Thanksgiving CAN be Healthy

by Rochelle Griffin on November 22, 2014 · 0 comments

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Thanksgiving CAN Be Healthy

by Rochelle Griffin

Thanksgiving is around the corner…next week in fact.  You are probably already planning out your special meal or that yummy dish you always make. You may also be slightly on edge thinking about the damage that will occur to your waistline that day. I want to help you put everything into perspective and keep you from feeling guilty for enjoying your meal. As you’ll see, the traditional foods that we choose are not inherently “bad” for us. It’s the preparation of them that is our downfall…and we have time right now to tweak our dinner.

Below is an article from Harvard Health Publication that I discovered a few years ago as I started my own health & fitness journey. It helped me realize that the traditional Thanksgiving dinner can actually be quite healthy.

Turkey. If you are looking for a lean cut of meat, turkey is hard to beat. A 3-ounce serving of skinless white meat contains 25 grams of protein, barely 3 grams of fat, and less than 1 gram of saturated fat. Dark meat has more saturated fat than white meat, and eating the skin adds a hefty wallop of these bad fats. Turkey is also a good source of arginine. As with other amino acids, the body uses this one to make new protein. Arginine is also the raw material for making nitric oxide, a substance that relaxes and opens arteries. Whether foods rich in arginine help keep arteries open has prompted both research and debate.

Cranberries. The fruit that provides the base of this traditional side dish deserves to move from holidays to everyday. Cranberries are packed with dozens of different antioxidants. On a standard test that measures the ability of food to neutralize unstable molecules that can damage DNA, proteins, cell membranes, and cellular machinery, the cranberry is near the top of the list. The natural mix of antioxidants found in cranberries and other foods is what matters, not the high doses of single ones found in supplements. If you make your own cranberry sauce from whole berries, you’ll get a tastier and less sugary sauce than you can get out of a can.

Sweet potatoes. These un-potatoes — they’re related to the morning glory, not the white potato — are an excellent source of vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. And sweet potatoes make a delicious dessert.

Pumpkin. Before this orange squash is made into pie, it’s just plain good for you. Pumpkin is low in fat, low in calories, and loaded with potassium, vitamin A, beta carotene, and vitamin C.

Pecans. Most nuts are great sources of heart-healthy fats. Pecans are no exception. Twenty pecan halves contain about 20 grams of unsaturated fat. Studies from around the globe show that people who routinely eat nuts are less likely to die of heart disease than those who don’t.

Although many of the foods that grace a Thanksgiving table are healthy on their own, they tend to lose their virtue by the company they keep. Brown sugar, butter, and marshmallows ease aside the goodness of sweet potatoes. The benefits of pumpkin and pecans are overwhelmed when these foods are baked into pies with cream, eggs, butter, and sugar. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re set on a traditional dinner, alternative recipes abound for healthier stuffing, vegetables, and desserts. You can also start your own traditions. After all, today’s Thanksgiving dinner bears little resemblance to the original feast.

If you have any healthy Thanksgiving dinner tips, please share them on my Facebook wall for others to see. We are all in this together.

A Toast to Your Health,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Coach Ro Headshot3 Thanksgiving CAN be HealthyRochelle Griffin is a Registered Nurse (with over 21 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 6-figure International company that now helps others live the life of their dreams.

She founded both GoFitCoach, Inc. & Your Best Life, Inc. with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of financial & physical ruin. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.

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What’s Your Passion?

by Rochelle Griffin on November 3, 2014 · 0 comments

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What’s Your Passion?

by Rochelle Griffin

How does a well-established nurse with over 20 years experience make a decision to leave her career and take a flying leap into something that not only becomes her passion but also unleashes freedom in ways she never imagined? More importantly, WHY would she even do so? Mid-life crisis? Temporary insanity? Perhaps a little of both? Well, this is exactly what I did but before I get into the how and why, I must first give you a bit of background.

I often hear how people have dreamed about becoming nurses since they were little children…how they would nurse their dolls, apply pretend bandages, and save imaginary patients. This was never me.

Growing up a physician’s daughter, it wasn’t uncommon to hear about the day’s surgeries while at the dinner table. I remember that my favorite set of books wasn’t Nancy Drew or Little House on the Prairie, but a green 5-book set of my dad’s anatomy books. In fact, I still love to look at these when I visit. I knew that 1) I loved the human body and 2) I loved to help people. I figured that I would grow up to do something in the medical profession but I didn’t know what.

Fast forward to my first year in college. I was still undecided on my career path, vacillating between pharmacy and physical therapy, but also I discovered the thrill of being on my own for the first time. I went from being an A student to…well, let’s just say that I had “fun.”

I felt so confused about the future. I will never forget the moment that I decided to pursue nursing. I took my then boyfriend (and now my hubby) to my mom’s house for a visit. I sat in the living room with both of them and flat out exclaimed with exasperation “I’m just going to be a bag lady.” Looking at me, my mom said, “Why don’t you become a nurse? The local hospital needs nurses so badly that they are paying for nursing school.” My reply? “Hmmmmm, ok.” Thus my nursing career was born.  I kid you not.

Everything fell into place. I aced entrance exams, the hospital paid for my nursing education, and I loved all of the medical talk. Also turns out that I was pretty darn good at it!

Over the next 20 years, I worked in departments from intensive care to the recovery room, from staff nurse to nurse manager, finding the most fulfillment as a Hospice nurse. The only problem that plagued me was the lingering feeling deep in my gut that I wasn’t called to be a nurse. This confused me because technically, I was excellent at it.

However, every few months to few years, I would try a different specialty or different department in search of the “something” that would click and I would know “THIS is what I’m supposed to do.”

I didn’t find it. Quite frankly, nursing stressed me out. I didn’t like the hours, I didn’t like on-call, and I didn’t like the pressure of knowing someone’s life was literally in my hands. As a self-proclaimed emotional eater, I gained weight.

Who knew that gaining weight would lead me to my passion? I certainly didn’t. I was up really early one morning and saw one of those infomercials about a workout program. I NEVER order from infomercials but something told me to just try it. I did…and 3-months later, my health & fitness coaching career was born. Six years after that, coaching led to my Functional Diagnostic Nutrition career.

Now 7 years later, I am in LOVE with my career choices. Although stepping away from nursing was scary, it allowed me to step into everything that I was destined to become. I finally found that “something” that I had been searching for…my true passion.

All of the elements that I loved about nursing…teaching, empowering, helping people figure out how their body works and how to feel better, I am still able to do. However, my coaching & Functional Nutrition careers have also allowed me to be a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom.

By taking a leap of faith, my family now has the ultimate freedom of being together whenever we want to be AND I’m earning 7x my old nursing salary. That “blah, I have to work” feeling is completely gone.

Look…we are all designed for greatness. What are you passionate about? Don’t settle. I did that for 20 years. You don’t have to. Listen to your gut…open your ears & hear what God is telling you. When you align yourself with His plan, you will be amazed how doors will open. The sky will be the limit! 

A Toast to Your Health,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Coach Ro Headshot3 Whats Your Passion?Rochelle Griffin is a Registered Nurse (with over 21 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 6-figure International company that now helps others live the life of their dreams.

She founded both GoFitCoach, Inc. & Your Best Life, Inc. with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of financial & physical ruin. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.

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8 Tips to Simplify Meal Planning

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