Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 2.04.45 PM

No Time to Exercise? Check This Out!

I was talking to a member at the YMCA recently about his difficulty with exercising during the holidays.  He told me that he was travelling and wanted to continue to exercise.  The problem was that he didn’t want to bring any equipment and the space he would have was very limited. That got me thinking…….What […]

Screen Shot 2016-11-19 at 5.31.43 PM

Food of the Month: Brussels Sprouts

I know what is going through you mind right now!  You are in one of two camps when it comes to brussels sprouts, you love them or hate them.  I tend to fall into the “love them” camp but that was not always the case.  I didn’t grow up eating them so my image of […]

Screen Shot 2016-11-27 at 5.34.46 PM

Need Gift Ideas on Cyber Monday?

Most of us decide to make changes for the better in January.  It’s the start of a new year and all we want is for this year to be better than the last.  Improvements to our health and well-being usually top the list so on this cyber Monday I thought I would offer some gift suggestions for […]



I never thought that I would be the type of person who meditated.   I’m constantly moving and doing something.  That is until I literally fall into bed each night exhausted and unable to keep my eyes open one more minute.  I pride myself on being productive and using each minute of every day. Who […]

Screen Shot 2016-10-30 at 11.55.29 AM

More Broccoli Please!

Since attending the One Day to Wellness Seminar two weeks ago I have been trying very hard to transition my family to a whole foods plant based diet.  For me and for my daughter the transisiton has been pretty easy. We both love vegetables and even before I knew the research behind why we should […]


Cheesecake Factory Anyone?

For the past few years my friend Mindy Mylrea has been a whole foods, plant-based eater so when she suggested that we eat at the Cheesecake Factory of all places I was a bit shocked to say the least.  I trust her judgement, however, so I willingly stepped inside to see what this restaurant known […]

Screen Shot 2016-10-16 at 7.20.34 PM

Artificial Sweeteners

Our Standard American Diet (SAD) is promoting addiction to sugar and artificial sweeteners.  While added sugar in our diet is also extremely detrimental to our health (this requires a completely different blog post), artificial sweeteners affect our bodies in a very unique way.  Artificial sweeteners can be found in many different forms.  Look for sucralose, saccharin, […]

Screen Shot 2016-10-02 at 4.20.27 PM

Food of the Month:Spaghetti Squash

This variety of winter squash peaks in its ripeness in early fall through winter.  It has amazing properties but I have a hard time finding a good recipe for it.  Like quinoa it is a little bland and tends to take on the flavors that you put with it.  I have searched and until recently […]


Don’t get duped!

I recently read an article in the Richmond Times Dispatch about an interesting tactic Chipotle is employing these days in an effort to revitalize their name.  They are sponsoring “Cultivate” festivals across the country that entice the consumer with music but also attempt to draw them into exhibits whose aim is to crusade against “Big Food.”  Right […]


Small Steps Lead to Great Change

The creator of Tabata Bootcamp Mindy Mylrea and her husband Bruce are often heard saying “small steps lead to great change.”  Even that can seem overwhelming when it comes to changes in your diet.  We are all so busy and the thought of expending more effort to come up with meals that will contribute to a healthier you is […]