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  • How to Make Homemade Plain Yogurt

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    Today is a pretty epic day for PBR. It's my dad's first recipe post! I can't even begin to tell you how happy it makes me that he's going to be regularly contributing around here. Let me back up and tell you the story of me + my dad + my love for cooking. My [...]

  • Must Try Smoothie and Salad Combinations

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    Hey, hey! I hope you've all had a great week. I wanted to pop in quickly to share a new smoothie and salad combo that I'm loving this week. The star ingredients of the smoothie are pumpkin, almond butter and chocolate coconut granola. The team at Cascadian Farm sent me two different flavors of their [...]

  • Recent Eats: Half Marathon Hunger

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    My half marathon training plan is officially kicking my ass a little! I'm on week 6 of 11 and this is the halfway rest week in my training plan. After five weeks of increasing intensity, I finally get to take a step back. No speed work or long runs this week. Just lots of easy [...]

  • Reducing Food Waste + Recent Eats

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    This is the time of year where I want to buy ALL of the food at the farmers market. I get so sad about the end of summer produce that I buy too much of it. This was the state of my fridge last week. A little much for one, huh!? I'm happy to report that [...]

  • How My Diet Has Evolved: Protein, Gluten & More

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    Before I started working at Metro in early 2012 I really didn't know a lot about gluten and its effects on the body. All of that quickly changed as I started to get involved in CrossFit and completed my CrossFit Endurance training just a few months after starting the job. At my CrossFit Endurance seminar [...]

  • Silk Almond Coconut Blend: The Perfect Non-Dairy Milk Option

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    When I was in college I ate one of two things for breakfast, a bagel with cream cheese or jelly or Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal with vanilla soy milk. While times have certainly changed in regards to my breakfast preferences, one thing that hasn't changed is my love for milk substitutes like soy, almond [...]

  • Farm Fresh to Your Door from Bella Bean Organics

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    Several weeks ago I received an email from North Carolina company Bella Bean Organics. They are a farmer grown and farmer owned GMO-free, organic food delivery service based out of Hillsborough. They work with farms around NC to deliver produce, meats and artisan goods to consumers in NC, SC, VA, DC and Maryland. They've also [...]

  • Recent Eats: So Much Good + Too Much Kale

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    I'm so excited to share this recent eats post with you. I have several new, creative and fun meals to share with you...but also a word of advice (read on for more!). I have been having a great time in the kitchen playing around with summer produce. I feel like I waited so long for [...]

  • Major Trader Joe’s Restock

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    I thought that the week of July 4th would slow down but I was so wrong. It's nuts! I originally planned to spend the week in Florida with my family but thank god I decided to postpone that until later this summer because I am booked solid this week with clients and classes. I have [...]

  • Creating a Healthy & Relaxing Evening Routine: vitafusion Review & Giveaway

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    Before I started my full-time fitness, yoga and writing career, I spent six years working a traditional 9-5 in marketing and advertising. When I had a desk job, my routine was pretty set Monday-Friday. Get up, workout, work, lunch break, work, evening activities, dinner, relax, repeat. My schedule rarely varied and things kind of ran [...]

  • Making It Worth It

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    I tell my clients, students, friends and family all the time that all the hard work that is put into healthy eating and exercise isn't worth it if you can't live a little and splurge here and there. I put this into practice all the time. Take yesterday for example... My day started with pancakes. [...]

  • Simple & Clean Cooking & Eating Lately

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    Hi and happy Wednesday. So I just posted a "Throwback Thursday" photo on Instagram...and then someone pointed out that it's actually Wednesday. Delete. I blame it on 5:30 a.m. clients three days in a row. Thank god for Starbucks reward drinks. Yesterday I treated myself to a venti soy latte. The barista asked me if [...]

  • Recent Eats + My New Favorite Salad Combo

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    Welcome to recent eats: the salad and smoothie edition. I think that our immediate launch into summer here in Charlotte put me in the mood for cold and light food. I'm NOT COMPLAINING though. I will take 90 degree days over 40 degree days ANYTIME. I am a summer girl through and through. Bring on [...]

  • My Six Favorite Hot Teas

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    I love hot tea and typically drink at least two cups each day and some days it's upwards of 4. I credit my mom for this as she was always making tea and offering me a cup when I was growing up. I should have taken a picture of her tea stash when I went [...]

  • 8 Tips for Green Smoothies that Look Pretty and Taste Great

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    It's day 30 of the April Green Smoothie Challenge. We made it! I'll be posting a recap of the last week with an overview of the challenge later this week but for today's post I wanted to give you my tips for making green smoothies that look pretty and taste great. Some of the complaints/struggles [...]

  • Recent (REALLY GOOD!) Eats + Rethinking Mashed Cauliflower

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    I take back all the mean things that I said about mashed cauliflower. I was too quick to judge! Back in December I made mashed cauliflower at home for the first time. The problem was that I gave it a half-hearted effort and tried to puree it in small batches in my tiny food processor. [...]

  • How To Rebound from an Indulgent Holiday

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    Yesterday my Instagram and Facebook feeds were full of sweet family photos, beautiful Easter dresses, babies with bunny ears, Easter dinner spreads, mimosas and the like. This morning my feeds are overflowing with posts about Easter indulgences, candy overload and needing to get back on track. I even received a text message from Earth Fare [...]

  • Recent Eats: Creative in the Kitchen

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    So glad y'all are loving the Tommie Copper giveaway. Remember, you have until midnight tonight to enter! And be sure to check back later tonight for an Erin McDermott Jewelry giveaway! (WOOHOO!!!) It's been a week since I've shared recent eats so I want to quickly show you some of my favorites. Many of my [...]

  • Adding A New Job Title…

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    I'm adding a new job title to my repertoire...personal chef! (This is not an April Fool's joke!) The job title list for me now includes blogger, author, personal trainer, yoga teacher, group exercise instructor, CrossFit coach, marketing and communications manager and personal chef. After all, I am a gemini and we're said to be "jacks [...]

  • 2014 Health Madness + Experiencing upwave

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    Happy first day of April and first day of the April Smoothie Challenge! I kicked off the new month with a 4:50 a.m. wake up to train clients, breakfast and teaching yoga. I wanted to get my green smoothie in first thing today so breakfast after training clients was a green smoothie, a peanut butter [...]

  • What I Bought at the Grocery This Week {Restock Trip}

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    I went a little crazy at the grocery store this morning restocking on a lot of items that I like to keep on hand. I like to share these kinds of shopping trips with you so that you get an idea of how I stock my pantry and fridge to be able to consistently cook [...]

  • Loving Lately: Food Edition

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    This week's posts have been heavy on the food topics and I've got another one for you today. I will try to get a new workout up for you tomorrow. Any requests? I'm thinking lots of squats! :) I always like to get recommendations from others on new food products to try. I have discovered [...]

  • Learning the ALDI Secrets

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    I'm back with one last ALDI post to wrap up this series. I have learned SO much through this short term ambassadorship with ALDI. I've gone from being fairly unfamiliar with the brand and the benefits of being an ALDI shopper to understanding their unique operating procedures and the method behind their customer service experience [...]

  • Recent Eats: Photo Shoot Week Edition

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    Welcome to recent eats, photo shoot week edition. Let me sum it up for you...it was NOT EXCITING. Lots of juicing, smoothies, soup, protein and veggies. Not a carb to be seen until we wrapped on Friday (scroll down for the Friday night celebration carb fest). Y'all know I am all about eat all foods [...]

  • An Afternoon in the ALDI Test Kitchen {Giveaway!}

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    I've spent the last month serving as a short-term blog ambassador for ALDI to bring awareness to not only their brand and the unique shopping and saving experience they provide but also their new focus on providing customers with nutritious and affordable food. ALDI recently launched a new organics line, Simply Nature, and introduced organic [...]

  • My Vacation Food Philosophy

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    How I eat on vacation can be summed up pretty simply...whatever I want! I consider vacations (and girl's weekends and quick getaways) to be sacred me time and I allow myself to let loose a little and eat, drink, sleep as I please. This goes back to my childhood. My family always spent two weeks [...]

  • Packing More Protein Into Breakfast with AllWhites Egg Whites {Recipe & Giveaway}

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    Breakfast is an important meal that I never skip. There are so many benefits of eating breakfast including higher energy levels, increased mental focus, better portion control throughout the day, metabolism boost and maintaining body weight. My struggle with breakfast is getting enough protein. I blogged about how important protein is as a part of [...]

  • Salmon, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad {Recipe}

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    It's been really fun to explore what it's like shopping at ALDI and sharing the experience with you. I have loved reading your feedback, comments and questions on my first two posts. If you're catching up you can read about my first shopping trip here and everything I purchased with a cost breakdown here. One [...]

  • Protein Takes You Places {Review & Giveaway}

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    One of the  most challenging aspects of my all over the place schedule is making sure that I fuel myself properly given often long stretches between meals and late dinners. I always make sure to eat a substantial breakfast, lunch and dinner but I often find myself needing a good snack, especially in the afternoon. [...]

  • ALDI Shopping Haul + Cost Comparison

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    This is a follow up from yesterday's post about my first ALDI shopping experience. Yesterday was all about the actual experience of visiting the store and today is a break down of what I bought, what I paid and how much I saved. I went to Harris Teeter and priced out the same items I [...]

  • Shopping (And Saving) At ALDI

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    Several weeks ago I shared what a week of food shopping at Trader Joe's looks like for me and received some good feedback and thoughtful discussion. I want to keep that going in the next two posts and share my experience shopping at a different budget store. I grew up in a small town in [...]

  • Easy Baked Tofu Tutorial

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    I always keep a package of firm tofu in the fridge for an easy, meatless protein. One serving of tofu averages 10 grams of protein. Let me give you a little comparison here... - 1/2 cup serving of raw firm tofu contains 94 calories - 4 oz ground beef contains 331 calories - 1/2 cup of [...]

  • What A Week of Food Shopping Looks Like for Me

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    Good morning. I hope everyone is staying warm and safe. Many of my friends in Atlanta and Birmingham have endured really scary situations with this winter weather...like having to spend the night in offices, 12-hour commutes to go just a few miles, being stranded in gridlock overnight, problems getting to their children and so on. [...]

  • This Week’s Eats + What Can’t You Live Without

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    Happy Friday! This week flew by thanks to days packed with training and teaching and evenings packed with social engagements. I usually try not to plan more than one weeknight out per week but this week I was out Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Here's a look at this week's eats. Not as many home cooked [...]

  • Video Blog: Managing Stress, Workout Shoes, Bodywork and Finding Your Ideal Weight

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    Happy Friday! I have a video blog for you today where I answer questions on the following topics... - Managing stress and anxiety - The right shoes for strength training, running and CrossFit - Post workout carb/protein ratios (and my lack of following them) - Bodywork and massage for athletes - My workout schedule - [...]

  • Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse Review

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    I kept a secret from you a few weeks ago. I did a three day juice cleanse compliments of Skinny Limits in Austin, Texas. I didn't blog about it while I was doing the cleanse because I wanted to wait until it was over to share my thoughts and experiences. The first thing you may [...]

  • How To Make Dinner Happen After A Long Day + Recent Eats

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    I am long overdue a post with some recent eats. I've gone all week without sharing any with you and there is lots of good stuff to share! I was training a client this morning and she commented that she was reading my blog and didn't understand how I have time to put together the [...]

  • Healthy in 2014, 2024 and Beyond!

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    The New Year is just around the corner and that means it's time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the year ahead. This year I want to encourage you not to think only of short-term goals but also long-term goals around health and the aging process. What can you initiate in [...]

  • Anemia As An Athlete

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    I have been on and off with supplementation over the years. In recent years I stopped taking supplements in an effort to get what I need from my food. All that has changed again after the annual physical I had a couple of months ago. At the appointment my doctor (who I can't even begin [...]

  • The Week in Food and Fitness

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    Please vote for my Chicken Marsala Mac and Cheese recipe in the Colombo Marsala Wine Challenge. It takes two seconds! My dish is today's featured recipe on their Facebook page! Like ,share and help spread the word!!! Hi there! Hope y'all are staying warm.  It has been such a wonderful weekend. I have a ton to [...]

  • Five Things I’m Doing To Age Gracefully & Healthfully

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    Let's have an honest conversation about aging and growing old. I think it's easy to have tunnel vision when it comes this topic. We have the tendency to limit aging to focus more on the next phase in our life instead of the overall big picture. So for us growing older means hitting common social [...]

  • Dealing with Stress and the Stomach

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     When I am super stressed or anxious one of the first symptoms I experience is digestive issues. It seems to be one of the ways that my body physically manifests the emotional stress of anything from a job interview to an argument to receiving really bad news. I have had this post in the "to [...]

  • Easy & Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

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    Today I had the great honor of giving a presentation about healthy eating to a group of nearly 40 young local gymnasts. These girls are on the competitive team at International Gymnastics and they train over 20 hours a week, including 4 hours after school every day. We talked about fueling their bodies for their [...]

  • The Meal Formula That’s Working For Me Lately

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    Good morning! It's a beautiful day here in Charlotte. I got myself out of bed and onto my yoga mat for 7:30 a.m. super flow at Y2 Yoga this morning. I'm currently enjoying a soy latte with one pump of pumpkin spice outside of Starbucks before heading to Metro CrossFit for The Burpee 350. We're [...]

  • Video Blog: Balancing Workout Types, At Home Workouts, College Meal Planning and More

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    HAPPY FRIDAY! This short week definitely felt like a regular week over here. Between social engagements and big work projects, it was jam-packed. I have a video post for you today. First I talk about a couple things that I have in the works that have been keeping me busy and then I answer your [...]

  • Carb Me

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    Y'all...I don't know what's been up with me but I have been craving carbs something fierce over the last couple of weeks. Tomato sandwiches... Sliders... Cookies...(and one AMAZING carrot cake whoopie pie from Whole Foods on Saturday night which I devoured it its entirety while watching Mad Men). Grilled cheese with avocado and a fried [...]

  • Hungry, Hungry!

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    Thursday was one of those days where I was hungry all day long. Nothing satisfied me and I was hungry again an hour after eating a meal. I find the fluctuations in my appetite really interesting.   Breakfast was another "Nutty Fruity" smoothie from Berrybrook Farm. I couldn't stop thinking about how delicious the one [...]

  • Video Blog: Workout Ruts, CrossFit Questions, Working Out With Injuries & Ashtanga Home Practice

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    Hi everyone. Thank you for your thoughtful (and kind) responses to my last post. I wanted to check in via video today so you could have a chance to see me smiling! I received TONS of great questions on Facebook and Twitter. I wasn't able to answer them all but many will become a full written [...]

  • Getting Through A Crazy Week

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    My week has been consumed by Metro CrossFit. First, some of our coaches were out on vacation so I covered double the amount of classes that I usually do. And second, I'm in final crazy planning mode for our first anniversary throwdown and celebration on Saturday. I can't believe it's been a year since we [...]

  • Friday Video Blog

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    To all of you who are enjoying the long weekend at the beach or in the mountains or somewhere else fabulous...I am jealous! Have fun! I'm staying in Charlotte but the weather is supposed to be beautiful so pool time is definitely in order along with lots of reading, rest and relaxation. I'll just pretend [...]