This week I am inspired to share with you my “plan” to have no plans- to increase my awareness of the present moment and release my life-long desire to plan. I am reminded of how much of my past involved an effort to resist, ignore or numb the present, especially when I judged it to be boring or uncomfortable.Read More
Do you find yourself constantly seeking out diet advice or jumping on board with the newest weight-loss program? Do you feel like your thoughts are consumed with what to eat or what not to eat? Do you wish you could be free from the non-stop chatter of the monkey-mind, obsessing about how your health or your body is not enough?Read More
Happy New Year! Did you spend yesterday setting SMART specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound goals?
“I will lose ten pounds in 2 months.”
“I will give up sugar for 30 days.”
“I will save $100 a week for 8 weeks.”Read More
Ready for a little Spanish lesson? It will be relevant, I promise!
I am currently teaching my Spanish students the difference between the two verbs that represent “to be” (ser and estar), and the different situations in which to use them.
This can be confusing, as in English we just have just one verb that means “to be” (conjugated as I am, you are, he/she is…)Read More
We’ve arrived at another holiday season and I am hearing from coworkers and friends that routines are collapsing under the weight of holiday tasks and obligations.
Those of us who value our routines can feel a little uncomfortable during this period of change and increased demands on our time.
Let’s say you have cultivated an awareness of automatic responses to uncomfortable emotions. You want to change these behaviors but you don’t know where to start.
You may discover your self-soothing behaviors are incredibly powerful. This is because you have been using them automatically for so long.Read More
One of my favorite songs in the Broadway musical Book of Mormon is “Turn it Off”. The gist of the song can be wrapped up in the following lyrics:
You say you got a problem?
Well that’s no problem!
It’s super easy not to feel that way!Read More
Today my morning trail run felt different. It was drizzly, the forest felt gray, the vibrant yellow leaves had disappeared from the trees. The woods that had felt like a technicolor dream world now seemed moody and dead.Read More
If you have been reading my posts for a while you might have realized that I believe in the power of words, for example, my previous discussion of “weight loss” versus “weight release”.
Today I would like to discuss the word “should”.
If I had a penny for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I really shouldn’t be eating this!” as they bit into a sugary treat….Read More
I have great news for you: Any diet can help you release weight!
And I have not so great news for you: Any diet will stop working if you don’t confront the underlying issues of emotional eating.Read More
When I first became a health coach I realized how uncomfortable I felt with the term “weight loss”. To me, the word “loss” feels like something difficult, sad, and unfortunate. Normally we don’t like to lose things!Read More
A few years ago, I remember listening to a friend talk about starting a sugar cleanse and thinking, “Oh, I could never do that!”
At the time, I didn’t give myself the space to ponder:
“What if I could do a sugar cleanse?”
“What if a cleanse helped end my sugar addiction?”Read More
We are right around the corner from the equinox. Alaska is in full fall mode: golden leaves, vibrant blue skies, jeweled berries, and whimsical red mushrooms. I am so in love with the glorious energy of this season!
This was not always the case. Fall used to mean the beginning of an epic battle with three months worth of holiday temptations: Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pies and Christmas cookiesRead More
As a teacher, I have repeatedly witnessed the power of a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset in the classroom.
Students who have developed a growth mindset come to class curious, open, and excited to learn. They understand that trying, making "mistakes", regrouping, and trying again is a part of the learning process.Read More
This week I would like to share my experience with the ketogenic diet. I am sharing because keto is all the rage today, and in some ways, rightfully so. It can be a very powerful nutrition plan for treating epilepsy, Alzheimer's, some forms of cancer, and for losing weight.Read More
The past two weeks I have talked about sugar and alcohol, and how they often serve as obstacles to achieving radiant health. I think it's safe to say that most people know that sugar and alcohol can be toxic to the body and mind. We understand they are not great for us, so perhaps we make an effort to limit our consumption of these substances when we want to improve our health.Read More