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It’s Not Just What You Eat But Also How You Eat

For years I believed that the key to a “healthy diet” and achieving the “perfect body” was solely related to what you eat. It made sense that if you ate the right proportions of macronutrients in the right amount, achieving your optimal weight would come naturally. In the last blog post, we identified that while […]

The Missing Piece of The Nutrition Puzzle

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get the results you’ve always gotten. If you want to get out of the eternal spin cycle when it comes to your challenges with eating, if you want to feel a sense of freedom and victory, then it’s time for a new strategy. ~Marc David, The Institute for […]

When Chocolate Chip Cookies Are More Nourishing Than Kale

My kitchen is the place to be in our house. At a typical meal, there are several burners lit, cutting boards spread out across the counters, and the sound of veggies being sliced and diced. My younger son, Daniel, finds his way to the bar stool to sit and assume his role as the official […]

Are You A Trendy Eater?

A few weeks ago, I was asked to contribute my two cents to an article for The Washingtonian’s Well + Being Blog. The topic? Food, health, and fitness trends for 2013. The post turned out great, but as I was pulling my ideas together for it, I realized something: While I love keeping up with […]

How to Stop Negative Self-Talk

There was a time in my life when I didn’t eat chocolate. I heard the voice loud and clear: Kale good. Chocolate bad. She was always talking to me…I truly believed she was keeping me in line on the path to creating better health and nourishing habits. After all, she gave me a strict plan […]

Why Diets Are So Last Year and What To Do Instead

Once in a blue moon, you meet someone and forge a deep connection right at the outset. You wonder how you could’ve lived so long without their friendship, insightfulness, and positive influence in your life. You feel like you’ve known that person forever, and you can’t remember what it was like before they became an […]

The Evolving Kale & Chocolate Manifesto

Lately, my entries here on K&C have been a bit more personal. I must admit, I was shy at first. How can I expose my vulnerabilities? Why do they care about the lessons my dog has taught me about life?  Or will it resonate with my readers that I have a hard time not being […]

What Happens When You Learn to Let Go?

As most of you know by now, the pursuit of perfection was once the force that drove everything I did. I was an ardent t-crosser, an every-i-dotter, an if-everything-isn’t-exactly-how-it’s-supposed-to-be-I-can’t-sleep kind of person. I needed to be in control…of everything, including the things I couldn’t control.  Does this sound like you or someone you know? For […]

Life Lessons for Your Kids Start in The Kitchen

This past year, I have toured college campuses with my son, Noah, (more on him in a moment)…imagining him on his own navigating the four walls of university life without his parents to guide him (or bother him). I have had time to reflect and wonder how he will survive without someone doing his laundry. […]

When Perfect Is Not So Perfect

If you consider yourself A Control Freak, Type A, Classic Overachiever or Total Perfectionist, then this post is for you! I’ll admit it.  I picked this very topic of perfectionism to write about because it hits close to home. Let me explain. For years, I searched for the “perfect” diet, relying on books to dictate […]

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