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How Committed Are You to Your Health?


Staying committed to your health and fitness goals when you’re stressed, when it’s cold or rainy outside, or when social or work obligations arise can be difficult, but what is the alternative?

When you are healthy, fit and strong is when you are best able to deal with all of life’s circumstances.

It’s time you start believing in YOU! What are you committed to this week to make yourself as healthy and fit as you possibly can. I want to know what you are doing for you! Share in the comments below!

Getting Back on Track With Your Fitness Routine

How are your fitness goals coming along? Consistency with fitness is important, but sometimes life happens! It’s easy to get a little off track with your eating and exercise routine. Don’t despair it happens to everyone. Here are a few things you can try to get you back on the fitness track!


  1. If you have been having trouble getting your exercise in, try a short workout. Even ten minutes is better than nothing. Once you find that you are able to manage that keep adding ten minutes to your workout until you are back up to your regular time.
  1. Do you have the food blahs? Summer is the perfect time to experiment with new foods! There is a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available so hit your local farmer’s market and enjoy!
  1. Create a motivational health and fitness collage, like the one above. Include pictures of your goals and reasons why you want to get there.
  1. Work with a Health Coach, you’ll be more accountable. Find a workout buddy or get support from friends and family to help give you ideas and encouragement.

How do you stay motivated for fitness?

Leading By Example

Be Healthy

4 years ago I was probably in the worst shape of my life. I had just finish graduate school (Public Health) and I had put on weight, had severe knee problems (weight related), I was suffering from insomnia and heading for a divorce. I was mentally, physically and emotionally drained.

This was a very challenging time for me. I knew what I needed to do to be healthy and fit (undergrad is in Kinesiology with a focus on exercise, nutrition and wellness) that is what I do for a living, help people become healthy and fit and stay that way, but for a lot of reasons I neglected to help myself.  For years!

It was a Saturday in July 2012 when I said, Donna it’s time to take back your life, now! I made a commitment to myself to get in the best health possible, not for my kids, not for my ex, but for ME! That is what I did and what I continue to do!

I started eating mindfully; I designed a fitness program that fit my needs, I started teaching spin classes again (really missed that) and I created GoodFoodMama! Now I’m doing what I love – my coaching and consulting business is growing, allowing me to keep on inspiring as many people as I can to choose fitness and don’t give up – and surrounding myself with people who love me for me!


What’s your story? How are you taking care of you?

Fitness versus Health: What’s the difference?

I get this question quite a bit “Is being fit the same as being healthy?” A lot of people think being healthy and being fit are the same, but they are actually distinct states of physical existence. You can be fit, and not very healthy; and you can be healthy and not very fit. This Venn diagram shows you where the two become one. Strive for one and you can reap the benefits of the other.


Cyber Monday – Give the Gift of Health

Give the gift of health this Monday and throughout the holiday season!  Do you know any new parents, educators or kids who would benefit from learning about healthy eating?  Buy my new eBook Teaching Kids How to Eat Well: A Series of Healthful Eating Tip Sheets for Kids and Teens”  as a gift from you to them. It is an easy to read guide designed to provide useful everyday tips for getting kids to eat well at any age.

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Here are two recent reviews:

“What an easy read, practical and inspiring book as a guide for every parent struggling with the “how to” and “why” of creating good meals for those we love. Thank you for this Donna! I am printing out the charts for my 6 year old grand son – very helpful!”

“Lots of great information that’s easy to read and use so that daily family meals and snacks are tasty and healthy. I like the pages that can be posted for reference on a fridge or kitchen wall. There is plenty of nutritional information, too. This would be helpful to anyone looking to improve their family’s diet (including mom and dad!). I’ll definitely recommend it to my friends”. -EH

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Fast Food Companies – Still Exploiting Our Kids With Their Food Ads

According to a new report by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, “Fast Food FACTS 2013,” fast food restaurants are still targeting our kids and they have actually increased the amount of advertising aimed at children and teens.  Here are some of the key findings:

Key findings include:

  • Children ages 6 to 11 saw 10% fewer TV ads for fast food, but children and teens continued to see three to five fast food ads on TV every day;
  • Healthier kids’ meals were advertised by a few restaurants, but they represent only one-quarter of fast-food ads viewed by children;
  • Less than 1% of kids’ meals combinations at restaurants meet nutrition standards recommended by experts, and just 3% meet the industry’s own Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative and Kids LiveWell nutrition standards;
  • Spanish-language advertising to Hispanic preschoolers, a population at high risk for obesity, increased by 16%;
  • Fast food marketing via social media and mobile devices — media that are popular with teens — grew exponentially.

My thought on this, fast food companies are very much aware that adults form their eating habits as children so they target your kids and get them hooked, consequently having customers for life.

I say turn off the T.V. and limit the amount of time your child spends on mobile devices and get her outside involved in some sort of physical activity.   Also if you have young kids, ages two, three or four, you shouldn’t feed them fast food.  Serve them the original fast food, fruits and vegetables.

For your older kids who have already started down the fast food path, encourage them to stay away from value meals and combos and to eat smaller portions. Have them include a salad or fresh fruit with their meal.

Visit  http://fastfoodmarketing.org




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