What the World’s Best Biomechanics Professor Wishes People Knew About The Real Causes of Low Back Pain

If you read my post last week about my Top 12 Favorite web sites, blogs etc, you know that I included Dr. Stuart McGill’s web site.  He is a huge influencer for me and for many other fitness professionals.  Dr. McGill has been a Professor of Spine Biomechanics for the past 30 years at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he has a laboratory and…


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Island Black Bean Dip

After watching Dr. Fuhrman's lecture last week, I was inspired to go back and look for some recipes to make from his "Eat to Live," cookbook.  There are so many great recipes to make and they are all free from salt, sugar and oil.  One of the things I made was this beautiful Island Black Bean Dip.  So simple to make and so pretty.  I brought this to…


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My Top 12 List of Favorite Health and Fitness Blogs, Podcasts, and Websites

I love to learn new things and one of the many great things about being in health and fitness is that there are always lots of new things to learn about! Podcasts have become a real favorite way for me to keep up with things because you can listen as you cook, walk or commute. I was asked to share some of my favorite food blogs, websites and podcasts…


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East African Mango and Cucumber Salad

I found this salad when I was looking for a side for my African Sweet Potatoe Stew.  It was perfect.  Really fresh  flavors and beautiful on the plate.  Champagne Mangos are in season right now but when mangoes go out of season, I think peaches would work just as well.   Ingredients •  1 English cucumber, thinly sliced •  1/2 small red onion, finely…


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What We Can Learn About Core Training From a Famous Spanish Architect.

When I was in Barcelona last year I was exposed to the amazing work of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi.  There are no straight lines in his magnificent buildings, but instead lots of arches and curves. Gaudi was inspired by nature, and he observed that there are no truly straight lines in nature, that the most stable structures have arches and diagonal…


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Arman's Soft and Chewy No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made these cookies for my clients on Friday and OMG...they are soooo good and so super simple to make!  Cookies make people happy, especially soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies. This recipe was devloped by Arman Liew and he has a wonderful cookbook out called Clean Sweets, Order it here. Pictured here is my client Sandra enjoying a cookie.  She…


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Creamy Risotto with Peas and Greens

I had this risotto for the first time last year when I was at a cycling camp in Spain.  We were all blown away at how creamy this dish is without any cheese or cream.  There is a wonderful alchemy that takes place between the starch from the rice and the lemon juice that gives the dish its wonderful creamy texture. I was inspired to make this dish…


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Two Favorite Upper Back Mobility Exercises

  Keeping your upper back moving well is important for good posture and pain free neck, shoulders and low back. Unlike our lower back (lumbar spine), our thoracic spine or upper back is designed to extend and to rotate and when the upper back gets stiff, the lower back and the neck compensate causing pain. Why does the upper back lose mobility or…


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My Interview with The Happy Healthy Librarian, Debby Kastner

Debby Kastner’s blog and now FB page is one of my favorite and most reliable sources for information on healthy living.  I discovered Debby Kastner’s blog, Happy Healthy Long Life about seven years ago, just a few years after I started transitioning to a plant based diet. Debby is a medical librarian at a leading US medical center who's been in the…


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Squat Lunge Variations

Hip strength is super important. Strong hips support your back, help keep your knees track properly,  keeps you moving well, especially as we age and  and key for getting you up if you fall. I am a big fan of doing single leg work.  Single leg work is  great for  developing balance, core strength and hip strength.  When we walk or run at least 50%…


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