I Own 9 Jars of Peanut Butter

pbI really do. I have an addiction and it is pretty bad. My dog Olivia has two jars — in fact, she cries (yelps of joy) when I take it out for her. For her, I put it in her Kong along with honey wheat bread or a mushed up banana. But the problem is that Olivia and I have a hard time practicing proper portion size when it comes to opening a jar. But we kind of created a solution. Some days we fall off the wagon, but like all of you out there (and I guess those dogs that can read blogs) we are human… er, dogs, I don’t know. What I mean is that dietitians and perfect dogs (okay, sorry for that one) aren’t always perfect. Continue reading

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Happy New Year [no I was not kidnapped]

jennanewyearHello and Happy New Year! I apologize for being horrible with contributing new things onto my page. So on top of my New Years resolution to moisturize my face daily and nightly (I am an aging female, you know) I will post more about healthy eating and all things yummy.  So to help keep this all in line and tip top shape I now have the help of a lovely dietetic student from Drexel University, Alex Wolz. In fact, I am giving her the first entry for 2014 — Being Savvy about Sweeteners… (her own topic of choice) Continue reading

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Simple Goals: Fueling Properly for Camps, Tournaments, & Workouts Under the Summer Sun

The moment you start to feel shaky during a shift, practice, at-bat, or stint on the tennis court, is an indication of inadequate fueling to your central nervous system. Going through long gaps without feeding your body can make you under-fueled not only for that very day, but the following days of summer tournaments, long practices, two-a-days, and camps.  It can become a vicious cycle if you, for example, overeat at night, awake still full, skip breakfast, and under-fuel again during the day.  These simple reminders will help avoid these pitfalls. Continue reading

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Update: My Return to Nourishing Your Lovely Minds [and Bodies!]

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Early morning smiles before running the Atlantic City Marathon in October 2012

Hello All!

I am happy to say I am going to begin frequently updating my website after being desserted. In my newer posts, I will include personal stories on health/lifestyle, current nutrition topics, recipes, and other items that support a healthy, nutritious, and active life. I feel this enables me to be more creative with my posts and not feel the dreaded writers block at times.

As always, feel free to email me if you have any post ideas, questions, or stories you would like to share at jenna@jennastranzl.com.

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Water Actually Works. Fancy That.

What I about to say may rock your world. I admit, I am a dietitian that does not like water. And I know – I will die of dehydration if I do not drink it. If I dropped us all off on a deserted island and there was no food or drink (while there is a VERY obvious pool of ocean in front of us, it is off limits – for sake of my explanation), we would die in ~48 hours. That is unfortunate. Continue reading

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Snack-a-doodle-do: Healthy Snacks for You (Part 2 of 2)

As discussed in the previous post, healthy snacks can be simple or creative. One important thing to understand when it comes to diet is variety. Oftentimes we get stuck in a cycle or have “staples” in terms of snacks and meals – eating the same snacks or meals day after day. When we limit the diet to only a few choices, we are limiting a variety of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients necessary for our bodies. Continue reading

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Snack-a-doodle-do: Healthy Snacks for You (Part 1 of 2)

I would like to thank the Philadelphia 76ers Strength Coach for that catchy phrase while we were sipping Starbucks the other day. It stuck in my head. One of the more popular questions I get asked is about snacks — there are many we can think of, but, somehow we end up standing in front of our pantry or fridge, sigh, and come up short. Continue reading

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Gas, Bloat, & Diarrhea… Sugar-Free Foods and a [not-so-pleasant] Laxative Effect

I remember one day I was in line at Wawa and was looking at a packet of Sugar-Free Werthers Original.  There was a small “warning” on the package to inform me that if I ate too much it might cause some GI upset.  So instead of inhaling the whole package, I played by the rules because I was scared of you-know-what. Continue reading

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Common Barriers to Healthy Eating #3: I ate all of the Halloween Candy [sigh].

I know.  It isn’t exactly Halloween night yet – but, you ate all the candy or most of it that should be for the trick-or-treaters.  Or, perhaps you did in fact have trick-or-treat night BUT you have a child… and you always teach children how to share (like, candy for instance). Continue reading

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Making Weight Loss Work for the Long Haul

Oftentimes people approach me with the idea that because I am a dietitian, I am a miracle worker – and gosh, I wish I was.  Thing is, a dietitian can help create success; however, it takes more than our words of wisdom to make the goals happen.  When it comes to weight loss goals, one has to be realistic.  The most important things to realize are: Continue reading

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