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Prom and Graduation 2017

Hi there, friends! I must apologize for my absence. Life got a little wild in April and May as I prepared for a graduating senior. If you still have small children that have not yet graduated high school my piece of advice is: start saving now!!!  I would also urge you to pay for a few massages and pedicures in advance and take the time to use them over the month of graduation. You’re going to need this coping mechanism! Continue Reading

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5 Lifestyle Changes You May Not Have Considered

Hellooooooooo 2017!!!!! It’s the beginning of a new year and most of us are motivated to make big lifestyle changes with the hopes of having a happier and healthier life. The most common New Year’s changes are diet, exercise, and improving finances. Millions of people resolve to eat less calories, join a gym, and lose weight. Achieving optimal health involves so much more than just diet and exercise though. I’ve outlined a few healthy changes below that people sometimes miss. Over the coming months, I will post more on some of these topics as they are important enough to expand upon and discuss further. Continue Reading

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Christmas Sweet Treats: Naughty or Nice?

One of our favorite Christmas traditions is to spend a day making sweet treats to package beautifully and deliver to family, friends, or even the postman/woman or perhaps some random person we meet who looks like they need a little kindness. What’s that now? A dietitian giving out sweets? Yes, you’ve heard that right. In my practice, I focus on balance and sweet treats have a place on rare occasion. However, if indulgence is in order, why not pump up the nutritional value? Let me show you how. Continue Reading

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It is so easy to “Fall” for Southwest Virginia

Just over five years ago we relocated from our home state of Louisiana to a beautiful mountain county tucked away in the far southwest corner of the state of Virginia. There are so many reasons to love this small rural area; stunning scenery, friendly people, lots of outdoor activity such as hiking, biking, and kayaking, moderate temperatures, my list goes on and on. One of our favorite things about where we live is that we experience all four seasons. We have snow in the winter, but not too much. Spring is delightful and then summer rolls in and it does get hot but not for too long. And before you know it, Autumn arrives in all her magnificent and vibrant glory. Continue Reading

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Apples and Spice and Everything Nice

Apples have a pretty stellar reputation for being nutritionally sound. We all know the age old cliché, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This prestige for the hearty fruit is due to the many health benefits associated with it. Just how nutritious are they? They offer a hearty supply of phyto-nutrients and antioxidants which boost the immune system and support overall wellness. Let’s review in a little more detail. Continue Reading

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Cooking Up a Fun Time!

If you are looking for something fun to do outside of work hours, cooking classes are growing in popularity. Many professional chefs across the country are lending their skills to us lowly culinary wannabes by offering these incredibly cool classes. You may find a chef doing this in your area by simply running a search on your computer. Talk about a great date night! Continue Reading

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Grape-ful For A Fun Afternoon Adventure

Earlier this week, a friend visited a local vineyard and harvested a beautiful and delicious looking bucket of grapes. I had to dig and found out where she went!  MountainRose Vineyards is a precious gem tucked away in the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia in the small town of Wise. Continue Reading

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Get Prepped! Be like Nike and Just DO it!

Getting ready for the start of a new week by shopping and preparing meals ahead of time is one of the most underutilized tools in our weight management and healthy lifestyle arsenal. Raise your hand if you have been too exhausted over the weekend to get prepared for the coming week and then you find yourself at work all week with nothing to do but grab a quick lunch out somewhere. The most common excuse I hear is, “I just don’t have time to work on preparing for meals over the weekend.” My friends, while I empathize greatly with that claim, you don’t have time NOT to get prepared.

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  1. You’ve ever heard a pop song on the radio and you immediately start going over the Jazzercise routine to that tune in your head. Props if you demonstrated said routine to your family.
  2. You know your instructors well enough to know their favorite artists to work out to. Hello? Georgie Porgie and Adam Levine!
  3. You look forward to spending Halloween, New Year’s Day, and Valentine’s Day working out with your Jazzercise tribe. No worries, your Valentine will wait patiently while you shower and get beautiful for dinner… following class, that is.
  4. You’ve ever scheduled a hair appointment or any other appointment around your Jazzercise class. In fact, you carry a calendar for this very reason. What?? Don’t judge me!
  5. You know exactly what time you have to be at Jazzercise class in order not to lose your spot. Days when you are behind may illicit a complete state of panic if there is any chance of losing said spot.
  6. You regularly refer to your Jazzercise workout as your “Happy Hour.”
  7. You are convinced that during a workout when your instructor shouts things like, “Get lower!” “Don’t lean forward, sit into your heels!” “Tummies tight!” that she must be speaking directly to you. Therefore you straighten up and comply. Obviously!
  8. You know exactly what the phrase, “Single single double” means.
  9. Your first thought when you feel a sore throat coming on is, “NO! I can’t miss Jazzercise!”  You stage a vitamin C intervention immediately.
  10. You hear a catchy new song on the radio and can’t wait for it to be introduced into a Jazzercise routine!

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**Disclaimer: This post is for entertainment purposes only. If you find yourself offended in any way I suggest you find the closest Jazzercise class and work out your frustrations immediately.

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Let’s Jazz Things Up A Bit

Part of my own journey in weight loss was to find a way to be physically active that would be fun and enjoyable. I knew this would be the best way to make it part of my regular routine for the long term. For anyone who does not know this already, it is incredibly intimidating to join a gym or exercise group when you are obese or just generally shy around strangers. I had already lost about 50 pounds when a sweet friend invited me to join her at Jazzercise of Wise, VA. I was determined to overcome my shyness and find something that worked for me. I tried a few other workouts but found they didn’t give me what I was looking for. I finally joined a gym and forced myself to go several days per week for cardio and strength training. I didn’t enjoy it though. What I craved was to find a workout that offered more than cardio and with people that I could bond with and form friendships. Continue Reading