Healthy Living

Truth Pants, Not Scale

Truth Pants are a pair of your favorite jeans (or any pant with a button and zipper) that you feel great in and are sized in your comfort weight zone. Truth Pants are the barometer of if you’ve lost some inches, gained some inches, or are spot on to where you feel healthy. Truth Pants

Fitness

3 Unexpected Ways You’re Getting Hurt at the Gym

You know that nagging injury you got, but you have no idea how? You might chalk it up to sleeping wrong, or getting old, or maybe it was during that intense fitness class you took last week. Or maybe, it’s from one of these 3 unexpected ways you’re getting hurt at the gym. For the

Clean Eating

Clean Eating Gal on a Budget: Costco Haul

I’m a clean eating gal on a budget, so 100% organic eating is (unfortunately) not an option for us. I do the best I can. Some foods I won’t compromise on and always buy organic (greens, chicken, and eggs), some foods I’ll go either way depending on deals (basically all fruits and veggies), and others I

Gluten Free

Were You Recently Diagnosed With Celiac Disease?

Were you recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance, gluten allergy, or were told by a medical professional to start eating gluten-free for your health? I know how overwhelming it can be when you first receive that diagnosis! My Story After several years of taking Adderall XR for my (mis)diagnosed ADHD, I knew there had to be

Online Fitcamp

Online Fitcamp Coming January 18th!

Does holiday weight gain have you feeling out-of-control and unbalanced? Do you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to take care of your family, responsibilities, and yourself? Is getting to a gym difficult, too expensive, or are you overwhelmed by group classes and cardio equipment? I completely understand. As women, it is exhausting trying to do

Motivation

Monday Motivation: Sharing Health Online vs Reality

Ever feel like your blog or social media presence isn’t getting the viewership or growth you want? Maybe you’re a little discouraged. I have moments when it feels like I’m putting a lot of time into my blog but no one is reading it. Or that I’m “competing” with too many others that are generating similar

Fit Tip Friday

FFF: Don’t Be Afraid of Rest Days

Happy Friday!! Today’s Fit Tip Friday was inspired by me being sick all week with some weird chest cold that’s making me sound like an 80 yr old smoker. It’s also been draining my energy and making me a bit dizzy at times, and so I’ve been—gasp!—skipping my usual workouts. And guess what? That’s okay!

Clean Eating

Produce for Kids

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. If you truly are what you eat, then my oldest son would in fact be a cheddar Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. I’m not proud of it by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m also not as disgusted by it as many of my fellow health/fitness bloggers. Mostly because I grew up eating

Organic

Homemade Toxic-Free Deodorant

Toxic-free deodorant was something I considered making or purchasing for several months. Then I read a VERY convincing, and thoroughly researched article on Mamavation about the cancer-causing toxins found in mainstream deodorants and anti-persperants like Degree and Secret (check now to see if yours says “active ingredient: aluminum” on the back) and knew it could no

Accountability

Forward Focus

I’m done wallowing in frustration and disappointment that my body failed to carry our third child. I considered writing a big, long blog post about that, but I’m not going to do it. No words exist to properly explain it to someone who has never been through it and anyone who has suffered a miscarriage

Gluten Free

3 Years of Gluten-Free Living

I just realized this week marks my 3 year anniversary of being gluten-free but, more importantly, 3 years of being completely off drugs for ADHD. I can’t believe it has been that long but I have never felt better! There are still days where it’s rough—mainly at holidays and parties—but the pain and discomfort I feel

Clean Eating

Conventional (Produce) Wisdom

Confession: Besides my leafy greens, we can rarely afford organic produce (I know, send the paleo police!) but I’ve been using Trader Joe’s Fruit & Vegetable Wash to thoroughly wash everything and it’s working well for us. At only $4, this wash will help get any pesticides, waxes, chemicals, or other questionable substances off…you know, the

Nutrition

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!

Inspiration

Friday Motivation!

Friday Motivation! This is SO true! I saw a variation of this idea written in a fellow Sweat Pink ambassador’s comment, and re-worded it. It reminds me of Rachel’s shocking reveal on Biggest Loser, and how almost every woman I know (including myself) has gotten to their lowest weight by some really unhealthy methods like starvation.

Fitness

Product Review: Polar FT4

For anyone who follows me on Instagram (@belowthefork), you know that one of the ways I keep myself accountable is by frequently posting photos of the end screen of my Polar FT4 watch after a workout, touting the length of my workout session and the calorie burn. I’m often asked about it, so I thought

Healthy Living

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

Gluten Free

3 Simple (Filling!) Meals

Lately I have been using Instagram (@meroram) as an accountability diary of sorts by taking photos of my meals and commenting with the ingredients. People have been using Instagram for this very purpose since its inception, and I have to a small degree, but I’m trying to be more consistent with it. A few have

Wellness

Unite for HER

This past Friday I had the honor of massaging a cancer patient thanks to an amazing program Freedom Massage participates in called Unite for HER, which subsidizes holistic treatments & services for women with cancer. This was the first time I had heard about this non-profit group, so I did some research in hopes of

Healthy Living

Where Does Your Food Come From?

“With all this rice containing arsenic talk, it just occurred to me that all the gluten free products are heavy on rice to substitute the wheat (rice bread, rice cereal, rice in the flour, rice in bars, etc.) I wonder if Celiac people should slow down on the gluten free products. But heck, meat has

Nutrition

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