole foods include unadulterated fruits and vegetables (including fresh, dried, or flash frozen produce), brown rice, wholemeal flour, and other unprocessed foods.

A whole food based diet is often, by default, a plant-based diet as well. Consumers of plant-based, whole food diets reel the benefits of having a diet rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals,...

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Upgrade U Smoothies (cue Beyoncé!)

nutrition Oct 12, 2020

"Upgrade U" by the goddess herself, Beyoncé

If you're looking for a few new ways to spice up your usual smoothie-making routine, don't stress — today I'm sharing a few of my favorite smoothie upgrades that will take your morning (or afternoon or evening — we don't discriminate!) smoothie to the next level.

Frozen fruits

Using frozen fruits as the base to your smoothies helps in two ways (well, more than two ways but we will focus on just two).

  1. Texture: Who doesn’t love frothy, smooth, milkshake-like smoothies? Using frozen fruit brings the flavorful punch of fruit and leaves out the watery texture that results from using fruit juice.
  2. Sustainable fiber: Fruit contains a lot of sugar—it’s all fructose—that just means, fruit provides a lot of fast-acting sugar for the body hence the blood sugar spike after eating a fruit salad or drinking a glass of orange juice. But fiber helps to maintain your blood sugar after...
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Glossary: An ever-growing list of nutrition-related terminology.

nutrition Oct 12, 2020
Below is a list of nutrition-related words and their definitions that you may find helpful as you begin your journey. It's in ABC order, just like in grade school. Please refer back to it whenever you need to!

Anti-inflammatory: non inflammatory, inhibiting inflammation.

Antioxidant: a substance (such as vitamin C, ascorbic acid) that hinders oxidation or reactions promoted by oxygen, peroxides, or free radicals.

Bioavailable: the degree and rate at which a substance is absorbed into the body or is made available at the site of physiological activity.

Calorie: a unit of energy in the form of heat.

Cassava: another term for the plant, Manihot esculenta. It is typically cultivated for the dietary qualities of its rooting system known as yuca

Carbohydrate: molecules composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen; provide immediate energy and act as a source of stored energy in the body; a component of a balanced diet when in proper ratio with lipids...

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Bone Broth: An Imposter?

nutrition Oct 12, 2020

Bone broth has quickly risen to the top-10 list of nutrition fads. With claims of boosting immunity, detoxing the liver, aiding digestion, relieving arthritis, and having anti-aging properties, it seems logical that it would receive such attention. Countless blog pages, cooking channels, and magazines have jumped on the endorsement-train of bone broth—including New York Times and Women’s Health Magazine. Even some dieticians are recommending the daily consumption of bone broth.

But the fact is, there is no definitive research on the ”benefits” of bone broth. There is, however, research on the dangers of consuming bone broth—but let’s pace ourselves here.

What is bone broth?

Bone broth is a cross between a stock and a traditional broth. By definition, broths are typically made by simmering water with meats, herbs, vegetables, and spices, and on occasion, bones as well. Broths cook for about 45 minutes on the stove, then are...

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3 Reasons Why the Keto Diet SUCKS

nutrition Oct 06, 2020

Are you following or considering starting the keto diet?

Don’t. Why?




Some people say they experience weight loss in the first week or so—sure but what they don’t tell you is that they regain it all (if not more)when they get go back to their regular diet.


AND now, there are also tremendous risks that are associated with following your ketogenic diet in the long term:

was increased risk of kidney stones.

greater chance of developing osteoporosis.

increased risk for painful gout.

Oh and not to mention the possible nutrient deficiencies when you can’t eat fruits and veggies!




Did you know that you’re supposed to pee on ketone strips when you’re on the keto-diet? 

This helps you to track the about of ketones that your body is producing (measuring fat burning). If levels are too low, then you’re just eating more fat and...

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The Unsexy Truth: You're NOT too busy

lifestyle nutrition Oct 06, 2020



The unsexy truth is...YOU’RE NOT TOO BUSY.


But don’t worry, I can help.


Has “I just don’t have time” been your excuse for the last...well, forever?


Are you constantly feeling overwhelmed by your current schedule?


Do you hardly have time to sleep let alone exercise?


Don’t have time to meal prep or cook or even think about eating right?


Are you so exhausted that you just don’t have time at the end of the day?


I promise you—if I can do it, you can do it.


Despite studying for my Masters, personal training private clients, instructing group exercise classes, running a business, and livin’ a life on the side, I still make time for my health and wellness.


For if we don’t have our health, we have no energy, focus, drive, or stamina.


Making time to eat well and exercise consistently is vital to keep you showing up as your...

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