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Anya Madding

Anya is a wife, and the mother of a preteen son and a teenager daughter. She works in the restaurant business, is a personal chef, and freelances as a consultant for a food photographer. She is passionate about good food that nourishes the soul and the body. She has recently discovered how much fun an hour at the gym can be, and focuses her work on sharing health and fitness with her clients.

A Procrastinator’s Guide To Halloween

Here is it, two days before Halloween, and our family hasn’t even carved our pumpkins yet! If Halloween crept up on you, too, here are a few easy ideas to make this holiday a treat, instead of a trick. 1. Send your children to school with Jack O’Lantern Juice in their lunchbox. Download printable labels […]

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Everywhere

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year. There’s pumpkin carving, pumpkin picking, pumpkin festivals, and of course, every food on the market is either pumpkin pie spiced or has actual pumpkin in it. You can find everything from pumpkin ravioli, to pumpkin cheesecake, to pumpkin soup, to pumpkin spiced coffee. Yesterday, I went to the […]

Fall Produce: What You Should Be Eating Right Now

Autumn weather tends to bring more families to the kitchen table. There is a wide variety of fall produce available from September through November that can help you create delicious meals all season long. Depending on where you live, you can get wonderful apples and pears from a local orchard, where there are often more […]

Rethink Your Shoes: High Heels Damage Feet Beyond Aches And Pains

I usually wear a modest two-and-a-half to three-inch heel. Any higher and I fall over. I only started wearing heels five years ago when I developed plantar fasciitis from wearing flats all the time. Fortunately, I haven’t developed any foot problems from my heels. Generally, high heels damage your feet when they are over three […]

Transitioning Into Fall Fitness

Summer is officially over and it’s time to set up a fall fitness schedule before slipping into pre-winter hibernation. If you’ve been diligently swimming your laps in the outdoor pool, you are probably disciplined enough to go to the gym regularly, or move on to another outdoor sport that is more suitable for fall. For […]

Mission Accomplished: First Half Marathon Complete!

When I started running four months ago, I had no thoughts about running a half marathon. I didn’t even have thoughts of running more than a few miles, a few times a week. Funny how things change. On Sunday, on a beautiful day at the Jersey shore, I crossed the finish line of my very […]

What To Expect When You Have Teenagers

Teenagers. Just hearing the word “teenagers” evokes many thoughts and emotions in anyone who was one, raised one, is one, or expects to be one. Ask anyone who is currently raising a teenager for their thoughts about the experience, and you will likely hear something like this: They eat all your food, unless it looks […]

Running In The Rain: Channel Your Inner Girl Scout

The Girl Scout motto of “Be Prepared” came into my thoughts recently. Be prepared in mind. Be prepared in body. And when it comes to running, I think you must also be prepared with stuff! When training for a half marathon, unless you are running on a treadmill, you have to be prepared for inclement […]

Don’t Forget To Stretch!

With less than three weeks left of my half marathon training, I am starting to get really nervous. This week I made some mistakes, and I’m starting to worry about the next 18 days. My running partner and I diligently ran our nine miles last Sunday, as laid out our training schedule. It was a […]