Coaches’ Blog

Veg Out

For a change of pace, this post is hopefully a little more fun and still informative. Your CTA is to take charge on at least one of the action items listed at the end! June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month which is only fitting as summer's bounty and harvest...

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It’s raining men

Okay, let's first acknowledge that June is far more than Men's Health Month and Fruit and Vegetable Month, come on. It's Pride Month, Caribbean-American Heritage Month, Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, and more! And while I could certainly make a connection to...

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Mental Fitness

Mental health. Where do we even begin? From a historical perspective, we began in 1929 as the Public Health Services Narcotics Division. Since then, what we now know as the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), has shifted names and affiliates over seven times....

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Pump it

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a risk factor for heart disease. But what are the risk factors for hypertension? Understanding the causal pathway is intricate. There are many non-controllable, like genetics, age, sex, and race or ethnicity. But there are far...

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I’m stressed, let’s eat.

Stress eating. Bored eating. Mindless eating. Emotional eating. We've all been there. And hey, there's no shame in that. Food scientifically brings us pleasure. When we eat we are smacked in the face with dopamine. Certain crunchy foods *ahem chips* can release...

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PEEPin’ on peer pressure

For many of us, this is a large holiday weekend, and really a month! Regardless of if you're observing Easter, Ramadan, Passover, or any holiday or observation this month, this blog serves as a good reminder. Instead of repeating holiday-centered content, I wanted to...

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It’s okay to be “bad”

Let's face it. We've all said it. Maybe it was after a weekend of drinking. Maybe it was after traveling. Maybe it was after a night out with ice cream, pizza, and onion rings(in that order). We start to experience guilt, shame, remorse, discomfort and think,"I was so...

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What women want?

Let's talk about what we need! Okay, so for sooooo many things in the health world, we preach "eat a well-balanced diet". And, sure, well-balanced for both men and women should be pretty standard, but there are some key differentiators with female compared to male...

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Beans beans…

... they're good for your heart. But there are many more foods out there that are too! As February is American Heart Month and and National Cancer Prevention Month, this post is all about foods that support heart health and have antioxidant properties. But first, how?...

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Whose house?

You tell me. No, this is not a Super Bowl post, but it is super important. Perhaps you've heard the saying of "treat your space like it's your house". Well, let's face it, not all of our houses look the same. Maybe a better reference would be, "treat it like you're...

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Super Bowl Eats!

It's Super Bowl Weekend and you may already be dreaming of the beers, grilled meats, and cheesy dips galore. For some, the Super Bowl is remnant of a major holiday. "But Ashlyn, it IS a holiday!". I hear you. I respect your traditions. I encourage the celebrations....

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What makes a good habit?

This is a bit of sneak peak into the content that I've been discussing with my 8 week nutrition cohort. As someone with a background in Public Health, I've always been interested in the social determinants of health. How do our landscapes, opportunities, communities,...

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