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How to cut the cord of yo-yo dieting

Have you ever felt like you gain five pounds if you so much as look at a cookie? You aren't alone. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are overweight, and it's not for lack of trying to diet and exercise. The problem is that simple diet changes and...

 

Creating your natural first-aid kit

With summer in full swing and the sun out you might be noticing a few different ailments we don't see in other times of the year like bug bites, dehydration and sun burns. We also tend to get more active in the summer which can lead to sore muscles,...

 

A Day in the Life, Part Two

Last month we took a peak into a day in the life of a health coach. This month we will dig deeper into meals and snacks on the go, handling stress, and other healthy habits and tricks to help on your wellness journey. With a few small changes, you ca...

 

A Day in the Life, Part One

It can often seem overwhelming, confusing, or frustrating to start or maintain a healthy lifestyle. I thought it would be helpful to share what a "day in the life" of a health coach looks like. I have learned tips and tricks along my journey that...

 

Spring clean your health routine

Changing to a healthy lifestyle can be overwhelming. There are so many new products available and every time you turn on the TV the news tells us we must immediately start eating something or immediately stop eating what we thought was good for us. J...

 

Jump off the weight loss teeter-totter

How is that New Year's Resolution going? If you are like the 92% of Americans who do not achieve their resolutions, you have probably forgotten what it was already. It's time to get back to the goal and make 2018 the year you don't resolve to lose we...

 

The real cost of a healthy lifestyle

It’s so expensive to eat and live a healthy lifestyle! Or is it? While it can be expensive to eat and live healthy, it doesn’t have to be. Eliminating the myths of healthy living and implementing some better alternatives can help you achieve...

 

Misconceptions about health foods

Many people resolve to improve their health each new year. Maybe it’s to lose weight, exercise more, or to drink more water. We start off the year with the best of intentions, but could that effort be in vain? Many health products out there...

 

Say no to holiday weight gain

The average American gains weight over the holiday season, how much will vary person to person but over a few years that couple of pounds here and a couple of pounds there adds up. This year plan to maintain, not gain. Many of us are gearing up for...

 

'Tis the Season of Sugar

Halloween is over and if you are like most parents your pantry or cupboard is filled to the brim with Halloween candy. Halloween is the official kick off to the Season of Sugar. Did you know, the average American child consumes 32tsp of sugar per day. That's 128g of sugar per day which is more than...

 

Alternatives to Pumpkin Spiced favorites

It's Pumpkin Spiced everything season. If you have been to your local grocery store, restaurant or coffee shop you have seen all of your favorite items transform into pumpkin spiced versions. You might enjoy this fun fall flavor, but it's important t...

 

Get an A+ in health with these Back-to-School tips

It’s after Labor Day and we all know what that means, summer is winding down and the kids are heading back to school, and moms and dads everywhere are doing their happy dance. The one thing we are dreading is the sleepy kiddos as the long days take a toll on their minds and body. We are also...

 

Smart summer snacks for kids

If you have kids home from school for summer break you are probably feeling like there is a black hole in your fridge and pantry. Kids are hungry in the summer from all that swimming and running around enjoying being a kid. Many of us mistake boredom...

 

Healthy hydration for the summer

Summer is here. For most that means a lot of BBQ'ing, lake time and vacation. That also means a lot more drinking ... and no I don't just mean the cold brews. In the summer we tend to consume more caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. This is a fun...

 

Know the risks, stay safe in the sun

Are you ready to soak up the sun? Most of us here in the Pacific Northwest are excitedly waiting for the sun to shine. But when it comes to the risk of UV rays, are you staying safe? We all know we need to wear our sunscreen and limit our sun...

 

Staying active for better health

Did you know it is recommended to take 10,000 steps per day? Have you started tracking your steps with an activity tracker? You might be surprised how few steps or active minutes you really take each day. If you have a sedentary job and lifestyle, ge...

 

Spring clean your health routine

Spring is here. It's time for a Spring Cleaning for your health and wellness. We are creatures of habit and over time our bad habits tend to rule. If you made some New Year's resolutions to improve your health, you may have forgotten about them by...

 

Supplements: What do you really need?

Are you trying to get healthier and not sure where to start when you walk down the supplement aisle? Do the large supplement stores make you nervous and you don't know where to start? Years ago we were able to get all of our nutrients in a...

 

Kick the winter blues to the curb

If you are like most people in the northwest you are ready to hop a plane to the tropics and catch some rays. The doom and gloom of no sun, and rain for days at a time can bring on more fatigue, feelings of depression and lack of motivation. The...

 

Resolve to improve your health

Did the holidays take their toll on you? If you are like most Americans you gained weight this holiday season and if you are like 48 percent of Americans you are resolving to lose weight this year. That is a great resolution to make, but what about t...

 

Healthy for the Holidays

Worried about how to get it all done for the upcoming Holidays? Do you always end up with so many items on your list to prepare for the holidays that the moments are gone before you have even had a chance to enjoy it? The first step in enjoying and t...

 

Reading labels: The good, the bad and the truth

Wondering what all the claims are on your food packaging? Organic, Non-GMO, natural, gluten free, etc. There are so many claims out there, many of which are clever marketing gimmicks to get us to buy a higher priced item when, in fact, it isn't any...

 

Do you have the Sugar Blues?

Have you ever eaten a meal only to want to eat again shortly thereafter? Are you constantly tired and experiencing sugar highs and lows? You know, the ones where you feel like you can take on the world but a few hours later are ready for a nap? You...

 

Packing smart lunches for kids

The first day of school is right around the corner. Back to carpools, new backpacks, school supplies and, of course, the new lunch box. What are you going to pack in that lunchbox this year? Kids need a healthy, fun and nutritious lunch to reach thei...

 

How to slow down in a high-speed world

Has the word "busy" replaced the word "fine" as your automatic response when asked by someone how you are doing? The world is moving faster and faster and we have more expectations and demands on our time. The new normal is that both parents are work...

 

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