Whole30: A love story? (and the one thing that surprised me the most)

I did it. I finished 30 entire days without alcohol, added sugars, bread, beans, and dairy. I ate healthy fats, animal-based protein and vegetables. While US News & World Report named Whole30 #37 on a list of 39 diets, it (mostly) worked for me. I figured the easiest way to share my experience is to answer …

Waterfront Wellness (sponsored by Medifast!) returns May 23

I'm excited to announce that Waterfront Partnership is partnering with my former employer, Medifast, Inc., to bring the Waterfront Wellness series to Baltimore starting May 23. This was one of the last initiatives that I worked on with my team there, so it's awesome to see it come to fruition. With the support of Medifast, Waterfront Partnership will add …

I finally got on the Mason jar salad bandwagon

You've probably seen Mason jar salads floating around Pinterest for, you know, years, but I finally got around to making one. And my life hasn't been the same. These are amazing! Everything stays so fresh, including avocados. I left one in the fridge for two days and the avocados? STILL GREEN. No air gets in there. …

How I totally failed ClassPass BUT you should try it for $10 for a week!

Remember how I had the amazing opportunity to try Classpass for free for one month and I wrote about the classes that I did in the first week? After that, you'd assume that I tried a bunch more and fell deeply in love with some new form of exercise, right? Don't be so silly. I realized …

30 days to 31: WTF happened to my metabolism?!?

Dear friends, welcome to keeping me accountable. I've slipped. I've stopped paying attention to what I'm eating, I've stopped working out, I work long hours at a new job. I grab the amazing Kinderhook cookies as soon as they enter the office on Friday afternoons. Yeah, I've been doing ClassPass, but I'll be honest -- …

#for30more giveaway #14: Acupuncture and personal training/reflexology

Another day, another giveaway! And #for30more just inched past $17K and could hit $18K in the next three days--if you all make it happen. Today brings two giveaways (so two winners!): An appointment with my amazing acupuncturist, Marina Gan,  valued at $125, and a 1-hr personal training session OR a 1-hr reflexology session with Perfect …

#for30more giveaway #11: Meal or grocery tour from Rachel’s Nourishing Kitchen

I still remember the first nutrition lesson that Rachel taught me. In college, she needed volunteers for a study on calorie perception. I measured different sizes of cereal (i.e. 1 cup) and what I would normally pour for a normal breakfast. I sadly learned that I was WAY off in my measurements, and that lesson …

Review: Fuel your better with Vega Sport

This post is sponsored by Vega Sport, but these opinions are all mine. Vega Sport is all about fueling your better with its line of products to prepare you to workout, sustain the workout, and recover. I was excited to try the Chocolate Mint protein bar because I love Thin Mints. They're made with 15g of plant-based …

5 things Friday: Baltimore crime, Australian Day, Tone It Up, half marathons, and hair clips

Baltimore has seen 10 murders in the first nine days of 2014. Sorry to kick off with such a downer, but WTF is wrong with people?? At this rate, we'll hit 400 murder this year. That is ridiculous. Are people annoyed because it's cold? January 26 is Australia Day at the National Aquarium. In good news, …

Guest post: 5 tips for starting ballet as an adult

I'm thrilled to have my first guest blogger. One #Elf4Health challenge is to share your expertise and we decided to do blog swapss. Kristen blogs at Adult Ballerina Project and is sharing tips for adults who are just starting or just getting back into ballet. (Check out my post with running tips over on her blog, …

Thankful.

This Thanksgiving, I have a lot of things to be thankful for: Steve, my family, my friends, my job, our new house, etc. But I read a post by Ali from Ali on the Run yesterday and it made me realize the one thing that I am overwhelmingly thankful for: my health. I've been reading …

3 healthy holiday recipes

At Medifast, we know that it's tough to keep on track with weight loss/maintenance during the holidays, so each day for 30 days, we're releasing awesome, delicious, healthy recipes. (Follow along on Pinterest!) Here are three to get you ready for Thanksgiving: Do you have a favorite healthy holiday dish?

Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy: Would you make the same choice?

This morning, Angelina Jolie published an op-ed in the The York Times sharing that she chose to have a double mastectomy after learning that she carries the BRCA1 gene. Her doctors estimate an 87% risk of developing breast cancer and a 50% risk of developing ovarian cancer. (She notes that the chances are different for every …