It Happened This Week-Women’s Day, George Michael’s Un-Marijuana Diet, Lily Allen’s Bulimia Struggle

The 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day occurred this week, and many organizations seized the opportunity to highlight women’s continuing struggles across the globe, including in regards to health. In the U.S., 61.2% of women are “overweight” and 35.5% are “obese.” While weight is hardly the only indicator of health, those percentages are a bit […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Crock Pot Barbeque

You're busy.  I get it. At our ladies' healthy lifestyle resort, one of the most common recipe requests I hear is ideas for crock pot cooking.  The problem is, I never use a crock pot when I'm cooking at work, and when I'm at home, it's a rare thing for me to write down a new recipe, […]

It Happened This Week – Food Trends for 2011, Resolutions and Revolutions

Resolutions?  Nah.  We prefer revolutions, such as the one encouraged by the Health at Every Size movement.  Instead of making shallow promises to diet, why not switch perspective to that of health, well-being, and loving yourself no matter what?  Model Isabelle Caro's death due to complications from anorexia was announced this week.  She was 28.  Known […]

Routine for Health and Weight Loss

As my 3 week break from work is winding down, I'm surprised at how quickly I've gotten out of my typical work-day routine.  Normally I'd rise at 5:15, go for a run, get ready for work, and have breakfast before heading out the door by 8:15.  In the past 3 weeks I've only been awake […]

Stand Up For Yourself And…Lose?

I sit on my butt more than I have at any other job or at any other time in my life. Ironic, since I’m a director for one of the premier healthy lifestyle and weight management programs in the country. Not so ironic, or even unusual, is that I’m menopausal and not nearly as active as I once was. […]

On Rainy Mondays & Physical Activity (& Ducks)

I wish I had a good camera with me on the way to work this morning.  As I drove over Red Bridge, I noticed three ducks dancing on the edge of the receding ice above the dam that separates Echo Lake from Lake Pauline.  It was a lovely sight that underscored for me the beauty […]

Can We Force People to Be Healthy?

This is a cross-post from one of my recent posts on WeAretheRealDeal,  a body image blog that was introduced at last summer’s BlogHer conference at a panel discussion on body image and blogging.  I’m pleased to join the blog as a contributor. Self-efficacy is a big word.  Okay, two words.  It’s about our belief in […]

Emotional Eating: Asking The Scary Questions

Emotional eating is a hard habit to examine and change.  Many of us who struggle with it have developed the behavior for just that reason: we don’t want to examine anything.  We do it to cope with things we don’t want to think or feel.  Coping with the ‘real problems’ in our lives sometimes seems too […]

It Happened This Week: Vitamin D, the Hormone, the Freshman 15 and Juggling for Fitness

Turns out Vitamin D — the sunshine vitamin —  isn’t actually a vitamin at all.   It’s a hormone, and a pretty powerful one, too (are any of them not?).  Check out the Vitamin D Council for info and a do-it-yourself test for vitamin D levels that you can do in your own home.  If you […]

Fabulous Fall Foods Make Healthy Eating Easy

Getting back to blogging is getting back to a routine I’ve had going for about four or five years now.  It got me to thinking about other routines in my life.  Being a dietitian and a foodie (maybe I should put foodie first), of course I started thinking about my food routines. This is a […]

It Happened This Week: Diet Sodas, Body Image Heroes & Getting Over Fat Phobia

Should we or shouldn’t we…drink diet sodas?  Experience Life Magazine weighs in.  My bottom-line thoughts:  If we’re using them to mask hunger, we need to be ingesting calories instead.  Things like diet soda may drive hunger underground for a while, but hunger always wins. Dara Chadwick, author of You’d be so pretty if…., tells us […]

See Jane Run

Here we are, well into the new millennium and I’m still stressing about how hectic my life is. (Shh, don’t tell my yoga instructor!) The lack of personal time, how it affects my relationships, family and most importantly my health. At my age, it’s no longer about losing a few pounds; it’s about the whole […]