Intuitive Eating is Not a Hunger/Fullness Diet

Is it wrong to eat when you’re not physically hungry?  Did you fail if you ate so much that you feel too full?  Are you a bad planner if you went too hungry between meals?  No, no and no. Because we’re so used to diet culture, sometimes it’s easier to translate the concepts of intuitive…

Why Body Positivity Matters

Happy New Year! For my first post of 2017 I want to get real about a common theme in my content: body positivity. This is something I’m deeply passionate about on a professional and personal level, and I’m opening up about my history with body image and my relationship with food – something I’ve never…

4 Steps Toward Body Positivity

In a radical shift against the diet culture we’ve been raised in that fuels self-loathing, the body positive movement is gaining momentum with no slowing down in sight. We’ve been taught both directly and indirectly that we must look a certain way, a way which only 5% of the female population naturally looks. This fuels…

Yoga for Better Sleep

I’m thrilled to bring you this wonderful guest post from my dear friend and certified yoga teacher Stasia Holmes. She went through a rigorous training and presented on yoga and sleep as a part of her thesis. Aside from my normal daytime practice, I have used yoga to help me chill out right before bed,…

Oregon Backpacking & Food Adventures

Lengthy post alert! Many photos and tales from the trail lie ahead. Unfortunately I’ve experienced quite a few technical difficulties getting the photos to load to this post — oh the joys of being a blogger! Alas, it’s finally up! This trip has been the highlight of my summer and I already can’t wait to go…

3 Simple Tips for a Healthier Barbeque

It’s the end of May already?! Commence grilling, backyard activities and enjoying warmer weather. I love this time of year–it’s actually getting warm (on some days…) and Memorial Day weekend gives us an excuse to spend more time with friends and family while honoring those that fought for our freedom. When it comes to healthfully…

Why Everyone Needs to Do Strength Training

This is a long-overdue post and I am excited to finally share it with you! There is so much to say that I am dividing this up into two separate posts. First, this general introduction to the benefits of strength training and a second post to come including lots of wisdom from fitness professionals and…

What You Need to Know About Veganism and Orthorexia

In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness week, I want to discuss an issue I personally observe in the vegan community and is sometimes (often) misconstrued by the media. If you are into food and nutrition, surely you’ve heard the words “clean”, “cleanse” and “detox” used in reference to a superior way to eat. Let’s…

Cruelty-Free & Eco-Friendly Winter Body Care

It’s about that time of year: we’re totally over the cold weather, seriously lacking vitamin D, and our skin and hair is in need of tender loving care. The thing about body care is that everyone has a different skin type, hair texture, and varying preferences regarding consistency and scent of personal care products. There isn’t a…

How to Not Gain Weight During the Holidays

Some people just accept that between Halloween and New Years Day, they will gain weight. This does not have to be the case, no matter how many parties and family gatherings you go to or batches of cookies you make. Pssst research shows that people actually don’t gain that much weight around the holidays (about…