NYC Department of Health "Pouring on the Pounds" Campaign

Happy Halloween everyone! Before you get stuck into all that Halloween candy, take a look at a little reminder from the NYC Department of Health of just what it takes to offset the calories from sugary drinks – the website for the campaign is here. (If you remember, I’ve also posted before about the damage liquid calories do to […]

Running two marathons in one day: Chicago, and labor

“Irresponsible”  “9 months pregnant and doing a marathon somehow doesn’t sound safe”  “Pure idiocy and VERY irresponsible”  Photo courtesyChicago Tribune “Putting her baby’s life at risk for her 15 minutes of fame”“Totally selfish” These are a few comments from readers of the hundreds of news articles about Amber Miller, the runner who gave birth hours […]

Fit Mama – Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

Question: Which of the following statements about pregnancy is true? You should only exercise very lightly, if at all, during pregnancy. Pregnant women are eating for two – you should take in a lot more calories every day. Running and lifting weights during pregnancy can harm the baby. If you exercise, your heart rate should […]

Food Stamps Soda Ban Rejected in NYC

New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg is a big proponent of measures to combat obesity rates within our city. Banning trans-fats in restaurants, and bakeries in the city was a great move, and will hopefully have a health impact on New Yorkers for years to come. However, I really had mixed feelings about the proposal to […]

Recipe – Hummus and Tabouleh Wrap

Lots of taste from herbs and vegies, good fat, protein, and whole grains – this wrap is a yummy lunch, and pre-making your own tabouleh gives you enough to use as a side dish or quick lunch or snack throughout the week. What’s tabouleh? It’s a Middle Eastern salad, most popular in Lebanon and Syria. […]

Smaller Sips to Weight Loss

Food journals can be a great tool for losing weight, or maintaining weight loss without necessarily counting calories. Keeping track of your diet habits is great as a short-term strategy – it definitely works to keep you accountable for what you’re putting in your body, and helps you recognize habits or ‘treats’ which may be […]

Watermelon Summer Salad Recipe

Giant watermelon slices eaten outdoors in the summer = perfection. It’s one of the things I look forward to most in the summer time. When I was very little, maybe four years old, I have a distinct memory of accompanying my dad to a job one day in the summer. He’s an electrician, so his job sites […]

Food Blogs to Salivate Over

Two very hardworking clients of mine each write their own food-themed blogs…both of which I enjoy checking out, so I thought I’d share with you. The first is a blog called Spade & Spatula, co-written by my client Nadia Arumugam, who is a food writer, editor, and cookbook author, and total foodie. Her blog is about […]

Back Away from the Non-Organic Apple…The 2011 Dirty Dozen

The Environmental Working Group has released its annual report of the Dirty Dozen – the produce with the most pesticide residue (see the 2011 list here). These are the fruits and vegies to avoid buying non-organic whenever you can. Do you really want to be ingesting pesticides? I know I’m pretty sure that rinsing my […]

Crossing the Finish Line

Sunday, June 5, 2011 was a beautiful day for a race. Cool temperatures, clear skies, just the slightest breeze. I woke up with a very nervous husband about to run his first ever half marathon. In a previous post, I described my husband Fran’s terrible illness in December last year, which saw him in a […]