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[2 Aug 2011 | 9 Comments | ]
Getting Results: My Favorite 30 Minute Workout

I’ve done P90X … twice, and as much as I love it, I’m not only a little bored, but it’s also summer, and the last thing I feel like doing is a 60 to 90 minute workout in front of the TV. I’d been struggling for a few weeks, and unable to get into the groove of a fitness routine, but early last week, the answer emerged.
I received a fitness pack at the Fitness Blogger Conference in June. It looked like a great travel idea, a resistance band, pedometer, and jump …

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[27 Jul 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
A Quick Dairy-Free Protein Powder Primer

I used to be surprised when I heard the question “Where will I get protein?” from people going dairy-free. I could definitely understand this concern from newbie vegans (not that there aren’t plenty of protein sources for vegans, they just aren’t as commonly known or as protein-dense), but getting enough protein typically isn’t a major concern if you are only cutting out milk products.
Nonetheless, some people follow a high protein diet or don’t like to eat a lot of meat and seafood for protein. They may supplement with dairy products …

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[20 Jul 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
It’s Never Too Late

There is one TV program that I look forward to each and every week, Extreme Makeover Weight Loss. It doesn’t come on until 10pm on Monday nights, but we make an extra effort to stay awake for it. Have you seen this show?
The host of the show, Chris O’Donnell, is amazing. Each episode covers an entire year as he helps a morbidly obese client shed 200 or even 300 or more pounds. Yes, some lose over 300lbs through diet and exercise in ONE year!

Truthfully, I don’t have a goal of …

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[30 Jan 2011 | 29 Comments | ]
Sugar, the Devil in the Agave-Coated Dress

So I did it! Thank you to Katie for getting me to do a 10-day Sugar-Free Challenge and to those of you who joined in! If you joined in, comment and let us know how it went for you. If you are still sugar-free, give us an update, and if you have trialed sugar-free before (or are still doing it!), I would love to hear if it benefited you.
I have to say, the results were far and above what I expected. I am excited to share them with you today …

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[26 Jan 2011 | 25 Comments | ]
A Trio of Sugar-Free Sweets

Here I am, heading into Day 8 of my sugar-free challenge. How am I doing? I’ve been weak, very weak. But, I’ve stuck with it, am getting a bit stronger by the day … and have even learned a bit about myself.
I’d never thought of myself as an emotional eater in any way. I just loved food (especially sweet food), period. But, this past week I found out that sweets are a crutch for my stress. Day 1 of the sugar-free challenge was hard, of course, but Day 2 was remarkably easy. Sure, …

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[20 Jan 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
Are You a Walker or a Runner?

Sometimes I feel a bit in the minority as I cruise healthy living blogs. Runners abound, but my running days are long past … and I definitely don’t miss them.
I gave up the pavement pounding around the ripe old age of 21, when my knees simply couldn’t take the repetitive forward motion (soft surface or not). I was still very active, playing soccer a few times a week for years and years, as the side to side motion and occasional sprints were no problem at all. Soccer too has become …

Alisa's Journal, Featured »

[19 Jan 2011 | 16 Comments | ]
Breaking the Sugar Spell

My time away from Dairy-Free & Fit was much needed, as this past year I was dedicated to supporting a loved one through health issues and treatment. But now it’s time to focus on my health (and their increasing health), so my husband and I are taking a sugar break. And when I say sugar, that includes agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, sucanat, etc.
I’m not going to be uptight about it, but we are going to give it a go for ten days, to hopefully break the addiction that has taken …

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[12 Nov 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Is Milk Alternative Required?

I frequently receive the question, “Which milk alternative is healthiest?” This is a very loaded question, as it varies based on the range of interpretations of the term “healthy.”
Many dieticians claim soymilk is the only milk alternative that compares to milk nutritionally. Others feel that soy is an unhealthy and potentially GMO product that shouldn’t be consumed at all (perhaps soy is a good topic for another day!). Some rave of almond milk and feel virtuous in choosing it, while others point to its lower protein and fat and say …

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[8 Nov 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
USDA Message: Don’t Care about your Health? Eat More Cheese!

There is no question that deception is deep-rooted in media and marketing. Yet, it never ceases to amaze me when another dishonest campaign emerges. Today on Go Dairy Free I addressed the latest hot topic from the New York Times on the USDA’s conflicting actions on cheese. Here is the basic dilemma:

USDA funds and supports massive anti-obesity campaign urging Americans to cut saturated fat.
USDA funds and assists Dairy Management in increasing American consumption of cheese - our top dietary source of saturated fat.

I’m not here to argue if fat, or saturated …

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[1 Nov 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
What Does Jillian Michaels Eat?

The face below may soon be sporting a coconut milk moustache as I reported today on Go Dairy Free.
I repeatedly receive concerns from fitness lovers and body builders that cutting out dairy will slash their potential gains, and somehow undermine their health. Rather than going into a long-winded article addressing this issue, I thought an example might hit home a little more efficiently. Though I can’t confirm if she is 100% dairy-free, a day in the food life of Jillian Michaels, as reported in an interview with Self magazine, would …