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
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
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
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.Read More
Today is the official start of our summer vacation- yay! Nothing signifies the start of summer like the emergence of the fiddleheads. I spent the morning in a delightfully meditative state, foraging for the special green beauties. My Alaskan friends and I agree: there is something deeply primal about heading out into the woods and gathering wild plants. It just feels right. It's also amazing to come home with bags full of nutrient dense vegetation.Read More
I've been talking a lot lately about the process of mentally preparing for transformation as I think it is a missing link in so many diets and nutrition plans. This week I'd like to continue with that thread and discuss the importance of a support team.Read More
How are you doing? Have you made any progress selecting a nutrition plan that aligns with your radiant future self? Did you notice I said "nutrition plan" instead of "diet"? Yes, I purposely did not use the D word. In my mind that word means a restrictive, regimented torture utilized to reach a certain weight. That's not how your future self wants to live, is it?Read More
"I don't know where to start."
I've heard this statement repeatedly in the last few weeks, from people who are ready to make healthy changes, but feel overwhelmed by the abundance of (often conflicting) health information.Read More
For so many years I took dieting and exercising way too seriously. I was fanatical, and quite often a stick in the mud. It was stressful to live in such a regimented way!
Adopting the primal lifestyle has given me a whole new perspective on health; now being healthy feels like freedom and fun!
Today I'd like to share some of my tips for having fun with your health.Read More
I receive many client and reader questions about snacks. I find that these questions tend to stem from two different situations.
#1 Snacking when you are truly hungry.
#2 Snacking because you are conditioned to snacking.Read More
Tom was reminiscing about enjoying enchiladas in Mexico.
I had a cabbage sitting in my fridge.
"Steamed cabbage leaves", I thought, "could make decent enchilada wraps!"
Truly, the goodness of enchiladas equals the meat, the sauce and the cheese. Would Tom even miss tortillas?Read More
Happy New Year, friends! Tom and I have just returned from a beautiful trip to Mexico, filled with sun, seafood, sand, nature, guacamole, and a bit of tequila. We had a fabulous time, staying fairly true to our primal roots, with a glorious exception here and there. The exceptions were fun (warm homemade corn tortillas with fried shrimp and queso fresco!) but now we are ready to get back on track.Read More
Anyone feeling a twinge of holiday anxiety? I am!
Last week I recommended taking on the role of an observer, to pay attention to behavioral patterns and automatic responses regarding holiday treats.
I try to practice what I preach. As a result I've noticed a steady increase in my anxiety levels and a corresponding desire to create and indulge in paleo/keto treats.Read More
I overheard a conversation earlier this week: a woman was lamenting that she had "totally overdone it" over the holiday weekend. She felt she'd gone crazy at the dessert table and now she was off the rails, devouring every sugary item in sight.Read More
What do you do while you eat?
Do you watch Netflix, play with your phone, drive, work at the computer, walk, read a book?
Does it feel strange to sit and eat a meal slowly, without any other distractions?Read More
I was recently trying to redesign my website. I'd received some vague advice about how my site was lacking. All of a sudden I felt like my website sucked. I felt confused about how to fix it. I didn't know where to start.Read More
I recently received a fantastic reader inquiry regarding dairy (keep those questions coming!). There is a quite a bit of dissension in the ancestral health world regarding dairy. For example:
Paleo enthusiasts avoid dairy.
Primal enthusiasts enjoy dairy, in moderation.
Keto/LCHF enthusiasts generally think dairy is great!Read More
I've sung the praises of fat, I've discussed health issues associated with certain carbohydrates, and now it's time for the final macronutrient: protein. A common misconception is that the LCHF (low carb high fat), primal and keto eating plans equate to bacon, eggs and steak all day long. This is most certainly not the case!Read More