Eat Whole Foods

Hey America, if you want to avoid taking fiber supplements then start eating more whole foods.  Our supermarkets are lined with processed foods:  low fiber crackers, chips, pasta, and breads that have been stripped of nutrients.  Americans eat these products, suffer from constipation, and then remedy the situation by taking Benefiber or Metamucil.  These products […]

The Secret to Being Fit

I’m a vegetarian, runner, and dietitian.  When people hear that I am one of these three things they often say, “Ohhhh, that’s why you’re so fit.”  Actually, none of these things guarantee a fit body.  People are always looking for that secret reason why they are overweight and someone else is fit.  There are vegetarians […]

Focus on Food First

A common mistake made when trying to lose weight is focusing only on exercise and not on diet.  What you eat makes a huge difference in weight loss and maintenance.  In order to lose weight, you must be in a calorie deficit (take in less calories then you need to maintain your body weight.)  I […]

Eat This

I have been absent on this blog.  I write for Mississippi Valley Heath News Online and have completed an 8 week series of blogs on weight loss.  Here is the final installment:

Now that I’m done with the series, I can write for fitlifespot more regularly!  I’ll start by encouraging you to eat.  Diets often focus […]

See the Forest for the Trees

I was recently asked to be a part of an online chat for a local news station. After a segment was aired on healthy weight loss and keeping New Year’s Resolutions, viewers could ask me questions.  I was asked three main questions:

Is high fructose corn syrup worse then sugar?
Are sugar substitutes O.K. to have in […]

Make Yourself Accountable

Today marks the one year anniversary of! Over the past year I have written 59 posts and have 2,500 readers! I have so enjoyed having an outlet to share my recommendations for healthy living. I have received a number of emails from readers, and I’m thrilled to hear […]

I'll do the Math

Weight loss is simple math and yet much more than just math. Are you confused yet? Let me explain…You simply need to be in a calorie deficit in order to lose weight. If you want to lose one pound then you need to cut out 3500 calories which could […]

The Dietitian’s Cleanse™

Dietary cleanses are popular these days.  Celebrities often tout cleanse programs, so how could they be wrong?  Even Jillian Michaels from “The Biggest Loser” sells cleanse products (don’t get me started).  Americans want an easy way to lose weight and taking a pill or supplement for a few weeks to promote rapid weight loss is […]

Gaining Perspective

Living a lifestyle with healthy eating and regular exercise is all about patience and perspective.  Over the holidays we indulge.  Then, at the first of the year, everyone hits the gym.  Those of us who go to the gym regularly know the cycle:  lots of cars in the parking lot in January and every treadmill […]

A Lesson in Paradise

I just returned from a week in Cozumel, Mexico, with my husband and good friends.  Before you get angry with me please note that I am now in Illinois where the high today is going to be 17 degrees.  I am no longer in paradise.  The weather was amazing on Cozumel with 80 […]