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Happy Valentine's Day!

I think we all recognize that we should give love on a daily basis to the people in our life that mean the most to us.


Although this holiday can make it easy for us to go out of our way for the ones who we love, we should not forget that the most important person in this world...is yourself. It's not selfish or arrogant to love yourself and with all the body bashing that you may do on a daily basis, it's time to give a little xoxo to your body.

Sit down and write yourself a thank you letter. This experience will change your life.....or at least change the ways you think or act with your body.

Here's one of my letters:
Dear Body

Here's a poem I found that may help you get started:


Let’s start a revolution. Let’s be BOLD. Let’s love our tummies, our wrinkles, and curves.

Let’s celebrate our hips and thighs And all the parts of us that magazines say are too big or too small.

Let’s applaud our flaws and scars, and enjoy that we don’t have to be air-brushed perfection.

Let’s say “I l…

Endurance swim workout, beets and sport nutrition articles

It's not hard to get me in a pool at 6am in the morning. I have been "a swimmer" for almost 20 years and I don't think I have gone more than 2 weeks without swimming in the past 20 years. I love being in the water - it's my comfort zone. Sure, I have my ups and downs with swimming and some weeks I am ON and have great workouts and others, I'm just happy I am in the water and still enjoying swimming. But, I'm sure you will agree that a new swimming accessory makes it easy to get excited for a workout.

Thanks Nootca for sending me and Karel new swim caps. I absolutely love silicone swim caps because they fit well and don't break like the other "racing" caps out there. This cap fits my head perfectly so I think if you have a larger head, this cap may be a bit tight or won't fit around your ears properly. However, I feel this cap will fit most people and you will really like it.

The swim set was great today at Master Swimming - just what I ne…

Heart happy homemade raw bars

Last Wednesday I had a great time with Baptist HeartWise for Women and News4Jax for our live segment on making healthy changes in the diet. I believe in a good-better-best system which I was taught in my internship by one of my preceptors who specialized in eating disorders. Always being taught of the best, right and perfect ways of eating due to nutrition guru's being the "experts" on everything nutrition-related, I really learned to appreciate this more practical and realistic way of eating. I hear all the time of people who talk about good and bad food, eliminating food and just eating in a way that seems extremely strict. In understanding that we want to make changes for a healthier lifestyle (long-term healthy living), the good-better-best system is a great way to not feel pressure to change everything at once. Although we all want things to happen yesterday when we want the results today, life is a journey, not be rushed but far too often, people waste days to mak…

Asparagus Casserole

Last week was filled with talks, talks and more talks. It all started on Monday for News4Jax and ended on Friday at the hospital for a busy day of clinical nutrition, seeing patients in the hospital.
On Wednesday evening I spoke about "Train smarter to train harder and reach success faster" to the Hammerhead Triathlon Club. Trek Travel also gave a great talk about their upcoming triathlon training camps which I am super excited about. Karel and I (and his boss Jeff) may have the opportunity to attend a camp this April if all the pieces fall into place so I will fill you in with more details as I feel this is a great opportunity for triathletes of all levels. 


I made some yummy granola bars to give out at my talk as I hate speaking to athletes with hungry bellies. The balls were super easy to make - in a ninja blender (food processor) I combined peanuts, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, oatmeal, prunes, apricots until chopped (not finely) and then in a bowl I added pumpkin seeds and…