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Movement Matters Retreat Recap with Katy Bowman thumbnail

I spent this past weekend at Katy Bowman’s Movement Matters Retreat in the lush Olympic Peninsula of Washington state (an area I’m lucky to currently reside in), soaking up as much insight as I could from her. Like thousands of others, Katy’s work has had a big impact on the way that I view movement […] Continue Reading

Can Pilates During Pregnancy Prevent Diastasis Recti? thumbnail

I remember it clearly. I was lounging on the couch, 6 months pregnant, when I went to sit up and saw my tummy muscles bulge out. And it wasn’t what I was used to seeing pre-pregnancy when I forgot to engage my abdominal muscles. They bulged AND there was a groove between them. Despite all […] Continue Reading

Postpartum Exercise and Recovery thumbnail

When it comes to health, few topics are more controversial than pregnancy. But one thing we can all agree upon is this: the way you treat your body before and during pregnancy has a huge impact on the health of your baby. It’s a time when little else is truly in your control, which is […] Continue Reading

5 food tweaks to improve your digestion & Pilates practice

I might not write about it much these days, but my work as a Pilates instructor has deeply influenced my approach to nutrition (and vice versa). If there’s one common motivation that leads people to start Pilates, getting a stronger, leaner core is it. And well-taught Pilates can work some pretty effective abdominal-strengthening magic. BUT, […] Continue Reading

Pregnancy Exercise Myths thumbnail

If you’ve been following my work for a while, you’ll know how much I get frustrated by incorrect nutrition advice, especially when it comes to pregnancy. Well, the same goes for exercise. Few healthcare providers are up-to-speed about the research behind exercise during pregnancy. Those that do recommend exercise will typically give very generalized advice, […] Continue Reading

Wholistic Beginnings Gestational Diabetes Interview Parts 3 and 4

The last few months have been quite a whirlwind! I’m in the final stages of editing my book, Real Food for Gestational Diabetes, only 4 months after I typed the first word. I still can’t believe it, but it just goes to show what can be accomplished when you follow your passion! [UPDATE: Real Food […] Continue Reading

What to Eat Before Pilates

Ever walk into Pilates class and wonder if you ate the right thing before your session, or worry that maybe you didn't eat enough? I'm asked about pre-workout meals and snacks so often that I had to write a post about it. First of all, you don’t want to eat a giant meal right before […] Continue Reading

how to choose healthy habits that don’t feel like punishment

I've tried the whole green juice thing. I've bought the fancy $10 drinks. I've made it myself. Heck, I even helped a juice company design a series of juices with various nutritional benefits (including, of course, an obligatory green juice). But the truth is, I don't like green juice. Unless it's loaded with fruit, it […] Continue Reading

How to know if you’re truly hungry

I’m writing this post in response to comments I’ve been receiving on a blog post I wrote almost a year ago titled 6 Reasons to Stop Counting Calories & 11 Things To Do Instead. It’s one of my most popular posts on my website. For many people, this article gave them permission ditch restrictive dieting […] Continue Reading

Pilates fights depression

Most people start doing Pilates because they want to shrink their waistline or recover from injury, but the benefits of Pilates go far beyond flat abs and strong muscles. I’ve observed the transformational effects of Pilates not only from my own practice of more than a decade, but in my clients as well. Sometimes as […] Continue Reading