Healthy Lunchbox Makeover!

Healthy Lunchbox Makeover!

How Can We Make Our Kids' Lunches Healthier? And while we're at it, can we teach our kids to enjoy healthy eating? I say, YES, we can! Kids (heck, adults, too) can be resistant to change of any kind. Changes in eating habits can seem traumatic to children, so start with small changes. Brace yourself for resistance at first. Kids may not react kindly to aberrations in their lunch box regulars. Food might come home un-eaten at first. Don't give up! Kids may need to eat a new food over 20 times to…Read more
Ab-Eze Gave Me Back My Abs

Ab-Eze Gave Me Back My Abs

I want to start this post by saying that this is not a paid endorsement for AB-EZE. I wrote this blog post because I genuinely want to share with you something that's worked wonders for me. I know Pilates instructors are supposed to have strong abs. It's one of our main claims to fame. I did have a strong core before having my two sons, I'll have you know, but afterwards... well, I felt like a Pilates imposter. My core was NOT the strongest part of my body anymore. Until I started training…Read more
Homemade  Vegan Chocolates

Homemade Vegan Chocolates

So, homemade chocolates. I'd say I just make these for special occasions, but I'd be lying. I make these alllllll the time. They're delish. And they're vegan, and dairy-free!  Not that you need to be either of those things. But if you are, these are for you. Even if you're not, these are for you. Now you may be thinking, uh, Shaina, this is a healthy living site, why are you telling me to eat chocolate? And didn't you recently write a three-part series on all the ways sugar is bad for you?…Read more
Homemade Granola Bars + Is Sugar Bad For You? Part 3: Sweeteners

Homemade Granola Bars + Is Sugar Bad For You? Part 3: Sweeteners

 We have reached the final segment of my three part "Is Sugar Bad For You?" series. For parts one and two click here: Is Sugar Bad For You? and here: Is Sugar Bad For You? Part 2: Glycemically Balanced Eating . In my first post, I told you I was going to talk about this in two parts... then I got to the second part and realized I had soooooo much to say that I needed a third. So here I am again! I often get asked which sweetener is the best one to bake with. I've…Read more
Is Sugar Bad For You? Part 2: Glycemically Balanced Eating

Is Sugar Bad For You? Part 2: Glycemically Balanced Eating

  In my last post,  Is Sugar Bad For You?, I basically investigated whether sugar was bad for you: and the short answer was YESSSSS!  To see the reasons why, and what the health dangers of eating too many sweet foods were, (and there were so, so many), click on the link above to check out that post. So let’s just move forward with the idea that sugary foods, especially processed/packaged foods, are not great for overall health. Given that knowledge: Does it really matter what type of sugar we eat? Does it…Read more
Is Sugar Bad For You?

Is Sugar Bad For You?

Sugar is a hot topic. How bad is it? Are there types of sugars that are better than others? I often get asked by clients which type of sugar is the healthiest. And, what’s worse, sugar or fat? When I started writing this blog, I realized that there was way too much info to unpack in one post. So I'm going to do it in two parts. 1) In this post, I'll talk about what sugar does to your body. 2) In my next post, I'll talk about ways you can incorporate sugars into your…Read more
Staying Healthy on Your All-Inclusive Vacation

Staying Healthy on Your All-Inclusive Vacation

Ahhhh, vacation... For me vacation is warm weather, turquoise tropical seas, a beach chair, a good book, having my people with me and not having a set schedule. (Although I'm so type A, I usually end up making some sort of schedule of fun events anyway. I'm sorry. It's ingrained in me! At least it revolves around fun!!). Most of these things (well, the beach chair and the tropical setting, at least) tend to be found most easily, and most affordably, at an all-inclusive resort.   Yes, alllllllll you can eat food and…Read more
My WHY – Finding & Keeping Motivation

My WHY – Finding & Keeping Motivation

It's easy to look at fitness trainers and think we've always been fit and healthy; but this is often not the case, and many of us have had to overcome hurdles and obstacles just like you. I ask clients all the time to define their WHY. What is the driving force behind their motivation to become fit and change their life? If you don’t have a strong “why,” you’re less likely to reach your goals, and more likely to give up.  Internal motivation is EVERYTHING when you're starting a fitness or wellness program;…Read more
Trying to Lose Weight? Say Buh Bye To Your Scale.

Trying to Lose Weight? Say Buh Bye To Your Scale.

It might sound crazy, but if you want to become healthier, or even lose weight, you may want to think about putting away your scale. FOREVER. I get it. I used to weigh myself, as well as my clients. But no more, my friends, no more. I feel you. You started a new routine. You want to weigh yourself every day. Maybe twice a day. Maybe more. That number starts to reflect the way you feel about yourself. It becomes all-powerful. I don't need to tell you that this can lead to a…Read more