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  • Writer's pictureJill Maher Wellness

Online Nutrition Coaching to Maintain Your Health Goals

Updated: Mar 28, 2020

For more information and help achieving your health and nutrition goals, contact me today! I work in-person, by phone, or by Skype/FaceTime with my clients.

This COVID-19 epidemic is starting to get very real for many of us in the United States. In addition to many businesses closing, our state mandated that all gyms close as of last week. BUT, we are such a resilient country, and people are developing all kinds of creative ways to stay healthy. All the various technology platforms certainly help! I just did my first LIVE workout that my gym hosted on Zoom, and it was amazing!

I think this is an excellent opportunity to take care of projects you never get to, including getting healthy! You can chose one of two paths: get healthy and take care of yourself or let fear and excuses overwhelm you.

Here are three easy steps you can take NOW to prevent the "Quarantine 15" weight gain:

1. Find an accountability partner: either join a group or find a friend who shares your goal of staying healthy during this time. You can workout together remotely and check in periodically sharing your food logs.

I am currently working with clients via one of many video chat platforms (FaceTime, Google Hangout, Skype, or Zoom). People need accountability...especially when they are cooped up in their homes for an indefinite number of weeks.

Some of my clients have always worked with me this way, and I've never met them in-person. They email or text their food logs and measurements before we chat, and then our sessions are conducted the same as they would be in person.

Let me know if you would like to learn more about my program and need help staying accountable.

2. Stock up on healthy foods: you are literally imprisoned in your house, (Ok, it's not that bad!) so don't have junk in the house. That pint of ice cream wouldn't last long in my freezer with my family being house-bound! I have tons of frozen fruit and veggies. I'm blending smoothies with my favorite protein powder, a little fruit, and a handful of fresh or frozen spinach.

In Phoenix/Scottsdale, we are struggling with even finding certain foods. I'm sure you are experiencing similar obstacles in your city. Do the best you can. I'm finding random frozen veggies and stocking up on lean protein when I find it. Whoever thought this country's bountiful grocery stores would be having shortages on eggs and frozen broccoli (and toilet paper)?

Make sure you are eating veggies regularly to stay healthy. It's becoming apparent that those with health issues are hit the hardest by COVID - outside of the elderly population. So, do everything you can to boost your immune system and stay healthy!

If you need recipe ideas, let me know, or check out my Pinterest page:

3. Maintain a schedule: this sounds like a buzz kill, but a lot of you are now working from home and/or have been thrust into a 24/7 educator for your children, so you already have a schedule going! Even though you are stuck at home, continue treating the day as you would under normal circumstances. If anything, you have more time to fit in workouts and make meals at home since we have stopped having to rush from place-to-place throughout the day.

Have fun with it! If you have children, incorporate son climbed on my back as I was doing planks in my virtual workout! 😅

Most importantly, stay positive about this whole situation. It will pass, and we have to make the best of it. My hubby and I now try to out do each other with the funniest memes. So far, this is my favorite:

Skinny Vegetable Soup

Recipe Credit: From Clean Food Crush

This recipe is simple to throw together and is packed with healthy, immune-boosting veggies! I topped it with organic shredded chicken to add protein.


  • 1 small yellow onion, diced

  • 1 cup organic carrots, sliced

  • 4 cups chopped cabbage

  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces

  • 2 bell peppers, chopped

  • 1 jar (28 oz) low sodium diced tomatoes

  • 6 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • sea salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 cups broccoli florets

  • 2 cups sliced zucchini


  1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add 2 Tbsp of avocado oil, or olive oil and cook the onion until slightly softened.

  2. Add carrots, cabbage, bell pepper and green beans.

  3. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or so.

  4. Stir in diced tomatoes, broth, oregano and seasonings. Simmer for about 10 minutes.

  5. Add in zucchini and broccoli. Simmer an additional 5 minutes or until softened.

  6. Serve immediately or you can store it in the fridge in air tight containers for about 4-5 days.

  7. Flavor just becomes BETTER the next day!

For more information and help achieving your health and nutrition goals, contact me today! I work in-person, by phone, or by Skype/Facetime with my clients.

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