Health & Fitness

What to eat Before, During and After Your Workout

Figuring out the best thing to eat before and after a workout is almost as challenging as the workout itself! Fitness expert and owner of the warehouse, Nickie Carrigan has tips on how to get back to the basics with your nutrition and to clear up any confusion!

Entira Family Clinics: Lyme Disease  

Dr. Dick Ryan from Entira Family Clinics talks shares tips on how you get tested and what the treatment is like for Lyme Disease.

Ally Hilfiger Opens Up About Lyme Disease  

Lyme Disease - an infection that deer ticks can transmit to people - was first diagnosed back in 1975, It's first group of cases was found in Old Lyme, Connecticut.  A map released by the Minnesota Department of Health shows the hot spots around the country for Lyme Disease. The east coast, where the disease was first detected has the most cases. But Minnesota is a close second – specifically around the Twin Cities Area. 

Acupuncture for Moms  

On Mother's Day we often want to treat mom, dote on her from the moment she wakes up. But I'm sure we all would agree that moms need to do a little more for themselves and not just one day a year. 

Get Your Body Back After Baby  

If you’re a parent, you know the lack of sleep that comes along with the territory. But did you know that having a baby actually changes the look of your skin, meaning those lines and wrinkles could look deeper.

So even if your kids slept through the night, your skin can look otherwise. In this Be Well with TCL, Reporter Kelli Hanson takes us to Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa where helping sleep deprived moms look refreshed again is just the beginning.

Tone Your Buns & Thighs  

Hey Jane Fonda fans, remember her buns and thighs workout? Did you feel required to wear a high-cut 2-piece leotard?
Years later, the yoga pant came to be and thankfully yoga is one of the best workouts to tone those areas of the body.

Varicose Vein Treatment  

It’s almost short’s season and maybe you’ve already worn them this spring. But, maybe you're not a short’s person because you've got varicose veins and don't like the way your legs look. They can look bad and feel even worse. But doctors at Minneapolis Vein Center say treating them and getting rid of them forever is now easier than ever.

Be well with TCL: Silhouette Instalift   Back To Top

Last year plastic surgeons performed 1.8 million surgical procedures, and not surprising facelifts were among the top 5. If you've even thought about going under the knife, consider this; There's a new treatment that involves no incisions, no anesthesia, very minimal downtime and It takes only 45 minutes.

How Much Sugar Is In That?   Back To Top

When we eat foods that contain a lot of sugar, a massive amount of dopamine is released in the brain and that my friends, makes us feel good and makes us want more of the sweet stuff. Sugar can not only increase your waistline, it can wreck you teeth. Dr. Scott Shamblott stopped to help us play a game we call, “how much sugar is in that?”!

Treating Urinary Incontinence   Back To Top

If you're a Real Housewives fan, you probably remember Lisa Rinna talking about her infamous Depends ad. She banked $2-million for being in the commercial and she says it's actually her most criticized role. Dr. Lisa from Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa says women should ditch the adult diapers and get to the root of the problem instead.

Sign Up for Farrell's   Back To Top

Mandy worked out with some TCL’ers at the Farrell's in Brooklyn Park.   That location is in the running to win $5000 for their favorite charity.  In honor of Farrell's 15th Anniversary, the owner created a bracket style charity challenge and it's down to Brooklyn Park and Altoona, Iowa.

Simple Steps to Achieve Your Goals   Back To Top

TCL Producer and fitness coach, Brittany Larson explains how you can start following through on your goals!

Be Well with TCL: Acupuncture 101   Back To Top

If you've had a cold this winter or maybe your allergies are beginning to flair, you've probably relied on medication to pull you through right? In this Be Well with TCL, we head to Healing InSight in Saint Paul where acupuncture needles are clearing congestion and allowing your body to just rest. 

The Dude Diet   Back To Top

Serena Wolf recently released her first cookbook called, “The Dude Diet.” She was inspired to help dudes flatten their beer bellies. On Twin Cities Live she made Sesame Orange Chicken.

Ask the Personal Trainer   Back To Top

TCL Fitness Expert, Nancy Stoneberg, stops by to answer your questions about exercising, including her recommendation for moves to help alleviate lower back pain.

Colon Health   Back To Top

This month is colorectal cancer awareness month. It's the second leading cause of cancer deaths but it's highly preventable. Dr. Terri Wollan from Entira Family Clinics talks about how you can keep your colon in tip top shape.

Mandy's Farrell's Fitness Challenge: Week 10 Final Results   Back To Top

For the last few months we've been following one of our own on an intense fitness journey.   TCL’s Executive Producer, Mandy Tadych, committed to eating clean and working out six days a week at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping.  She wanted to lose a few pounds and get her body back after having two babies in a few years.  Mandy was able to drop 12.4 pounds and 13 inches in just 10 weeks!   Mandy also gained strength and endurance and plans to continue at Farrell’s to achieve her health and fitness goals.   Mandy is happy to answer your questions about Farrell’s, you can email her at

Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery and Spa: Love and Love Handles   Back To Top

If you've been in a relationship for a while, you know that things often just aren't the same as when you met and fell in love. 
Life happens! You probably bought a home -- welcomed some kids -- and both of you might have put on a few pounds.
It can be hard to bring that up over dinner but as TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson found out, it's something both women and men are tackling at Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery and Spa.

Be Well with TCL: Country Heat Workout   Back To Top

If you didn't know already, Twin Cities Live Reporter Kelli Hanson is a huge country music fan. So much so, we sent her to Nashville not once, but twice to cover the Country Music Award's red carpet. When we heard there was a workout that involved country music, of course we had to send her to check it out. In this Be Well with TCL, Kelli finds an acceptable place to kick up her heels, break a sweat and yell “Yeehaw!” in public.

Seattle Sutton’s Success Stories   Back To Top

TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson has been successful on the Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating Program. It’s helped her put portion sizes into perspective. For many people the program is about taking back their health and their success stories are incredible. Stephanie Keegan from Seattle Sutton’s stopped by to tell us why the program works, no matter the reason for wanting to drop weight.

Mandy's Farrell's Fitness Challenge: Week 8   Back To Top

Eight weeks ago, TCL Executive Producer, Mandy Tadych committed to the Farrell’s 10-week Challenge. She's been eating clean and working out six days a week.  TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson stopped into the Farrell’s in Forest Lake to check out the kickboxing and strength-training classes that Mandy has been participating in.  Mandy is excited to continue this journey and can’t wait to share the final results with all of you after March 18th!     

Acupuncture & Seasonal Affective Disorder   Back To Top

Having a bit of the blues toward the end of February? Especially when it’s cold and gray outside? That’s not all that abnormal. But how can you tell if it's developing into something more serious?

Mommy Workout   Back To Top

This is an effective 5 minute, total body workout for the pregnant mom, new mom, and busy mom. This workout combines bodyweight strength training exercises with low impact cardio, Lindsey Bomgren from Nourish Move Love shows you the perfect at-home mommy workout.

Stairs Workout   Back To Top

It’s a workout requiring no special equipment, no exercise bands, and no gym membership. All you need is a flight of stairs! TCL Fitness Expert, Nancy Stoneberg, joins TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson outside KSTP with five moves to tone up your legs.  

Heart Health   Back To Top

According to the American Heart Association someone in this country dies from heart and blood vessel related diseases every 34 seconds.

Work Out with James Denton   Back To Top

Actor James Denton calls Chanhassen his home.  Steve headed over to Bring It! Studios, the gym James and his wife own.  James took Steve through one of his workout routines.

Winter Workout Routine   Back To Top

No matter the weather, now is always a time to get moving! Owner of The Warehouse in Rosemount, Nickie Carrigan has great tips of how you can do a workout from home.

Mandy’s Farrell’s Fitness Challenge: Week 5   Back To Top

Five  weeks ago, TCL Executive Producer, Mandy Tadych committed to the Farrell’s 10-week Challenge.    She's been eating clean and working out six days a week ever since.   After 5 weeks, she’s lost a few pounds but most importantly has dropped her body fat by 3 percent and lost 8.5 inches.  She’s also significantly increased the amount of push-ups and sit-ups she can do – proving she’s getting stronger every day!   Farrell’s instructors say women usually see more weight loss and changes in the bodies during the second half of the 10-week session.  Mandy is excited to continue this journey and can’t wait to share the final results with all of you after March 18th!     

Take Back the Bedroom!   Back To Top

This week “50 Shades Darker”  -- the sequel to “50 Shades of Grey will be out in theatres. And if it does what the first movie did, it will certainly get people talking -- particularly about their sex lives. Of course, the whole Fifty Shades thing isn't for everyone. 
But Dr. Lisa from Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa says everyone can and should enjoy their intimate relationship -- and it's okay to ask for a little help along the way. She stopped by to get the conversation started. 

Trying to Get Healthy? 5 Mistakes You May Be Making   Back To Top

If someone were to ask you, “What do you think healthy is?” Would you respond with “Eating healthy and working out?” 
If you think being healthy goes hand in hand with deprivation, the founder of says you’re not alone. She recently wrote an article for Huffington Post that details the mistakes many of us are making when trying to get healthy

Be Well with TCL: Truth Behind Health Headlines   Back To Top

The research from health studies frequently make news headlines, and sometimes, people come to conclusions without reading all the details. TCL producers showed three headlines to Dr. Ryan Dick from Entira Family Clinics to straighten out sensationalized news reports.

Mandy’s Farrell’s Fitness Challenge: Week 3   Back To Top

TCL Executive Producer Mandy Tadych is 3 weeks into the Farrell’s 10-Week Fitness Challenge.  She checks in to share some of the things she is doing to stay on track.   Farrell’s co-owner and head coach Krista Berbig joins her with some easy ways to “eat clean”.    Including a super simple Mexican chicken.  All you need is 1 can of diced tomatoes & green chilies, 1 packet of taco seasoning (look for one with no added sugar) and 3-4 frozen chicken breasts.  Cook for no more than 6 hours in the crockpot and serve on whole grain tortillas, over brown rice or quinoa or over mixed greens.

Old School v. New School Nutrition   Back To Top

The 80s and 90s were all about tight rolled jeans, scrunchies and windbreaker swishy suits. They were also known as the *low-fat* years which researchers say subsequently created an obesity epidemic. But what we know now, more than 20-years later, is that fat isn't all that bad. Registered dietitian and founder of Foodwise Consulting, Katie Costello, stopped by with a lesson in old school versus new school nutrition.

Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating: “Project Real” Reveal   Back To Top

Seven months ago, the Gritton family from Brooklyn Park put their eating habits in the public eye. You may have seen their commercials as they vowed to eat only Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.

Best Ways to Stay Hydrated   Back To Top

It's common to have a water bottle close by during a workout. But are you drinking beforehand? TCL Fitness Expert Nancy Stoneberg says it's a must. She stops by with suggestions on how much water you should consume pre, during and post workout along with options beyond tap water.

Yoga Under the Sea   Back To Top

Sea Life Aquarium at Mall of America is a popular destination for families from all over the country. It gives you a close up view of all sorts of creatures under the sea from all parts of the world.

Former Viking Ben Leber’s Healthy Routine   Back To Top

Ben Leber was a NFL linebacker for nearly 10 years, spending five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He says keeping a balanced and healthy life is important to him and it’s why he joined us as we wrapped up Twin Cities Live’s “Unleash Your Awesome” week. He showed us simple things we can do to make 2017 the best year yet.

Acupuncture to Boost Immune System   Back To Top

When it’s cold and dry outside and you’re stuck inside the house, you go crazy right? And you get sick! Over the counter medications are an $8-billion dollar industry, but Senia Mae, owner of Healing Insight in St. Paul says Acupuncture can relive sinuses and boost your immune system. She stopped by the show for a live demonstration.

Good, Better, Best: For Your Teeth   Back To Top

When you’re in the toothpaste aisle, staring at the many options in front of you, do you have a go-to brand or do you buy the cheapest?

I Love Lasik Winner: Tara   Back To Top

If you’re constantly reaching for your glasses in the morning, only to knock them off the end table into an abyss under your bed, you’re not alone. Tara Halstead, a single mom of 3 from Blaine dealt with this every single day, until recently. She was chosen as our I Love Lasik Contest winner and received free All Laser Lasik from Joffe Medicenter. TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson takes us inside the procedure room to witness the gift of sight.

Reshape Your Resolution   Back To Top

There are several weight loss resolutions that we’ve all heard, or said ourselves.

Farrell’s 10-Week Challenge – Day 1   Back To Top

TCL Executive Producer Mandy Tadych will be taking you along as she participates in the Farrell’s 10-Week Fitness Challenge.  She’s a busy working mom of two young kids and is ready to make some life changes to improve her health.  Farrell’s 10-Week Challenge is based on 45 minute classes, 6 days a week.   It’s a combination of fitness kickboxing, strength training and nutrition coaching.   Farrell’s gives away $1,000 every session at every location to the person with the biggest transformation.  They hold four 10-Week Challenges per year and spots are limited for each class time.   You can still sign up to join Mandy for this session!  Click here to find the nearest Farrell’s location to you.

Fallen Ink Tattoo Removal   Back To Top

A few years ago, we sent Twin Cities Live Reporter Kelli Hanson to the Minneapolis Tattoo Convention. She stuck out, more than a sore thumb. We wondered if the people she met there, those with extreme tattoos, ever wish they would have just settled for a heart or a butterfly. In this Be Well with TCL, Kelli takes us to Fallen Ink Tattoo Removal in Roseville where those tattoo regrets can be erased.

Bar Stool Workout   Back To Top

Ali Holman from Core Camper shows us how to take that bar stool from your breakfast nook and put it to work with a fun and lively workout!

Farrell's 10-Week Challenge   Back To Top

TCL Executive Producer Mandy Tadych will be taking you along as she participates in the Farrell’s 10-Week Fitness Challenge.  She’s a busy working mom of two young kids and is ready to make some life changes to improve her health.  Farrell’s 10-Week Challenge is based on 45 minute classes, 6 days a week.   It’s a combination of fitness kickboxing, strength training and nutrition coaching.

12 Days of Workouts   Back To Top

TCL Fitness Expert Nancy Stoneberg is taking inspiration from a classic holiday song to create a workout routine that only takes five minutes a day. Plus, no equipment necessary!

Acupuncture for Heartburn   Back To Top

When googling “heartburn and holidays”, nearly half a million links pop up. Many pointing to eating and drinking in moderation this time of year. But if you're one of the roughly 7-million people in the US that experience reflux symptoms all year long, there's relief beyond popping pills. There's acupuncture. Our holistic health expert and owner of Healing Insight in Saint Paul, Senia Mae stopped by to show us how it works.

"Best Butt" Workout   Back To Top

Ali Holman from shares her workouts for the best butt - which can help with posture and knee problems too!

Be Well with TCL: Deep Breathing   Back To Top

The holidays can be joyous, but they can also bring on some big-time stress. There are relatives that pop by unannounced, there can be dinner disasters and so on. But there's one thing we can all count on - it's a good deep breathing exercise.  In Be Well with TCL, the founder of, Annalicia Lynn stopped by with techniques to help you breathe a little easier.

Sleep Apnea   Back To Top

What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by breathing patterns during sleep that decreases oxygen due to shallow breathing, pauses in breathing, or infrequent breathing. In the US, it is estimated that there are 22 million patients with moderate to severe symptoms and only 20% have been diagnosed. Undiagnosed sleep apnea has significant health implications. All of the following diseases are impacted by untreated sleep apnea: coronary artery disease, stroke, elevated blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, work related accidents, motor vehicle accidents, liver disease and diabetes.