Ease Your Way into Paleo-15 week plan for New Year’s!

source: www.paulabrown.net

I started my paleo journey in September of 2011. I jumped into a 63 day challenge at my CrossFit box. That means that one day I was eating my usual foods and the next day I wasn't. In one day I stopped eating all grains, dairy, legumes, sugar, & alcohol. Yup, I jumped into this challenge cold turkey and never looked back. But just because a challenge-type introduction to paleo worked for me doesn't mean that it will work for everyone. There is no shortage of challenges out there: from … [Read more...]

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter


I’ve been spending my free time (and money) on physical therapy these days. I tore my ACL on October 5th in my 3rd adult league soccer game…yup, the 3rd game. Managed to play soccer for 10+ years as a kid and maybe rolled my ankle once. Ya’ gotta love turning 40. I look back at what I did and shake my head. I literally went 20 years without playing soccer and proceeded to start playing in an adult league with no practice. I had been asked to play soccer for a few years and always said no. I was … [Read more...]

Sweats and Treats: Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream


I think it’s likely obvious by now that ice cream is my weakness in terms of sweets and treats. Every now and then I will go through a crazy ice cream phase and want it pretty much every day. The addiction might start with a small pint of gelato that we can get here in North Carolina that seems to have fairly decent quality ingredients—most of the flavors only have 5-9 ingredients and are all things that I can pronounce and actually only once I have seen the often discussed carrageenan, a food … [Read more...]

Dani’s 2014 TCS NYCM Race Recap and Review


Ever since I began running marathons, I’ve had the desire to run the Marathon Majors--at the very least the US Marathon Majors (Boston, Chicago, and New York). I knew Boston would take some work to qualify for and Chicago I knew I’d get to at some point in time. But New York—New York I had a plan in place. Register for the lottery and if I didn’t get selected for 3-consecutive years I’d get the automatic entry. Thankfully I happened to put my name into the lottery for the first time the same … [Read more...]

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...]