Running is a Stressor

Running is a Stressor

The idea that running is a stress reliever is pretty universally accepted, but did you know that physically, running is actually a stressor? You read that right. Running, and other moderate to high intensity exercise, raises levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. That doesn’t mean running is unhealthy - quite the opposite! It’s just that your body needs the right conditions to support it. Learn how to best support your exercise in this post!

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Body Image is About More Than Liking Your Looks

Body Image is About More Than Liking Your Looks

If you were to try and understand body image via #bopo body positivity, you’d be forgiven for believing it’s all about liking your looks. While I’m glad body positivity has become more mainstream, that mainstreaming has also diluted it’s original message. In reality, body image is about a lot more than liking your looks.

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Vegetarian Ramen Noodle Soup with Shiitakes and Bok Choy

Vegetarian Ramen Noodle Soup with Shiitakes and Bok Choy

This vegetarian ramen noodle soup with bok choy and shiitakes is soooo good! The broth is super rich and flavorful thanks to an easy trick. Use whole grain ramen for extra fiber. Plus, you can make it in just over 30 minutes so it’s weeknight friendly!

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Vegetarian Polenta Lasagna with Kale, Butternut Squash & Mushrooms

Vegetarian Polenta Lasagna with Kale, Butternut Squash & Mushrooms

Inspired by my all time favorite vegetarian lasagna recipe, this weeknight friendly recipe for vegetarian polenta lasagna with kale, butternut squash and creminis is sure to become a new favorite! Use precooked lasagna rounds in place of lasagna noodles, which makes it gluten free too. Layered with caramelized fall vegetables, spicy arrabiata sauce, and lemony ricotta.

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South African Safari in Sabi Sands

South African Safari in Sabi Sands

It’s been a few weeks since our trip to South Africa, and I still catch myself daydreaming about it! I absolutely fell in love with the country – the trip wet my appetite to explore more of the continent, and to go back to South Africa again! Sharing details on how we planned our trip to Sabi Sands Private Reserve outside of Kruger National Park, what to pack, and our favorite animal sightings.

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If This Is Your First New Year Not Setting a Weight Loss Resolution...

If This Is Your First New Year Not Setting a Weight Loss Resolution...

If this is your first time going into the new year without any resolutions to diet or attempt to shrink yourself in any way, you might be experiencing something that feels like a sense a loss. There’s a lot of letting go that comes with ditching dieting, whether it’s clothes or relationships with certain harmful people. It’s normal really normal to have mixed feelings. Read this post for a journaling prompt to complete if this is your first new year not setting a weight loss resolution, so you can focus on what quitting dieting is creating space for.

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Chard Stuffed Acorn Squash with Za'atar and Tahini Drizzle

Chard Stuffed Acorn Squash with Za'atar and Tahini Drizzle

Chard stuffed acorn squash with za’atar and tahini drizzle is a show stopper, but is surprisingly weeknight friendly! You could serve this as a vegetarian main for holiday entertaining! Simply roast acorn squash halves seasoned with za’atar, a Middle Eastern seasoning mix, and stuff with chard, feta, chickpeas, pistachio and top with a quick tahini drizzle!

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Five Thoughts {Including Holiday Diet Talk and Baking Inspiration}

Five Thoughts {Including Holiday Diet Talk and Baking Inspiration}

Sharing five thoughts from the week, including tips for handling holiday diet talk, two articles that gave me hope for humanity, holiday baking inspiration, a fun and inexpensive idea for entertaining, and a discussion of how you would like to celebrate the holidays if you were OK with your body.

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On Breaking Old Thought Patterns

On Breaking Old Thought Patterns

Turns out, understanding intuitive eating conceptually is very different from actively applying the principles to your thoughts and behaviors around food. Who knew? Practicing intuitive eating takes consistently challenging old thought patterns rooted in diet mentality. Learn how to break those old thought patterns in this post.

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Pan-Fried Gnocchi and Chicken Sausage Salad

Pan-Fried Gnocchi and Chicken Sausage Salad

Pan-fried gnocchi and chicken sausage salad is just as good as it sounds! With roasted red peppers, arugula and quick pickled shallots, it’s packed with flavor! Even better? It’s made in less than 30 minutes, so you can enjoy this substantial salad any night of the week!

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WHY I Ate Wednesday: The Airplane Food Edition

WHY I Ate Wednesday: The Airplane Food Edition

In this crazy mixed up diet culture we live in, sometimes it’s hard to know what a “normal” day of eating looks like. WHY I ate Wednesday post is to give you an inside look at intuitive eating in action, looking at what guides my eating decisions and how that plays out throughout the day. In this edition, I talk about eating when traveling, flexible eating, and eating unsatisfying food.

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How to Survive a Diet Obsessed World

How to Survive a Diet Obsessed World

Living a life free of dieting is liberating, but you're still surrounded by diet culture. This can cause a strain to your relationships, and your own sanity as you try to maintain a healthy relationship with food. Learn two of my favorite tips for how to survive a diet obsessed world without losing your mind!

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Cozy Nights + An Ice Cream Sundae

Cozy Nights + An Ice Cream Sundae

As a small business owner, I need time at night to decompress from the workday. Lately, I’ve been trying to be more intentional with my bedtime routine. My current favorite way to relax? This ice cream sundae! Yup, night time ice cream sundae’s are dietitian approved, and a perfectly acceptable way to relax at night! Learn why in this blog post.

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Three Bean Tortellini Minestrone

Three Bean Tortellini Minestrone

This Three Bean Tortellini Minestrone tastes like it’s been simmering all day, but you can make it in just over 30 minutes! Thanks to the addition of READ’s canned three bean salad, it gets the yummiest depth of flavor despite just a quick simmer on the stove! It’s vegetarian too, but even meat lovers will like this soup!

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Goat Cheese Polenta with Mushroom Chickpea Ragu

Goat Cheese Polenta with Mushroom Chickpea Ragu

Would you believe you can have this bowl of creamy goat cheese polenta with chickpea mushroom ragu on the table in less than 30 minutes! Made with instant polenta and an easy protein packed vegetarian ragu, this is some serious Italian comfort food!

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Five Thoughts {Including "Girl, Wash Your Face" & Not Ignoring Body's Cues}

Five Thoughts {Including "Girl, Wash Your Face" & Not Ignoring Body's Cues}

Sharing five thoughts from the week, including why you should probably skip reading “Girl, Wash Your Face” if you’re healing your relationship with food, last minute Thanksgiving ideas, what happens when you ignore your body’s cues, book and documentary recommendations for fellow history nerds, and a recap of a couple entrepreneur panels/classes I was on/taught last week.

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