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The best way to lose weight and keep it off

We've all been there. We look into the mirror and we're not entirely happy with the image reflected back. Our upcoming beach holiday looms, and we're not entirely sure we'll still fit in our swimsuit. Our initial response? "That's it, I've got to get it together. No more carbs!" or "I'm skipping breakfast until I can fit into my old pair of jeans again." For a week or two, salad becomes our best friend, and we pat ourselves on the back as the number on the scale drops. It's working, and life is

Oct 3, 2023   •   3 min read

Has chronic dieting done you more harm than good?

When a client tells me that they want to lose weight, I'll make a point to ask them, "When was the last time you were on a diet?" More often than not, they respond, "When have I not been on a diet? It's like a never-ending cycle. I lose weight, then gain it back, then lose it again, then gain it again. I feel like I've been on this rollercoaster nonstop since high school." Sound familiar? This is a super common experience, especially if you're a busy, ambitious professional who is grappling wi

Sep 26, 2023   •   5 min read

How to eat more vegetables if you hate the taste of vegetables

If you're trying to work on your health, but hate the taste of vegetables, know that you are not alone. Ever since you were a child, you have probably heard repeatedly that vegetables are good for you. And whether you like it or not, it's true. Every complete diet includes a healthy dose of vegetables for good reason: * Vegetables are chocked full of vitamins and minerals. These serve critical roles in helping our bodies function the way they are supposed to: keeping our organs healthy, prote

Sep 19, 2023   •   4 min read

Every cuisine is healthy

A month ago, I started a Master's in Nutrition program at the University of Colorado in pursuit of the RD (Registered Dietitian) credential. After spending the entirety of my 20s in Washington, DC and New York City, I moved back to my home state of Colorado. And after nearly a decade of navigating the old boys' club of the tech industry, I found myself smack dab in the middle of the white girls' club of dietetics. Let me tell you, I feel more out of place here than I ever did in tech. When I li

Sep 12, 2023   •   6 min read

Improve your sleep to improve your fitness

Our culture encourages us to seek transformation through fitness. We grind hard, track progress, and reward ourselves for losing weight and gaining strength. But as we push our boundaries in physical performance, the most critical aspect of our fitness often takes the backseat: sleep. While the importance of rest is now more recognized than it was a decade ago, many of us are still plagued by the advice doled out to us in the past. "Sleep when you're dead." "No rest until you're done." "Sleep i

Sep 5, 2023   •   5 min read