Eat Your Spring Greens and Wear Them Too

Disclosure: This giveaway is in partnership with Jord Wood Watches. As always, I only align myself with companies whose philosophies are similar to Eat Real Live Well, and all opinions stated are my own. Thanks for supporting brands that make this blog possible!

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Spring is in the air my friends! Just yesterday I ate my first spring onions, bought some fresh asparagus and I have been rocking a beautiful new wooden watch with emerald green detail that makes me want to eat more greens and go for a hike!

If you know me personally and have eaten a meal at my house or out with me at a restaurant, you know I’m obsessed with natural wood details. The tables in our home are made from reclaimed wood and Tim and I often pick where to go for happy hour or dinner in a new city based on a modern but rustic ambiance shouting at us. That’s why I’m so excited to not only be wearing this natural material, but to be spreading the word about Jord watches!

I had been seeing wood watches online and was very intrigued, but hadn’t bought one yet since I like to try everything on. When I popped into our local jewelry store for a ring cleaning this week, they commented on how much they loved the watch and said that while they hadn’t carried any watches for years, they had just placed their order for wood watches to have in store. Great, but a little late! I wish I had just read a review sooner, because I would have taken the plunge.

When Jord reached out about this collaboration, I was ecstatic to try the watch out and let the world know what I thought. I chose the Frankie watch in Dark Sandalwood & Emerald and when it arrived knew I made the right choice! The watches come in these beautiful wood boxes which, as someone always considering animal welfare and the environment, I love versus the leather my Burberry and Michael Korrs watches came in.

When I took the watch out of the package, I noticed not only the quality but also how wonderfully light in weight the watch is! It wasn’t a benefit I had thought of, but it’s nice for a large faced watch to not be weighing down one arm. When I’m grading, completing client recaps or blogging on my computer, I don’t feel compelled to rip it off of my wrist for comfort, which is typical for me when wearing my metal watches. Plus, it matches my home pretty well and goes nicely with any of the surfaces I eat meals on!

Or keep my nightly tea on in the living room…

If you’re convinced a wood watch has to be part of your spring wardrobe, or you’re already ahead of the game for Father’s Day shopping, don’t go spending your greens just yet; stick to eating them. You don’t even have to comment on my blog or follow anything or anyone 🙂

The link below will enter you to win $100 towards women’s watches or men’s watches on Jord’s website! Even if you aren’t the winner, they’ll still send you a $25 credit to use on their site.

Click to Enter to Win $100 Towards a New Wood Watch

The contest is open this weekend only (through 3/26/17 at 11:59 PM), so enter now and get your spouse to enter for you, too 🙂

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Top 10 things to Eat, See and Do in Venice!

Out of our whole trip to Italy, even in the winter, Tim’s favorite city was Venice. He says it just barely edged out Florence (my personal favorite), but future vacation homes may have been brought up by him in conversation. In this post I am going into all the details of our 2.5 days in this beautiful and unique city. While some on my list of 10 are an absolute must on anyone’s list, others are experiences we enjoyed. I also have some places to see that we missed out on… but that just means we have to go back again! Continue reading

Easy Pantry Dinner: Italian Broccoli, Barley and Beans

When I first saw the theme for this month’s Recipe Redux challenge, I was pretty excited. I love educating my clients and audiences on how make a quick “emergency” meal with pantry and freezer staples. The theme is

“Spring Clean Your Kitchen”

Use at least 3 ingredients that are actually in your refrigerator or pantry right now. Try not to go to the store to buy anything new…”

The way this challenge panned out for me couldn’t have been any more perfect. I completely forgot about it and I am typing this up a half hour after coming up with my idea, cooking it, loving it, and packing it for Tim for lunch tomorrow! Continue reading

Festive St. Patrick’s Day Fitness Recipes

I wrote this post for original publication on March 15, 2017 on the Newtown Athletic Club blog.

While many of you may have started celebrating this past weekend, St. Patrick’s Day is officially two days away and you can keep your celebrations lean, green and delicious without the fake food dyes, extra saturated fat, and sugar-filled boozy beverages. Continue reading

5 Nutrition Tips for Colon Cancer Prevention

My article below was originally posted on the PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Blog.

Colorectal cancer may be the third most common cancer in the US, but it is also one that we may be able to prevent. A whopping 47% of colon cancer incidences are said to be preventable with a healthy diet, physical activity and weight management! Put your best fork forward this National Nutrition Month and every month to reduce your risk of colorectal and other cancers. Preventing Colorectal Cancer

The American Institute for Cancer Research has studies showing shows that obesity itself increases the chances of 11 types of cancer, with colon cancer included. Let’s delve into lifestyle prevention before focusing on diet! Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Colcannon

With just one week until St. Patrick’s day I am tapping in to the other side of my heritage – the Irish side! I grew up with a great sense of Irish pride in March thanks to my maternal Grandmother. Once she passed, my Mom carried on her traditions getting us white carnations with a green tint each St. Patrick’s day and having Irish baking or crafts to do, too. Past the soda bread and baked potatoes, I never ate quite as much Irish food as Italian though.


I have what some of you would call dietary barriers to enjoying Irish food… Continue reading

Fitting Las Vegas into a Healthy Lifestyle

While I know many of my readers are waiting for the rest of my Italy recaps, I had to throw in a post on this past weekend’s very short trip to Las Vegas! Since it’s National Nutrition Month, and the theme is to Put Your Best Fork Forward, I really wanted to highlight that your social life is part of your health, and never something you should feel guilty about. Continue reading