Healthy Happenings

Hi, everyone, and happy Hump Day!  Do you know why its an exciting week?!  Because on Monday, I officially began the Health Coach Training Program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).  What does the program entail?  Well, it is an eleven month online program with a curriculum that addresses over 100 dietary theories, counseling techniques, and business training.  What specifically drew me to IIN’s program is the holistic approach that it takes when it comes to health and wellness.  At the end, I will be qualified to become a certified Health Coach through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, an independent professional association for holistic healthcare professionals.

I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with my certification (I’ve got a year to think about it), but I am eager to apply what I will be learning regarding nutrition to my personal lifestyle and dietary habits.  Also, as part of my training, I will begin completing health histories halfway through the program, during which I will need some willing participants to work with me!

IIN package arrived in the mail!

Full of goodies!

I also began teaching Reformer Pilates classes at Exhale Pilates Studio this week!  I’ll be teaching there 2-3 mornings per week while one of the owners is out on maternity leave.  I am thrilled to be in their studio more often, as well as to get to know all of their wonderful clients!

On another note, learn how to brighten someone’s day by reading my most recent blog post, “Make Someone’s Day,” for The Zesty Digest for Sweet Lemon Magazine.

And one last thing, be on the look out for an exciting announcement regarding my first giveaway before the end of the week!

Hope you all have a great rest of the week!  Oh yeah, and happy Halloween!


Flaxseed: Should you be eating it?

You’ve probably heard all the fuss over flax seeds, but have you ever given them a chance?  I never had until recently, when I picked up a package of natural milled golden flax seed at the store.  After adding some to my oatmeal and cereal for roughly a week straight, I highly recommend trying them.  It is such an easy way to add extra nutrients to your diet.

Natural Milled Golden Flax Seed

What is in flaxseed that makes it good for you?

You can easily add flaxseed to your cereal, smoothie, oatmeal, baked goods, or just about any type of food.  I have not noticed any distinct flavor differences in the foods I add it to, but do admit there is a slightly gooier consistency to my oatmeal.  All in all, it is a virtually effortless way to boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and dietary fiber.  And with all the hype out there regarding its benefits when it comes to breast cancer, diabetes, and cholesterol, why not give it a try?

What do you think?  Do you add flaxseed to your foods?  Does anyone have a good muffin or cookie recipe that incorporates milled flaxseed?  I’m really eager to try one, so please let me know!

Recipe: Katie’s Famous Taco Soup

This delicious, simple, and quick recipe is courtesy of the amazing Katie Gunn.  Thanks Katie for sharing this protein-packed soup recipe with us!!

Katie’s Famous Taco Soup


  • 1 onion
  • 1 lb of ground turkey
  • 1 10.75 oz. can of tomato soup
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 11 oz. can of Mexicorn
  • 1 15 oz. can of kidney beans
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 cup of V8

Optional Ingredients:

  • reduced fat cheese
  • light sour cream
  • whole grain tortilla scoops or strips
  • hot sauce

I highly suggest buying organic and no salt added versions of the canned goods.  Try a low sodium version of taco seasoning.  Also, rinse the beans and Mexicorn before adding them to the soup to remove any excess sodium.

Brown the turkey, and rinse to remove excess fat.  Chop and saute the onion.  Add turkey and onion to a large pot, and then dump the rest of the ingredients into it.  Cover, and let the soup cook for approximately 30 minutes on medium heat and then simmer for 30 additional minutes on a low setting.