Healthy Lifestyle Blog

As a foodie, nutrition nerd, and health nut my desire is to inspire you to enjoy a nourishing healthy lifestyle.

Since a healthy mind leads to a healthy body, I will strive to bring you lots of health-related information and delicious, nourishing recipes that will help you live a happy and healthy lifestyle.

We all deserve to have a positive relationship with food, our body and our health.  I believe healing and good health starts with the three pillars of wellness, healthy food, moderate fitness and stress reduction.  That’s why I love to share my enthusiasm for living a healthy lifestyle with my clients and readers.  I hope these posts inspire you to let your inner health nut come out.

It really doesn’t take much to “jazz up” life to make it a healthy one.

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Do you hold on to stuff?

Written by Patti Garland | April 20, 2018

We tend to hold onto our stuff year after year. We save and stock up on things that we don’t know what to do with anymore and keep things because they hold precious memories.  There is a saying that goes, “You have to get rid of the old to make way for the new.” If …

Fascia Blasting for Cellulite – My Results after Six Months

Written by Patti Garland | April 11, 2018

Yes I have cellulite.  I never really cared but when I brought the fascia blaster into my wellness practice to help with pain management, range of motion, and muscle soreness, I thought I would see how this thing works on my cellulite. If your fascia isn’t functioning properly, it can create all types of problems.   …

Are you shy about going to a gym?

Written by Patti Garland | April 1, 2018

Do you wish you could fall in love with feeling fit, but you are shy about going to a gym? Are you worried about signing up for a group exercise class and being in over your head? Being shy about going to a gym and the fear of getting injured are very common along with …

Come into my kitchen and let’s talk chocolate!

Written by Patti Garland | March 30, 2018

Do you think chocolate should have its very own food group? It seems as if it should.  Chocolate is powerfully comforting, creamy, and delicious.  Many people eat chocolate at least several times a week. (Can you see my hand raised?) Which begs the question… Is Chocolate Good for You? The answer is both yes and …

What’s more comfortable for you?

Written by Patti Garland | March 15, 2018

Helloooooo it’s Patti here and I went live on Facebook the other day to ask a question.  I love to ask questions. I asked my Facebook friends which is more comfortable for you?  Doing something to take care of yourself or doing something to take care of someone else? Now I’m asking you.  I’m curious …

A Simple Self-care Tool

Written by Patti Garland | March 15, 2018

Have you ever tried to water a dead stick?  Nothing much happens….. Well that is what happens when you try to moisturize skin that not been exfoliated.  A build-up of dead skin cells blocks even the best ingredients from doing their job. So before getting in the shower, exfoliate.  When you get out of the …

What holds me back.

Written by Patti Garland | March 8, 2018

What holds me back. Have you ever come to a point in your life where you seemed blocked or you just couldn’t make a decision? I know I sure have and when I reflect on those times I usually find that fear is what holds me back. I remember one time when I was offered …

Join me in my kitchen for foods that can regulate your blood sugar….

Written by Patti Garland | March 5, 2018

Hey there, Join me in my kitchen for foods that can regulate your blood sugar. Today I’m sharing a delicious recipe with zucchini. You might be surprised to hear me say that zucchini can help regulate your blood sugar,  but zucchini is full of goodness.  Not only does it make amazing noodles, but it is rich …

Primary Food Is Soul Food

Written by Patti Garland | February 19, 2018

Did you know that food is just a secondary source of energy? Think back to a time when you were passionately in love. Everything was exciting. Colors were vivid. You were floating on air, gazing into your lover’s eyes. Your lover’s touch and your shared feelings of exhilaration were enough to sustain you. You forgot …

Metabolism Revving Power Breakfast

Written by Patti Garland | February 10, 2018

I am often asked “where do you get your energy and what did you eat for breakfast?”  Well…I do have a high level of energy and I believe it is because I start everyday with my version of a metabolism revving power breakfast.  Let me share. I start with a good detox and metabolic activator …

You want it? Then make it happen! (and a few great game day recipes).

Written by Patti Garland | January 26, 2018

Two friends are chatting about their diets. The first one says, “I want to be healthy and feel great.” The second one says, “I intend to be healthy and feel great.” Which one do you think is going to get healthy and feel great? Yup—the one who intends it. Wanting is simply wishing you can …

Beans a powerful immune boosting plant protein (plus cooking tips!)

Written by Patti Garland | January 12, 2018

Did you know that beans are not only a major source of protein, but they are also a powerful immune booster? Beans are one of the most powerful, nutrient-dense plant foods around.  They are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, iron and protein.  They are also packed with tons of fiber and are a whole carbohydrate. So …

Is dietary fat good or bad?

Written by Patti Garland | December 30, 2017

Do you ever ask yourself if fat is good or bad for you? Well the answer is both. You see, when it comes to fat, not all fats are created equal.  The important thing to know is which fats are good and which are bad. Heavily processed, hydrogenated “trans” fats used in prepared, packaged foods …

A Gift For You

Written by Patti Garland | December 18, 2017

As we approach Christmas there are a few things we can count on.  Snowflakes, fairy lights, Santa and gifts! As gifts are given and received this holiday season, the gift I think of is you.  I am so honored that you follow my blogs.  By doing so you invite me into your life and your …

Healthy holiday food practices

Written by Patti Garland | November 28, 2017

Magical snowmen, singing carolers, and spending time with those you love are all the traditions of the holidays.  Why not add to those traditions a few healthy holiday food practices that will keep your energy levels high? Here are a few ideas. When you are going to a party, eat normally on the day of …

Holiday Nutrition Tips

Written by Patti Garland | November 20, 2017

As we approach this season of abundance, I thought I would share a few easy holiday nutrition tips that might help. Choose your booze If you choose to drink holiday cocktails, pick cocktails that are lowest in calories and are made without sugary mixers. Drink 8-ounces of water after every alcoholic drink you consume. Set …

Hey Sugar Cravings!

Written by Patti Garland | November 3, 2017

Hey Sugar….  Do you have sugar cravings? Are your sugar cravings holding you back from feeling good about yourself? For some people sugar is just as addictive as caffeine, alcohol or drugs.  Sugar also wreaks havoc on blood sugar levels, creates an emotional roller coaster from sugar induced highs and lows and destroys our self-esteem. It’s …

Are you trying to fit in a diet or exercise box?

Written by Patti Garland | September 24, 2017

I started helping women get fit and lose weight in 1979.  That’s when I was first hired as a fitness and group exercise instructor.  Over the many years that I have been helping women, I have seen lots of rigid fitness and weight loss trends come and go. Frequently I saw women try to fit …

FAT TURNED INTO MUSCLE

Written by Patti Garland | September 22, 2017

Have you ever wondered if you stop or start exercising, if your fat turned into muscle? The answer is “no” it does not. Fat turned into muscle is a myth.  Fat and muscle are completely different cellular structures. Muscle is a denser tissue than fat.  One pound of lean muscle will take up less space …

Cook Once – Eat Twice with Seasoned Cauliflower Rice

Written by Patti Garland | September 9, 2017

There’s a secret to quick and easy homemade lunches and dinners.  It is “cook once – eat twice”. I try to create nutritious recipes that will feed 4-6 people.  Since there are only two people in my household I always have leftovers.  That way I can use those leftovers for additional meals. As an example …

Starting Over

Written by Patti Garland | August 25, 2017

Good morning! Have you ever had an urge to start over? I tried to ignore it but I couldn’t.  A little voice kept saying “Patti you aren’t sharing your gifts”. So it is time to get Healthy Methods moving by adding fitness to my coaching mix. For the last few years I have been providing …

It’s all about balance…

Written by Patti Garland | August 17, 2017

When most people start an exercise program their “goal” hardly ever includes improving one’s balance.  As a matter of fact, we rarely think about our balance.  Balance is something most of us take for granted until we experience challenges.  Yet balance is crucial to our well-being—it prevents falls, helps us navigate uneven terrain, keeps us …

Twists ‘n Thyme

Written by Patti Garland | May 1, 2016

I love using fresh herbs when I am cooking.  This winter I was blessed with an abundance of fresh herbs growing in my Tower Garden.  So much so that I had to get creative with Thyme. That brought me to create Thyme Pesto. This is so delicious.  I would like to encourage you all to …

Short and sweet….

Written by Patti Garland | April 17, 2016

I am totally in love with my spiralizer. I don’t know about you but I am always trying to find ways to eat more veggies and I have found my spiralizer really helps.  You can use it to make noodles out of lots of different veggies.  This week I used some organic zucchini and made …

Didja eat it?

Written by Patti Garland | April 10, 2016

  Did you try my chocolate peanut butter fudge?  I’m curious….what did you think of it? Have you ever wondered why I choose the type of ingredients that I do for my recipes?  Have you ever asked yourself why I just don’t open a cake mix box, add in some instant pudding and make a …

Lunch is on me!

Written by Patti Garland | April 3, 2016

Good morning, I have two questions: Do you ever look for something different to make for lunch or dinner? Have you ever DREADED working out? If you answered yes to one or both questions, today’s blog might benefit you. I am sharing a delightful recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Sauce with White Beans.  It might …

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge (dairy free)-almost as good as Cadbury Eggs

Written by Patti Garland | March 27, 2016

Good morning my friend and happy Easter to those that celebrate, A few weeks back my friend Sally invited me to her house for lunch.  She made this AMAZING salad complete with kale! When I sat down to eat I saw this most adorable brightly wrapped Cadbury Caramel Egg right next to my fork.  She …

Sushi Balls!

Written by Patti Garland | March 20, 2016

Good morning my friend, My, my what a week of celebrating it has been!  First, the celebrations began with fantastic spring-like weather…OK so it rained a little here and there but boy Spring certainly is in the air in Litchfield County, CT!  My grass is green, the mosses on the rock walls are amazingly green …

Potatoes!

Written by Patti Garland | March 13, 2016

Why are so many people concerned about eating potatoes?  I think potatoes have been given a bad rap.  That’s why I am adding them to my celebratory foods during my birthday month. Let’s explore a few potato recipes and fun nutrition facts.  They are very low in calories, have virtually no fat or sodium, are …

Sweet Birthday Blessings

Written by Patti Garland | March 6, 2016

Good morning my sweet friend, Do you count your birthday’s with gratitude? I sure do and this is my birthday month so I am going to have fun with food! Some think I am crazy but I have always looked at my birthday as something to celebrate. I’m grateful for the year that past and …

My Secret Weapon

Written by Patti Garland | February 26, 2016

Do you have secrets? I do…one of my secrets is that there are times when I eat food that makes me feel like crap for the next 24 hours! Look we all have those occasions.  For example let’s say you pretty much live your life gluten and dairy free (like me).  Then on Saturday night …

Do you know….

Written by Patti Garland | February 20, 2016

Do you know what disease is the number one killer?  It is heart disease. Cardiovascular disease claims more lives than all cancers combined. Did you also know that over 80% of cardiovascular related diseases are preventable with diet and lifestyle improvements? If we can lead a healthier life by choosing better quality foods and taking care of our bodies, …

Sweet Dreams

Written by Patti Garland | February 14, 2016

Most of us love sweet things. So today I am sharing a few recipes that are delicious, easy to make, and utilize mostly natural sugar from the primary foods in the recipe. These recipes will satisfy a desire for something sweet and provide good nutrition at the same time. The first recipe is baked bananas. …

Looking for game day recipes and more?

Written by Patti Garland | February 6, 2016

  What do you think of Superbowl Sunday? I love it, though I am always a little sad to see the end of football season. As much as I don’t sit and watch football games all day on Sundays, I do enjoy our cozy Sunday family ritual.  My husband makes a big crackling fire, he …

Do you like pancakes and chocolate mousse?

Written by Patti Garland | January 29, 2016

I woke up last Saturday morning and had a strong desire for pancakes. Since I try to eliminate gluten from my diet, I could have made homemade buckwheat pancakes but I find them to be rather heavy.  So I decided to make my oatmeal banana pancake recipe.  I developed this oatmeal banana pancake recipe years …

Do you like delicious healthy recipes?

Written by Patti Garland | January 24, 2016

Do you love good food?  Boy I do.  That’s why I love to share delicious recipes with you.  Today I want to share a recipe for a Spicy California Shrimp Stack, Pureed Lentils with Walnuts and Cucumber Noodles with Peanut Sauce. I can’t take credit for creating the Spicy California Shrimp Stack but I can …

The answer to the question people keep asking me.

Written by Patti Garland | January 16, 2016

Have you ever been asked a question that just makes you smile from the inside out? Well that’s what happens to me when my friends ask me: “what do you typically eat in a day …especially now that you are doing this Transform30 program?” That question makes me smile because I LOVE food and I …

A question to ponder…

Written by Patti Garland | January 6, 2016

Life is full of questions. Some questions are life changing and others are trivial. Some of the questions are just passing curiosities that we ponder once and never return to.  And then there are those questions that we ask ourselves that can provide the theme for the future and how we choose to live. Let’s …

Help I need a name….

Written by Patti Garland | January 2, 2016

Good morning, Sundays, don’t you love them? Though I am not a big football fan, after working out or going for a walk, I love sitting down to a cozy fire, my slippers, some snacks and a football game on TV. Too many people think snacking is bad for you.  It really isn’t… The bad …

What are you up to these days?

Written by Patti Garland | November 27, 2015

Good morning my friend, I am happy to be back at my desk writing about health and wellness again.  I had to be quiet for a while due to contractual obligations from my fitness franchise. I can again share my love for living a healthy lifestyle, eating healthy and lots of other wellness related information.  …


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