4 Free & Easy Things You Can Do To Reduce Toxic Load

4 Free & Easy Things You Can Do To Reduce Toxic Load

We have, on average, 700 synthetic chemicals in our bodies. 

We are constantly exposed to many environmental pollutants, drugs and dietary components. The majority of these chemicals have not been tested for safety in human health. As Kelly Brogran, MD points out, we have an “innocent until proven guilty” approach when it comes to chemicals in pharmaceuticals, food, personal care products, cookware, and other everyday items. Unfortunately, we are starting to understand that not only do these toxicants impact us negatively, but combinations of these toxicants can exacerbate their harmful effects, something referred to as the “cocktail effect”.

DIY Acai Bowls: How To Make Them At Home

DIY Acai Bowls: How To Make Them At Home

Nothing makes you feel like you’re on a surf trip or yoga retreat more than eating an acai bowl (well, except for maybe surfing and yoga). A cross between eating ice cream and drinking a smoothie, frozen acai is like a tropical vacation in a bowl. And pretty much just as expensive, especially if you’re feeding a lot of little hands. But you can still get all the fun and yum without the hefty price tag! Here’s how to make DIY acai bowls at home.

WTF is EFT? A Skeptic's Guide To Tapping

WTF is EFT? A Skeptic's Guide To Tapping

When I was deep in the trenches of bulimia and anxiety, my mother begged me to try tapping.

While “tapping” may draw up images of Gregory Hines for some people, I knew that it was another name for Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). I knew that it involved tapping on your face and saying things like “I completely love and accept myself”. I knew it helped veterans recover from PTSD. I knew these things because my mom is an EFT practitioner. I also knew there was no way in hell I was doing it. 

Why I Gained 10 Pounds

Why I Gained 10 Pounds

I have sat down to draft this blog more times than I can count. I’ve started and stopped, thinking this is too much, too vulnerable, too exposed. People might think I’m a failure for gaining weight, others might think I’m a fraud for having these feelings, while others might think I’m ridiculous for worrying about a measly 10 pounds. 

Creamy Tahini Herb Dressing

Creamy Tahini Herb Dressing

This stuff is the best. I made it on a whim last week and have made it 3 more times since. It's perfectly creamy - equally great as a salad dressing, sandwich spread, and dip for veggies. It has a base of tahini, fresh cilantro and parsley (feel free to use only one of these herbs if that's all you've got on hand). The addition of mayonnaise really drives it home. Try it out!

Crispy Salmon Cakes (paleo, gluten free)

Crispy Salmon Cakes (paleo, gluten free)

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I eat a lot of canned fish. In fact, I just got an email last week from a girl who was interested in my nutrition program, but was afraid that she would have to eat sardines! (First of all, that's hilarious. Secondly, you 100% do not have to eat sardines while doing Fueled+Fit.) If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, you can read more about my love affair with canned salmon here.

Today, I'm bringing you a whole new way to eat it. 

How Many Calories Do You Really Need?

How Many Calories Do You Really Need?

Last month a client of mine forwarded me an email from a fitness coach. The email outlined a weight loss program, with food recommendations for adult and adolescent girls looking to lose weight. 

Some of the suggestions she made were sound (eat less processed food, cut out refined sugar and flour), but unfortunately I found much of her advice to be erroneous, unsubstantiated and downright irresponsible. I won’t pick the whole email apart here, but I will focus on one specific piece that bothered me most:

Graham Cracker Smoothie

Graham Cracker Smoothie

A Fueled+Fit member shared a yummy smoothie recipe in our Facebook group last week. It sounded tasty, but my concern was the lack of calories. It would be great for a little snack, but surely didn't provide enough substance for a meal. I couldn't get the cinnamon goodness out of my brain, so I decided to make my own enhanced version. 

3 Actions For Emotional Eaters

3 Actions For Emotional Eaters

The holidays are a doozy, no? 

I'm still getting emails from people telling me they are having a tough time “recovering”: they are still in holiday eating mode, and they’re feeling they need to cleanse themselves. There’s a lot of emotion involved, and the knee-jerk reaction is to do something extreme to “get back on track”.

What’s going on here?

Peppermint Patties

Peppermint Patties

Mint + chocolate is probably my favorite flavor combo. Junior Mints, Thin Mints, Andes, Peppermint Patties...always my top choice back in the day. I was trying to come up with something festive and different to make for Christmas this year, and THIS is what popped into the ol' brain. I've gifted some out, ate a lot, and will be bringing them as a treat to our (one of 5) Christmas gatherings.