10 Things to Do Instead of Mindless Eating

Sometimes, the urge to eat that second (or 17th) cookie is so intense it feels like there's this crazy war in your head, screaming, "Yes, yes, yes, eat that cookie!" battling back and forth with, "No, no, no, don't you dare do it!" 1. Get out your journal. Grabbing a pen and a notebook can be an amazing tool to begin to take you deeper into what's going on inside. When you're feeling all jumbled in your mind, journaling can force you to slow down and sort out what's going on. Because when you w

The Pleasure Principle: Why Indulging Is The Key To Losing Weight

These days, we’re inundated with the latest fad diets, the top tips for keeping weight off and the fastest way to lose five pounds in seven days. Yet, during no other time in our society have we struggled more to keep the weight off. We are a culture obsessed with being thin, but our obesity levels are off the charts. How can we be so saturated with nutritional information, but yet, most of us still struggle with our weight? It’s because something is missing from our diets. When we have dif

Why Striving For Perfection Is Actually Holding You Back

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~Anna Quindlen I used to strive for perfection in every aspect of my life. I thought perfection would make me “acceptable” to others. Deep down, I felt inadequate, insecure, and not enough. And subconsciously, I decided that if I could just achieve perfection with myself, my body, and my life, than I would finally feel the deep love and inner acceptance I longed for i

15 Healthy Tips To Survive the Holidays

1. Keep Your Body Fueled Eating regularly (and not “saving up for”) helps you operate from a more balanced, even place. When you’re starving, your blood sugar is low, and your body will crave an instant hit of sugar (like cookies and candy) to boost your energy. When your body is fueled with snacks and meals throughout the day, it helps keep hunger levels steady and even—which means you will be less likely to overindulge and more likely to make smarter choices. 2. BYOO (Bring Your Own Optio

10 Must-Have Items For A Day On The Boat

What's the perfect remedy for beating the hot summer heat? A day out on the water, of course (if you ask us!)! And we are practically experts by now, so you can trust us! Here are our ten most essential items to pack for your next lake adventure! SNACKS! Of course we want you to bring your favorite ZUP Board (duh!), but even more important than that? Snacks! A day out on the lake is tiring so be sure to fuel up with your favorite (unmeltable!) snacks like granola bars, almonds, pretzels, prote

Why Eating What You Enjoy Is So Important For Your Well-Being

For years I had a daily battle with myself around food … “If I JUST had more willpower, I really could make this (insert whatever diet I was on) stick!” I wrestled with “wanting more willpower” for years. When I was 23, I worked as a volunteer program manager at a nonprofit agency. Each day in the office, I would have this daily battle with myself: fighting in my head over whether or not I would steal a few of my coworker’s Hershey’s Kisses out of her candy jar. They’d call my name every time

For Every Girl Who Has Thought Food Was The Only Thing She Could Depend On

I used to think that food was the only thing I could depend on. It was my go-to coping mechanism when I had to deal with anything. A bad breakup? Bust out the ice cream. Stretches of loneliness that seemed to last forever? Get out the jar of peanut butter. Anxiety about moving to a new city? Hand already in the box of Oreos. Food was comforting, dependable, and soothing. Spoonful’s of ice cream pacified my heartache, pieces of cake calmed my anxiety, and handfuls of Cheez-Its made me forget abo

Whole and Hearty

How to help your kids have a healthy relationship with food. In a world filled with sugar- laden treats, processed foods that fill the grocery aisles and schedules that make it hard to sit down for a family meal, it can be challenging to teach kids how to make nutritious choices and encourage them to havea healthy relationship to what they eat. But a foundation of healthy eating helps kids develop phys- ically, mentally and emotion- ally. Fueling their bodies with food that serves their growth

3 Things You Can Do To Stop Overeating At Night | mindbodygreen

Make sure your meals during the day are satisfying. Why is this? Because when you are restricting, it is freaking HARD. It’s like walking a tightrope—rigid, punishing, no room for error. And realistically, it’s just not possible to sustain the pressure you put on yourself to stay on that tightrope! There's a direct correlation between satisfaction and eating "balanced" (aka eating "normally"). If you’re restricting at all during the day or eating a lot of light or diet foods, you are much more

How to Let Go of Holiday Food Guilt

It’s that time of year again! The season of overindulgence is upon us; we’re offered Christmas cookies at every turn, invited to parties with limitless amounts of dessert, and seem to have endless occasions to eat cookie after cake after pie. Sticking to our health intentions can definitely be challenging during the holiday season. When we’ve been trying so hard to be “good," it’s easy to feel guilty after giving in to the happy hour appetizers or indulging in a few (or more) freshly ba