• Health,  Nutrition

    Live a Wellness Lifestyle

    What did you do yesterday? Think about what you did from the time you woke up to the time you went to bed. Do you remember what you were thinking about when you brushed your teeth? The sounds you heard while you were going for a walk? Do you remember the faces around you at lunch while you ate with coworkers or a friend? The food you ate and the flavors in your mouth? Do you remember what you did yesterday at all? Mindfulness is simply being aware of our internal & external sensations and paying attention to the current moment. With the fast-paced environment we live in and the…

  • Health,  Motivation,  Nutrition

    Dietetic Intern + New Endeavors

    If any of you have maintained a blog for years, then you understand the realities of coming and going in your blog life due to literally anything else in the world. Although I have been in and out, I have (or at least tried to!) maintain my website with the long lasting goal of making it into a career one day. And that’s why I am here to announce my decision to start my own nutrition private practice! Throughout some blog posts I have mentioned my current life situation regarding school, getting my Master’s in Dietetics and Nutrition and eventually needing to complete an internship and take the RD exam.…

  • Fitness,  Health

    How to deal with runner’s side stitch

    This one goes out to all my fellow runners out there! How many of you have experienced the dreaded side stitch? I personally would rather have aching, sore legs during an entire run than experience a side stitch. I can push through sore legs. Side stitch? Not so much. If you’re not familiar with the trendy name for a side cramp, it’s pretty much an aching, sharp, stabbing pain in your abdomen, just below your ribs. According to runnersconnect.net, a few survey-based studies on runners and other athletes who develop side stitches in an athletic event have established that eating a large meal or drinking concentrated, sugary fluids like fruit juice close…

  • Health,  Nutrition

    Why you should reconsider your coffee brand.

    I’m sitting here on this gorgeous Saturday morning taking my first couple sips of hot coffee. If you’re a coffee lover like me, you know that bliss. There’s nothing like the smell and taste of hot coffee on a Saturday morning. But I had to travel all the way to Whole Foods in order to get organic, fair trade coffee grounds. [This weekend I am house sitting Taylor’s parents house and they do not have organic coffee. So yes, I traveled all the way to Whole Foods just to get some.] After being a loyal customer to Grounds for Change for almost two years now, it’s difficult to accept anything less. Don’t get me…

  • Health,  Motivation,  Nutrition

    What it’s like to be an imperfect vegan.

    Perfection. Why is everyone always trying to be perfect? We all know it really doesn’t exist, because perfection lies in the eye of the beholder. You might think that statue is perfect, but he might think it’s flawed. I might think the weather is perfect, but you wish it were a bit cooler. Your definition and your values of perfect doesn’t match my own or anyone else’s for that matter. Perfection sets the bar so high but also sets us up for failure. Why do we set such high standards that are going to be legitimately impossible to obtain. We don’t do that to our children, do we? We aren’t…

  • Health,  Motivation,  Nutrition

    Conscious Bite Out: a volunteer’s perspective

    Last night I volunteered at an exclusive event called Conscious Bite Out in Wynwood, Miami. The event took place in an enchanting, modern spot called The Sacred Space Miami, with dimmed lights, tea candles and spider green flowers delicately placed everywhere. It really was such a gorgeous ambiance that fit the theme of the event. This four course, wine paired dinner was completely vegan and served over 50 like-hearted people who were all passionate about the benefits of a plant-based diet yet wanted to have a great time. Originally I wanted to attend the event myself but it was a little bit too pricey for my graduate-student-wallet, and when I received an e-mail seeking volunteers,…

  • Health,  Nutrition,  Research

    What I learned about Leaky Gut

    Last week I watched a webinar about leaky gut with Dr. Josh Axe. It was super interesting (nutrition nerd alert), & I made sure to take notes in order to simplify this very interesting topic for you that I know everyone else is so curious about! 😉 First of all, what is leaky gut? Leaky gut is referred to as intestinal permeability. Okay, now I know what you’re thinking… What the heck does intestinal permeability mean? Our gut is meant to be semipermeable, meaning the lining of our intestines allow certain substances to pass through, and not others. Permeable on the other hand, is letting all substances to essentially pass through the gut and…

  • Fitness,  Health,  Motivation

    Ultimate Running Playlist

    It has been becoming more frequent that I listen to music while I go for my runs. Generally, I enjoy a no-fuss workout, just putting on my running outfit, grabbing my sunglasses and out the door. But when you increase your miles you need things like gels, an i.d., and sometimes a little music motivation to keep you running.  (I recently bought this running belt that fits my entire phone, keys, and a gel pack. It’s amazing!). That being said I still try to run without music sometimes because I enjoy listening to the world around me, hearing myself breathe and making sure I am alert with any cars or traffic going…

  • Health,  Nutrition,  Research

    Essential Fatty Acids

    Believe it or not, our bodies can synthesize all the fat it needs, and saturated, monounsaturated, and trans fat (including cholesterol) do not need to be consumed through the diet. Omega-3 and omega-6 are the only two which the body cannot synthesize and therefore they are considered essential fats. Technically, only one kind of omega-3 needs to be obtained through our diet: Alpha-lenolenic acid (ALA), which has the ability to produce other omega-3 fatty acids in the body such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). However, this conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA is relatively limited, and it is often recommended that EPA and DHA be consumed through the diet as…