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
I was just out tending to my tapped birch trees: collecting the nutrient dense water, listening to the spring birds sing, enjoying the calming energy of the woods. It was exciting to see that the trees gave me exactly five gallons of water over night! I have been having so much fun collecting and bottling the water for fermentation. My goal is to produce champagne, and that will be exciting, but I'm definitely enjoying the whole process. If the champagne experiment fails, oh well!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
Congratulations! You have made it to Part 3 in the Reclaiming Your Health Series! (Part 1 and Part 2) I hope that you loving your food and eating mindfully, and connecting to your why and your vision of radiant health.
This week you will solidify your belief in that healthy future self. If you can believe it you can achieve it! In the words of Buddha: “Our life is the creation of our mind.”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
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
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
The solstice is upon us, the trees are releasing their leaves, and the holidays are quickly approaching. How amazing would it be if this year, you walked into your holiday dinner, loving your body and feeling fabulous?Read More
I’ve heard a lot of myths about healthy eating. Maybe your brain has latched on to one of these myths and it's holding you back from radiant, glowing health. If so, perhaps it is time to reframe. Let’s start by busting some common myths.
Healthy eating is hard. Well, it will be if you think about it that way! Can you work on changing your mindset? Isn’t it incredible to have the opportunity to nurture your amazing body? Isn’t it easy to focus on ⅕ of the grocery store instead of wandering down all the processed food aisles? Isn’t it easy to have non-stop energy all day long, to sleep like a log, and to wake up without an alarm clock?
Like many people in the United States, I spent most of my adult life on a diet. Sometimes the diets would "work" for a little (I would lose weight), but the process sucked. I was always hungry and fixated on my next meal. This lifestyle was so difficult to sustain that I was constantly on the lookout for the true answer to effortless weight maintenance. Fortunately, in my quest for the next best diet, I found Eat Fat Get Thin and The Primal Blueprint. Thanks to Mark Hyman and Mark Sisson, I learned that fat is actually our body's preferred energy source. The Standard American Diet emphasizes utilizing glucose for energy, which often equates to empty calories that leave you hungry, with your body producing too much insulin. Too much insulin equals inflammation; too much inflammation equals disease.Read More
Adopting a primal lifestyle transformed my life in countless ways. I solved digestive issues, I felt nourished and satisfied with delicious food, my body learned how to use fat as fuel, I ended a sugar addiction, I stopped dieting and started living my life fully, moment to moment.
But honestly, this lifestyle change would not have been possible without addressing internal issues as well. I had to look inside to transform my outside. This is how I began my transformation:Read More