Musings

Local happenings, observations and thoughts by owner and personal trainer Ashleigh Kayser

Focus on Eggs

by Teri Sprouse September 25, 2016

Unfortunately, over the years, eggs have been a much maligned food.  Due to their yolk’s high cholesterol level, doctors and other health professionals have advocated limiting their consumption, particularly for people with high cholesterol.  These recommendations are unfortunate because eggs offer many health benefits and their impact on cholesterol is not clear cut.  Eggs are […]

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Sit Less, Stand More

by Teri Sprouse September 18, 2016

Recently,  I attended a Continuing Education Class on reducing chronic inflammation in the body through nutrition.  The speaker was Dr. Michael Lara, a doctor who specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and memory disorders through an integrative approach to health. Dr. Lara combines traditional psychiatric approaches with innovative, evidence-based strategies that include nutrition and exercise […]

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Pumpkin Eater

by Teri Sprouse September 10, 2016

While today is incredibly hot here in Portland, I am so excited to move into Fall.  One of the reasons I love Fall is the abundance of pumpkin on the menu.  I love pumpkin just about any way possible.  Because it is so yummy and offers so many health benefits, I included it in two […]

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Sweat Like a Pig

by Teri Sprouse July 25, 2016

When I was a girl growing up in the South, sweating was not considered lady like.  An old saying I would hear is “Girls don’t sweat, they glow”.  Sweating was avoided at all costs.   Now for anyone who has spent even a speck of time in the South in the Summer, you know how […]

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Focus on Avocados

by Teri Sprouse July 17, 2016

Recently, I have noticed an increased interest in avocados.  It seems they are the new super food.  In the past, back in the low fat crazed days, avocados were avoided due to their high fat content but now that people are realizing how necessary fat is for our bodies, avocados are enjoying a popularity surge. […]

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5 Great Road Trip Snacks

by Teri Sprouse July 11, 2016

Summer  has been a little slow to come this year but it still seems everyone is on the move.  People are visiting family, headed to the beach or checking out the National Parks.  I can’t wait til we get to hit the road.  Beyond the hassles of packing, boarding the dog and planning the trip, […]

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FAVES for Vibrant Health

by abbybwhite May 1, 2016

  I am so excited to be joining The Refinery Staff and to be given the opportunity to share my nutrition education with all the amazing people I have been sweating with during the last few years!   A little bit of information about me-  I am a Licensed Clincial Social Worker and a Certified […]

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Healthy Coffee Alternatives

by abbybwhite August 3, 2015

Good Morning and Happy Sunday My Friends! Today I am going to talk about healthy coffee alternatives.  I was asked by a Refinery client to share my favorite coffee alternatives.  So let’s dive in! First, coffee is not a BAD thing to include in your diet but I do recommend keeping it to ONE cup […]

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Ways to fend off holiday weight gain

by ashleigh December 3, 2012

You may already know that the average American gains between 8-10 lbs between Thanksgiving and New Years’ Eve. There are 3 important ways to fend off the holiday weight gain:  1) Change one pattern among your vice list (example: 2 glasses of wine a night? Aim for wine every other night. Chocolate every day mid day? […]

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Grand Opening Schedule

by ashleigh November 30, 2012

8:30am–2:30pm | Saturday, December 1st Come by and see what we are all about! We’re offering free mini-classes all day and serving up coffee, beer and smoothies. Meet the trainers, our nutritionist and physical therapist. Sign up for the free classes here. Class Schedule: 8:30–9am: The mini-warrior 9:30–10am: The mini Reboot- barre 10:30–11am: The mini […]

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