May 9, 2013


The days are getting longer, flowers are bursting into bloom, and the shelves of grocery stores are laden with enticing spring fruits and vegetables like strawberries and asparagus. Portland is full of places to shop, from upscale grocery stores to neighborhood farmers’ markets. Finding high quality produce for a low price can present a real challenge though. More […]
May 4, 2013

On the Go

One of the biggest challenges in reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is figuring out how to eat well and exercise amid a busy and hectic schedule. I touched on this briefly in the Breakfast Post, but I think it bears a little explanation. At least for me, when I’m home, it’s easy to live a healthy lifestyle! […]
May 1, 2013


Breakfast has often been heralded as the most important meal of the day, and it turns out that it’s with good reason. Studies have shown that breakfast improves mood, focus, and even helps people to lose weight. The last one might seem counterintuitive-how could eating additional calories actually stimulate weight loss? Turns out that eating breakfast contributes to […]
April 23, 2013

100 Reasons to Exercise Now by Nicole Nichols, Spark People’s Daily Blogger

1. Because it helps you get stronger 2. Because exercise helps combat depression 3. Because you’ll feel proud of yourself 4. Because you have goals you want to reach 5. Because you’ll feel bad if you don’t 6. Because you want to move forward, not backward 7. Because it burns more calories than not working out 8. Because […]
April 18, 2013

Sleep Hygiene

Among the factors that contribute to successful weight loss there are many that seem obvious: how many cookies you eat in a day, how hard you hit the treadmill, and others that you might not even consider. Sleep is one of those. Sleep debt can weaken the immune system, dull your focus, and cause you to snap at […]
April 6, 2013

Gardening is Good for the Soul, And Good for the Waistline

Urban gardening is all the rage right now in Portland, and not only is it a fun summer hobby, but it can also be very helpful with losing weight. Gardening has a reputation for being a pretty dainty activity, but it’s actually a lot of work! Several generations ago, most people worked on farms, rather than in offices. […]
February 3, 2013


This week marks the beginning of February, a month of Valentine’s Day decorations, longer evenings, budding trees, and the final throes of flu season. While typically the flu hits earlier in the season, this year influenza has been particularly severe and widespread. If you’re lucky, you spent a couple of miserable days in bed with chicken soup and […]
January 15, 2013


There is a profound relationship between the mind and the body and nowhere is that more apparent than in the manifestations of stress. You might feel the physical effects of stress when your head hurts for no reason, when you find yourself clenching your hands or your jaw, or when you’re tossing and turning, unable to sleep at […]
January 15, 2013

Journaling For Health and Weight Loss

One of the major obstacles to successful weight loss is mindless eating: especially if you don’t even know you’re doing it! I’m sure we’ve all been there: grabbing a candy bar on the way out the door, grazing at a potluck, grabbing handful after handful of popcorn at a movie. It’s easy to do-and it’s easy to forget […]