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December 31, 2017

 According to an article from Huffington Post in 2016, only 8% of the population actually achieve their New Year's Resolution.  That is a high rate of failure for those trying to make changes in their lives.  To be even more specific, 40% of Americans declare them and over 30% are weight related.  If that is the case, why do we fall for this idea every year that January is the best time to set a goal and to achieve it?


I don't buy into it and haven't for a few years, since I became a Health Coach. I agree having goals and creating accountability, for myself and for my clients, is an important step in making healthy positive changes.  I also believe that we need to create an atmosphere where we can be successful. A resolution is a declarative statement that creates an all or nothing approach.  I have had success using the Priority List approach- I take time on December 31st to give myself some quiet time with my journal to write down any areas of my life that I...

October 12, 2017

Change in our routines can be huge and painful, like moving across the country, or it can be small like eating something different for breakfast or getting up at a different time. The interesting thing about change is what we decide when we are faced with making a change.. We can tell ourselves that change is going to be impossible, too hard or a waste of time. We want the different outcome (loss of weight, better relationships, more organized, more disciplined) but we are so unsure if it can become our reality.  Some of us live and stay in that fear because it is easier to deal with what you know then what you don’t know, even if it doesn’t serve you.  I can see this in myself and in those around me.

In myself, I start to procrastinate. I was horrible at writing when I was in high school and college. I would do anything else instead of taking the steps to get the assignment done. I ended up quitting college the first time around because I couldn’t stay focused and on task to get t...

September 29, 2017

I am frustrated...

I knew it was going to happen.

This is not the first time I have moved…

I knew that I was going to go from extremely busy to boredom.

 I have a hard time with down time.

I have a hard time with taking a break.

I have a hard time with refocusing my energy.

I have been thinking about this move for over a year. I tried to prepare myself for the jump of the cliff of busyness.

I told myself it would be a great time to refocus my energy.

To get back to a routine of meditating, practicing every day.

To give my kids all the attention they need….

What I am discovering is that, my kids are older and don’t need me as much anymore.

It is hard to motivate myself every day, when I look at my calendar and see an empty planner.

It is weird, after studying something for the past 4 years, to not have a yoga or nutrition book to read, a paper to write, a test to study for or a new language to learn.

I can feel the instability in my thoughts, my yoga practice, my stamina and my food choices.  Even th...

December 21, 2016

I have been living with two different immune issues since I was a teenager ,vitiligo and Raynaud's Disorder. The Western trained physicians that I have seen over the last 30 years haven't  have much to offer me in how and why I developed them and what I could  expect in the future. I  was told  there wasn't a lot of knowledge  pertaining to the why and not much I could do about either of disorders. When I was first diagnosed back in 1985, I was 15 years old and wasn't phased by either. I thought it was just strange that when I went out in the cold , I would lose feeling in my fingers and toes but I grew up in Buffalo, NY and thought that was normal for our cold arctic winters.  As I got older, a white patch of skin that developed under my left armpit started to get bigger and then spread to under my right armpit. As active as I was, a dancer all through high school and college, I just ignored the spots until someone asked if I put sunscreen on to thick or if my deodorant left a mark....

November 12, 2016

Thanksgiving is a time of celebration, a time of gratitude, a time to come together to strengthen the bonds of family and friends and to appreciate and accept our differences.  I think this Thanksgiving is a perfectly timed opportunity to come together as a nation and to remind ourselves and each other of just how amazing it is to be alive in 2016!  We may still be trying to come to terms with the election, recover from all the lost sleep, adjust to the time change, (way too many hours in the dark), or just trying to keep up with our busy lives!

 As a Health Coach, whether I am teaching a yoga class or working with an individual client I am trying to show that there are many different limbs of achieving Whole Body Wellness!  Taking the time to relax, recharge, rediscover and reconnect are all ways that you can make this Thanksgiving a special time! Focus more on having fun as a family unit or friends and less on the food! Don’t get me wrong the food is important but it is secondary...

September 17, 2016

One of the easiest ways to start your day off when participating in a Whole 30 Reset is to eat eggs in the morning. I love eggs! I can eat them every day but for some that might get a little boring. So I thought I would give you some different ideas that aren't just the standard options like- fried, poached, scrambles, over easy/ hard.

1. Simply Baked in either a oven proof ramekin or muffin tin.

2. Huevous Rancheros- You can remove the corn tortilla and it will still taste great.

3. Shakshuka- is a middle eastern mixture of tomatoes, red bell peppers and spices. Egg are added to this mixture so they can poach in the tasty liquid. The spices used for the preparation vary from one recipe to another, but cumin, chili powder, paprika and cayenne pepper are the ones that are most often used.  This is a great way to have eggs for brunch or dinner where you are not rushed for time.

4. Egg Salad- Who said this tasty treat can only be for lunch. There are great ways to turn it into an easy way to...

February 29, 2016

My major announcement is that I have teamed up with Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, creators of the Whole30 program to work as a Whole9 specialist. What that means is that I can facilitate the Whole30 Program with individuals as well as groups in gyms, yoga studios, wellness and community centers and businesses of any kind. I am so passionate about this program because it has empowered so many to explore the simple idea - How does food effect my body? If you are not quite sure if Whole30 is right for you, read through the details below and reach out to me if you have any other questions. 

 

What is the Whole30 Program?

 

A comprehensive nutritional program designed to make you the healthiest you’ve ever been. The program focuses on what you eat?  Because nutrition is the foundation of any good wellness program, and the gateway to optimal health and your nutritional habits play such an important role in improving your health and quality of life. 

 

Eat Real Food

 

 A good n...

February 14, 2016

I bet most of you coming to my site are looking for an answer to better health. How do I accomplish the goal and figure out how to control my weight, find more energy or find motivation?  Most people start off every year with the New Year’s Resolution with a goal to lose weight, change their eating habits. To help you define and reach your goals, I want to start by offering the idea that health is not a goal. I know that sounds crazy since you probably started off 2016 with a goal of getting healthy: to lose weight, to try yoga, get back to the gym or cook more at home. Health is really a launch pad, a vehicle that starts the process of feeling good, having clarity and vision to get you ready to work toward your goals.

My job as a Health Coach is to help you clear the path of all things that are preventing you from reaching your.... Goals. 

So if health is not the goal- what is it that you are looking for?

 

You are looking for your ideal life, your purpose. The go...

January 18, 2016

It’s 2016 and we have the most advanced medical technology at our fingertips that’s ever been available, so why are so many people still chronically ill?

According to the International Diabetes Federation, there are 387 million people living with diabetes; one in 12 people have diabetes and one in every two affected don’t know they have it. Every seven seconds one person dies from the disease. There were 4.9 million diabetes-related deaths in 2014.

To me, these statistics are heartbreaking when considering that diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, asthma, and other related conditions are highly preventable.

So why are most doctors still using the same approach, putting a bandage over the disease rather than treating the root cause?

A 2011 New York Times article discusses that the evidence-based practices many doctors use don’t translate into patients’ day-to-day lives. They end up treating the visible symptoms, but not the cause, leaving a lot of wiggle room for the disease to w...

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