Belgian Endive Salad for Simple Summer Eating!

This salad will be a hit at your next Summer Sorie Everyone knows that salads are a refreshing hot weather meal and the easiest way to fill 50% of your plate with veggies. But pre-bagged salad that maybe gets a few quick tomatoes bottled dressing can get pretty boring. Save those tomatoes for a Sunday sauce and take this to …

Avoid these 7 Food to get rid of Belly Bloat

This is an embarrassing story, and I am sharing it so that those who suffer from embarrassing and painful belly bloat can get some relief. I was backstage, at a physique show waiting for my group to be called for judging, and suddenly my belly ballooned out in a painful bulge. I had prepared for over a year for this …

The Vacation Eating Guide

Recently our son and his bride celebrated a fairy-tale wedding. I have been looking at the photos from family and friends and replaying the entire 4 day weekend over and over in my brain. PS- I hid my phone in an off-site location during the entire wedding so I could enjoy and capture the memories in real time without squinting …

Who are Protein Powders Right for?

Photo by Oleh Palamarchuk from Pexels Let me tell you a story about two sisters who actively pursue a healthy lifestyle. Each sister has unique goals, but the they both share lifetime goal of maintaining a metabolism that supports a healthy body. One sister relied on primarily of meat seafood and dairy products for her protein source during her 100 …

10 Amazing Snacks to Try Right Now

Whenever I am gathered with a group of health conscious women (and that is six days a week BTW) the conversation quite often turns to snack options. Everyone struggles to find a satisfying snack in short order.  FACTOID: 99.9% of all women snack at least once a day. The big question then, is what is a tasty snack, that is …

5 Surprising Reasons to Never Stop Exercising….#4 is a sizzler

Everyone knows the obvious benefits of working out like aesthetics and metabolism mastery. But do know about the 5  quality of life game-changers that will make you want to hit the weights and do the cardio consistently??? You bet there is, and if you are keeping your “Why” up front and personal, then you are going to have more reason …

Homemade Caesar Salad for Lazy Days

Last week I shared my recipe for soft-shell crabs. When Grateful Fitness was born, I wanted to name this blog Grateful Bytes, because my vision for my readers was that I would share bytes of information on behaviors for making the best of your life the best, and food bytes for making celebratory meals fun yet simple. It has been …

Simple Soft Shell Crabs at Home

I am gratefully back in the kitchen again creating more simple seasonal meals. Today I am sharing my super simple version of soft shell crabs. But first, I have a true confession. I was afraid to invest in soft shell crabs because I had this story in my head that they must be hard to make. I didn’t want to …

Why Calorie Counting Doesn’t Work.

Samantha (not her real name) came to me with this scenario. She works out 6 days a week for an hour, and her calories consumed are in a perceived deficit, according to her nutrition app and her fitness tracker. Yet she never makes any progress. She is perplexed cranky, exhausted, unmotivated, and her workouts are suffering. Sound familiar? Why isn’t …

Fresh Audiobooks and Podcasts to Rock Your Workouts

Last week, we talked about how skipping a workout can actually be better for your health. This week, I’m going to share some fresh audio to break up your typical workout music playlists. Playlists for the gym are essential for a great workout, and changing up your usual rap, country or classic rock can mean renewed motivation. Below are some …