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Those may be COMMON symptoms, but they’re not NORMAL

You know what I see happening a lot?   We accept things that are common as “NORMAL”.  We hear our friends and family talking about things they experience similar to us or someone else we know and begin to think these COMMON things are “NORMAL”.   In fact, I can’t tell you the number of times I have been asked on my health journey about some of the symptoms I have experienced and when I mention brain fog, I hear, “Oh I have that all the time too!”  My response is, “THAT’S NOT NORMAL!”   Here is a list of COMMON health complaints I often see accepted as NORMAL: Bloating Not having a daily bowel movement Having frequent loose bowel movements Heartburn/acid reflux Brain fog Fatigue Amenorrhea Headaches Acne Eczema Feeling shaky,...

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What I’m digging this week: Warming Curry Bowl!

Okay - I know I've told you I'm not a recipe creator, but every once in a while, something I experiment with is just too simple and delicious not to share.  I posted one of my totally amateur food photos on Instagram and Facebook the other day because I like to provide food inspiration sometimes.  People like to know what I eat as a health coach, but as I've shared before, we eat rather simply, so it's not always super exciting.  Occasionally, however, I create something that I think may be worth sharing my super simple recipe for.  And this warming bowl of curry is one of them!   The way I make eating real food sustainable and easy is to create a freezer stash of proteins...

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To Everything There is a Time and Season

Over the last several weeks, I've been thinking a lot about this topic: To everything there is a time and season.   You know, it seems that we often feel like once we achieve something, that should be it, right?   Done!  Checked off the list!  Moving on, never to deal with this again!     Sound about right??!   Yet, here's what things usually look like on the journey:                   And then, we may feel we have reached our goal, only to have to go through similar (but different) journeys with the same types of goals again (and perhaps again and again).  Some feel like this is failure, which is often coupled with a sense of shame.  We can't figure out what's wrong with us because we are comparing ourselves with the curated scenes we see...

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Tips for Finding YOUR Food Freedom

Food Freedom: This is such a big topic and one that really hits close to home for me, especially having a history of an eating disorder.  It’s one where I have so much to say that the thoughts and ideas I have start swirling so fast and furious in my mind that sometimes it’s hard for me to speak coherently on the topic.  I’m going to try to provide you with some key information, though, that has been incredibly helpful to my clients and to myself in our journeys to food freedom.   First, what does food freedom even mean?   Well, it is likely to LOOK & FEEL different for each one of us, but it’s the same basic premise for most.   I like to think of it as having...

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Why Safer Self Care Products Matter

I hope I'm doing a good job communicating to you all here on the blog that lots and lots of things can contribute to, or detract from, our health and happiness.  Food and exercise, which are often at the forefront of the conversations around health, are only just a fraction of what we want to take into consideration.  Of course, I think both food and exercise are incredibly important for our health as well.  In fact, food is often a great place to start with our health journey.  Why?  Because a huge part of our health, and even our happiness, is related to our gut microbiome, and the foods we eat have a significant impact on that.  BUT so do many other things, which is...

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Benefits of Hiring a Health Coach & the Four Tendencies

One of the things I hear often from my clients is that they think they mostly know what they should be doing to achieve "X" goal, but making it happen is another story.   Does this often ring true for you?  I know it does for most people, including myself occasionally.  For example, I know my digestion is best when I enter meals in a calm, un-rushed, un-stressed state, and eat slowly, without a lot of distractions.  But do I always do this?  No, I often have distractions at meals, eat too fast, and feel rushed.  Hence the reason for my upcoming project, Unplug & Nourish, which you can join too (it's 1 week long and FREE, starting December 10th, 2017).  I may be a health coach, but...

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Thriving Through the Holidays – A Fresh Approach

With the start of the holiday season often comes: more social gatherings; lots of distractions related to decorations, gift-buying, finances, and more; increased stress; highly scheduled calendars; lots of food, often in the form of treats; etc.  Now, honestly, you'll find so many health-related sites sharing information about how to healthfully get through the holidays. However, I think you’ll find my perspective slightly different. I hope you'll take the time to read...

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Intuitive Approach- Part 2

Last week, in part 1 of this post, we talked about intuition, "should's", and using an intuitive eating approach.   This intuitive approach can be applied in the health and fitness realm as well.  I am super passionate about this. I feel like movement/exercise has a bit less emotion attached to it compared to food for most people (though not all), and can be a great place to experiment with this approach . I’m zealous about it because NOT being intuitive with my exercise and activity really helped push me over the edge with my health and kept me there for quite some time when I was at my sickest. I find there are so many people who are like I used to be, pushing so far past...

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Intuitive Approach- Part 1.

The following definition and discussion of intuition was taken from Wikipedia:   "Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without proof, evidence, or conscious reasoning, or without understanding how the knowledge was acquired. Different writers give the word "intuition" a great variety of different meanings, ranging from direct access to unconscious knowledge, unconscious cognition, inner sensing, inner insight to unconscious pattern-recognition and the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning."   You’ve undoubtedly heard of following your intuition. We can get a sense of knowing without necessarily understanding why, what, or how. I think we can all probably also look back at a time in our lives when we didn’t follow our intuition and later regretted it. It’s that deep feeling that something is or...

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