To Be

To Be

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…)

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I'm Aware, Now What?

I'm Aware, Now What?

This week I am following up my previous posts on “Feeling the Feels” and “Cultivating Awareness”.

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.

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The Word "Should"

The Word "Should"

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….

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Transform Old Patterns, Transform Your Life

Transform Old Patterns, Transform Your Life

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 cookies

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Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

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.

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A Year of Keto and a Return to Primal

A Year of Keto and a Return to Primal

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. 

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Toxic Fats vs Health Fats

Toxic Fats vs Health Fats

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. 

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Is Alcohol an Obstacle?

Is Alcohol an Obstacle?

If you read last week's post, you might recall that I believe sugar is the most common obstacle preventing people from achieving optimal health. I thought about another prevalent obstacle as I viewed a youngster on the Malecón sporting an "Espresso then Prosecco" t-shirt: alcohol. 

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Releasing Sugar Addiction

Releasing Sugar Addiction

Today I feel compelled to share my thoughts on sugar, after having several conversations about the topic with clients, friends, classmates and complete strangers. I knew it was time to address sugar addiction again on my blog because so many people, just in the past week, have told me it's impossible to give up sugar!  

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The Practice of Reframing

The Practice of Reframing

About a week before leaving for Mexico I met with my naturopath to review blood work results. It appeared that it was time to bring my estrogen and thyroid back into balance. I could either start hormone replacement therapy, or I could complete a detox protocol for six weeks to restore hormonal harmony naturally. I chose the second option.

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