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Cutting Out Gluten or Dairy? 5 Must-Knows Before You Start

Admittedly, I kind of hate when anything is off-limits. Feelings of deprivation lead to eventual overindulgence, which is why building satisfaction into your eating—using things like preemptive cheats, non-negotiables and increasing the #SatisfactionFactor of your meals—is so important. In fact, …

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The Big Difference Between Nutrition Strategies and Nutritional Crutches

“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien You’ve heard me villainize Tupperwares a thousand times. But really it’s not Tupperwares, or even food prep itself that …

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A Case for Hunger & How to Deal with It

The concept of hunger has been coming a lot during the #moderation365 training, and so I thought I’d set aside time to put together a comprehensive post about it. First, there’s a difference between hunger and cravings. Cravings are mostly …

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How to Go to Italy for 2 Weeks, Eat Pasta, Pizza & Bread and Not Gain a Single Pound

Last month, I was sitting at dinner in Amalfi, Italy with my friend Gianpiero and I was remarking on “the carbs in this bread” and the “fat in this cheese,” and he looked at me and just said, “Jill, we …

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5 Ways to Preemptively De-Bloat for Halloween

I’ll never forget the first time I ate maltitol. For those of you who don’t know what maltitol is, it’s a sugar alcohol, a sweetener. And though it’s technically a “natural” sweetener, let’s just say that the gastrointestinal effects are, …

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How to Quit Needing to “Be on a Plan” Every Second

Stepping off stage after winning my first figure competition in 2006 was an amazing feeling. Months of hard work, sacrifice, tighter nutrition than I ever thought possible and more miles logged on the treadmill than ever. Ahhh, sweet accomplishment: leanest body …

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Should You Play to Your Strengths or Bring Up Your Weaknesses?

There are two schools of thought when it comes to time management, priorities and self-improvement. Some people say it’s wise to work to improve the ways in which you are not operating optimally in the world. In other words, spending …

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6 Ways to Achieve Real, Lasting Results: “To-Do’s” vs. “How-To’s”

I’ve noticed something over the last few years in the fitness and nutrition industry–we are all constantly collecting more and more and mooooore “to-do’s.” We ask our friends, “Did you hear about that oil swishing thing??” or we ask our personal …

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Hacking Your Cravings: How To Use Taste & Bulk to Your Advantage

If one more person tells me to go take a hot bath instead of drink wine, I am going to strangle them.  Well, not really, but I do think that the current tools out there to handle cravings are getting …

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8 Easy Nutritional Switches That Prevent You From Binging

Note: I should have just called this post “The Way I Eat” because now, having seen the final blog, it really is all my moderation tips and tricks in one place. I use all of these tactics to navigate my …

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