Key Workout Ingredients

Have you ever gone out to eat and left saying, Wow! That was an amazing experience!” What made it fantastic? Maybe it had all the essentials nutrients to keep you healthy. Maybe the meal had a variety of textures and flavors to keep you guessing. How about the presentation? Maybe there were several colors to make for beautiful presentation. Maybe you left energized by the healthy options and appropriate portions instead of leaving bloated and lethargic. Or, the people you ate with could have been the reason the meal was so enjoyable!   Read More

Wow! That’s expensive!

Recently, I was talking with a client who expressed how important it has been for her to train with me. While personal training is not expensive, she explained that the accountability, support, and education she receives for her health is worth any expense she might pay. Personal training has helped her and many of my other clients improve and correct their health. I pondered her statement and decided to research the cost of being unhealthy. Wow! It’s expensive! Here’s what I discovered:   Read More

Get S.M.A.R.T!

Get S.M.A.R.T!

August! It’s the last month to cram in as much summer fun as possible before school begins! It’s also a great time to reflect on your health and determine what you would like to accomplish in the Fall. I encourage you to take time this month to set S.M.A.R.T. goals for your health. Even better, sit down with your kids, significant other, or best friend and make these plans together. You can help, support, and encourage each other along the way!Read More

Extinguish the Burn of Heartburn! -by guest writer Kari Collett

by Kari Collett, RDN, LDN, CLT

A to Zinc Nutrition, LLC

When we experience the discomfort of heartburn, as most of us do at one time or another, we tend to attribute it to too much stomach acid. While it’s true that stomach acid backing up into the esophagus is the cause of heartburn, it’s not always the case that we have too much stomach acid. In fact, it could be that you have too little. How does that happen?   Read More

Healthy Restaurant Tips

Do you ever eat out? Spending time at a restaurant with family and friends can be an enjoyable event! It’s fun to sit around a table, talk, and spend special time with the ones you love. However, it’s too easy to overeat. Many eat the allotted evening meal’s worth of calories in appetizers and drinks before the entre is even brought to the table! I don’t want you to damage your health or waistline, so here are some tips that will help keep you slim, healthy, and guilt-free.

  1. Decide before you arrive. Check out the menu before you arrive at the restaurant and make your choice before you are hungry. When you arrive, don’t look at the menu. This will help prevent last minute emotional impulses.Read More

How to Overcome Summer Temptations

Summer is my favorite season! It means I get to spend more time with my kids and be outdoors! I love to bike, run, garden, grill, lake swim, and sit around a campfire! While this time of year is fantastic, it is also a time where unhealthy foods are everywhere.   Read More

What Was I Thinking?

Have your found yourself saying, “I don’t have time!”, “I can’t afford that”, or “I’ll never be able to do that.” I hear these objections quite frequently and it all comes down to what and how we think. The way we perceive ourselves and our surroundings is extremely powerful. So powerful, that it can    Read More

What’s the big deal?

Have you noticed all the races that have popped up? You can do a 5K, 10K, 15K, Half Marathon, or Full Marathon. There are dirt bike races, fat bike races, bike tours, and inline skating races. Then there’s multi-sport races: duathlons (run, bike, run) and triathlons (swim, bike, run). There are more types than I can list! Why are these so popular? Why do people plan their summers around these races?   Read More

Confessions To A Trainer

I receive “confessions” all the time. “Julia, I didn’t do so well this past weekend. I ate . . .“ or, “Julia, I drank . . .“ Most of these confessions come and go and I am able to easily suggest alternatives and ways to help my clients navigate through these infrequent indulgences. However, one “confession” came this month that required a lot more coaching. This client confessed that they had gone into the grocery store to get some Greek yogurt, a healthy option, but got distracted by the chocolate chunk cookies along the way.    Read More