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Regular Plain Yogurt vs. Greek Yogurt, which is better?

Nutritionally speaking, yogurt is one of my favorite foods since it is a good source of protein and calcium, and most of my clients like it. I often suggest it as a breakfast food, because a lot of people have a hard time getting enough protein in the morning. Also, most people are open to eating yogurt, over other high protein foods like chicken or fish, for breakfast -- and I don't blame them! Before I go further I need to point out that I suggest plain yogurt over the flavored yogurts. This can be a stumbling block for some, because plain yogurt is just too tart for them. However, the amount of added sugars in flavored yogurt can be in the tablespoons. One popular brand contains 20 - 40 [...]

What’s your Big Why?

Motivation. Oh, how we love it when we have it. You can probably reflect on some past event in your life where you were keenly set on your goal. Nothing would get in your way. Motivation was at your fingertips, and it greatly propelled you toward your goal. However, as we all know too well, motivation comes and goes. When you have it, nothing can stop you. It is a fantastic feeling. On the other hand, when you aren’t feeling motivated, you start looking for ways to motivate yourself. Let me guess that you have said this before: “I just need to find some motivation”. Well, I want to share something with you today. You don’t necessarily have to be motivated to reach your goals. Let’s face it, motivation is [...]

Coconut oil is bad for you?

Recent headlines have made the news cycle stating that coconut oil isn’t healthy, and never has been healthy. You most likely heard this story, and perhaps you scratched your head a little and feel more confused than ever. I wanted to weigh-in and give my take. This story was a reaction to an American Heart Association statement alerting Americans to the “dangers of saturated fat”, while stating that we should replace the calories we obtain from saturated fat with poly-unsaturated fats that predominately come from vegetable oils like corn oil, soybean oil, and canola oil. This is interesting, because these oils in excess have been shown to increase inflammation, and inflammation is a primary factor that contributes to heart disease. What the American Heart Association doesn’t mention is the strong [...]