Fen Tung and I intersected years ago at MIT where we’d taught Zumba classes. We were both new to teaching group fitness, but even then I sensed a special spark when taking her classes. Fast forward to 2019 and Fen has evolved into a true fitness guru. She holds a personal trainer certification through the National … Continue reading Exercise Motivation from a Fitness Guru
I met Alisha Carlson virtually through a blog post. After some back and forth conversation, I became fascinated with her work. She's the founder of FindYourTHRIVE, which integrates fitness, nutrition, and mindset coaching for women, offering online support, 1:1, small groups, local workshops, and meet-ups in and around Portland, Oregon. The approach is non-diet, but what fascinated … Continue reading Life Lessons from a Life Coach
We don't always make the connection between what we eat and how we exercise. I've seen people use exercise as a punishment for overeating. Or use exercise as a free pass to overeat. But how about eating to exercise? What you eat affects how well you move. If you don't include a balanced diet or … Continue reading What To Eat for Exercise?
This is a tough one. It’s about Health At Every Size (HAES), a movement based on the book by researcher Linda Bacon, PhD, that emphasizes body positivity and self-care. It de-emphasizes the importance of body weight and the effects of certain foods on health. It focuses on setting holistic lifestyle goals rather than enforcing strict … Continue reading What About ‘Health At Every Size’?
No surprise there’s a notion that dietitians are the food police. I see it on the faces of some new patients who walk into the clinic looking like they want to run back out. Maybe because they expect a dietitian to tell them to stop eating all their favorite foods. Or that they need to … Continue reading What I Wish People Knew About Dietitians
I thought the Paleo diet sounded silly when it first came out. Why would someone willingly choose to eat only the foods available more than 2 million years ago? Loren Cordain, a professor in health sciences, was convincing enough in his 2002 book The Paleo Diet to make it the most popular google-searched diet of 2013. … Continue reading What About the Paleo Diet?