Culinary Nutrition Expert, Certified Functional Nutrition Coach, International Speaker; Author, 'Help Yourself to Seconds', 'Smart Snacking for Sports'
Michelle Vodrazka is a Culinary Nutrition Expert, Transformational Nutrition Coach, Sports Nutritionist, and Personal Trainer, whose passion is teaching people how they can transform their lives through nutrition and exercise. Michelle has written two cookbooks, Smart Snacking for Sports and the bestselling Help Yourself to Seconds, and is currently working on her third book. Michelle lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her four children where she loves spending time exploring the outdoors and dreaming up new creations in her kitchen. She shares her knowledge of cooking, nutrition and fitness on her website www.michellevodrazka.com
Let's face it, packing school lunches every day can feel monotonous and uninspired, especially when they keep coming back at the end of the day half-eaten. So what's a parent to do? How can you take school lunches from drab to fab and get your kids to eat, and possibly even enjoy their food?
Supplements are a highly controversial topic. There are a lot of people who question whether we need to supplement at all. These people believe that we can get all the nutrients we need from our food, and as someone who used to eschew supplements and consider them a waste of money, I certainly get where they are coming from.
If you find your motivation waning, you might just be bored. Finding new activities or foods that you enjoy can make the difference between quitting and succeeding. Whenever you find yourself in a rut, try a new activity, take a cooking class, or recruit a workout partner. If it's been a few months, it may even be time to set a new goal!
There's been lots of discussion recently about the gut microbiome, an ecosystem which consists of several hundred different species of bacteria. An imbalance in this ecosystem (an overgrowth or 'bad' bacteria or a lack of diversity), can lead to negative symptoms connected to a range of diseases, including autism, obesity, depression, anxiety, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma and other digestive and mental health issues.