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Protein Packed Oatmeal September 19, 2016

As I'm writing this it is pouring outside and all I want to do is drink my coffee, curl up on the couch with Henry and binge watch Wentworth on TV. (Amazing women's prison show I found on Netflix - similar to Orange is The New Black.) BUT - it's really not a choice, since it is a Monday and I have a sh*t load of work to do! So here's my point - yes, I do have one - that on most days the stars are not going to be completely in line with what we need to do, but we do it anyone.

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National Peanut Day September 12, 2016

Guess what today, September 13th, is? Give up? Ok – it’s National Peanut Day! It seems to me there is a National _______ Day for just about everything. I do wonder who started this or how a food gets its own day in the calendar; but I’ll leave that detective work for another day. Here’s the thing - I don’t know about you, but I’m already eating peanuts regularly throughout the year! And truthfully, it’s not only because I have partnered with Planters peanuts; but it is because I am a genuine peanut lover. But for those of you who aren’t aware of why you should love peanuts year round let me tell you:

  1. Peanuts are a perfect better-for-you snack. Did you know that every single 1 oz. serving of dry roasted peanuts delivers 7 grams of protein and 6 essential nutrients? Impressive!
  2. Peanuts are plant-based friendly! The newly released 2016 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) emphasizes choosing nuts and legumes (like peanuts!) is part of a healthy diet.
  3. Peanuts, despite popular belief, are not high in sodium. Dry roasted peanuts have 150 mg which is below the FDA sodium limit.

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Labor Day Mojo September 5, 2016

Goodbye summer. Hello fall. Goodbye warm weather. Hello chill in the air. Labor Day is the official end to the summer and with that everything I had planned to do these last couple of months. For example, didn't clean out my basement. (I know crazy thing to even put on a summer to do list.) Didn't practice handstands every day on my lawn. But OK, did it twice which is better than not at all, right? Yet on the other hand, did get to a lot of other things on my list. Kayaking, check! Happy to report went three times. Trying new restaurants as opposed to just going to my usual hangouts, check! Made it to the beach (OK, it was only the bay beach) with Henry. Next year the actual main beach!

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Endless Summer August 31, 2016

"All good things must come to an end." Really? Not sure who originally said this - but I think there needs to be a second sentence; such as, "to make room for more good things!". And that is how I have decided to deal with the end of summer. Instead of thinking about the days getting shorter and the weather colder (....DEPRESSING), I will focus on all the exciting possibilities that lie ahead in the fall and to take some of that summer attitude with me. Why is it in the summer we spend more time with friends and family? Disconnect more from social media? (OK - maybe for me not so much!) Engage more in outdoor activities? Eat more fruits and veggies, and hydrate more often? It's because we make it happen!!! So instead of saying goodbye begrudgingly to summer - I am saying HELLOOOO fall with open arms! Now if only the weather would cooperate.

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Family Feud August 23, 2016

My family visited this past weekend and as you can imagine when you get a group of siblings together with their spouses and our mother heated discussions can ensue. In many families a common topic of banter is politics, but oddly enough with this upcoming election we mostly agree. What we don't agree on is nutrition. Mind you, I am the nutrition professional in the family, so you would think my opinion would count for something. Nope! It seems the internet is a much preferred resource, even if unaccompanied by any scientific research. Moral of the story: Don't invite family for the weekend :))))

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You Eat That??? August 16, 2016

I always find it funny when someone says to me: "You really eat ______!" No silly, I just post it on Instagram and pretend. YES...i eat that!!!! I eat burgers, bagels (OK - scooped), french fries and gasp.....pizza! I am that boring nutritionist who thinks ALL foods can fit. As I always tell my patients, it's what we do the majority of the time that matters most. So having a bacon cheese burger with fries for lunch on a Monday, three slices of pizza for dinner on Tuesday, 1/2 pint of ice cream for dessert on Wednesday, etc., would not be at all what I mean! Remember in healthy eating, consistency NOT deprivation is what wins!!!!

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Weekend Madness? August 9, 2016

It's been a busy week. During the month of August my house sometimes can seem like a B&B with me being the housekeeper, chef and social director! Now don't get me wrong -- I LOVE when friends or family visit, but is sometimes hard to stick to one's normal schedule of work (since I work from home) and meals (some guests really enjoy trying new restaurants!) I'm pretty good at sticking to my yoga schedule, since anyone who visits knows that it is non negotiable. (Yes Mom - I'm talking to you!) As I always tell my clients, it doesn't really matter if temporarily you veer off course - what matters is how quickly you can get back on!!!

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Who’s giving you nutrition advise? August 2, 2016 Photo by Keri Gans

I cannot believe that it is August. The summer seems to be flying by and there is nothing I can do about it. Unless of course I moved somewhere where there is "summer" type weather all year round? Hmmm, suggestions anyone? In the meanwhile (and back to reality) I feel like starting the new month by setting some records straight, again: 1. Not all diets are created equal; and 2. Know from where you get your diet information from. I also thought, totally not related, to throw in a cute new bag recommendation to help carry stuff, because schlepping shouldn't be so boring!

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The Keri Report: The Heat Is On July 26, 2016

When the thermometer hits 90 degrees, the heat is on - literally! Honestly, I love the hot weather. Sometimes I think I should move to Costa Rica where I can wear little dresses and flip flops all year round, and never need to put a jacket on at night. Covering up my cute dress, because air conditioning makes me freeze, always bothers me! Anyway, not everyone I know agrees. And this past week has been a killer for most. What to do? As much as I would love if you could all make it to the beach or pool I know that isn't possible. Air conditioning surely helps as does staying hydrated. Or just remember this too shall pass! (Wise words from my grandmother Shirley!) Personally, I decided to experiment in the cocktail department and create a refreshing sangria. You can thank me later. Also, this week I share some important info on a trendy ice cream and give a little yoga love.

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Learning From Our Mistakes July 19, 2016

I was doing an interview this week and the journalist asked me the following question: "What are your top tips for people trying to get their bodies "summer ready"? First off, I had to laugh. Then I gave my reply: "It's the second week of July - if they aren't summer ready yet what are they waiting for?" But then I turned the conversation serious. The thing is, this "summer ready" in a question, really bothers me. Shouldn't our bodies be ready ALL year round and not because of a time of year or an upcoming event? Truth is, we shouldn't start eating better or trying to lose weight just because something lies a head, we should be doing it ALL the time. Because life is what lies ahead; AND every day, week, month or year there is a reason for us to be in the best health we can be.

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