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And So It Begins! May 22, 2017

This weekend will be the first 3 day weekend of the summer season! YAY! And with that, for many, comes the beginning of the BBQ season.....another YAY! But (and sorry there is a but) also comes the start of overeating and drinking that happens between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Believe it or not, I have seen more pounds gained during "bikini season" than during the winter holidays. So, a little words of wisdom: 1. This will not be the ONLY BBQ you go to all season, so leave some food behind.

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A Surprising Mimosa May 16, 2017

A new study came out recently that asked the question "Walking vs. Running? Which Is Better?" The results revealed that one is not better than the other, however, you just have to briskly walk longer than run to reap the health benefits. I first came across this on Twitter. (Yep - one of my go-to's for current news!) My immediate response and tweet was: "The one you will actually do!".  Think about it, what really matters at the end of the day is that you find something that you enjoy and do it on a regular basis. Running? Walking? Cycling? Yoga? You name it.....just do it!

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ALL Veggies Matter! May 8, 2017

The other day a new patient of mine confessed that they did not like veggies. OMG I thought, how can that be? But alas, that wasn't the first time I heard this. And it also won't be the last time I said, "Really? No veggies at all?". And than the conversation starts to turn. This patient then admitted that they like carrots, canned peas and corn, and iceberg lettuce. Wait a minute, those are veggies!!! You see, just because you might not like kale, spinach or Brussels sprouts (even though that is just crazy), there might actually be some veggies you do like. I for one, never judge and encourage all my patients to eat ANY veggie they enjoy.

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Making Kick A** Pasta Salads May 1, 2017

Last week I taught a yoga class and at the beginning I read a quote to the students I  recently discovered by Theodore Roosevelt. "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." To me, this quote can be applied to so many things in our lives. If you just started yoga can you be satisfied with being a beginner and not having the most open hamstrings? On a weight loss journey? Can you appreciate what you have lost so far versus how much further you need to go? Or even better, let go of being that size you think you should be? Eating healthy and being active is what really matters most.

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Praising Carbs April 26, 2017

"The more things change, the more they stay the same!" Not sure where I first heard this quote, or if it actually just came from me. Ha!!! In any event, this past week had me thinking of it. Just when you think we are starting to move on in the diet culture, eating more mindfully, etc., I get interviewed more than once this week for articles about avoiding carbs! GASP! Obviously, there are many people out there who haven't gotten the memo. Carbs are not your enemy; it's all about what you choose and how much you eat. I can only hope that eventually the no-carb mentality will begin to change for good!

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Put a Spring In Your Step April 18, 2017

Spring is a time for renewal. Out with the old, in with the new! First thing I do, is go through my closet - winter clothes to the back, spring and summer to the front! Hey, I need to make room for new stuff, right??? It is also a time that I encourage my patients to take stock of their kitchen. Whatever "comfort" foods they were coveting during the winter months  - get them out of the house! Make room for all those delicious fruits and veggies hitting the farmer's stands and start thinking about how you are going to nourish your body in a healthy way. You might of been a little dormant in the winter, but those days are now behind you! NOW is the time to put a spring in your step!

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Interview With A Farmer April 11, 2017

Over this past weekend I spent some time walking around the Union Square Farmer's Market. There is something about so many people shopping early in the morning for fruits, veggies, and lots more from local farmers that puts a smile on my face. I might even say that the "buzzing" of the market is what I enjoy the most, even more than the offerings. I bought tulips and beef patties (I know that sounds weird, but always in search for the perfect burger!) The absence of the pickle guy was a bit of a disappointment, but there's always a next time. And with the weather finally warming up (gasp - I hope I didn't just jinx it) I know I will be visiting a lot more markets.

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YOU Choose! April 4, 2017

The other day some one said to me: "You can't really eat all the food you post on Instagram!!!" My reply: "You bet I can!" Who ever said you can't eat bagels, french fries, and pizza and still maintain a healthy body weight? I most certainly have never muttered those words. But yes --- I am not making poor food choices ALL the time. The meals I make at  home I try to keep them very balanced: one quarter plate a protein (such as beans, fish, or lean red meat), one quarter plate a carbohydrate (such as barley, baked potato, or pasta), and the remaining half - VEGGIES. And I always start with a salad. So this way when I go out to eat if the fries call my name I can answer!

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Forever Students March 27, 2017

Yoga teacher training complete!!! Well, thank you! But now the work really begins; how to use all the knowledge I've gained to continue to further my practice both on and off the mat. This reminds me of when I talk to my patients about weight loss. Sometimes the easy part is actual the losing. Yes - you read that right! You get into a rhythm, you are very focused, and the weight comes off. But then you reach your goal - YAY!! So now what? It's NOW that the work really begins. Maintaining is the hardest part. Taking all that you learned and worked so hard for and putting it to daily use in the real world. It isn't easy, but definitely doable. Along the way you will stumble, but you will learn what works and what doesn't. Truth is - we really are all forever students.

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Stocking Up? March 13, 2017

Just when we thought winter was behind us, mother nature surprises us. Snow in the middle of March - I guess why not? For those of you living in warmer climates I bet you are feeling rather grateful at the moment; I know I would be! A funny thing about storms in my opinion are how people react to them prior to their arrival. I have been with my hubby for god knows how many years and he still asks me, "When are you going food shopping to stock up?" And my answer never changes, "Not stocking up!"

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