Fitness and Nutrition

I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer with four years experience. In  January 2011, I will be enrolling in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Helping people understand their bodies better and move toward a healthier lifestyle is my passion, and I’d love to share it with you! If you have a question about fitness or nutrition, leave it in the comment box below and I’ll reply within 24 hours. Or if you’d rather ask me in private, email me at You can also check out my website:

Posts about fitness/health:

On running

Resolution, Schmes-olution

I Feel a Little Like Jerry Maguire.

The Hills


3 Responses to Fitness and Nutrition

  1. elvalentino says:

    Nice blog and I do have a question for you.
    Do you know if any foods are associated with happiness? is there
    any type of nutritional plan people should follow to improve they’re mood

    • Yes, actually I do! The main one that comes to mind is Omega-3 fatty acids. You can find these in oily fish, like salmon, sardines and mackerel. Also, ground flaxseeds and walnuts are a good source – but they contain a different type of Omega-3. You can also take a fish oil supplement if you want to – if you go this route, make sure to go to a reputable place and talk with someone about what brand to choose, mg/serving, etc.

      Other foods that improve mood are citrus, leafy greens and dark chocolate. I always feel really happy when I eat mango, but that’s just me.

      If you’re struggling with your happiness levels, some other recommendations I would make would be: Up your water intake considerably. Try to have 1-2 large glasses first thing in the morning, and another 4-6 throughout the day. Start from where you are and add it in gradual amounts. Another thing would be to decrease the amount of processed food in your diet – cookies, crackers, fast food, chips and other packaged snack foods. The additives in these foods have been shown to affect mood. Move toward “real” food – doesn’t come in a package or wrapping, decays and/or molds if left out too long.

  2. elvalentino says:

    Thank you!

    That was really informitive I wasn’t actually expecting such an indepth reply. I’ve saved this to google docs and when I get home tonight I’ll add all these things to my shopping list. Obviously human needs need to come before nutrition (setting goals, feeling confident etc)

    but if you can boost you rlevel of happiness just off of the foods that you eat as well then that’s an added bonus! I especially thought this was funny “Move toward “real” food – doesn’t come in a package or wrapping, decays and/or molds if left out too long”

    and/or molds if left out too long haha seems like macdonalds comes to mind on that one.

    Thanks for the post, will definatly keep an eye out on your posts 🙂

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