Introducing Energize, Our New Column on Practical Nutrition and Fitness Tips

An illustration showing women holding various objects related with fitness, including weights, a scale and water.
Discover tips to optimize health.

Beginning with this issue, the Noteworthy section will feature Energize, appearing every other issue. Welcome to our pages Laurel Famigletti, who manages a local fitness club’s nutrition program and is a personal trainer and group fitness expert. With a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Famigletti also has a master’s degree in dietetics from Kansas State University.

Laurel Famigletti, the new fitness columnist for Southwest Metro Magazine
Photo by Tate Carlson

I think that eating healthy can be fun, simple and transformational, and I believe that anybody can be successful at building a healthy lifestyle if they’re willing to establish consistent, daily habits. Embracing habits, such as keeping a food diary, drinking half your body weight (in ounces) of water each day and getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night are small things you can do that make a big impact.

Dietary changes, such as limiting refined sugars and processed foods, and eating a whole diet comprised of vegetables, protein, healthy fats and carbs, is not always easy but will pay major health dividends if done with consistency.

While working out is an important and necessary component of good health, I believe that it is ultimately the choices you make the other 23 hours of the day that you’re away from the gym that will determine how successful you’ll be at achieving your goals.

In my role with Southwest Metro Magazine, I’ll provide you with practical nutrition and fitness tips, which can help you optimize your health. At-home workouts, meal prepping and planning, seasonal eating advice and simple recipes are all topics that we will explore.

I am very passionate about all things health and wellness, and there is nothing I find more fulfilling than to watch people transform their lives by establishing better habits.