How to take the focus off of food during the holidays

When families ask me how to stay healthy during the holidays I often recycle some sage advice a mentor once shared with me: “being healthy during the holidays should be very similar to being healthy during the rest of the year.” The holidays are a great time to keep up with the healthy habits that you refined all year. Remember, you excel at these habits and they are here to support you now and forever.  Let your healthy lifestyle guide your decisions, not dictate your whole mind.

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to make your holiday meals healthier, smaller, lighter, and leaner and your workouts harder, longer, stronger, and meaner. However, what’s more important (and easier!) than learning to make sugar-free dessert from ingredients you can’t pronounce the name of is shifting some of the focus away from food during the holiday! If you’re think “How?? I tried that last year and it backfired…” please read on.


Teen Weight Loss Success Story: In the midst of big life changes, Macee learns to make healthy choices and loses over 20 lbs.

After trying other diets and programs, Macee was ready to make long-lasting changes. She signed up for Kurbo.  “Before I had tried gluten free and paleo and I wasn’t able to eat a lot of things. I also tried a program that sent me meal packages, but I had to eat the same food everyday and it was very restrictive. Kurbo was easier because I was still able to have foods that I wanted to eat. I can go to a friend’s house and say, ‘Yea I can have pancakes in the morning!’ because I have budgeted my red lights. It prepared me for how life really is,” Macee says.

Macee worked with Coach Emily to learn how to make healthy choices even in tough situations. I was on a road trip a few months ago and we stopped at a gas station to get snacks and drinks and I didn’t know what fun drink I could get that wasn’t diet soda. Later that week she told me the names of a few drinks like sparkling water or naturally flavored water that I could buy instead next time,” Macee shares. “Sometimes even when we’re at the grocery store deciding what to buy we’ll text Coach Emily for help,” Macee’s mom, Shelley says.


Meet Coach Cara: Active and outdoorsy during every season!

Coach Cara has an impressive background in nutrition and lifestyle coaching. “I received my Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from Bradley University. Next, I completed my dietetic internship and clinical training through Cornell University before becoming a Registered Dietitian. I’ve also completed certificate training in adolescent weight management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.”

She wanted to be a Kurbo Coach because she would be able to build relationships with kids and families. “I became a coach after a few years of working in a clinical weight management program because I admired the dynamic nature of Kurbo. The Kurbo curriculum and program make possible what my hospital-based job couldn’t achieve: access to families all over the country and world, sessions that take place within the families’ homes, building relationships with the entire family, and redirecting some of the focus away from just food.”


Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

One way I like to enjoy the taste of pumpkin pie while minimizing my red lights is to experiment with pumpkin myself.  Pumpkin, after all, is a green light.  So why not combine it with even more yummy green lights and turn a pumpkin pie into a real health treat?

One of my favorite recipes is for a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl.  It’s like having a bowl full of pumpkin pie filling!  It’s great for a snack, sweet treat, or even breakfast.


Kurbo Partners with Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global to Combat Childhood Obesity

Kurbo was selected to be among the innovative products offered by Arianna Huffington’s new health and wellness e-commerce platform,, which launched on November 30th, 2016. Thrive Global’s goal is to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance both well-being and performance. Emotional and medical issues related to overweight kids, teens and families are a significant cause of workplace stress, absenteeism and loss of productivity. This is why Thrive Global has chosen to promote Kurbo’s system, which combines a mobile app with personal health coaching, as a proven tool to help kids, teens and families gain control of their health and wellbeing. Check out the full Press Release.


Teen Weight Maintenance Success Story: Working with Kurbo, Aristotle has made long-term changes to his eating behaviors.

Aristotle wanted to become more conscious of his food choices, so he signed up for Kurbo. “I wanted to watch the food I was eating and I wanted to maintain a healthier diet than what I was eating at the time.”

He loved keeping track of what he was eating through the Kurbo app.I really liked how easy it was to use because I could just pull out my phone whenever I wanted to and put in the food I had eaten. The way the app is set up made it easy to input my food.”


Coach Lauren’s Favorite Fall Recipes

Crisp air, changing leaves, and an upcoming season filled with holidays. It’s a unique time of year that many look forward to. But, fall is also a season that can leave us craving all the delicious recipes that it has to offer. Although these traditional dishes can be comforting, most are red-light filled. Indulge in the season without tallying up your red light count for the week.

Here are some healthy and satisfying Kurbo-friendly recipes to include in your list of fall recipes. These fall recipes are delicious enough to serve for holiday dinners, yet simple enough that you can still spend time with those you love without being in the kitchen all day.

Thea Runyan, Co-Founder of Kurbo Health, Discusses the Science Behind Behavior Modification for Weight Management on Wharton’s ‘Bay Area Ventures’

Thea Runyan talks about her passion for the preventative healthcare industry as it pertains to childhood obesity, and how when founding Kurbo along with her co-founders (CEO, Joanna Strober and CTO, Mark Vershel), the Stanford Pediatric program’s success was scaled with the help of an innovative mobile app that features online coaching.

This segment originally aired on Sirius XM Channel 111, Business Radio Powered by The Wharton School


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How To Stay Healthy This Thanksgiving

Even though I am a foodie to the core, the best way I’ve found to stay healthy through the holidays is to focus less on food and more on creative new family traditions. This time of year is full of heavy red lights and tons of food. Being mindful with portions sizes, chewing and slowing down is key. When you do that, you have enough energy to play with these three fun ideas to stay healthy this Thanksgiving: