Forget Food Rules; Do This Instead

Stop blindly following rules or guidelines that you don’t really understand or that aren't actually benefitting you. Is It Working For You? One of the most common things I hear when talking to women about nutrition is “______ [insert weight loss fad: meal plans,...

Is Exercise a Punishment?

"I was so bad this weekend! I'm going to have to kill myself in the gym this week!" You've probably uttered a phrase like this a time or two. One that suggests that what you ate and drank needs to be reversed, compensated for, or punished with exercise. This kind of...

Foam Rolling 101

In our latest installment of Exercise 101, my friend Quinn is walking us through the basics of Foam Rolling: what it is, why it's useful, and how to start implementing it right away! In case you missed our first installment, check out Pilates 101!) Why Foam Roll? Have...

3 Steps to Find More Time

I recently polled the ladies in my Facebook community, Live Diet-Free about the top reasons that they haven’t achieved their weight loss/health goals. One of the top answers was “not enough time,” so I recorded a video for them breaking down the steps I’m about to...

Is Banana Bread Healthy?

There will be people who read this title and think, “psh, of course banana bread is not healthy! Who would even think otherwise?!” There will be people who read this title and think, “duh, it has bananas, of course it is healthy! Who would even think otherwise?!” If I...

Recipe: Mixed Berry Oat Crumble

Today's awesome post comes to us from Nicole Nelson, founder of Living Well with Nic. When she offered to create a recipe just for us, it was an absolute no-brainer. When she sent me some suggestions and one featured a berry medley, I knew that was the one. Enjoy!...

The Non-Cooker’s Guide to Cooking

I’m sure this won’t be your first time hearing that cooking as many meals at home as possible is in your best interest for weight loss and healthy lifestyle purposes. Benefits of Eating In -Save money because buying ingredients that you cook yourself is cheaper than...

Pilates 101

This post is the first installment in what will be a recurring series to expose you to all different forms of exercise & movement. If you think that exercise is confined to lifting weights or running on a treadmill, my hope is that these guest posts will help...

What Your Actions Say About You

My first job after college was working as a Personal Trainer at a big commercial gym chain and I was hired in a crop of new trainers. Being in a commercial gym meant training a certain number of sessions per month and having sales quotas to hit. I attended all of the...

Elimination Diets: What, Why, How

If you read this recent article about 3 Foods You Should Avoid if you have IBD, you might have some questions about the role of elimination diets. You know that I encourage you to Live Diet-Free and have any food you enjoy, in moderation. So how does that all jive...

Want Change? Do Something Different.

What Are You Currently Doing? Whether your goal is to lose weight or body fat, gain muscle, improve health markers, boost endurance or quality of life, or whatever else, the one commonality is that you want something to be different than it is now, right? So why is it...