A Veggie-Filled Chicken Nugget Swap

True story: From age five to age 12, I’d estimate that I ate some variation of chicken fingers/strips/nuggets at least two times a week. It was my go-to order nearly every time my family dined out. In fact, I can still list the ranking of the fast food nuggets that would determine my restaurant of choice if Mom was nice enough to give me the option. (Wendy’s, Burger King, McDonald’s by the way—duh! :) ) Crispy chicken ...continue reading

60-Minute Double Pyramid Treadmill Workout

Sixty minutes is a long time to spend on the treadmill. But if you’re looking for a serious cardio session, I have the fix that will help make time fly! Try my double pyramid workout, named for the time segments and speed variations. You’ll start with a five-minute, slower interval, and work your way up to a one-minute, swift one. Then for a breather, you’ll jog back down the pyramid (stop here for a 30-minute workout) ...continue reading

Brief Book Club Chat: Fed Up With Lunch

Just in time for National School Lunch Week last week, Mrs. Q (aka Chicago elementary school speech pathologist Sarah Wu) released a book spinoff of her popular blog Fed Up With Lunch. School lunch is a captivating topic, in my opinion, since it’s something that nearly everyone can relate to and the issues at play have so much more going on than meets the eye. Soon after Fed Up With Lunch was available I downloaded the book on my ...continue reading

On-Your-Stomach Strength

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA4m-FotYKk You know what they say about lying down on the job…well today, you have my complete permission to do just that! These three strength and flexibility moves let you lie on your stomach and don’t require any equipment. So there’s really no reason not to hop down on the floor right now and try them! (Eek, sorry for the double negative English majors. :) At least used the lay/lie ...continue reading

Five Fantastic Fall Health Magazine Bites

October traditionally kicks off the holiday season—Halloween rolls around at the end of the month, holiday decorations roll out in stores (if you can believe it!) and Thanksgiving isn’t too far behind. But the healthy habits you’ve been working so hard on since last January don’t have to be put on the back burner. That’s why I corralled these fantastic tips from October magazines that will help you keep portions ...continue reading

The “Why Didn’t I Think of That?” Treadmill Workout

The title refers to what your fellow gym-goers will be saying when they see you completing this unique, fun routine! Alternating side shuffles with walking intervals is a fantastic way to bust boredom and target your leg muscles from different angles. We all spend so much time moving on a forward plane that we sometimes forget to go side-to-side—like back in grade school when we would gallop! Plus, shaking up your routine may be just ...continue reading