Today, Running With Mascara is featuring the lovely Jill who blogs over at Life…As I See It. This mom’s commitment to living a healthy and active lifestyle is inspirational. And now I have to stop writing so you can read about Jill’s clean-eating challenge from her! If you’re not quite sure what clean eating is all about, then you’ve got to read this post because it’s a fabulous explanation with some great resources included, too!

I’m a wife and mom of 2 with a crazy-busy, but wonderful life. I love running, strength training, cross training – it would probably be easier to say I love and am passionate about health and fitness overall. I have been clean eating for almost 7 weeks and I feel fabulous!

After years of watching the federal government change its nutritional guidelines, they’ve made yet another development – they’ve finally scrapped the somewhat controversial pyramid shape. It always seemed like the food pyramid was impossibly hard to attain. How many people do you know who would consistently eat 7-9 servings of vegetables daily?

Ultimately, it just wasn’t a practical representation of what is realistic for Americans. But first lady, Michelle Obama, has taken the issues of both childhood obesity and nutritional standards under her wings and has been working tirelessly to make significant revisions.

Today, we’re getting to know Lauren from the healthy living blog, Run Yoga RepEAT. This busy college student is studying nutrition and dietetics and still has time to get outside and stay active as well as cooking healthy recipes! As you can probably guess from the title of her blog, she really enjoys running and yoga, although she’s been running since she was 13, so she definitely knows her stuff!

So here’s Lauren!

1. Tell us a bit about your blog?

Hey! My name’s Lauren, and I blog at Run Yoga RepEAT.

My blog covers lots of topics: recipes, healthy eating, chocolate (lots of it!), fitness, training for my next half marathon, studying nutrition, and various thoughts from my day.


Have you heard of the New Sonoma Diet?  Closely related to the Mediterranean diet, it’s more of a healthy lifestyle than anything else.  It focuses on eating whole foods and controlling portion sizes, rather than basing its success around power bars or cutting out carbs. Learn more about the diet and enter to win a copy of the New Sonoma Diet book after the jump!

Why not add some color to your plate this month? Running with Mascara is blogging with National Nutrition Month and we want to celebrate all the colors that make up our breakfasts, lunches and dinners every day. Fruits and vegetables are the best ways to add colors to your meals, plus, most of them have incredible textures that add smoothness or crunch to an otherwise boring meal.

At Fit&Fab Living, we’re always writing about nutrition, healthy meals and new ways to incorporate healthy ingredients into your recipes. We don’t just write about these tips, though. We try to live by the rules on a regular basis. That’s why our lunches are packed with carrots, spinach and more. Vegetables are essential when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, and while we do splurge every once in a while, you can be sure that the next day, we’ll have a meal that’s extra nutritious!

The word “fat,” in food terms, often incites panic.  Unfortunately, fat has been designated an “evil” food that causes bellies to bloat and arms to jiggle. Because of this, many people try to rid their diet of all fatty foods. But the truth is that eating fat will not automatically make you fat.  While there is some truth to the statement, it’s important to clear the air about this widely misrepresented nutrient that is actually an essential part of a healthy diet.

Here’s what you need to know about fat and why you should learn to love it…seriously!

Be honest -  how many of you stay away from margarine because of trans fats, avoid eating fish because of mercury or avoid eggs because of fear of raising your cholesterol?  I know I have dealt with some of these issues before.  But the truth is there are many nutritional myths out there – myths that people actually live their life around. So before you give up eggs, fish and margarine, get the facts straight right here!

MYTH: Carbs make you gain weight.
FACT: The most efficient and effective form of energy is a carbohydrate. For more energy and improved brain function, be sure to focus on eating the right types of carbs (high fiber) in the appropriate amounts.

It’s that time of year when if you’re a gym-goer, you notice a sea of shiny, new faces; and if you’ve just made that resolution to get fit, you may be embarking on that first trip to the gym. Either way,  the beginning of the year is the perfect time to keep up with the workout that you stuck to last year, or turn over a new leaf and make this year different from years of failed fitness resolutions.

Either way, it’s a good thing that the new year’s fitness hype starts in January because there’s nothing about January weather on its own that makes it easy to decide to leave your cozy, comfortable home to exercise. But if you use your renewed new year’s vigor to make it out the door, then all the better!

It’s exciting to publish a blog post about new year’s resolutions because, let’s face it, they can be hard to keep up with and once you post them, you have to commit, right? I always struggle with trying to find something that I can actually do. I can think of tons of resolutions that fell by the wayside over the years, but I can’t really think of many that I stuck with all year long.

The funny thing is that I am a very goal-oriented person, so this should be a no-brainer. In 2009, my goal was to run the Walt Disney World Marathon in January 2010. This wasn’t a New Year’s resolution, per se, since I didn’t even consider running the marathon until halfway through the summer. But it was a large goal that took up much of my free time. If I can plan and accomplish that goal, I should be able to come up with a few good new year’s resolutions.

A few weeks ago, I posted about a new, delicious vegetarian recipe that I tried–Curried Cauliflower with Pasta and Chickpeas. I loved this recipe a lot and plan on making it again soon. The cookbook that this very delicious recipe came from was Nava Atlas’s Vegetarian Family Cookbook, which I highly recommend. I also just received her Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet cookbook for Christmas. I haven’t used it yet, but I can’t wait to try it out! I’ll be sure to post some of my favorite recipes.

I am excited to say that Nava Atlas agreed to guest post on Running With Mascara! It’s so exciting when you actually get to communicate with the author of a book you enjoy–it’s like meeting a celebrity! Be sure to check out Nava’s healthy eating website, VegKitchen!