Core Strength Values

Core Strength Values

I have written other blogs about this but always feel that more can be added to the topic.  You would be surprised how many benefits there are to keeping your core muscles strong.  According to Harvard Health Publishing, everything we do each day is supported by our core.  From vacuuming, to picking things up off…

When, How and Why Do We Stretch?

When, How and Why Do We Stretch?

I have been in the fitness industry for 23 years and I have taught all manner of class formats including yoga, cycle, water aerobics, STEP, and many more.  One thing we instructors have always included in our classes is some type of stretching.  Over the years, and with the increase of new information, we have…

Updated A1C Report: Gummy Addiction Apocalypse Avoided

Updated A1C Report: Gummy Addiction Apocalypse Avoided

It has been a busy summer and so you have heard little from this blogger.  I hope you haven’t missed me too terribly!  But I digress, here is what has been on my mind as of late. It was back in January that I tested, for the second time, pre-diabetic on my A1C scores.  I…

Creamy Coconut Flan for My Fans

Creamy Coconut Flan for My Fans

Flan is considered to be an hispanic dish but can be found in a variety of styles all over the world.  In fact, the first to make a similar such dish were the Romans and it was often savory, not sweet (it is said they borrowed some baking concepts from the Greeks to create the…

How Much Protein Do We Really Need?

How Much Protein Do We Really Need?

I get this question a lot and I decided it was time to provide a good answer.  As we age, our caloric needs unfortunately begin to dwindle.  For example, according to Livestrong.com: “As you age, the approximate proportions of different macronutrients (definition: Nutrition; any of the nutritional components of the diet that are required in…

Weight Lifting and Aging

Weight Lifting and Aging

Recently, one of my students approached me and asked if she should continue to lifts weights as she aged.  She specifically asked about lifting weights after the age of 70 as she had read (she did not recall where) that it was not encouraged.  I have not read anything to indicate that but decided to do…

Not Your Average Has Beans

Not Your Average Has Beans

Most of us enjoy, or even love, baked beans.  With Memorial Day around the corner, and picnics aplenty in the offing, it is nice to have a delicious, go-to recipe.  The pre-made, canned variety just doesn’t cut the mustard.   If you want to bring a special dish to a picnic, and get rave reviews, I…

Flavor Funk: Where Have All the Tastebuds Gone?

Flavor Funk: Where Have All the Tastebuds Gone?

So apparently it’s a thing.  We do or can actually lose our sense of taste and smell as we age.  According to MedlinePlus: “The number of taste buds decreases as you age. Each remaining taste bud also begins to shrink. Sensitivity to the five tastes often declines after age 60. In addition, your mouth produces…

Tasty Turkey Sausage, Broc, Pasta Bowl

Tasty Turkey Sausage, Broc, Pasta Bowl

This is easy, includes most of the food groups, and is delicious to boot!  Everything you want in one bowl.  I make this often, it is one of those “go to” dishes when I want something fairly healthy and quick.  There are few ingredients involved and only two pans required.  This meal can easily be ready in…

Gummy Vites: Should We Bite?

Gummy Vites:  Should We Bite?

Confession;  I love gummy bears.  The end.  Well, maybe not the end.  I do love them and I cannot keep them in my house.  When I do, I am consistently 3 to 5 pounds heavier. I do not have the ability to resist them; therefore, they are not in my house (except on special occasions).  But then I discovered…