Freshman 15? I think not

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Have you heard of the "freshman 15"? It's the idea that when a student goes to college, they gain 15 lbs from their new eating habits. I went to Penn State and I thought I was lucky. While friends around me gained weight, I managed to NOT gain the dreaded 15 lbs. The cafeteria at my branch campus was pretty good. I was making healthy eating choices and working out. I thought I was in the clear. Until I moved to the main Penn State campus, University Park, my junior year. There were so many new and exciting food choices - restaurants, sub shops, many cafeteria's and the infamous Penn State … [Read more...]

Senior Summer Slimdown

senior summer slimdown

People of ALL ages think that the best way to lose weight is to eat less. Especially seniors! They figure because they are less active, the should eat less to accomodate for the less activity in their lives. That is a point. Your body is like a car...if you drive down the road with the gas light on, your car will run out and gas, and eventually your car will start sputtering, and then stop driving. You don't want that to happen to your body, do you? You won't drop dead...what happens is your body starts to store everything you eat as fat.   It begins to store all … [Read more...]

Mend Your Mental Health With EXERCISE

I love the movie "Legally Blonde" with Reese Witherspoon. Her entire outlook on life is so inspiring and motiviating. If you have not seen it, man/woman/child/grandmorther, GO RENT IT! It's well worth the $2 fee and the 90 minutes of your time. There's a part in the movie where Elle (Reese Witherspoon) is before the judge, discussing her client's innocence in the case. She says "I just don't think that Brooke could've done this. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't." Endorphins are produced by the pituitary … [Read more...]

Food for Families

A lot of people come to me for nutrition advice - young people, forty-some thing's, vegetarians and even athletes.  The most important group to address is the family.  I don't know many people that honestly live, breathe, sleep and eat alone, all the time.  Most people are involved in a family - plus one, plus 4 or plus 10!  Good nutrition is NOT attained by one person needs to be addressed at the family/group level. As an ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, I am qualified to provide nutrition advice and meal plans to individuals in general good health.  When I first meet with … [Read more...]