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Become a Winter Walker-New Strategies

Become a Winter Walker-New Strategies

Walking is a great form of exercise.  It’s easy and pretty much free. But when winter rolls around in the Midwest my walking goes from an enjoyable outdoor activity to a dreaded, “barely get the minimum number of minutes on the treadmill”,  indoor activity.  I […]

Convenience Rules

Convenience Rules

My local grocery store has undergone a major remodel that is just about completed.  I had all but stopped shopping there because they offered almost no organic choices and those they do offer are overpriced compared with other stores.  On a recent visit I made […]

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Maybe You! (part-3)

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Maybe You! (part-3)

I have good news for you.  You can make great strides in eating “healthier” food without buying everything labeled “Certified Organic”.   I need to take a moment to define what I mean by “healthier food” outside the definition of making the good choices of what […]

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Grass Fed Beef (part-2.5)

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Grass Fed Beef (part-2.5)

This weekend we went and picked up the front quarter of grass fed beef that we ordered a week ago.  Read more about why we want to eat grass fed beef and the process of making the purchase here. We loaded up every cooler that […]

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Grass Fed Beef (part-2)

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Grass Fed Beef (part-2)

I realized that when I wanted to eat organic I would be prioritizing.  When it comes to beef, the issue isn’t so much one of organics but one of feed.  Grain fed cattle produce beef with different nutritional profile than grass fed cattle.  If I […]

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic?  Maybe You! (part 1)

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Maybe You! (part 1)

I used to say, “I think organic food is great, but who can afford it?”  That was several years ago and based on an occasional trip to the local Whole Foods grocery store.  Now, we buy more organic food than non-organic.  There are more choices […]

What I Would Tell Supplement Manufacturers if They Would Listen

What I Would Tell Supplement Manufacturers if They Would Listen

This is the time of year when supplements are on sale to coincide with our desires to get healthy for the new year.  I don’t like to swallow supplements or pills of any kind.  I do believe that some supplements are very beneficial so I […]

Eight Strategies to “Budget” Your Willpower

Eight Strategies to “Budget” Your Willpower

    In a previous post I discussed an article that suggests we can deplete or increase our willpower.   The following information will make more sense if you’ve read that post. After 20 plus years in the fitness industry I have seen that any […]

What you Need to Know About Willpower Before You Start a Diet

What you Need to Know About Willpower Before You Start a Diet

  You hear people say, “I just have no will power.”  Is will power something some people have more or less of than others?  Is it something that you can strengthen?  Everyone knows it is best not to go grocery shopping when you are hungry, […]

Time to Redefine “Good” Cooking

Time to Redefine “Good” Cooking

Does anyone doubt that we have a health crisis in this country?  Here are a few quick facts: Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese “Being overweight or obese turns out to be the leading medical reason why applicants fail to qualify for military service,” […]