By Reuby Staviss, embodyFitness/Boston University Dietetic Intern Summer is here and that means it’s time for crisp vegetables and refreshing fruit. There is nothing better than digging into a ripe juicy fruit after spending the day in the sun. With warm weather comes people’s desires for light, healthy foods that will keep them feeling greatContinue reading “Spice up your BBQ Salad (without the guilt!)”
We always hear the recommendation to eat in season to ensure that we eat locally grown foods that supply us with a year round variety of nutrition. However, variety being the spice of life, sometimes we like to eat imported fruits and veggies. Where I live, Northeast US, we get lots of apples, greens, squashesContinue reading “Sometimes We Eat Out of Season”
Be Fitter, Stronger and Trimmer! Anne Rollins MS CSSD RD LDN Simplicity. Sometimes when we are feeling out of shape, unable to lift items we could always pick up, tired and stuffed into our clothes, we dismiss the notion that the solution may be simple. How? This is a big project. Weight loss, strength, energyContinue reading “Keep It Simple, Sweetie (KISS)”
Super Bowl and Snacks Do You Know What to Eat for a Super Bowl Snack? One more thing to blame on 2020 is an additional 5-7 pounds caused by unhealthy #snacking related to walking through our kitchens all day. Snacking is up 40% and unfortunately, the snacks aren’t apples tossed with cinnamon. Most people associateContinue reading “Do You Know What Snacks to Eat on Super Bowl Sunday?”
Are you making avoidable mistakes that have caused your New Year Resolutions to fall short? Discover what subtle changes you can make that are proven to help you achieve success. Many of us set goals in the coldest and darkest month of the year (in the Northern hemisphere), so if you don’t live in orContinue reading “Imagine Yourself Achieving All Your Goals!”
Anne Rollins MS CSSD RD LDN Fermented foods are all the rage, gaining in popularity in the recent years, although the health benefits of fermented foods have been around for thousands of year in some cultures (see what I did there?).
Anne Rollins MS CSSD RD LDN As the days get colder and darker, we have all been known to reach a bit more frequently for the comfort of fall spice confections or creamy, earthy dishes to keep us fueled and a momentary memory lapse about the bitter cold and lack of daylight. Well, not allContinue reading “Warm Wintery Comfort Foods”
Do I Need Supplements? Winter is here. Do I take Vitamin D? Anne Rollins MS CSSD RD LDN Years ago my straight up answer to anyone eating a varied diet in the US was unequivocally, No. However, our food supply has dramatically changed and in some cases, is compromised (even the “healthiest” of stuff mayContinue reading “HEALTH & MENTAL HYGIENE: SUPPLEMENTS”
Anne Rollins MS RD CSSD LDN What even is an anti oxidant? One of my favorite seasons for food (and sports) is upon us! I’m going to discuss food because sports are a tough conversation currently, especially for football in New England. Pomegranates have arrived in giant boxes to the stores, and now is theContinue reading “HEALTH & MENTAL HYGIENE”
High Stress No Sex Anne Rollins MS CSSD RD LDN In researching my new Men’s Health program embodyMo, beginning Sunday, Movember 1, I was expecting to find most of the topics related to cardiovascular health, as heart disease remains the number 1 killer in men of all ages. Related to stress and anxiety, suicide topsContinue reading “HEALTH & MENTAL HYGIENE: High Stress, No Sex”
Mental & Health Hygiene: Men’s Health Anne Rollins MS CSSD RD LDN This blog was going in a completely different direction until… Last night, breaking my own “no screen time :30 before bed” rule, I caught a glimpse of Shemar Moore on SWAT. The scene depicted a man, as macho as they come, struggling withContinue reading “HEALTH & MENTAL HYGIENE: Men’s Health”
Lack of Mental and Health Hygiene – Anne Rollins CSSD MS RD LDN Somewhere between my age and an evolving global pandemic, I find myself consistently shown friends, family, clients and strangers that are struggling with consequences related to the lack of mental and health hygiene. Some of these people even succumb to theses consequences. Continue reading “Lack of Mental and Health Hygiene”
Mental hygiene seems like a new buzzword, and quite frankly, any attention to mental hygiene is welcomed in my book. Stigma and shame associated with mental illness, health and hygiene have prevented many people from receiving treatment, and in too many cases that cost was life.
Anne Rollins MS CSSD RD LDN Work Out More, Eat Less!! Doesn’t seem to be working…. We have all been told that if we want to lose weight we should cut back on portions and get some exercise. When that doesn’t work, we do what’s only natural. Cut back more. Work out more. Feel guiltyContinue reading “Eat More. Work out Less. Lose Weight.”
Recently, many people have been complaining about aches and pains, more than usual. Most of us are not moving as much as we usually do, are sitting for longer, and hunched over technology more hours of the day. Since we are at home, there’s no stop time, and we may be working and slouching moreContinue reading “Quarantine is hurting my low back!”
As quarantine marches on, I’ve noticed a growing apathy, increased challenges with daily tasks, poor food choices and general “blah”. Each day I walk over to my wall calendar that used to coordinate several sports, games, practices, school activities, holidays and vacations and announce, “Check off another one, Wilson.” And, I’m envious of the tropicalContinue reading “The Mounting Pressure in Quarantine”
Anne Rollins MS CSSD RD LDN May is Mental Health Awareness month (but this couldn’t wait) I had other plans for this coming May, as I’m sure 100% of all us did. Quarantine was not one of them. Shifting gears, and pivoting…. Anxiety and Depression Solitude and isolation are the norm for many who sufferContinue reading “Mental Hygiene and Isolation”
On this beautiful Sunday morning, I managed to squeeze in a teen facial for my daughter between my work appointments. This was her first, so pretty exciting for her. I had the opportunity to sit in the peaceful and aesthetically pleasing comforting waiting area in Pyara Salon. Hot tea and tinctures are offered along withContinue reading “Balance is a Liar”
I seriously ate one cookie and gained weight! Whats up?! The holiday season can be hectic, overscheduled and ruled by deadlines, all things that cause our stress levels to soar. Fear not, we are fueled by hot chocolate, candy canes, fancy hors d’oeuvres, that once a year cheesecake, that once a year brownie cake aContinue reading “Stress and Weight Loss”
The evolution of cereal is fascinating. There is an entire aisle in a 10 aisle supermarket dedicated to nothing but cereal. People refer to “my” cereal like my mom watched “her” show. Cereal is personal, and Kellogg, the inventor of the mother cereal, the cornflake, had some interesting ideas about why we all needed toContinue reading “Is Cereal a Healthy Breakfast?”
I can only imagine how proud my Kinesiology and Nutrition professors at UMass would be to see me, part owner of my own gym, writing an article on which alcohol is the best compliment to a fat loss program. Anywho- here I am. Go Minutemen!!
Anne Rollins MS CSSD RD LDN Summer is full of beach days, get-togethers and perhaps a bit more eating and drinking than usual. This week I had a few extras: hours at work, extra days of work, a few extra hours on customer service calls, and a few extra hours of training, and the fewContinue reading “Navigating A Night Out”
Excerpt from a blog post by Jamie Burgess, Boston University Dietetic InternFun, flavorful and festive – Part 1 Appetizer With the start of summer and July 4th right around the corner, you may find yourself with an abundance of cookouts to attend and beach days to plan…but what can you bring that will please theContinue reading “I can’t eat another burger…”
Lower back injuries are about the most common complaint I hear, and the spring/summer season seems to increase the injuries as people start to garden, clean out garages, pack up cars for vacations and get things down from attics. We find ourselves in awkward positions on ladders, crouching in crawl spaces, trying to reach highContinue reading “Ah, My Back!!”
The well known phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” makes a blanket statement, but doesn’t tell us why or what some good examples of breakfast may look like. Is breakfast the most important meal?
Yesterday, another beautiful photo of a doughnut came across my FB feed promoting a multitude of gluten free products – doughnuts, a variety of baked goods, and crunchy snacks. I’m annoyed and over the gluten free market.
The sun is starting to peak out from behind rain clouds, bringing warmer weather and drawing us to the beautiful outside. Memorial Day weekend will be here calling us to cookouts and BBQ’s, but what to bring?
Between lactose intolerance, dairy protein allergies and anti inflammatory diets, dairy is slowly being consumed less and less. Our nutrition programs begin, in part, by eliminating dairy and gluten. Some folks choose to put it back in their life, while others feel so good they can’t imagine returning to either on a regular basis.
Snacks, in general, leave people struggling. Eating frequently through the day is a great way to keep your metabolism moving and keep blood sugars stable, but finding a healthy snack can be overwhelming. Just because we call it a snack, doesn’t mean it comes in a wrapper. A snack is a smaller meal, and mightContinue reading “Redefine Your Snacks”
Everyone is always looking for new recipes, and the change of season can be helpful, naturally. Eating foods in their natural season is optimal, although sometimes not always possible. I like to add some recipes that reflect the season, in addition to some staple dishes that my family and I enjoy.
So you’ve crushed your nutrition all week, you’re feeling great, and you’re totally in a groove, wIth this sort of momentum, combined with increased energy, and visible results nothing could go wrong…right? But then comes Saturday night and that cocktail party, or kids birthday, or nieces wedding, or any one of a million possible eventsContinue reading “Party Night Day Plan”
A few extra pounds, overweight or obesity is a sign from your body that something is not balanced. Culminating a perfect storm of a culture that needs to constantly produce, keep up with Jones’s, compete often unhealthily, never show fatigue combined with a food supply that is quick and convenient, laden with misleading labels, sugars, unhealthy fats, additives,Continue reading “Obesity is not about weight. Part 1”
Gluten, a protein commonly found in wheat grain, has caused quite a stir in the health and food industries. Gluten free is now more mainstream than ever, but not many understand why gluten causes problems, or what those problems are, and research sound bytes can be convoluted and confusing.
What is Kambucha and is it good for me? It has so much sugar?KambuCha, a fermented tea, is ages old and was found to be in ancient Chinese history as far back as 200 BC. Fermentation is commonly associated with beer and wines as the process can produce ethanol, and while kambucha has some, not nearly enoughContinue reading “Is Kombucha Good For Me?”
SO…WHAT ARE THEY? Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are fatty acids that are shorter than LCTs (long chain triglycerides), making them easier to digest and break down for energy. There are four types of MCTs: caproic acid, capric acid, lauric acid and caprylic acid. Caprylic acid has been shown to be beneficial on its own, soContinue reading “MCT Bullet Coffee”
Red meat and US raised meats are something I try to avoid unless they are labelled grass fed, lot free, hormone free from a reputable farm. This evening, I was looking forward to trying a new ground beef labelled hormone free, vegetarian fed beef. I wasn’t paying attention when I purchased the beef and fell for all the thingsContinue reading “Vegetarian Fed v Grass Fed”
While standing in the checkout line today in the grocery store, I noticed a product in the impulse purchase area (the items near checkout that allows you to grab them without much thought ) and I was drawn in. I typically get questions about specific items and so I like to give a look when I notice something new.
Are beets good for me?Beets and beet juices have recently jumped to the forefront of the superfoods list, and sometimes the sound bytes “sound” good, but frequently we don’t really understand the science behind the claim. Beets contain a compound called nitrate that is converted to nitric oxide (NO) by the time it reaches the stomach. ThisContinue reading “Should I eat beets?”
Dieting and lifestyle are incredibly different pathways with some occasional overlap. In short, dieting describes extreme behavioral changes that are not to be maintained for extended periods of time. Lifestyle changes are less extreme, layered in changes that are meant to be sustained, resulting in a healthier you. Which is better for you?
After too many food industry documentaries this last month, I walked down to the farmers market on my lunch break. I love the Farmers Market, but I hate to admit that I have under utilized the resource for way too long. I will occasionally stop by when I remember the hours, but I haven’t made this aContinue reading “Eat Fresh and Local”
The weight loss industry was booming for decades because we were desperate to feel better and look better. Diets historically promised fast results with quick tasty options. For years people blamed self control, portion control, hormones, age and will power for not finding long term results. Recently people started to question the diet/weight loss industry and turned to health and wellness coaching. Health andContinue reading “Diet vs Health Coach”
We love our I Love Bacon breakfast chock full of protein and healthy fats from the avocado. We try to avoid recommending smoothies mostly because folks add protein powder for good measure, and we don’t encourage powders, liquid calories or many supplements. However, life gets busy, and if the choice is missing breakfast or grabbingContinue reading “embody Fuel Smoothies”
What should students pack for lunch? What is the best breakfast before school or camp? Many of our clients ask us about finding healthy food options for their family. Even professionals in the field struggle with planning meals for picky kids. Anne, registered EmbodyFitness nutritionist, designed a plan for families struggling to find the bestContinue reading “Healthy Family Meals from Anne”
Turmeric is a plant stepping on to the world stage as an anti inflammatory boss. The plant is primarily used in India and other parts of Asia for may conditions including breathing issues, pain, fatigue and rheumatism. The spice is a staple of curry and it’s distinctive yellow, lends color to foods like mustard andContinue reading “I Love My Turmeric Tea”
Going on vacation and traveling for work is the downfall for anyone trying to develop healthy habits.Unless you are planning to never travel it is important to create a plan that works. I have couple hard fast rules for success on the road. My travel bag always includes
The Most Important Area We Ignore: Hip Flexors Tight hip flexors can be the root cause of chronic pain and injuries in the hip, knees, ankles, low back, shoulders and neck – that’s almost everywhere! Many people come into my studio complaining of age related aches and pains, and I tell them I don’t acceptContinue reading “The Most Important Area We Ignore”
Be Fitter, Stronger and Trimmer in Less Than 6 Weeks! Simplicity. Sometimes when we are feeling out of shape, unable to lift items we could always pick up, tired and stuffed into our clothes, we dismiss the notion that the solution may be simple. Simple? How? This is a big project. Weight loss, strength, energyContinue reading “Be Fitter, Stronger and Trimmer in Less than 6 Weeks!”
Exhausted, and still can’t sleep?Join many Americans today who wear sleeplessness as a badge of honor and others who can’t seem to shake the title. Our lives can become hectic in a climate that rewards busy, full, production and constant work. However, our long term health starts to slip away as stress and lack ofContinue reading “Too Exhausted to Sleep?”
OFF AND ON LOW BACK PAIN FOR YEARS?? May be more treatable than you think! Spring cleaning, gardening and an enthusiasm for the nicer weather often leads to a spike in low back issues. While some back injuries can be severe and require major medical intervention, many feel worse than they really are.
Holiday Health 5 Tell Us Tips to Promote Relaxation through the Holiday Season. With all the holiday festivities and celebrations comes exhaustion, increased stress and in some cases, depression. In many regions, daylight becomes scarce, encouraging us to retreat home and curl up, but the season requires attendance at holiday parties, family gatherings, school activitiesContinue reading “Inspiring Tips for Holiday Season”
Why do some people run pain free and others need to limit runs or give it up entirely? Sure, running is not recommended after certain injuries or with certain conditions, but don’t necessarily assume that this is the case for you if you start to experience some aches and pains. Some folks run pain freeContinue reading “Run with Less Pain”
Loose Hips Save Trips!We all feel it some days, maybe most days. Sore, stiff and sometimes painful hips and lower backs from sitting. We can’t avoid sitting, but we can offset the negative effects. Read on to understand how to improve your balance, decrease trips and falls and feel happier!*No time to read my fullContinue reading “Loose Hips Save Trips!”
re·lax We are all so. Stressed. Out. As I try to improve the health and wellness of others and myself, I have come to find that one commonality seems almost ever-present. Stress. Stress is at the root of many of our issues, and on most of the risk factor list associated with chronic diseases. IfContinue reading “Reduce Your Stress for Better Health”
People are always discussing the importance of managing stress. The advice is very broad, so, let’s break it down. How is cortisol related to stress? Cortisol is “nature’s built-in alarm system”. It’s your body’s main stress hormone used to control mood, motivation, and fear. Many people understand it as a “fight-or-flight” instinct in a crisis, but cortisol does so much more.