My Shakeology Review


 You guys know I love everything about nutrition. I am constantly reading books, listening to podcasts, taking grad classes, and basically learning everything I can get my hands on so I can be a better educator. Whether it’s my students in class or you all here, I love sharing what I’ve learned with others. I also am game for a little N=1 nutritional experimentation on myself at times. In fact, that’s how I found paleo 3 years ago. In my Paleo Transformation post I talk about how I decided … [Read more...]

Dear Kara: A Letter to Kara Goucher After the NYC Marathon

Fit Moms & Full Plates: Kara Oiselle

Dear Kara-- You don’t know me, but I like so many runner (especially mother-runners) know you--or at least of you. I have no shame is saying that I have a major fan girl crush on you. You inspire me. You make me want to constantly be a better runner. One of my dreams in life is to have you pace me to a Boston Qualify time (which I’m going again for in March at Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach). I’m seeking to run a (for me) blazing 3:35--a pace that you would consider a long SLOOOOOOOW … [Read more...]

Homemade Hummus & Tahini-not paleo, but still a whole food.


I don’t eat hummus, I can't eat hummus. Sure I used to eat re-fried beans on Taco Tuesday's with my kids, but I never knew why my belly was so upset after eating or why my daughter would run to the bathroom immediately after dinner. I just chalked it up to Mexican food and went on with my day; I never made a connection. Then I switched to a nutrient-dense whole foods diet; I started reading all that I could on nutrition. I learned about anti-nutrients, lectins, phytates, and FODMAPS. If you go … [Read more...]

Marathon Musings: A Tale of Two Cities and The Road Not Taken


A year ago today I was toeing the line of the Scotia Bank Toronto Waterfront Marathon looking for the elusive Boston Qualifying time. Later that morning, I had earned that BQ time. A mix of emotions washed over me as I crossed that finish line—elation, pride, awe…then quickly it was followed by disappointment and even sadness as I realized that while I did just run a 3:39:03, a whole 57-seconds faster than the standard for my age group, I knew that in all likelihood it was not fast enough to … [Read more...]

Stop Feeding my Kids! My food in school manifesto.


So I am apparently “that mom.” I have a little secret for you, I don’t care. Every time I turn around my kids are being bombarded with junk food. Whether it’s staring at them in a pretty display at gymnastics, being physically handed to them by their coach after gymnastics, after school day care, the bus driver, the barber shop at the end of my street where we walk to get haircuts, at church, or the register of any store in the world; my kids (and yours too) are faced with junk food on … [Read more...]

Fig-Onion Relish

FitMomsFullPlates_FigOnion Jam

This past summer, I saw the most beautiful figs at the market and needed them—mostly because they were so beautiful. And, if you haven’t already figured it out I’m kind of a sucker for beautiful produce. For me, walking into a Farmer’s Market or a Whole Foods is probably just as exciting as walking to into Sephora, J.Crew, or Lululemon. No lie. My mind swims with possibilities!   Back to the figs—Whole Food happened to have some stinky-licious blue cheese on sale the same day, and nothing … [Read more...]

Chocolate Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream


For those of you that saw my Facebook photo update from earlier this week, you’ll know that I hit a big time low at work that drove me to eating some ice cream that a co-worker bought for me to cheer me up. Not gonna lie—it was delicious. It wasn’t the best choice I could have made, but it did make me feel better. It did get me thinking about a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while, oh like ALL.SUMMER a while. Now that it’s fall (my favorite season) I kind of feel like it’s still to post … [Read more...]

When Life Turns on a Dime: Full Plate Mom Valerie


I met Valerie at an Ava Anderson party that was hosted by one of my CrossFit Ladies, Julie. There was no way I was going to turn down an opportunity to eat paleo food, talk about CrossFit, and learn more about a company that has always intrigued me since I heard about it 6 years ago. I remember hearing about a new company that was started by a high school girl who grew up in the town next to mine as a kid. I remember being very impressed that a 14 year-old girl started her own business because … [Read more...]

6 Ways I’ve made Paleo Sustainable-my 3 year anniversary.

before & after photo

This month marks my 3 year anniversary since adopting a “paleo” diet. I put paleo in quotes because I don’t like referring to the way I eat by a name. Let’s face it, as soon as you label the way you eat, be it paleo, vegetarian, vegan, kosher, clean, or whatever you invite people into your personal life whether you mean to or not. When I find out that someone doesn’t eat animal products the first thing I ask is why? I just find it fascinating as to what led the person into eliminating animal … [Read more...]

Back-to-school organization: stock your freezer in 4 steps

The inside of my freezer: pesto, fruit & nut balls, stuffed portobello mushrooms, soups, etc.

It’s my favorite time of the summer…when it’s over and I go back to school! Yes you read that right, I am glad the summer is almost over and I can go back to work and my kids can go back to school. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer. I love being able to spend more time with my kids, family, & friends. I love going to the beach and sleeping in. I love having more time to take a graduate class at my pace, work on the daunting task of the annual family photo book (could making those be any more … [Read more...]