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Are You Neophobic?

POSTED: September 4, 2018
What are you afraid of? Maybe it's arachnophobia (the fear of spiders) or a fierce case of ophidiophobia (a fear of snakes), but there's another common phobia that we don’t hear much about, but ...

How to Eat Healthy in the Chaos of Daily Life

POSTED: August 21, 2018
It's hard to believe it's that time again... ...back to school! If you have kids headed back to school, the routine that comes with it can be great, but it also can mean more chaos!  Between ...

WARNING: Don’t Eat Cherry Tomatoes!

POSTED: August 14, 2018
Believe it or not, this is real advice from some real "nutrition coaches!"   The first time I heard this was last year when I was talking to an Eat REAL America member.  She was telling me ...

Is Eating Healthy Really More Expensive?

POSTED: July 17, 2018
“Eating healthy is too expensive." "And it takes too much time." We hear this a lot. Many perceive that it's too expensive (or too time-consuming) to eat REAL food – or eat healthy. Recently, ...

Why the Rolling Stones May Be To Blame for Your Unhealthy Eating

POSTED: July 10, 2018
Picture it...'re in a restaurant, "Jumpin' Jack Flash" is rockin' in the background, and you're looking over the menu deciding what to order. Suddenly, you're craving a juicy BBQ bacon ...

Don’t Believe Every Thing You Think

POSTED: July 3, 2018
Picky eaters. We all know one…maybe we are one…or we once were. Almost every single day, we hear “I don’t like _________.”  You can fill in the blank with all kinds of things such as onions, ...

Do This to Stay Healthy All Summer Long!

POSTED: June 19, 2018
Summer is officially here! Well, it will be official this Thursday, June 21st! Here in the Midwest, the scorching temperatures and thick humidity have made it feel like summer for several weeks ...

Your Guide to What’s In Season Right Now

POSTED: May 22, 2018
A HUGE part of eating REAL is eating in-season – it’s such a great way to savor foods that are at their peak of freshness and flavor!  We are frequently asked, "how do you know what is truly ...

Does Color Matter?

POSTED: May 15, 2018
We have all heard the advice:   "Eat the Rainbow"   Of course, we are NOT talking about the rainbow found in a bag of Skittles or a box of "magically delicious" Lucky Charms!  And, ...

How much education do doctors receive on the #1 cause of death?

POSTED: April 24, 2018
Picture it... are sitting in your doctor's office, worrying about why you have just been diagnosed with heart disease (or a stroke, or diabetes, or cancer). Your mind is racing with ...

Eating Out Shouldn’t Shorten Your Life

POSTED: April 17, 2018
As Michael Pollan says... “The most important thing you can do, and it's challenging for many people, is cook for your family." Unfortunately, cooking at home with REAL ingredients is becoming ...

Why Fat Free Dressing is Not the Answer

POSTED: April 10, 2018
How often are salads part of your meals? We must admit, salads are a part of almost every meal in our home.  Especially when locally-grown produce is available -- we love the taste, texture and ...

Gluten: Friend or Foe?

POSTED: April 3, 2018
Are you confused about all the messages regarding gluten? If so, you are not alone!   Maybe you or someone you know is already living a gluten-free lifestyle...or maybe you have considered ...

Do this to eat healthy without depriving yourself

POSTED: February 20, 2018
How many times have you heard someone say they are trying to eat healthier or following a specific "Diet", and then they begin to list all the things they are no longer eating? Or, maybe you or ...

Salads Aren’t Just For Summer!

POSTED: January 16, 2018
What is the best salad you have ever eaten? Take a second to think about it. You may be thinking of a summer salad with fresh, in-season tomatoes, cucumbers, romaine lettuce, basil and other ...

What’s the Plan?

POSTED: December 26, 2017
Some of us are natural planners and some are not. Whether you call it discipline or a slight case of OCD, we happen to be planners.  And, we realize this can sometimes be an annoying quality, but ...

What Can a Nobel Prize Winner Teach Us About Eating Healthy?

POSTED: December 19, 2017
Can eating healthfully be both simple AND easy? And, of course, delicious too? We wholeheartedly believe the answer is YES!  And, this will continue to be part of our mission as we head into ...

Thanksgiving Every Day?

POSTED: November 21, 2017
We all know the nutritional and health benefits of REAL food...   ...but what if the benefits are much bigger than that?   Perhaps there are also significant social and family benefits ...

Time for a Paradigm Shift?

POSTED: November 14, 2017
Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  Are you ready?   What will be on your Thanksgiving menu this year?   Of course, turkey is a staple in most homes and there are many favorite ...

Helping You Cope With the Start of Sweet Treat Season

POSTED: October 24, 2017
If you are anything like us, one of the biggest challenges with eating healthfully is... ...managing the sweet treats! Especially if you have kids or grandkids, they seem to creep in from every ...

Impress Your Guests With These Tailgating Tips

POSTED: October 10, 2017
Now that October has arrived, autumn is in full swing.  This, of course, means fall festivals, family trips to the pumpkin patch, fall-inspired craft beers and, of course... and ...

Do This 180 Times and Still Maintain Your Sanity

POSTED: September 5, 2017
If you have kids, are you beginning to settle back into the school routine? If so, that means you may be dealing with the ongoing dilemma of what to do for school lunches.  If you’re like us, you ...

How to Bring the Mediterranean to You

POSTED: July 18, 2017
We have all heard how healthy the "Mediterranean Diet" is, but why?   Is it real, or all hype? How can you incorporate it into your routine? It's true -- the Mediterranean way of eating and ...

The Secret Killer?

POSTED: July 11, 2017
People sometimes comment on our before and after picture because they cannot believe the transformation...especially in my husband, Scott. But, several months ago, one comment from a very ...

Let’s Celebrate!

POSTED: July 4, 2017
Happy Fourth of July! Happy Birthday America! As we celebrate America, our freedom, and everything that goes with it, we thought this would also be the perfect day to celebrate the success of a ...

Your Guide For Selecting the Best Produce

POSTED: June 13, 2017
We all want to enjoy high-quality produce to get the benefit of the best possible flavor and nutrition.  But how? The first tip in picking the best produce?   Buy in-season at your local ...

Can You Really Lose Weight Without Cutting Calories?

POSTED: June 6, 2017
What if you could lose weight and improve your health without feeling deprived and always hungry?   Good news, you can!         And one great way to do this is with ...

What Is All the Buzz About?

POSTED: May 23, 2017
Do you ever feel under-appreciated? Whether you’re a mom who just finished a hectic week or an employee who just finished a big project, at times we have all had that feeling...“do they know how ...

Why It’s Not Just About Reducing Sodium

POSTED: May 9, 2017
Do you or someone you know have high blood pressure? According to the American Heart Association (AHA), one out of every three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure. We all know that high ...

Your Best Strategy to Eat Well All Week

POSTED: April 25, 2017
We have all heard these quotes...   “Proper planning and preparation prevent poor performance.”   “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”   “A goal without a plan is ...

Fight Cancer With Your Fork

POSTED: April 18, 2017
If there was a single group of foods, that has been scientifically shown to help you fight cancer...   would you want to know about it?   The good news...there is!  And, this probably ...

Why We Should All Eat with the Seasons

POSTED: April 4, 2017
It’s official…spring is here!   What do you most look forward to this time of year?   For some, it may be the warmer temperatures.  For others, the blooming trees and the greening ...

The Simple Way to Fight Damage Occurring in your Body

POSTED: March 21, 2017
What do you think of when you hear the term “antioxidant?” Most of us have heard this buzzword thrown around when a food is described as "healthy."  Or, you may have seen it on the front of the ...

It’s Not Dying You Should Worry About…

POSTED: February 21, 2017
Have you ever heard someone say something similar to this: "No one lives forever...I might as well enjoy life while I can!" or "So what if I die a few years early?  It's worth it to be able to ...

Do This and You Don’t Have to Obsess About Portion Sizes

POSTED: January 24, 2017
Do you, or someone you know, compulsively worry about portion sizes?  Or, are you not even sure what a reasonable portion size is anymore? We have great news for you! The reality is if you focus ...

And Now…the Rest of the Story…

POSTED: January 10, 2017
What did you think of the video in last week’s coaching tip?   Did it give you or someone you know a sense of unease? Last week, we unveiled the first step to making a lasting change – ...

Lasting Change is Possible with These Three Things

POSTED: January 3, 2017
Have you made a New Year’s resolution? Many of us have…and the good news is most of us are probably still on track since we are just a couple of days into the new year!   The age-old ...

The Rewards Are Bigger Than Just Good Health

POSTED: November 8, 2016
ANNOUNCING... We have added a comments section to the coaching tips!  Your thoughts and ideas are so important to our community and we want all of our members to we encourage you to ...

Simple Steps to Save You Over $1,000 Per Year

POSTED: October 18, 2016
Have you experienced digging through your refrigerator produce drawer and discovering a moldy green pepper, shriveled-up limp greens or cauliflower covered with brown spots? You had such great ...

Doing This Will Change Your Life!

POSTED: October 4, 2016
Do you “eat with the seasons?” If not, we highly recommend giving it a try!  Just when you have been enjoying summer produce such as zucchini, melons, okra, tomatoes and peppers until you can’t ...

De-Stress Dinnertime with This Time-Saver!

POSTED: September 13, 2016
Last week, we provided a delicious way to simplify and healthify your mornings with baked oatmeal cups.  Did you have a chance to give them a try?  We would love to know how you liked them and ...

This May Be Harming You More Than You Think!

POSTED: August 23, 2016
Busy with work, busy with kids, busy with social obligations, busy keeping up the house — busy, busy, busy! Regardless of where we live, the season we're in, how old we are; whether we have a ...

We All Have This in Common With Olympic Athletes

POSTED: August 16, 2016
Have you been glued to the television this past week? Watching those incredibly talented athletes perform in Rio? Whether it was Simone Biles’ gravity-defying routines, Katie Ledecky’s ...

When You Can’t Contain Your Excitement Any Longer!

POSTED: July 26, 2016
Your stories are so inspiring... whenever we see Eat REAL America members at lunch-and-learns, other events or just out-and-about, they are always eager to tell us about something exciting that ...

How To Make Your Summer Gatherings Unforgettable!

POSTED: July 12, 2016
Summer celebrations!  Pool parties!  Family reunions! Of course, that means food…and plenty of it! What kind of foods do your summer celebrations include?  Anything unique and flavor-popping?  If ...

Give Your Kids This Life Skill and Cure Summer Boredom at the Same Time!

POSTED: June 14, 2016
Has summer boredom kicked in for your kids yet? If you have kids at home this summer, or know someone who does, you know the challenge of keeping them busy and keeping their minds productive! ...

Do This and Your Taste Buds Will Be Screaming for More!

POSTED: June 7, 2016
Most of the information out there on grilling covers topics like gas vs. charcoal, direct vs. indirect heat, cleaning the grill, oiling the grates, marinating your meat and other grilling ...

This may be the most memorable part of your summer vacation!

POSTED: May 17, 2016
As we all gear up for summer vacations, we want to provide some inspiration to help you enjoy some delicious and healthy meals on the road … First, eating on the road is NOT the time to settle ...

Making This Part of Your Routine Will Change Your Life!

POSTED: May 10, 2016
It happened to us... several years ago, we fell in love with the farmers’ market.  As our eating habits changed, we started to notice a huge difference between the food from the farmers’ market ...

What’s Your Cut Off Time?

POSTED: April 26, 2016
Zonya and I just spent 4 crazy busy, laughter-packed, hard-working, incredibly fun-filled days together in Michigan.     We are working on new content and videos for Eat REAL America, ...

Kick the Bottle to the Curb!

POSTED: April 12, 2016
"My teenage daughter was eating the dressing from the Caesar Salad with Avocado Dressing with a spoon!" "I was skeptical about the Maple Almond Vinaigrette, but followed the recipe and the salad ...

Have No Fear…

POSTED: March 15, 2016
“I am a horrible cook!"   “When I try to make something new, it always turns out awful.”   “What if I mess it up and no one likes it?”   Does this sound like you or someone you ...

Taxes or Eating Healthy – Which is More Difficult?

POSTED: February 23, 2016
Do you dread preparing your taxes this time of year? We certainly do.  What if we told you that more people said it is easier to prepare their taxes than to figure out how to eat healthy?  That ...

Let Us Save You Some Time

POSTED: January 12, 2016
What if we could save you several hours this week?   Great news...we can!   As you may know, the new dietary guidelines were released last week.  While the intent is good, we are not ...

Consistency is Key!

POSTED: December 29, 2015
With 2016 just a few days away, and everyone chomping at the bit to announce their “New Year’s Resolutions,” we’d like to FIRST encourage you to take a moment and reflect on some of the ...

Holiday Survival Plan!

POSTED: December 1, 2015
Were you brave enough to get on the scale this week?  Or were you afraid to look?  Are you already seeing the number go up?  If so, you need a holiday survival plan!  Last week might be the “tip ...

How Much Risk Are You Willing to Take?

POSTED: October 6, 2015
Are you a risk-taker?  I am not talking about bungee jumping or James Bond 007 stunts where your life is in danger…just basic risk-taking.  Whether we realize it or not, we all take risks every ...

Willpower May Not Be Enough!

POSTED: September 22, 2015
My name is Krista, and I am addicted to… REAL food!  Okay, okay, addiction probably isn’t the right word to use, but I have a strong passion for REAL food and life just isn’t the same without it. ...

Paleo vs. Vegan

POSTED: August 11, 2015
I am sure you have heard someone say "eating vegan has changed my life" or "eating paleo is the only way to go."  We have all been bombarded by contrasting information about Veganism and Paleoism ...

Breaking 100

POSTED: June 2, 2015
What if you could live to 100?  And, I am talking about REALLY LIVING...and thriving!  Think of all the great moments, experiences and memories!  Imagine being part of not just your ...

To Thrive or Not To Thrive

POSTED: May 19, 2015
We are surrounded by “food” in everything we do and every part of our lives!  But, have you ever stopped to think about what “food” really is?  Are all of the things we eat really “food?” The ...

Nothing Beets the Farmers’ Market!

POSTED: March 24, 2015
Several years ago, we fell in love with the farmers’ market.  As our eating habits changed, we became more curious about how food from the farmers’ market compared to what we were buying at the ...

“You’re Talking About My Family!”

POSTED: February 24, 2015
I was blessed with an opportunity to do a cooking demo at the local Women’s Fair this weekend.  During the discussion, I shared some perspective on our eating habits before we started our journey ...

It’s Not You, It’s Our Environment…

POSTED: January 20, 2015
Let’s face it, we are social beings and are highly influenced by what is around us.  And there is no denying is all around us…it is absolutely everywhere!  Food is a part of everything ...

Are You Fed Up?

POSTED: January 6, 2015
When I first saw the trailer for the documentary "Fed Up," which was just released on DVD in September 2014, I was intrigued.  We recently had the chance to kick back and enjoy some family movie ...

Which is More Important? Eating Healthy or Exercising?

POSTED: December 16, 2014
Can you exercise your way out of bad eating habits?  Which is more important…exercise or eating healthy?  Have you ever thought…"I can have that doughnut…I had a great workout this morning!"? ...

Flip Your Fridge for Food Day!

POSTED: October 14, 2014
National Food Day is Friday, October 24 -- a day to celebrate not just food, but REAL food!  Ideally, we get to enjoy all the benefits of REAL food every day; however, given how crazy busy our ...

Life’s Too Short to Count Ingredients!

POSTED: September 16, 2014
Imagine looking through recipes and a mouth-watering photo jumps out and you just have to have it!  You look at the ingredients and see there are killer?  For some, yes!...the ...

One Meal at a Time…

POSTED: August 19, 2014
Since we started Eat REAL America, we frequently hear people say “I want to eat healthier” or “I want to make a change” or “I know we need to eat better, but we just don’t know where to start…” ...

Thanksgiving Every Day?

POSTED: July 15, 2014
We all know the nutritional and health benefits of REAL food, but what if the benefits are much bigger than that?  Perhaps there are also significant social and family benefits associated with a ...

Shake the Hand That Feeds You

POSTED: April 8, 2014
We hear it all the time…support local family farmers, connect with your community, know where your food comes from, and know your farmer! There is actually a perfect and easy way to do all of ...

Have you looked at the headlines recently?

POSTED: April 1, 2014
We all get bombarded with news feeds, and interesting stories can sometimes be overlooked. We have been monitoring recent food-related headlines and wanted to share some of these with you…some of ...

What can we learn from Brazil?

POSTED: March 11, 2014
Did you know new dietary guidelines are issued every 5 years in the U.S.?  I know you may be thinking, how can the government come up with rules to tell us how to eat?!  And, do we really need ...

Breakfast of Champions?

POSTED: March 4, 2014
As I have mentioned before, some of the food rules I love by Michael Pollan are:  “Buy items with fewer than 5 ingredients,” “Don’t eat anything that your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as ...

Maybe Grandma Was Onto Something…

POSTED: January 7, 2014
Ok, this is not an easy topic to write about without getting into the "science" of it, but I decided to give it a shot. I was talking with someone recently who said that flies won't even land on ...

What is your One Thing?

POSTED: December 31, 2013
“I’ve been on a diet for two weeks, and all I’ve lost is 14 days.” -Totie Fields As 2014 arrives at midnight tonight, millions of people will start their new routines – including their new diets. ...

Friends Don’t Let Friends Buy Bottled Salad Dressing

POSTED: December 10, 2013
Salads are a part of almost every meal in our home.  Of course, great REAL ingredients are a big part of great salads, but I believe a dressing can make or break a fantastic salad.  Have you ever ...

Kids Are a Hard Sell

POSTED: November 19, 2013
We have all seen and heard the reports that diets high in processed foods affect the health of our kids during their childhood and teenage years, with ongoing effects into adulthood.  In our ...

Getting Out of the Box

POSTED: October 28, 2013
Believe it or not, we used to live "in the box".  By "in the box", I mean we were stuck in a rut eating the same things over and over.  We didn't give much thought to taste and nutrition...we ...

It’s all about the Ingredients

POSTED: October 7, 2013
There was a time when we remember always looking at the calorie content of food.  Then we were told to also worry about the fat, and not just the fat, the saturated fat because that was the kind ...