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The Best of GoodFoodMama 2016


It’s the last day of 2016! Time to reflect on a year that for some was pretty rough, but instead of delving into the negative I’m going to end this year on the positive and bring in the new like I did some 365 days ago, with “Gratitude.

I have so much to be thankful for: my health, my family and friends, my business and you my amazing followers! I’m grateful for you and I am looking forward to motivating and inspiring you and for some even working more closely with one-on-one health coaching in 2017.  It’s going to be a great year!

This is also the time that I like to look back at the most popular posts on GoodFoodMama (Twitter and Instagram) so that you and I get one more look at the favorites and to give you an opportunity to read posts you might have missed.

Here’s a look back at 2016…

GoodFoodMama is growing we had over 20,000 visitors and over 15,000 views!

Here are the top 2-blog posts that got the most views in 2016!

  1. Once again, this post from Oct. 23 2013 – To Eat or Not To Eat Before Your Early Morning Workout? continues to be the most popular post on my blog third year in a row – 2,761 views this year alone! What do you think?
  1. Cooking Guides for Using Herbs and Spices had 1,421 views! Check it out for great cooking tips!

Most popular post on Instagram…See it here and follow me!


 Most popular post on Twitter…See it here and follow me!


Some Thoughts For A Healthy New Year!

I am really not a fan of making resolutions, but I do like taking some time at the end of the year to think about the habits I want to break or start, the things I want to try to focus on or let go in the coming year. Here’s what I’ve been thinking about.


 Cooking more, eating out less! So I was perusing my account last week and found that, some 35% of my purchases in 2014 were inexcusably “restaurant” related. Seeing that was a huge wake-up call to get my act together, cook more healthy foods (at home with kids) and save money! Win, win!

Here are 5 tips I found that work really well for cooking more and eating out less:

1. Learn how to fix your favorite restaurant meals at home.

2. Plan ahead! Before you go grocery shopping put together a list of meals you and your family will be cooking and eating over the next week or so and buy accordingly.

3. Stock up on simple, versatile staples. Examples are rice; dry beans, pasta, onions, garlic and a good supply of herbs and spices. The girls and I use these basic ingredients to create many great meals and most of them store well.

4. Buy Produce in Season! Cherries aren’t cheap in January so learn what and when the different types of produce are in season and buy them then. This works well with planning ahead. Use what’s in season as the focus of your weekly meal plan.

5. Buy in Bulk (When It Makes Sense)! Those monthly bulk purchases from Costco can save you a good bit of money over time – provided you have the room and don’t let them go to waste.

Trying to be present with the feelings I have in the moment, be it good, bad or ugly.

Dance more! I love music and I love dancing! Dancing is one activity that truly makes me happy. Since dance is considered a “moderate activity,” by the USDA’s physical activity guidelines and they recommend that adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity daily, I can’t imagine a better way to fill my quota.

Include more yoga into my fitness routine! I know I should meditate, but it is still a little hard for me to dedicate the time. That is why I want to add yoga back into my fitness routine. Besides the physical benefits, such as increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, circulatory health, improved athletic performance and protection from injury yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing will help me improve my mental well being as well. Regular yoga practice will help create mental clarity and calmness; increased body awareness; relieve stress; relax my mind and sharpen my concentration.


These are just some of my thoughts for the New Year! What are some of yours?