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First and foremost, thank you to all of you who showed Danny and myself so much love over the weekend and continue to do so.  We’re very excited about our pregnancy and look forward to the new life that we will build together with our new bundle of joy.     Now, I want to say this; I am not turning the blog into a pregnancy blog for the next 6 months BUT this is a big part of my life and I will be covering all the topics associated with it is as they come up.  That means the good, the bad, and the ugly.   So, real talk, the past six weeks have been hell.  H-E-double hockey sticks.     There should be a disclaimer for pregnancy, similar to the end of a drug commercial, you know when they talk really fast?  It would sound something like this:   ***read this fast like the commercial disclaimers***   Be prepared to be sick.  Not morning sick but all day sick.  Sick like you drank a whole bottle of pinot grigio.  EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Sick every day, all day, morning, noon, and night.  You will feel like death but you […]
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All the sweets.  Literally, everywhere I turn I am faced with chocolate something sprinkled with Holiday amazingness.   The plus side is I’m not a sugar crack head so I can have JUST ONE and stop.     The negative side is that many of you are in fact a sugar crack head, aka, you’re addicted to sugar, and the taste of one piece will drive you into a sugar relapse until the end of time.   Today we’re going to talk sugar addiction, because it is so very real.  Many people have been consuming sugar for so long and it is a large part of their daily life.  Because of these factors, they don’t even realize how bad their addiction truly is.      That is until they try to quit.  Quitting sugar can be compared to quitting cigarettes or any other addictive substance.  It’s hard, there are withdrawals, and you will probably relapse at least once.  But, once you are free from sugar, you will feel so much better.   So how does all this apply to the Holidays?     Well, you need to identify whether you’re a sugar crack head or are clean from your sugar […]
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This week in the three part series on nutrition I want to talk about carbohydrates and protein.  In my opinion, carbs are the easiest macronutrient to consume (maybe second to fats) and protein in the hardest.  When I talk to people about nutrition, so often they’re under eating protein by a ton while overeating carbs.     So, the question this week is … how do we tackle this problem?   Well, the first step is to be able to recognize what food items are primarily carbs and which are protein.  Some examples of carbs include: fruit, veggies, potatoes, rice, bread, and anything with lots of sugar.  Protein is pretty easy.  It is meat, meat, meat, nuts, and cheese.   Now that you know what makes up a protein and a carb, let’s address the issue.     We all love carbs and could eat them until we’re blue in the face.  But we shouldn’t.  The keyword here is moderation.  One serving, and fist size portions (remember last week???).     Now for protein; meat isn’t bad but we never seem to eat enough of it.  This is probably because we fill up on carbs before we eat our protein. […]
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Today is the beginning of a three part series on nutrition through the Holiday season.     In part one, we are going to discuss portion control, especially during the Holiday season.   So, what is portion control?     Fundamentally, portion control is simply controlling the portions you consume.  Pretty basic in theory, right?   Unfortunately, portion control is one of the hardest nutrition pieces for people to understand.  It seems that, in America especially, we have allowed our standard portion size to grow substantially and are now normalizing excessive food servings.   When building your plate at Holiday parties and other gatherings, follow these three rules of thumb to have a successfully portioned plate:   All servings should be about the size of your fist.   Make sure to have a meat and a veggie included on your plate. Choose a max of 3 “carb” choices – aka casseroles, pasta, potatoes, etc.   Another thing to keep in mind when talking portion control is that you don’t NEED seconds.  Seconds is an American past time that we’ve created which has become very socially appropriate.   However, seconds are so unnecessary.     Yes the food taste good.  Yes you could […]
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