My Half-Marathon, and Some Lessons Learned

Recently I ran a half-marathon (13.1 miles).  It was my second half ever–the first was 2 years ago.  I went into training for this one with a wildly ambitious goal.  While that goal was not achieved, I am proud of myself for getting the race done.  I wanted to...

How Much Wheat Should We Eat?

I wanted to take today to discuss wheat, because I feel like it is a topic that there is a lot of confusion.  On one hand, it is obvious that we are a wheat-loving (or obsessed?) society.  But then you get the anti-grain dieters, who obviously include wheat in the...

Why Breakfast, and What You Eat for It, Matters

Recently I applied for a job with a local store.  It was interesting, but while “Nutrition” was in the store name, it was more about supplements than food, so I decided it wasn’t the best fit for me.  One interesting thing they do, though, is run every customer...

What in the World is Skinny Fat?

If you have ever read my “story”, you have seen that one of my motivations for changing from the couch potato I was to the active person that I am is learning about the concept of “skinny fat”.  I was never particularly overweight, but learning about skinny fat was an...

Why Artificial Sweeteners are the ANTI-Diet Food

In my post last week, I talked about natural versus added sugars.  This week it is time to discuss the unfortunate cousin of sugars, artificial sweeteners.  While we find these chemical concoctions in everything marked “Light” or “Diet”, after decades of their...

Natural Sugars versus Added Sugars

Today I started my first 3 Day Sugar Free Challenge—going well so far!—so I thought I would write about the differences between the sweeteners we use, or eat in pre-made food: what we want to eat, what we don’t want to eat, and what we should be avoiding at all costs!...