By Katryna Starks Every January, people resolve to lose weight. They go to the gym, start eating better, and everything seems fine. Three months later, they’ve dropped all of these good habits. By the end of the year, they are back where they started – or worse. What happened? They started out the wrong way.… Read More Why “Lose Weight” is the WORST New Year’s Resolution
By Katryna Starks So you want to cut down on sugars but you don’t want chemically-based sweeteners either? Mother nature has come to the rescue! Here’s the skinny on four great natural sweeteners that make staying healthy taste better than ever: Xylitol Xylitol is a sugar-alcohol that is naturally found in fruits and vegetables, and… Read More Naturally Sweet
By Katryna Starks Getting fit involves 30 to 60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a day, but that could be difficult for some. If you find that you can’t walk, run or perform aerobic exercise for that long, it may not because you’re out of breath, it could be that your muscles are tired. Our muscles… Read More Can’t Do Cardio? Start With Strength.
By Katryna Starks No, this has nothing to do with lingerie. It has to do with making every day a perfect wardrobe day. With never looking in your closet and finding things that don’t fit, are out of style, or just make you feel “blah”. It’s about building the perfect wardrobe so that no matter… Read More The “Oh, YES!” Wardrobe
By Katryna Starks If you’ve been following, you might have noticed the new look of the site. I loved the pink pastel, but it was time to update. Now that I’ve submitted my thesis, it’s time for me to update as well. In the wake of the redesign, I’ve looked over some past articles and… Read More Your Best Self – The Return
The other day was hectic – as usual. I barely got breakfast, didn’t get lunch, and although I was on my way home, when I stopped for gas I was ravenous. I scoured the convenience store for something to take the edge off when I spied the chocolate chip cookies. I bought one. It was… Read More The V.O.M.
Leanne Brown, a food studies scholar, encountered a problem. She noticed that people on government food assistance (food stamps) were not eating healthfully. She calculated the average food allowance at $4 a day, and set about a challenge. Create great-tasting, healthful recipes within that $4 budget. From her website: “I think everyone should eat great… Read More Great Recipes on a Budget!
By Katryna Starks In the last post, Who’s Goal Is It Anyway? (Part 1), I talked about the transtheoretical model of behavior change and its 5 phases: Precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. If you have a goal, you are in one of those phases. This post is about deciding which phase you’re in and… Read More Who’s Goal Is It Anyway? (Part 2)
By Katryna Starks I hear many people who have gone through the hardships of losing weight and getting healthy. They’re ecstatic. They’re helpful. They’re full of advice about how to be healthy. They’re encouraging. They’re enthusiastic. And they’re judgemental. It’s this last adjective that I’m going to address today. Losing weight successfully is a laudable… Read More Who’s Goal Is It Anyway? (Part 1)
A good tomato-basil bisque is like a little sip from Heaven, and this easy recipe will have you making your own. Sun-dried tomatoes are subbed for regular romas to give it a rich, smoky flavor. This recipe freezes and thaws well for homemade make-ahead meals. Ingredients: 1 16-oz chicken broth 1 12-oz coconut milk 1… Read More Simple Low-Carb Non-Dairy Tomato Basil Bisque