So it begins…. how hard will this be?

Before I talk about the beginning, I need to talk a little bit about the past. Back in November of 2015, I competed in the Arizona Ironman and did not finish the race. Although, I had trained according to my plan, I was not prepared for some of the unseasonable conditions that occurred that day….

Challenge Yourself and Try New things

Most of the time, I am more than happy following my schedule everyday. However, although my Type A personality will show this side off on a regular basis, you also see another side of me that scares the heck out of me. I like learning new things, but that means getting out of my Type…

What would Jill eat?

Spaghetti Squash or vegetable spaghetti is a great alternative to spaghetti noodles. The fruit ranges from ivory to yellow/orange in color. The orange varieties have a higher carotene content. Its center contains many large seeds. Its flesh is bright yellow or orange. When raw, the flesh is solid and similar to other raw squash; when…

Assessing Proper Form: Overhead Squat

The most important concept to understand when performing any type of body movement is proper form. This is most easily explained using a full body movement like the overhead squat, but can be applied to many different forms of movements and lifts. The diagrams below show a women performing an overhead squat. The overhead squat…

What would Jill Eat?

Avocados are classified as a fruit. Not only is it classified as a fruit, but it is actually considered a berry because it has fleshy pulp and a seed. 80% of the avocados eaten worldwide are Hass avocados. When an avocado is ripe, the skin color will change and the stem will pull/pop out. Avocados…

What would Jill eat?

Cauliflower is rich in vitamins and minerals. One serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C. Its also a good source of Vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium and magnesium. In addition, cauliflower is a member of the cancer-fighting cruciferous…

Wellness Tip: Take care of your feet

Nearly one-fourth of the body’s bones are found in the feet. The foot is comprised of 7 tarsal bones, 5 metatarsal bones, 14 phalange bones and 2 small free-floating bones.  The foot contains 30 joints and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments, all of which work together to provide support, balance and mobility. It has  been…

What would Jill eat?

What would Jill eat? Organic meats contain no additives, antibiotics or hormones. Organic meats have higher levels of Omega 3 and Omega 6, which are essential fatty acids. These essential fatty acids have been shown to fight cancer and improve heart health.  In addition to Omega 3 and 6, organic meats contain CLA (conjugated linoleic…

What would Jill eat?

Pizza! Who can resist pizza? Maybe a few people, but not most. I am a certified health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Precision Nutrition Coach. I love helping people make healthy decisions about what to eat and why. The best part about pizza is its on my list. First, pizza should…

What would Jill eat?

As you look at the egg section in any supermarket, you will find many different egg choices. Sometimes, it can be overwhelming unless you have always just looked for the conventional Grade A carton.  To be honest, this is the type of egg my parents choose when I was growing up because it was the…

What would Jill eat?

2% yogurt or total (full fat) yogurt Although I recommend eliminated dairy from your diet for a variety of health reasons. I do believe that having a full fat Greek yogurt on occasion can be good for you. Greek yogurt contains healthy probiotics that can improve your gut health if eaten occasionally. However, the full…

Change your F.I.T.T.ness

The F.I.T.T. principle is the foundation of exercise, a set of guidelines that cover all the elements you need to think about to create workouts that fit your goals and fitness level, as well as helping you get the most out of your exercise time. To follow this principle, make sure that your are considering…