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Wellness Wednesday

A Refreshing Recap

Summer Recap

I have now officially been a part of the TOPS crew for six months. And thanks to all of you, it’s been an overwhelmingly positive experience so far! I very much appreciate all the feedback and questions sent via email … Continue reading

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“Any Age” Fitness

Fitness Equipment

Being fit and fabulous at any age requires being attentive to changes in spatial awareness and basic body mechanics. The importance of foot placement, hip mobility and range of motion also become increasingly vital as you age. So training yourself … Continue reading

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Make Mealtimes a Mindful Moment

dinner of vegan Mexican food

Staying present is much easier for me to do when I’m physically active. The exact opposite is true in regard to when I’m eating. I often power through meal and snack times standing up—especially when I’m working from home and … Continue reading

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A Wellbeing Whiz Guide to Summer Travel

Lake Kegonsa in Wisconsin

I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly ready for some “fun in the sun”! Thankfully, my current travel plans in the months ahead involve going to a couple lakeside communities for writing assignments. This also means I’ll be dining … Continue reading

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6 Food Swaps Any Home Chef Can Master

spoonfuls of spices

Modifying meals to meet multiple dietary needs in one household can feel like a perpetual struggle. Even for those living solo, having to come up with substitutions for familiar recipes to better suit current nutritional goals may take more time … Continue reading

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How to Elevate At-Home Dining

a kitchen waiting to be decorated

Eating out frequently is often not an option when working on achieving health goals—and sticking to a budget. But it’s equally common to start to crave the ambiance of a café or restaurant, since dining at home day after day … Continue reading

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Plan Ahead To Eat Well Year-Round

a box of fresh produce from the farmer's market

Spring is here (or quickly approaching). This means there will be a steady increase in the variety of locally-grown and -produced foods that will be at local farmers markets and many grocery stores over the coming months. If you’ve got … Continue reading

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Healthy Home Cook Hacks

onions and potato on table

The March/April 2022 issue of TOPS News, “Plant-based Power: One-Pot Recipes” includes four vegan recipes I created. These dishes are a few of my ‘go-to’ entrees when I want a warm homecooked lunch but don’t necessarily want to be stuck … Continue reading

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The Right Fuel: 3 Eating Tips for Pre-/Post-Exercise

healthy fresh fruit for a smoothie

Like many of you, I try to incorporate active movement into my daily schedule. But as we all know, life happens. Which usually means, once or twice a week, my workout will get bumped to a different time than I … Continue reading

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