Nutrition Certification Blog

Fructose and “Natural” is Not Always Good For You!

fresh fruits and vegetables, fructose

Natural is Not Always Good For You! A favorite saying of mine is “just because its ‘natural’ doesn’t mean that it’s good for you. Actually tobacco is ‘natural,’ yet Not Good! Arsenic is also natural, and definitely Not Good!” It is obvious that these things are not good for us (yet some people still choose to smoke). What may not … Continue reading

Why Your Kitchen Should Be Stocked with Bamboo, NOT Plastic

bambu utentsils

This year alone, the human population has dumped nearly 2 billion tons of plastic into the world’s oceans. We’re practically drowning in plastic pollution. There is a sustainable alternative. The twist? It’s made in China. Bamboo is considered the symbol of fertility in Chinese cultures and friendship in India. For one Portland- and Shanghai-based home goods brand, however, it’s the “poster child for renewable material,” and a universal symbol of … Continue reading

Are Calories Just Calories?

Bad Calories Good Calories

If you have been or are currently a student of our Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist™ program, you have heard me teach that our system is not based on outdated ideas that are a one-size-fits-all cookie cutter approach to nutrition such as “calories in, calories out, 40-30-30 or 60-20-20.” When I hear so called “experts” emphasizing the calories of a meal … Continue reading

What Are Ketones? How Can They Help Me Burn Fat? And Why Should I Care?

If you were to Google “what are ketones” you will most likely find quite a bit of information on ketones, ketosis, etc. from diabetes sources, and at the top of the page you will find this: “For a person with diabetes, ketones are often the result of prolonged high blood sugar and insulin deficiency. Without the right amount of insulin, … Continue reading

Is Chocolate a Sin or a Healthy Food?

healthy chocolate?

“All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!” — Lucy Van Pelt in Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz In any given year Americans consume over 3 billion pounds of chocolate. Why are we all so in love with chocolate? Yes, it tastes great, feels wonderful on the tongue, is sweet, creamy, and is … Continue reading

THRIVE MARKET – THE NEW BEST FRIEND OF THE FIT & BUSY!

As you probably know, I am a super busy health, fitness & wellness business coach and entrepreneur, so I am always looking for ways to make my life easier, and make it easier to serve healthy foods.  I think it is super important (and TOTALLY POSSIBLE) to maintain a fit & healthy lifestyle, even when we’re super busy, and it … Continue reading

Vitamin B12: Does it Really Increase Energy & Help You Lose Weight?

Vitamin B12

The simple answer as far as increasing our energy, is yes, due mainly to the fact that more and more Americans are deficient in Vitamin B12. There is not a solid body of evidence supporting the idea B12 helps you lose weight, but it may help if you are deficient in B12, as deficiencies have been shown to cause fatigue … Continue reading

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