Giving Up Soda


Earlier this week Christy posted this article to our Facebook page and asked for people to comment on their soda habits. I scoured the comments and read them with great interest (but was strangely quiet). I also read the article multiple times and tried to keep myself from … [Read more...]

Wheatgrass: What the Heck Is It?

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What the heck is wheatgrass? Wheatgrass, in a nutshell, is just very young wheat. If you let it grow and mature it will be can be made into bread and pasta and all those wonderful (less healthy!) foods. For our purposes, It’s best to juice the wheatgrass about 10 days after sprouting. The best part … [Read more...]

Spices to Boost Overall Health and Wellness


It’s time to give your spice rack some love. If herbs and spices provide more decoration than function in your kitchen, these spices to boost overall health and wellness will get you excited about flavoring your food while enhancing your overall body and brain function. Cumin: Boost Mental … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo – Ole!

It's Cinco de Mayo- Ole!!!! First, a quick history lesson on what Cinco de Mayo actually is.  According to, "Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor … [Read more...]

Green Tea, Coffee and Weight Loss


Being part of the Shrinking Jeans community, you already know that healthy weight loss results from a combination of clean eating, healthy lifestyle, physical activity, adequate sleep and balanced stress levels. There is no silver bullet, no magic potion that will miraculously melt away the flab, … [Read more...]

Calories In Holiday Alcohol Beverages Add Up

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It’s a celebratory time of year. There are parties to attend and family get-togethers, all of which toast to, and celebrate, the past year and the year to come. The holidays are in full swing, complete with specialty beers, champagne bubbles and cocktails that will warm you from your head to your … [Read more...]

I Have a Soda Problem


      Hello friends, My name is Ann and I have a soda problem. I am a coke addict. Not the kind you shoot up your nose. The kind you pour over ice and buy from the local grocery store, or gas station, or Sonic ohSonicwhatdoyoudotoyourdrinkstomakemewantmore? or fast … [Read more...]

Juicing vs. Smoothie: Who Wins?

Fresh vegetable juices on wooden table, on green background

“What’s better: Juicing or smoothies?” I’ve been hearing this question a lot lately. There are a lot of ways to answer this, so let me just say this: Neither. Both juicing and smoothies have incredible health benefits. It’s not an either/or situation. It’s a both. To help decide what to … [Read more...]

12 Reasons to Hydrate for Health

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The human brain is 95% water. Blood is 82% water. And the average human body is at least 60% water. Water is the single most important substance for sustaining life and promoting optimal health. Yet the average person drinks a mere 20 ounces of water per day. How much water should you be … [Read more...]

10 Starbucks Drinks That Won’t Blow Your Diet

Coffee. I love coffee. I drink mine black, but when I stop at a coffee shop, it's easy to get lured into ordering something a bit more adventurous, which often means more calories, sugar, and fat. Did you know that if you drink a Grande Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino, you will be consuming 500 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Super Duper Smoothie


Thanksgiving is upon us. Food, food and more food. I always vow I won't overindulge. And then?  The stuffing, the gravy, the mashed potatoes - they form a coalition to completely wreck my willpower. Cranberry sauce joins the party and I'm defenseless. I wake up the next morning in a shroud of … [Read more...]

Recipe: 120 Calorie Pina Colada!!!!


Hail to Martha Stewart! She found me a Pina Colada I don't have to feel bad about and I tried it out in the most perfect place possible: beach vacation. I read it this week in Martha Stewart Living Magazine which I didn't know I subscribe to but apparently I do. (Now every day can be like beach … [Read more...]

Use Your Melon!


During my recent pregnancy, the only insatiable craving I had was watermelon. We probably went through at least three personal sized seedless watermelons per week, because my three year old son is also addicted. He actually will sneak into the fridge for watermelon. I can't complain. Watermelon … [Read more...]