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Daniella Dayoub will help you find ways to feed your body and train it to prevent illness, combat chronic conditions, and let your body thrive.


Food choices and exercise selection are based on your individual needs, goals, and challenges.  There is no blanket prescription for everyone. In fact, there are no prescriptions here at all, just sound educational information and helpful advice so that you can make your own fitness decisions. No matter who you are, or what your situation is, there is always something you can do to take your health to the next level.




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The New Fast Food

Posted On: September 28, 2016

Convenience.  Plain and simple.  It’s what modern society wants more than anything.  If it’s easy, cheap, and doesn’t take too long, score!  I get it.  I’m a busy mom, run my business, try to stay in shape, attempt to get out and find life-balance.  I need convenience too:  easy to prepare meals, easy to digest news, easy to do workouts.

But why is it that when it comes to food we assume, even require, that in order for it to be convenient and easy it has to be unhealthy.  Why is that driving through the fast-food joint is perceived to be faster than making a salad?  Why is tearing a wrapper more convenient than washing an apple?  Why??


I’ve heard the excuse a million times now:

Me: “So why did you feel the need to give up with your lunch choice and go with the burrito?”

Client:  “It was just the easiest thing to order.”

WRONG!  Not only is this wrong, it’s actually a blatant lie.  The statement doesn’t even make sense.  Is it harder to order a salad?  No, pretty sure the same amount of words were needed.  Was it the only thing on the menu?  Rarely. Even if it was, would it be impossible to slightly deconstruct said burrito to extract only the healthy stuff?  No.

Here’s another favorite of mine:

Me: “So what was for dinner last night?”

Client:  “Pizza.  That’s what the family wanted, so who am I to say ‘no’. ”

EHH!  Wrong again.  First of all, most pizza places have plenty of other options (read side salads).  Secondly, with the advent of delivery services like DoorDash or GrubHub, you can get basically ANYTHING delivered right to your door- healthy or not- all for the same inflated prices.  And thirdly, you’re exactly the one say “no.”


So let’s start with being honest with ourselves.  Are you eating out of true convenience, or is it out of desire, complacency, or even straight out retaliation?

You’ve heard me say it before and I’ll say it again and again and again:  EAT TO SUPPORT YOUR GOALS.  I did another fun rant on this topic here.  But now lets focus on some strategies to reframe for you the idea of “convenience.”  I want “fast food” to no longer be synonymous with bad food.  

  • Deconstruct.  We have all been in the situation where we get stuck in a meeting or other obligatory event and are held hostage to the food offered.  In this situation, breaking foods into their ingredients is an easy tactic.  Use your fork to pull out the beans, veggies and protein stuffed into the burrito or sandwich.  Take the toppings off a couple of pizza slices and add some veggies from the tray.
  • Have the basics ready.  I ALWAYS have my fridge stocked with pre-washed lettuces, frozen proteins (shrimp, chicken, etc), and easy to throw into a salad veggies (cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, olives, avocado).  Then when I get home from a 10 hour day on my feet, taking 5 minutes to throw all those things into a huge mixing bowl is a no-brainer.
  • Assess the REAL time it takes for take-out.  If your late-night go-to move is the drive-thru or delivery, think about the time it takes for you to drive to “restaurant,” wait in line, pay, and get home.  I bet you dollars to donuts I can get my salad made and half-way eaten in less time!!  Delivery?  How long do you have to wait?  How much money are you wasting on the delivery fees?  This stuff adds up really fast!
  • Bring along nature’s fast food options.  Somehow Mother Nature was already ahead of us on the whole convenience factor of foods.  Funny how most fruits and many nuts already come in these adorable biodegradable containers.  Don’t let yourself get stuck choosing from the vending machine.  Keep healthy snacks in your bag, car, or backpack (even if there is a wrapper involved 😉 for those tricky situations when you just HAVE to eat and don’t have healthier choices.
  • Don’t eat.  Want to know what’s way faster than the dollar menu and Mickey D’s?  Nothing.  Just nothing.  What’s the worst thing that could happen if you occasionally skipped lunch or dinner, or any meal/snack?  Pass out?  Not likely.  But I’d put money on your spare tire and/or saddle bags shrinking…  Here’s more info if you’re interested. 

So yes, convenience matters.  But don’t fool yourself into thinking “fast food” is the easiest option.


I’d love to hear more from all of you on this.  Do you cave into the “fast food” excuse?  Do you have other strategies to manage making good choices when the options are slim? Chime in below and let’s hear what you think.

Yours in health, 


Which Fitness Tracker Truly Steps Up?

Posted On: September 22, 2016

Information for this post was provided by my friends over at Reviews.com.  I hope you’ll find their information useful!

The best fitness trackers are the ones that anyone — from a couch potato to a professional triathlete — can comfortably wear all day, every day, and actually use to get consistent, accurate statistics about their activity level. The one thing it won’t do is make you any healthier. You have to do that. But knowledge is power: Applying the information a good fitness tracker provides to make a few healthy changes — like walking a little farther each day, or using the stairs instead of an elevator — can help you reach your fitness goals faster than you would without.


Fitness trackers collect their data from four main types of sensors: pedometers, accelerometers, heart rate monitors, and GPS sensors. Pedometers, or step counters, track how many steps you’ve taken each day, and are pretty common. Accelerometers measure changes in motion — they determine whether you’ve started or stopped moving. All accelerometers measure on two axes: back and forth and side to side. Some have a third axis that measures up and down movement, too, which is helpful for weightlifters who need fitness trackers to count vertical motion. Heart rate monitors keep tabs on heart rate and measure your level of exertion throughout the day. GPS sensors track distance traveled without relying on a pedometer or accelerometer. The tracker constantly triangulates your position with satellites instead. It’s great for sports like running, biking, and hiking, where a normal pedometer might be less accurate.

Fitness trackers are marketed to different specific user groups, but, really, they all do the same thing: track your movement. They all use the same general sensor technology (Fitbit, Jawbone, and Nike all get their sensors from the same company, for example). Some just do it more accurately than others, are more user-friendly, and look a little cooler while doing it.

Since the main difference between any two fitness trackers (besides how they look and feel on your wrist) lies in the algorithms each company’s software uses to interpret the raw data, finding the right fitness tracker can be tricky: who has the time (and cash!) to buy every tracker out there and test them all?

Because these popular devices have become fitness essentials, the team at Reviews.com set out to find the best fitness trackers. They looked for the ones that made tracking as easy as possible without sacrificing accuracy and comfort. <a href= http://www.reviews.com/fitness-tracker/>Their review</a> has lots of great information about what makes a good fitness tracker and how they ranked their choices, but here are three of their top picks.


1.The Fitbit Surge topped their list: It performed well in accuracy tests across multiple types of exercifitbitses and body movements, and it was easy to use straight out of the box, with a just large-enough built-in display. Fitbit’s software, especially its mobile app, was by far the best of any of the trackers tested. It doesn’t gather as many types of data as their other top pick, the Garmin Vivoactive HR, but Fitbit’s software does a better job organizing that information. They were impressed by the common-sense, clean workout interface, and the Fitbit app is well-organized and inviting, analyzing and displaying information in easy-to-use ways. It was by far the easiest and most intuitive interface to get to know. The Surge is also decent-looking and comfortable to wear, feeling more like a normal watch than a small computer strapped to your wrist. Their testers had no reservations or complaints about wearing it all day, and the battery lasted about seven days before needing to be recharged.


2. Garmin Vivoactive HR is the best choice for endurance athletes looking to up their training, or data-nerds who love crunching stats! From heart-rate tracking and elevation changes to all-day activity monitoring, the sheer volume of accurate data it pumps out will give you the most to work with to better your training, especially for activities like running and biking. The Reviews.com team found it to be highly accurate, coming in second in all three of their accuracy tests.  The Garmin app is great at showing the nitty-gritty details that highly motivated, dedicated athletes will crave, like “heart rate over time” charts for each of your workouts. If you want to map your run, Garmin can do that, too, using dedicated software. Not even the Fitbit Surge can do that. Garmin also lets you export your workouts to a third-party app for further deep-dive analysis.

3. Mio Fuse is the best bet if you’re worried about information overload (or you plan on going swimming with your tracker).  Their budget pick at $99, it’s the cheapest option of all the top trackers — and the most basic — but it’s still accurate, dead simple to use, and completely waterproof. Despite the low price tag, the Mio’s simplicity and accuracy put it in striking distance of their top two contenders. It can count your steps and monitor your heart rate accurately — and that’s it. But that’s all many need to keep an eye on base levels of activity. If you’re not training for marathons or regularly biking centuries, you might not need GPS tracking, calorie counting, or social media integration. It doesn’t have the same breadth of features that the Fitbit and Garmin do, but the features it does have work exceedingly well for less than half the price.

A tracker only works as hard as you do.  Ultimately, no matter which tracker you choose, it’s up to you to get moving.  ,


Are You Treating Yourself? Or Is It Really Punishment?

Posted On: August 21, 2016

So, you’ve stuck to your diet, killing it in the gym, logging in some serious hours on the trails.  You are starting to see the results you’ve hoped for:  waistline is slimming, energy is increasing, and you feel pretty darn good about yourself.  THAT’S THE BEST!!!  Once every few days or so, you deviate from your diet without worrying.  A few bites of ice cream or an extra glass of wine here and there.  All good.

But then, you have a rough day.  Everything that could go wrong at work does.  You get a notice about jury duty coming up the same week you were hoping to head out to Cabo for some R&R.  Your dog leaves you a special little something on the carpet while you went out to the grocery store.  The hits just keep on coming.  You think “I deserve a REAL treat!”

It starts off innocently enough.  Instead of a few bites of ice cream, you dig into a huge bowl and cover it with some chocolate sauce that somehow is in the back of your cupboard.  Then, you wonder what those chocolate chip cookies the kiddo likes so much would taste like crumbled on the side.  Next thing you know, the whole pint of ice cream has disappeared, and you’re feeling well-satiated.  You say to yourself, “Now THAT was a treat!”

The problem comes the next day when you wake up feeling like a blow fish.  You’ve been off sugar so long that you almost feel hung over from the crash that ensued last night.  Your eyes have so much baggage under them that you wonder if you even need your luggage for that Cabo trip.  The next day, you feel better, and yet your belly is still bloated and you haven’t, um, made a deposit in the lavatory recently.  In fact, it seems that it’s about 4 days before you feel your lithe, clear-headed self again.  What the heck!!  It was just a darn treat afterall….


Okay, okay, sorry for the long story telling there, but I want you to see how easy it is to fall prey to a “treat” that in actuality turns into punishment.  I see this happen with clients over and over:  they are feeling on fire with their fitness and nutrition, and then POW- one treat sends them spinning out for a few days.  Sometimes it’s intentional, in that they were so proud of their accomplishments that having a few extra “treats” that week is an earned right!  But sadly, it sets them back a few weeks on their progress towards their goals.

I’m not saying you should never have a “cheat day” or a deviation from your nutritional plan.  However, there’s a difference between a few bites to placate yourself and a smorgasbord.  And honestly, you have to understand what YOU can get away with verses someone else.  If you’ve been at your goal weight/shape for a year or so, an occasional meal or even day off course will not derail you completely.  But if you have just lost the first 5 or so pounds and have 25 to go, you might want to think twice about “treating” yourself just yet.


For some of us, myself included, some deviations off our nutritional program can lead to consequences like brain fog, skin irritations, and IBS.  In fact, it could start a cascade of autoimmune issues.  When I first gave up dairy I was quite saddened by the fact that my skin was immediately clear, and all the “baby” goo on my belly disappeared.  Mostly because I love cheese SO much that I wanted it not to be!  So, for the first several months dairy free, I would “treat” myself to a few bites of cheese when eating out or if it ended up on something I ordered by mistake.  But sadly, every time I would have to deal with a few days of bloating and dermatitis before it settled back down.  After a while it just didn’t become fun anymore to indulge in that creamy goodness because I would honestly feel like crap afterward.  I was not treating myself at all; I was punishing myself!  And honestly, I didn’t deserve that!

So, when you decide to “treat” yourself, make sure it’s a real treat.  If you decide that food-related treats are in order, choose things that don’t make you feel bad, derail your progress, or even just bring on guilt.  I encourage my clients to find other ways to indulge themselves.  Here are few of my favorite treats that are completely calorie and guilt free!

  • Meet friends out for a walk/jog on a sunny day
  • Cuddle with my kiddo
  • Listen to music I loved as a teenager and dance around the house like a crazy person
  • Get my nails done
  • Go for a foot massage in the middle of the day
  • Lay on the couch watching wonderfully bad reality TV or a sappy rom-com
  • Call my mom and rant about anything
  • Grab my BF and run around the mall buying nothing and talking about everything

You get the idea.  We all deserve a good “treat” now and again.  Just make sure it makes you feel REALLY good!!

What are your favorite ways to treat yourself?  Chime in below and give the rest of us some ideas 😉

Yours in health,


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