The Importance of Finding Your Tribe

A tribe is defined as “a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognized leader.” In short, it’s your group of people. For some, finding one’s tribe can be integral to their success. Community support can make or break an aspiring athlete when it comes to staying on track and meeting goals, regardless of whether or not they’re in a team sport. This ideology carries over into different facets…

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From Couch to Cage: How MMA Transformed My Life

Kayla Hamilton is our first MMA fighter in the Your Story series, and I'm so glad to have her. Fighting has always been on my list of "to try" exercises (especially with the reach on these long gangly arms) but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I loved reading about how Kayla was inspired to change by strong women and found her passion to become a strong woman both inside and out. Here's Kayla's story. Before MMA: Looking for a Change Let’s go back a year ago; I can…

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Your Story: The Persistence of Grief


Strong in Body, Strong in Mind aims to address all over health, including mental health. As you know, physical and mental health are closely related. Losing a loved one is considered a significant life stressor. That means it can have lasting effects on your physical and mental health. Dawn Ross is a palliative care nurse who addresses grief from both sides of the story in this article about grief. The Persistence of Grief September has always been a month in which I feel restless. I think it’s the start of…

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Why I Never Want to See Most of My Clients Again


Bidding My Clients a Fond Farewell Most of my long-term followers and colleagues are pretty familiar with my philosophy right now. I don't like the diet mentality, I believe in balance, and I take a habit building based approach to my coaching clients to teach them how to give their body what it needs. Then, most of the time I hope never to see them again. That sounds really harsh when I say it that way, doesn't it? Allow me to reword: When our time together is done, I intend…

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Probiotics for Athletic Performance


Probiotics: What's the Buzz? In the last decade, probiotics have become a health buzzword. Research shows that probiotics have numerous benefits, including boosting the immune system, increasing absorption of micronutrients, and improving overall health. While there is still a lot to be learned about probiotics and their implications most professionals agree that when consumed properly, probiotics are a safe, natural way to improve one’s health. The other benefits--there are currently clinical trials evaluating the effects of probiotics on ADHD, based on this research-- have yet to be determined. Athletes- whether elite professionals…

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All About Body Dysmorphia

Reflections Body Dysmorphia

Chances are, there's something you don't like about your body (if not, that's awesome!). A scar you find unsightly, a body part that hangs on to excess weight, a large forehead (or fivehead as I so lovingly call mine). Most of us can name a thing or two that we could do without; that's human nature. But when those passing thoughts become constant sources of worry is when the problems begin. It's at that point we start to worry about Body Dysmorphia. What is Body Dysmorphia? Body Dysmorphia, or more…

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IIFYM: If It Fits Your Micros

IIFYM: Fruit and Vegetables

IIFYM... Don't You Mean "Macros"? You may have opened this link thinking I published an article with a typo in the title. You’re wrong. The IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) mentality has swept through the land, picking up diehard fans in its wake. And why not? The eating style offers flexibility, the main (macro) nutrients that sustain our bodies (carbs, protein, and fat in case you missed it) and is moderately easy to track. But you know what’s missing? Micros. This isn’t an article bashing macro tracking, but simply…

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Your Story: Aaron on Getting in Shape with Asperger Syndrome

Aaron's Story As you know, in addition to my work on Strong in Body, Strong in Mind, I also write professionally. I met Aaron in the online writing group for the highly recommended 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success course. When Aaron approached me with his story, I was enthusiastic to feature it here. Not only because Aaron's story captures what Strong in Body, Strong in Mind is all about, but because I feel there aren't enough first-hand reflections available from people who live with Asperger Syndrome. Exercise…

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How to Simplify Meal Planning

Meal Planning in the Digital Age In the Pinterest age, meal planning has become the be all end all of eating well. It can save you hundreds of dollars, help you lose weight, help you connect with your children, help you hate grocery shopping less, help you find the lost city of Atlantis. Well, I’m obviously exaggerating a little. Nothing can make you hate grocery shopping less. Anyway, I too fell in love with the idea of advance meal planning and having Pinterest worthy meals every day. But here’s a friendly…

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What 9 Nutrition Experts Want you to Know

Nutrition Advice

Nutrition Experts Unite The best part of nutrition coaching is helping people meet their goals. The second best part is connecting with other business owners and nutrition experts who share the same passions and challenges in our line of work. I thought it might be nice to change things up for this article. Rather than hearing me ramble on, let’s check in with some other industry experts. I asked my fellow nutrition experts, “If you could give your clients one piece of advice, what would it be?” The answers are…

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