Office Desk Drawer Staples to Meet Your Macros

Ah the glamorous life of the work-from-office mom…run around like a complete crazy person every morning getting everybody dressed, fed, lunches packed, backpacks ready, you presentable, coffee poured, temper-tantrum calmed, and, and, and… It’s no wonder that we’re the first to ignore our needs to get everybody else out the door! A lot of the

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Carb Cycling or How I Finally Found Food Freedom

It was Spring 2016. I was deeply immersed in Below the Fork and determined to be a successful entrepreneur. All my fellow online health coaches were touting the latest “diet” craze: carb cycling. I joined free webinars, read various blog posts, watched tons of Periscope videos, and purchased books by Yuri Elkaim, and Chris & Heidi

Gelatin Benefits for Celiacs & Autoimmune Diseases

Gelatin benefits our gut health, digestion, skin, and muscles but unfortunately gelatin has gotten a bad rap over the years thanks to JELL-O, which completely over-engineered a junky version of it and then added dyes and chemicals. What is Gelatin? Gelatin is a powdered form of collagen which is created by “isolating and dehydrating parts of animals,

Feeding Local Families with Produce for Kids

Feeding local families in need is often something we don’t consider. If you’re in a small, safe town in the suburbs, like me, we often think about hunger in other countries or “bad” inner cities that may not even be in our state. However, hunger is happening a lot closer to home than you may

Distinction Between Cleanses & Detox

On Periscope yesterday, I spoke about the very distinct difference between cleanses and detox. I also announced my new ebook that is being published this week! To learn more, please watch the video below!        

Eat Clean Means…

Since I’m often asked what I mean when I say “eat clean,” I put together this handy list. Note: this is what I, Meridith (non-RD), personally mean. 85% of the time, this is what I eat. So many delicious natural foods out there that work in so many yummy combinations, what’s not to love and

Nutiva Coconut Oil: New Look

Heads up! Nutiva, my favorite (and the best), coconut oil got a new label design. Look for this packaging now!!! And if you’re using a different brand, make sure it is organic, unrefined and cold-pressed. That “medium heat for cooking” one is cheaper because it’s over-processed!

In-Season Produce for May

I love this list I’m re-posting, from Produce for Kids, of fruits and veggies that are in-season in May. This means the prices—including organic!—are at their lowest this time of year! Buy extra berries and freeze for smoothies later this year. Spread berries out on a cookie sheet so that none are touching each other;

Cool Fact about Navel Oranges

Cool fact I learned earlier this week: when picking out navel oranges, the bigger the “belly button” the sweeter the orange. I can confirm it’s true! I would’ve stayed away from one that looks like this before but I got 6 just like it and they’re so sweet and juicy!

Eating Clean on a Small Budget

I recently read a couple articles whose titles promised tips for eating clean on a small income, but they then proceeded to suggest buying organic everything. Umm…I don’t know where these authors live, what their other bills are, or really what they’re even considering a small income but in the realistic land of inflated prices

Soy Lecithin & KIND bars = Head Scratcher

Originally I set to write a blog post that would group all the KIND bar flavors into those that contain soy lecithin, and those that do not. However, upon checking the ingredients of each flavor (, I learned that soy lecithin is far too common an ingredient in my precious KIND bars—in fact, it’s in

Benefits of Flaxseeds

The running joke in our house lately has been that flaxseeds are my “signature ingredient.” I put them in everything! It meets the need for improved texture, crunch, and health benefits of any dish. Just 2 T of flaxseeds alone achieves 132% of the recommended daily requirement of omega-3 fats at just 74 calories! For

Healthy Guide to Eating Unhealthy on Holidays

Holidays are about family, friends, and food. And maybe not even in that order for some people. “Moderation is key” might be an overused saying, but it’s such a true statement. You can still give in to cravings without completely derailing your health and fitness goals. I’m the first to say that eating gluten-free is

Benefits of Coconut Oil

I recently read a magazine article about a boy with Asperger’s who experienced minimal behavioral improvement with a gluten-free, casein-free diet but full relief of symptoms once they added 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil per day to his diet. He’s now fully mainstreamed in school and more social. Apparently teachers and other parents can’t believe