Grocery Shopping For REAL Food

At last!  Here is the video I have received the most requests for…how to navigate a big chain grocery store in search of REAL food. I compare this type of shopping to walking through a casino.  Everything is set up to keep you shopping as long as possible, to squeeze as much money out of you as possible, and make all the products as alluring as possible.  The music, the lighting, and the positioning of the products on the shelves are well thought out by the food industry.  I guess you could say we are just pawns in their chess game.  Let's see if we can out maneuver the aisles and hold onto our King (our health). This video is not about nutrition education, that takes a few … [Read more...]

A Video Tour of Hydroponic Heaven

What exactly is hydroponics?  I have been pondering this ever since visiting my friend's restaurant, Windhorse in Eustis, FL, where they have hydroponic towers in the outdoor dining area.  They use these towers to grow food for their salads.  It is an amazing site and a culinary delight.  When I stumbled upon Innovative Hydroponics in Alcoa, TN I was determined to finally get to the root of it (pun intended!).  So, with video camera in hand and my inquisitive husband in tow, we swooped in on Andrea Rzad to pick her brain and her plants. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil.  The Latin derivative hydro, is 'water', and … [Read more...]

My Raw Milk Farm Video Trip

I wanted to see what all the fuss was about raw milk so I drove to Blaine, TN to video what I thought would be a farm run by mild mannered agrarians with long skirts.  You know...cows, goats, pigs, chickens, a garden, and homeschooling.  Boy, was I wrong!  It was a real backwoods farm, but Sherry Byington, the captain of this amazing operation, runs a tight ship.  She is a walking organic farming encyclopedia, and she is anything but mild mannered.  I thought I was doing well buying my fresh produce and grass fed meats, but this added a whole new dimension to eating REAL food.  Sherry runs circles around all of us, "whining because we have to drive 5 minutes to the store", city … [Read more...]

Vegetable Oil Is People!

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Just kidding with the title, but if you have ever seen the movie Soylent Green you know what I am talking about. So what the heck is 'vegetable oil'?  Does it even come from a vegetable?  So where does it come from?  The term 'vegetable oil' has come to encompass all those yellowy looking oils, and an ingredient of almost every product you find, on the inside shelves of  a grocery store.  A more accurate word is 'industrial seed oil'.  Hold on to your seats everyone because I am about to tell you something that is going to rock your world.  That 'heart healthy', cholesterol free (did you know that eating cholesterol doesn't raise blood cholesterol, but that is another rant I will post … [Read more...]

The Magic Kingdom of Mushrooms

If a mushroom had a nutritional label it would read like a superfood.  They are chocked full of vital minerals such as the antioxidant producing selenium (click here for a great post by Chris Kresser about selenium's thyroid benefits), and copper.  Plus, one portabella mushroom has more potassium than a banana!  They are low calorie, contain no cholesterol, and are low in fat (if you're into that), and sodium.  If that isn't reason enough to start consuming mounds of mushrooms how about the fact that they are high in fiber and contain a B vitamin profile similar to meat.  The amino acid content is higher per serving than corn, peanuts, kidney beans, and soybeans! Check out my recent … [Read more...]

You’re Invited to a Hosting of Fresh The Movie


  This is the beginning of a New Year and a New You!  Have you made your New Year resolutions yet?  In 2012 one of my goals is to present the community with health conscious movies every 8 weeks.  Please join us for the the first presentation! Health Coach Penny and The Market in Maryville invite you to a showing of Fresh The Movie on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 from 3:00-5:00pm.  Relax in the comfort of the beautiful Bount County Library's movie room, enjoy an informative post movie discussion with local Fresh food providers, then join us at The Market in Maryville, TN for a tasting of some of  this area's finest local feastings!  The event is free and open to the … [Read more...]

The Best Health Tip Ever!

I recently watched this powerful video that explains the single most important thing you can do to improve your health. I know, this sounds like the lead-in to one of those health scams trying to sell you something. Trust me, this one is legit, and entertaining! It may not melt off the pounds, but it can add years to your life and life to your years. … [Read more...]

Get Outside and Play!

How do you feel after a long walk outside? Energized and renewed.  We are not genetically engineered to spend hours in a chair, indoors.  Get outside and play!  You don't really need a gym to get "exercise".  Just go for a walk, get some vitamin D,  fresh air, and quality time with nature. Check out this great blog by Mark Sisson and find out why open air and nature is so important to our mental and physical health.  If you are in the mood for more information about the importance of getting outside check out the book, Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv for a great read.   … [Read more...]

So, you think you eat “Healthy”?

With all of the confusing and contradictory nutrition information that is out there today how are you supposed to know the healthiest way to eat?  As far as weight loss is concerned I always say, "There is more than one way to skin a cat".  As far as healthy eating is concerned the choices are much slimmer.   I am making my way through my second reading of  The Perfect Health Diet.  A nutritional approach that is based on solid scientific research.   After years of using this type of ancestral eating on hundreds of clients resulting in  phenomenal health changes (and hundreds of pounds of weight loss), I have come to the conclusion that eating the way we are biologically designed to … [Read more...]

Oxygen Magazine Comes to Life!

Come by Quick Fitness 24/7 in Maryville, TN to see the Dec. Oxygen Magazine "Sexy Tricep" workout come to life.  I will be demonstrating the workout Thursday, Dec. 8th at 7pm and Saturday, Dec. 10th at 10am.  Email me to confirm your spot. I would love for you to see all my videos.  A lot more on the way! … [Read more...]