On introspection and choosing another path

In my other life, as a health coach helping people gain a healthier relationship with food while losing weight happily and healthfully, I have recently made a pretty major business decision. It is one of those shifts that is like jumping off of a cliff. It feels like there’s no going back. Like you’ve got to be all in–100% committed–or the scene will look like one from the coyote and roadrunner cartoon.

The thing is, I wasn’t getting anywhere with what I was doing. I was doing everything the marketing people told me to. I was authentic, passionate, and unique. I had an elevator speech. I regularly shared my story with soul-baring honesty. I walked my talk and am a product of the plan I was trying to sell. All I heard were crickets. Could it be that I wasn’t clear about what I was selling? Essentially I was selling myself on the internet. I mean, that’s pretty vague.

Authenticity is one of my core values, so my business plan reflects that. As a result, it is both rigid and fluid, and that might come off as wishy-washy. My compass is my internal barometer, which sometimes causes me to float in circles. I needed a solid plan, but first I had to figure out what was wrong with the other one. Continue reading “On introspection and choosing another path”

Could your attitude about food be worse than the food itself?

I have multiple food intolerances. Just recently I discovered that my IBS, which has gotten much worse over the last few years, is rooted in gluten intolerance. So now I have become that person. The difficult one who asks if the sauce or the soup contains gluten. Intolerances of this nature tend to make food the enemy. Every meal has the potential to cause incapacitating digestive issues, extreme fatigue, brain fog, or irritability. The struggle is real, the intolerance is real, but does the attitude I bring to the table make a difference in how badly my body reacts?

A friend of mine tells a story about a time when she indulged in a gooey triple chocolate brownie at a fancy restaurant. It was rich and delectable, full of gluten and sugar and bad oil, and completely irresistible in its confectionary splendor. The whole time she was eating it she was thinking about how terrible it was for her and how much she was going to regret it. After only a few bites, she was kicking herself for her poor choices and had herself completely tied up in knots, but she couldn’t stop until it was gone. Continue reading “Could your attitude about food be worse than the food itself?”

Why I don’t label my diet

You will rarely hear me slap a label on the way I eat. I know it’s the hip thing to do, but I don’t do it. People love to flaunt their food preferences for everyone to see, waving the vegan, keto, paleo, or fruitarian flag for everyone to see. Declaring food preferences makes sense in a way, considering that these diets veer away from the Standard American Diet (SAD) in such a way to be considered “odd” and it cuts down on awkward “I can’t eat that” occasions. It is also a popular conversation starter.

I don’t label my diet for a few reasons, first and foremost because once you put a label on a diet, much like putting labels on people, it becomes something we are able to compare and contrast. It becomes subject to the secondary label of a “fad diet.” Once you have been caught with a fad diet, watch out! I mean, I can’t even keep up with the clothing fads, let alone the food fads. Continue reading “Why I don’t label my diet”

Gut Check

Where do emotions come from and why are they important to us as humans? From early times philosophers have asked this question. Of course, the obvious answer would be that emotions arise in the brain, center of all thought. If that is true, why do we feel these emotions throughout our whole body?

Hormones, neurotransmitters, electrical impulses, and the like radiate signals throughout the body carrying messages that tell our organs how to act. Emotions were once important for our survival in a fight or flight capacity. Hiding or altering authentic emotions to conform to social expectations wasn’t a thing. In fact, raw gut reactions could be the difference between life and death. This all makes pretty good sense.

Recent scientific findings have discovered a surprising source of raw emotion. Gut reactions could be just that, emotions originating in the gut. The population of microbiota in our gut may play a critical role in how we react to and interact with our world.

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Five Tips You Can Use Today for Radiant Health

Every once in awhile there is a gem floating around in the deluge of junk email I get. My email service takes care of the worst of the junk, of course, but I still receive all of the newsletters that I signed up for because I wanted the free gift. I’m sure you know what I mean.

Don’t have any of these? You’re in luck! I have one to offer you.

I check my email by poising my mouse over the “delete” button and repeatedly clicking. I’m sure I’m not the only one. Occasionally there is a message that is spared the trash bin because of its potential for quality information or entertainment. Like mine, right?

A few weeks ago I received just such an email. A diamond in the rough. It was from Mind-Gut Connection guru Emeran Mayer, M.D. and held the subject line ” The ‘National Eating Disorder’ Epidemic and What You Can Do About It”. It contained a link to an article that I shared on my Facebook fan page @nourishmewellness last week. This article, by Mark Bittman and David L. Katz, summarized the most common questions people ask about healthy eating and provided practical, down to earth solutions that are doable by anyone. You can read it here. Continue reading “Five Tips You Can Use Today for Radiant Health”

I Ate Like a Normal Person For a Weekend and Here’s What Happened

I have a tendency towards Orthorexia. Many people in my vocation do. We spend so much of our time studying about diet, food ethics, and nutrients that it is very easy to become obsessive about the quality of food we eat. We’re naturally food nerds to start with. Plus, we feel that we ought to be setting an example for our clients about clean eating and a healthy lifestyle. Being a product of our own programs is great advertising. It’s walking our talk, right? I’m great at walking my talk. So great, in fact, that I have myself in a bit of a sheltered situation where I forget what it is like to eat “normally”.


Orthorexia Nervosa: a fixation on righteous eating. Those suffering from orthorexia typically spend an unreasonable amount of time focused on the quality and purity of food and may feel guilt, and/or experience social isolation as a result.


The thing is, insisting that your food meets an exhaustive list of prerequisites before you eat it isn’t a healthy way to live. We would never recommend this path for our clients. If you spend most of your time thinking about, shopping for, and preparing your food at the expense of everything else in your life, you may want to revisit your priorities.

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You don’t know it before you know it

Honestly, I could talk about dietary theory until I was blue in the face. I could give you evidence from study after study about how sugar is bad, sleep is good, and meditation can change how you digest and incorporate nutrients. But until you are ready to hear and process that information I will be talking to myself.

People will not change until they are ready to. I could be dying to help you, but if you are not ready for that help I will be nothing more than an irritant in your life. So people like me sit back and watch you chip away at your health one can of Coke and piece of pizza at a time knowing full well the ailments you complain about can be alleviated, or even eliminated, by a few simple changes in your lifestyle.

When I ask my daughter (who is five) what she is going to learn in school today she says, “I don’t know, mom. You don’t know it until you know it.” That same phrase came up for me yesterday while listening to a lecture about food sensitivities and elimination diets. The lecturer (Tom Malterre, MS, CN) said something along the lines of, “People are amazed how good they feel once they eliminate the foods that have been causing them distress. Of course, I had been telling them this, but you don’t know it until you know it.”

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Eating Mindfully vs. The Holiday Gorge

I’m sure you are at least superficially aware that diets don’t work. If not, let me give you a pro tip: Diets Don’t Work. They don’t work because they often require a Herculean effort in willpower that is made even more difficult by the simple fact that you’re flipping hungry. You’re hungry because you’re restricting calories and likely, in the process, also cutting out the very things that make you feel satiated (i.e. fat).

Then the holidays come around with endless temptation at every turn, not to mention the lack of sunlight causing seasonal depression, and your family and friends heckling you for being on another silly diet. It’s a recipe for disaster. Consequently, many people give it up entirely for the month of December and start binging on goodies, vowing to start the diet again in the new year. Hence, the holiday gorge. Continue reading “Eating Mindfully vs. The Holiday Gorge”

Aging is optional

While I was at my kid’s swimming lessons this morning, I noticed an older gentleman, probably in his seventies, swimming laps. He was fit. Probably more fit than I am, and certainly a better swimmer than I am. It made me think, what is age anyway?

David Asprey claims that he will live to be 180+. He believes that, with the right nutrition and other lifestyle factors, he can hack his mind and body and increase his longevity (1). He calls this Biohacking. In his book Head Strong, David addresses many factors that affect aging, most notably mitochondrial function. While I could go into this subject in depth, I’m not going to today, because it’s Saturday and we have tickets to the Nutcracker ballet in about an hour. You can pick up a copy of Head Strong and read about it yourself if you are so inclined. Today I will give you a quick little synopsis of anti-aging.

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