Guest post: The (scientific) magic of freezing your assets

By Andrea Duke, PhD | December 21st, 2014 | 0 Comments
I hate being cold. I am that person who wears socks in the house in July. The person who wears four layers during the winter months. The one who needs a sweatshirt when eating ice cream. So when my husband says to me, “Hey, let’s go try CryoFit,” I laughed in his face, all while freaking out. “What do I do there?” “Well, you get naked and……” Stop right there. Get undressed and get frozen? But, as a researcher and elite athle Read More...
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Unwrap Goodness: Vegan & Vegetarian Tamales

By Claudia Zapata MS, RD | December 17th, 2014 | 0 Comments
First things first: thanks for the vote of confidence, but these tamales are not for sale.  It takes me such a ridiculous amount of time to spread the masa on the husk, I'd have to sell them by the single. I never made tamales Read More...
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Guest post: Festive tostada bar

By Elizabeth Hopson | December 15th, 2014 | 0 Comments
In our house, the holidays are all about sitting around the kitchen table with the ones we love most. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant, expensive, or a typically unhealthy "holiday" meal to have a lot of fun. Although I’m always grat Read More...
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The problem with cheat meals

By Claudia Zapata MS, RD | December 9th, 2014 | 0 Comments
Is it because I'm a dietitian or are you also hearing about "cheat meals" like it's your job? Your friends apologize while reaching for the bread basket, with the "this is my cheat meal" disclaimer. Others go all out with a 16-hour "cheat day. Read More...
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Guest post: Leftover turkey tlapeño soup

By Elizabeth Hopson | November 26th, 2014 | 2 Comments
My favorite part of roasting the perfect turkey is the turkey soup we enjoy the next day! My cousins and I grew up having our grandfather's amazing turkey soup the Friday after Thanksgiving. My aunt has since taken over the job, an Read More...
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Healthy holiday gift guide 2014

By Claudia Zapata MS, RD | November 21st, 2014 | 0 Comments
After putting together this year's healthy holiday gift guide, I realized I had unwittingly picked a basket of goodies that was one part cute gym gear and most parts recovery and rejoice after the sweat. Welcome to 2014's list of a few of Read More...
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Giving up Diet Coke: an RD spills all

By Claudia Zapata MS, RD | November 17th, 2014 | 14 Comments
The irony of the beginnings of my Diet Coke habit does not escape me. What happened after I gave it up, however, was completely unexpected (hang on for the suspense). It was 1998, and I was back in college to pursue a graduate degree - Read More...
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Guest post: Roasting the perfect turkey

By Elizabeth Hopson | November 10th, 2014 | 0 Comments
There is something about the holidays that instills a little fear and anxiety in everyone. We tend to forget what the season is really about: family, love, friends, joy, and giving thanks. I want to ease a little of this pain by emp Read More...
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Healthy in a hurry: rotisserie chicken tacos

By Claudia Zapata MS, RD | November 3rd, 2014 | 2 Comments
The key to healthy eating is planning, but sometimes (OK, lots of times), you scramble. Whether it's a busy weekday or a lazy Sunday, there are those days when you need a good shortcut. Not takeout, not delivery and not a frozen pi Read More...
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Feminine Fierce

By Andrea Duke, PhD | October 26th, 2014 | 1 Comments
Femininity. The word that packs a punch, embodies different ideals and notions to women. For some, it’s about equality. For others, it’s about lace and beauty. For Lauren Fleshman, a professional runner, it’s about being proud – proud of what you can do and w Read More...
cl Claudia Zapata, MS, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and fitness enthusiast who blogs about enjoying healthy eating and exercise. With recipes and wine selections, workouts for all levels, and everyday wellness tips, Claudia celebrates good health.
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