If you haven’t tried grocery pick up yet, you may be
wondering if it’s worth it. I tried it
for my first time a few years ago, right after I had my 5th daughter. I’ve been hooked since. (Despite the “cons.”) I love the convenience and time-saving. But don’t let me my experience influence
you. If you’ve known me for a while, you
know that there is no one right way to be healthy. I’ll give you the pros and cons of both so
you can decide for yourself.
First, if you’ve never tried it, I want to explain how it
Sign up on the app or the website.
Search for the items you need and add them to
your virtual grocery cart.
When you’re all done, “check out” and pay with
your credit card.
The next day (or later that day), you will get a
text when your order is ready.
If any item was not available, via the app or an
email you will be notified if is was left off or substituted.
Head to the grocery store and follow the signs
to grocery pick up.
Call the number on the sign and let them know
you have arrived. (Some apps allow you
to check-in instead of call.)
Wait for the friendly staff to bring you your
groceries and load them up.
Voila! You are done!
Helps you stick to a budget. I find that I don’t make impulse buys because I have my list and just order what is on my list.
You can look through your fridge, pantry, and freezer as you’re making the list so you can see exactly what you need.
The apps or websites save your favorite items and prompt you to buy them. It helps you to not forget your essentials.
It saves time waiting in line or wading through crowds.
You can add to your online cart all throughout the week.
Other family members can get on the app or website and add to the list as needed.
You can do it anytime of the day: in bed, while waiting in line somewhere, at the doctor’s office, etc.
If you don’t like grocery shopping with your kids (or spouse!), you don’t have to.
You may forget certain items that you would have
remembered if you had walked the aisles of the grocery store. (I inevitably already have a new list started
before I even go to pick up my items because I forgot something!)
You are less likely to try new foods and see new
items in the store.
You may get stuck in a rut of ordering the same
things. (Last summer I realized I had
forgotten all about the summer produce because I was so used to my winter
You won’t see any special deals or sales the
store is offering.
Some stores charge extra money for the groceries
or a pick up fee when ordering online.
Some moms/dads/grandparents like shopping with
kids/teens as a learning experience. You
miss out on that when doing online shopping.
As you can see, there is about an equal amount of pros/cons. If you’re wondering what I do, as a mom and
dietitian, I do grocery pick up about every 6 days. And about once per month I try to go in
person to see what foods I may have forgotten about and give my kids a chance
to come and learn about shopping.
Now, you may be wondering about grocery delivery…. I
haven’t tried that yet, but I’m sure it’s great. If you have tried delivery, please share your
PLUS, if you need help deciding what to put into your cart, please join me for my next monthly Masters Support Group where we are doing part 2 of my Virtual Grocery Store. We meet on March 10th @ noon or March 12th @ 5:30 PM. Reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
AND, if you’ve got shopping down, but need help deciding what to cook and prepare, check out my EatLove meal plans where you will get menus, grocery lists, and recipes in your inbox every week made just for you.
A few months ago I was outside with my 2 youngest daughters
and we started talking to someone walking by.
My little ones were probably enthralled with the person’s dog. But anyway, out of the blue, my 3-year-old
said, “This is my mom and she loves chocolate.”
I started laughing at the randomness of this comment and have thought a
lot about it since. Yes, both statements are true. I am
her mom and I do love chocolate.
Why do I bring this up?
Because I think many people have the misconception that my being a
dietitian means that I don’t eat sweets and only eat healthy foods. Some people think my kids never eat junk food
and we must not have any candy or chips in my house. This is not true! I want to write about this today so you can
see that I am just like you…I love chocolate and my husband loves chips. I have kids that love junk food and candy
(and they like some vegetables and nutritious foods too). I crave desserts just
like you and want chocolate when I’m stressed out. At various times in my life I have worried
about my weight and health and been on both sides of the dieting spectrum. I know what it’s like to hate your body and I
know what it’s like to love your body.
And not only have I been through it, I’ve seen hundreds of my clients go
through it as well.
I am here to share with you today, that you can break through whatever bad eating habits you have, poor body image, dieting scars, etc. You can find the middle ground between health and “eating whatever you want.” I’ve done it, my clients are doing it, and you can too. It feels so amazing to feel comfortable in your own skin, to eat nutritious foods most of the time, and include the sweets/treats/junk foods a little of the time. It’s so rewarding to go to the doctor and get a good report on blood work, realizing that you can do it! You don’t have to be in the gym for 2 hours every day (but it’s OK if you like that) and eat only chicken breast and broccoli (it’s OK if you like that too). There is way more to life than just that! We can love chocolate (or French fries, or chips, or anything else) and still feel good in our bodies, be healthy, and live well.
Will you give me a chance to show you that eating what you love AND meeting your health goals is possible for you too? Simply comment on this post and I will put you on my waiting list for new clients.
Today I couldn’t believe
it when I looked at the calendar and realized my kids go back to school in 3
weeks! Sadly (if you go by school
schedules) the summer is almost over.
How do you feel about that
news? How is your summer going? Are you staying on track with your eating
plans and exercise? I know it can be
hard when you feel pulled in different directions AND it’s so hot you don’t
even want to turn on your oven.
The reason I’m bringing
this up is I don’t want you to have regrets in the fall. Come September, I hear
it all the time, “I wish I would have done better on my vacation. I wish I had taken the time to meal
prep. Now I feel like I’m starting all
The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way! You CAN stay
on track this summer without working too hard.
When September comes you can seamlessly transition into the holiday
season without “starting over” or “getting back on track.” I want to tell you how.
I have a menu service that is different than any other because this menu is not generic. Let me tell you how it works:
I create a meal plan for you based on your health goals and enter it into EatLove.
I personalize your plan taking into account food allergies, health conditions, and how many people you want to cook for.
The system finds meals that match your meal plan’s criteria.
You get an email invitation to log on and view your meal plan. You’ll see breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks that fit into your meal plan and support you in your health goals.
You schedule your meal plan, print your grocery list, and head to the store. You’ll have thousands of recipes at your fingertips that meet your unique nutrition needs.
Having a plan is the key to having not only a fun summer, but a successful summer. Click on this link and let’s get you started with your meal plan for approximately $10 per month until the end of 2019. The regular cost is $30 per month, but I’m going to give it to you for one payment of $49 TOTAL until December 31, 2019. I want you to end this year feeling better than you ever have. You’ll save more than 66%!
Click here to get your very own personalized meal plan. As soon as you do, I will contact you via email to get you set up for success.
Do you feel like it’s impossible to eat out and still stick
to your diet? I know many of my clients do.
(And remember when I say DIET, I don’t mean some crazy, fad diet. I’m just referring to the way you eat.)
I’m going to share a simple trick with you for staying on
track while eating out. Because after
all, who doesn’t like to eat out?
Especially during the summer!
In your mind, divide your plate in half. Order a meal where half of your plate is fruit or vegetables. Then imagine a quarter of your plate. Order meat or protein that will fill a quarter of your plate. Last, imagine the 4th quarter of your plate and order a starch (bread, tortilla, pasta, rice, potato, etc.) that will fill the remaining quarter of your plate.
Obviously, most restaurant meals will not naturally fit this
plate. Just do your best to tweak your
meal into this plate idea by sharing a meal or taking some home for the next
If you need more ideas for staying on track, join me at my next Master’s Group class. You can attend your first month for free. Send me an email to be put on the invite list @ email@example.com.
Please share: What’s
your favorite meal when eating out?
The other day someone asked me about Citric Acid and if it is harmful. She is trying to eliminate harmful foods from her and her family’s diet. In just a few short paragraphs, I will answer that for her and you.
Citric acid is weak tricarboxylic acid found in citrus
fruits. The highest food sources are
lemons and limes. Although you won’t
find citric acid listed in any database or calorie counting app, citrus fruits
have been tested in labs to determine amounts.
You can find citric acid added to foods as a preservative. It has a sour and acidic taste. It is commonly used when canning tomatoes and in products that you add to fresh fruit to prevent it from turning brown. I have some in my cupboard for science experiments and home-made bath bombs!
Citric acid is perfectly safe. Your body breaks it down and excretes it
through your urine. In fact, it may even
be helpful in preventing calcium oxalate kidney stones. Studies show that citric acid can prevent the
stones from forming. Studies are mixed
on whether drinking lemon or lime juice can treat current kidney stones. But if stones are a concern for you, it
certainly won’t hurt.
Bottom-line, there is no need to worry about citric acid in
your food. There are more important
things to think about…like what’s for dinner?
Please share: are
there any food additives that you are concerned about and you want me write a
blog post about?
One of the quotes I love to share with my clients is:
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
No matter what kind of goal you have: financial, health, dream vacation, etc., it begins with a single step. A baby step, as I like to call it. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when we look at the big picture: pay off the car, lose 100 lbs, or go on a cruise. I’ve noticed for some people it seems so daunting that they don’t even try. That’s when it’s time to break it down into manageable steps.
First, take out a big sheet of clean, white paper (or your favorite color) and jot down all the steps you need to take to reach your goal. Second, choose the very first step that must be done. Third, do it! The first step doesn’t have to be big. The best part of taking a step is that you are moving towards your goal, which helps build your confidence. Then the next day, take another step, and the next day another one, and another one until you’ve done it!
You’ll find as you take baby steps day after day, your
confidence will improve, your overwhelm will decrease, and you will feel
Please share: what baby step are you going to take today? Comment below or on my Facebook page.
One of my frequently asked questions is, “How many times a day should I eat?” I’ve got the answer for you! Research shows it’s ideal to eat at least 3 times per day and then the rest is up for you to decide. Eating at least 3 meals a day is ideal for managing appetite hormones, metabolism, and hunger. There is no research to support whether snacks are necessary for weight control. For some people, eating snacks causes them to overeat because they snack on cookies, chips, and soda. For others, snacking is necessary because they don’t like to eat big meals. That’s where personalization comes in.
My suggestion is to keep a food journal and track your
mood and energy level based on your meals and snacks. See if you do better with 3 snacks and 3
meals or just 3 meals (or anywhere in between).
To take it a step further, pay attention to how the
snacks and meals make you feel. Do some snacks weigh you down and others
energize you? Does eating big meals make
you feel sleepy or satisfied? Pay
attention to trends and use that to guide you in how many snacks and meals are
ideal for you.
And if you need help with your meal plan after that, check out my services to see which is the best fit for you.
Please share: do
you prefer to snack or not to snack?
I know you’ve felt it before…you dread getting up in the
morning and dragging through one more day.
Burn out is real. And it can take
a toll on your health: it is associated with heart disease, insomnia, obesity,
and anxiety. Can you relate? If so, check out this infographic from
If you recognize any of the symptoms of burnout listed on the graphic, I encourage you to download the Happify app. It’s a great tool to improving your mental health—which then trickles down to physical health. And then, talk to me. Let’s figure out how we can change your diet and exercise routine to alleviate any symptoms you are experiencing.
Please share, what are the signals and signs when you are feeling burnout?
Do you have a go-to food or activity that numbs you out after a long day or an emotional event? C’mon, be honest: is it scrolling through Facebook, playing a game on your phone, or grabbing a bag of chips? If you’re an emotional eater, then you can relate. What are those foods you gravitate towards when you want to feel better? Chocolate? Ice cream? Bread? If you know what I’m talking about, chances are you also feel guilty about eating these foods. Well, I want to take that guilt away and instead teach you what these foods are telling you.
Your body has an amazing and insightful secret to share
When you reach for food and you are not physically hungry, it’s telling you “Something’s wrong!” It’s shouting at you to stop and listen.
It’s so common to plow through your day without ever
stopping to listen to your body and see what it needs. So, when you are craving food, think of it as
a red flag. Your body is saying, “Did
you forget about me? Something is wrong
and I want you to fix it.”
Next time you find yourself reaching for your go-to food,
notice is for what it is (a cry for help) and take these steps:
Do a head to toe scan to find any areas of pain or discomfort. Do you have a headache? Are your feet hurting? If so, do what you can to alleviate the pain or discomfort.
If you find no obvious pain or discomfort, examine your feelings. What are you feeling? What triggered those feelings? Did you have an upsetting interaction with a co-worker? Are your kids stressing you out? Are you mad at your best friend? Once you find the source, do what you can to fix it (that doesn’t involve food).
This is a learning process. It’s important to be patient
and compassionate with yourself as you learn to work through difficult emotions
and events. But you can do it! I’ve seen others learn how and I know you can
If you need help applying these steps, check out my programs to see which one might be a good fit for you.
In the meantime,
please share: what are your go-to foods and why?