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Batch Breakfast Oatmeal Recipe: Elvis Oatmeal

Guys, I’m so excited about this week’s batch breakfast recipe: Elvis Oatmeal! This batch breakfast oatmeal recipe is truly the “king” of oatmeal preparations. If you hadn’t guessed from the title, it’s a delicious and mostly nutritious blend of oatmeal, bananas, bacon, and peanut butter (with a little brown sugar and salt to balance things out.) Batch cooking is the only way I make… Read More

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Andrea Bemis of Dishing Up the Dirt Shares Her Love Affair with Food

Andrea Bemis, the blogger, farmer, cook, and photographer behind the blog Dishing Up the Dirt, released her first cookbook, also called, “Dishing Up the Dirt,” last month. But her love affair with food has been going on for many years. I sat down with her to get the scoop. Jessica Cassity: Your life is all about food these days. How did that start? Andrea… Read More

Coming to you Live from Prevention magazine–TODAY!

About 5 years ago I left my dream job at Prevention magazine to move to Portland, OR. It was a good choice, but I’m thrilled to be heading back to Prevention–TODAY!–to talk snacks. I’m filming a handful of video segments and also taking over their Facebook live stream at noon, EDT. Tune in today to watch me bust some of the top snacking myths!!!

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The Cooking Goal that Took Me Years to Reach

I’m a pretty good cook. That’s a lot more than I could say 10 years ago, when I was living in New York and eating most meals in restaurants. But about seven years ago I got curious about cooking, so I ripped a bunch of recipes out of magazines, set a vague cooking goal for myself, and went for it. I’m going to be honest… Read More

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Work Out Without the Gym

Sometimes I have an internal struggle between wanting to go to the gym to work out and not wanting to leave the house. (I live in rainy Portland, OR, after all!) But you can work out without the gym. You can get in a good fitness session without even picking up any workout equipment! Take tonight for example. I’m a devout member of Classpass. I love trying new… Read More

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Fitness and Diet Fix: 380-Calorie Pumpkin Spice Latte

You can erase any splurge with a diet or fitness fix. I just downed a Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte! Now what? Let’s do the math: A moderate fitness class can burn off the 380 calories in a Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte. So could diet changes, such as skipping dessert after dinner or ordering a salad for lunch instead of fried chicken. Like it or not, weight loss is all… Read More

Meditation Week 6: Getting the Hang of it

I’m a full 6 weeks into coaching myself to meditate and it really does feel like I’m getting the hang of it. I’m no longer forgetting to do it–I regularly meditate when I wake up and/or before my first client of the day. What’s more, I’m fitting in mindful breaths at other points of the day too, such as when I’m starting to feel… Read More

Meditation Habit Week 5: It’s Goal Time!

With every life change there’s a tipping point, when this new action or thought starts to feel a little more routine and a little more worthwhile. That happened for me this week. I have a feeling it may be a long time before meditation becomes automatic, or something I crave. But for now it feels like something I truly benefit from, which is enough to… Read More

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Get Better Sleep and Wake up Refreshed

If you found a genie in a lamp, one of your wishes would be for better sleep. How do I know this? Everyone I know is tired. And, more than 90,000 people have liked an article I wrote called, “Tired all the time? Try these natural energy boosters.” Pretty much everyone wants to sleep better.  The best tip for being more energized is to set… Read More

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How Practice is the Main Ingredient to “Nailing It”

Being a coach and being a journalist are a lot alike–curiosity is a requirement. (Read: The better questions I ask, the better answers I get.) This past week–smack in the middle of the Olympics–I got an assignment about “Nailing It” in competition. I spoke with a sports psychologist and my colleague–who was down in Rio!–spoke with a trio of Olympic athletes, including Simone Biles…. Read More