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Get your healthy fats, at Costco!

Low-fat or no-fat diets go in and out of style. I am of the belief that we need contributions from each of the six groups of nutrients (carbohydrates, fats, protein, … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie

Here is a quick and easy recipe for a delicious smoothie that I like to drink after workouts.  It is as satisfying as desert, but totally healthy!  Give it a … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Strengthen your weaknesses now so you have more options later

Yesterday I received a pretty stern talking to from my physical therapist. Sunday morning I woke up and my wrist was locked up. This has happened to me my whole … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Gastrocnemius Strengthening!

In my recent post regarding the Gastrocnemius, we learned a little bit about the function of this muscle and one simple method of stretching and relaxing it via autogenic inhibition.  … Continue reading

February 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

I am not in charge here?! The power of affirmations and visualization

Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the feeling that I am not in charge here?! I don’t mean at work, or at home, or in my relationships. I mean with myself- … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Muscle of the Week: Gastrocnemius

As we pointed out last week with a bit of help from The Onion: bones are cool.  We at Level Up maintain our position on this issue, and earnestly hope … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

I will not buy new pants: getting back on track after the holidays

In the span of three months, I got my dream job (which was admittedly slightly over my head experience wise), my husband got laid off, and then we got married … Continue reading

February 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Healthy Test Kitchen: Black Bean Brownies

Black bean brownies are one of those things people tell me that they’ve made, like avocado based chocolate pudding, when they find out I’m a chef who specializes in healthful eating. Until … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Brief Introduction to Tai Chi as an Exercise Practice

As you can probably tell from the pictures on this blog, I’m a big proponent of practicing Tai Chi.  In my experience, the slow, fluid, and circular movements of Tai … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

(Nearly) No Fat French Onion Dip

When it comes to nutrition instruction in my work as a chef, my main goal is harm reduction. I hide vegetables in foods, cut my taco beef with black beans, … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · 2 Comments