Food (and) sobriety: a conversation with Marc Azoulay

As an integrative nutrition health coach, my scope of practice does not include diagnosing, treating, or prescribing – instead, many clients with whom I work use my health and kitchen coaching…

Join me at the Local Food Summit!

Registration is now open for the 8th Anuual Homegrown Local Food Summit, which will be taking place Monday, February 15 at Washtenaw Community College. This year’s theme is “Local Food…

Fl!p Your K!tchen update!

Lots going on with the cookbook these days – first and foremost, the pre-order page will soon be available! In the meantime, deepest appreciation to my village: creativity coach Chad…

Baby Step #1 | Drink this first

This is the first of a 12-part series titled “Baby Steps.” On the first of each month, I’ll post 1 tiny step toward better health that you can take every…

Baby Steps

With me it’s all er nuthin’. Is it all er nuthin’ with you? ~Will in OKLAHOMA! Making New Year’s Resolutions, particularly about our health, is a ritual many of us…

This is a test…

…of the technoidiot broadcasting system. Hello? Are you receiving? Kind of an odd way to advertise the launch of my new website, but it’s been a rather steep learning curve over…

Breaking Bad: It’s Really about Self Care

Breaking Bad: A colloquialism popular in the American Southwest referring to when someone has taken a turn off the path of the straight and narrow, when they’ve deviated from what’s…

What’s cooking in January 2016?

I’ll be offering more hands-on cooking classes and a reprise of the Fl!p Your K!tchen menu planning workshop in January – you can see the full list on the Events page. The…

Attitude of gratitude

People who express gratitude on a regular basis have better physical health, optimism, progress toward goals, well-being, and help others more. ~ R.A. Emmons + C.A. Crumpler in “Gratitude as…

Taking it back to the basics

Fl!p Your K!tchen, the cookbook, will be published in time for the Holidays in 2016, and there are a number of ways you can come along with me on the publishing journey!…

Come with me…

As I mentioned in a previous post, 2016 is going to be an exciting year for me: I’m dropping down to part-time at my day job to focus on growing…

Take Good Care: Mapping Your Way to Wellness

I hope you’ll join me for a new workshop I’m presenting together with Su Hansen! $100/person, sliding scale available – call to register: 310-892-9485 or register and prepay below. full…

What if you threw a party…and nobody came?

When I was a caterer (in the years BC – before children), my husband would often watch me preparing madly for a party and comment, “What if they throw this…

A “Knight Out” in the Kitchen!

Join me at Knight’s Family Kitchen for our fall cooking classes – we meet the first and third Wednesday of every month! Classes run from 6:00-8:00pm – arrive at 5:45…

What media messages do you ingest?

As an integrative nutrition health coach, I spend a lot of time working with clients to identify their ideal nutritional choices – the ones that nourish their bodies in a way…

Announcing a New Collaboration!

I’m thrilled to announce a new collaboration with Knight’s Family Kitchen! Happy for the opportunity to reach a broader audience with my services in partnership with Angela Knight, who is…

What pneumonia taught me

Being sick in the summer can be truly awful. But my recent bout with pneumonia (the walking variety) this summer was oddly…not awful? It was, instead, very instructive. Back up…

Are you settling?

Are you in tune with your life’s purpose – the big why of your presence on this planet at this particular time and place? Do you know what you are…

Physical Activity: Find Your Why

As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I work with my clients to understand that our Primary Foods® (career, relationships, physical activity, spiritual practice, etc.) are just as important to our…

Now registering for Fall 2015 group cooking classes

This fall, we’ll be revisiting some basics and welcoming a new guest chef, Andrea Ridgard of Grounded Here Ayurveda + Yoga! Details and registration available at Simply: Home Cooking. Want…

Your Harvest of Health

  What does Autumn mean to you? How do you prepare for the season with its ever-shorter days and the hibernation instinct lurking around the bend? This year, I’m collaborating…

Absence makes the self care fonder

My husband travels to China on a regular basis – not only does he teach and write about Chinese literature, art history, and visual culture, he still has family in…

Happy Spring!

It’s Spring in Michigan! (Finally? I think?) We have one of those northern Springs – it starts, it stops, it teases, it backs off, it relents, it restarts. At my…

Beat the Sugar Blues Workshop

Do you suffer from the sugar blues? Do you constantly crave sweets? Find out how you can control your sugar cravings without feeling deprived! Join me for a workshop hosted…

How do you come to the table?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea that we show up at the table much the way we show up in the rest of our lives, and it is…

Guest Post: Learning to Cook and Eat All Over Again

I’m delighted to welcome my first guest blogger – a high school friend who shares her recent (ongoing) experience with a drastic lifestyle/diet change. Love Kellie’s can-do attitude – she gives…

Flip Your Kitchen: Deconstructing Soup

…one of the biggest barriers we’re facing, in terms of people eating healthier food, is that most Americans don’t know how to cook that well. It is absolutely possible to…

February’s cooking class

Didn’t have time to plan ahead? Eggs are the answer – for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Join me for a class on egg cookery – Eggs Any Which Way –…

February Newsletter

The February issue of the Simply: Be Well newsletter is now available here. Past issues available on the Newsletter Archive page.

My take on going gluten-free

Full disclosure: I am not gluten-free, but I have given it up for extended periods of time – the advice below is not meant to replace proper diagnosis and treatment…

FREE workshop: Eating for Energy

Does winter have you d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g? What would life be like with abundant energy and vitality? What foods have the power to increase your energy? What else contributes to boundless vitality?…

Why eat off the grid?

There are plenty of documentaries and books out there about health and its relationship to our food system, and of course, some are better researched and better made/written than others….

How the Scrinch found Christmas

My family and coworkers would agree – I’m something of a cross between Scrooge and the Grinch. (Scrinch?) Every year, I grumble about the impending holidays … and every year, the holiday…

Ready to invest in your health and happiness in 2015?

Ready to invest in your health and happiness in 2015 so you can really thrive – and not just survive – each day? Registration now open for virtual group coaching series, January – April 2015.

On the edge of getting it right

I have an 11-year-old son and a husband, so (if you’ll forgive a generalization) I watch a fair number of action movies. Okay, full disclosure: I kind of like them,…

Find Your Balance Webinar!

Simply: Health Coaching is going virtual: If you missed the in-person Find Your Balance workshop in September, here’s your chance to experience it for FREE online from the comfort of your…

The wonder of boys, girls, and bio-individuality

One of the principles of integrative nutrition is the theory of bio-individuality: each of us is unique, and therefore our needs for primary foods (career, spirituality, physical activity, relationships) and secondary foods…

Find Your Balance workshop!

FIND YOUR BALANCE, or How round is your circle? Do you have trouble finding time to do everything you want to do in your life or even in your day? Do…

Online class update – changing platforms!

I’m in the process of changing up my online class platform. If you’re registered for an online class and haven’t downloaded the materials, please email me to receive a copy!…

What my father left me

A love of language… The legacy of Russian for Everybody (the version for Americans): I’m always amazed when I meet people who studied Russian in the 1970s – 1990s: without exception, they used…

Dusting is my frog.

Do you feel as though you have a to-do list that never ends – it just gets longer? And those really big tasks just seem too intimidating to even begin,…

Letters from camp, part 2

Hahaa – letter #2: Heartwarming for a health coach  – the lines about the food and the kale are definitely meant for Mom!    

Letters from camp

Our son, who just turned 11, was born two months early – luckily, he avoided many of the “insults of prematurity” (what an odd phrase that is!) and suffered mainly…

Learning to speak a new (love) language

I recently finished reading Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages, a book that is delightful in its simplicity and yet has the potential to be profoundly life-changing. (And as a former language…

MHNA Retreat Workshop

I’m honored to be presenting a lunch workshop at the Michigan Holistic Nurses Association Annual Retreat this September! You can read about the organization here and view the retreat information…

Unplugged…on vacation in Montague, MI

Last weekend, my kids and I spent 24 hours “unplugged” at a fellow IIN student’s lakeside cottage in Montague, MI. (Our kids were initially a bit weirded out by the fact…

Eating in Season – Join the Challenge!

My favorite part of summer? That’s easy: the incredible amount of fresh, locally-grown produce available in most places. I’m lucky to live in Michigan, which surprisingly has the greatest variety…

Join me for a FREE workshop on Savory Snacks!

I’m returning to Curves to give a new workshop on Savory Snacks! We’ll talk about some savory alternatives to sweet snacks, have samples ready to taste, and make even more samples…

Rewrite the script

Have you ever listened to your personal script? The one that dictates how every situation will play out because that’s what always happens? The one that spills out in words and…

Simply: Be Well Newsletter – June 2014

Simply: Be Well, my monthly (?) newsletter, covers what’s happening at Simply: Health Coaching and at my “sister company,” Simply: Home Cooking. In it you can find news from both fronts,…

Free Workshop on Savory Snacks!

I’ll be giving a new workshop on Savory Snacks at Curves in Westgate (2535 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor) at 1pm on Saturday, June 14. Like the previous one on Sweet Treats / No…

Hitting the pause button

Our modern lives are full of demands on our time and energy – they come at us 24/7 in surround sound, whether in the real world or in the virtual…

The Substitute

Scrolling through my Facebook feed, which is daily flooded with posts by fellow health coaches, I came across more than one share of a post titled “Healthy Food Substitutes for…

Under Construction!

Simply: Health Coaching is under construction. For now, please visit Simply: Home Cooking to see what I’m up to. Thanks for your patience.

Welcome!

What’s New + Good? Join me on my publishing journey – my cookbook, Fl!p Your K!tchen, is coming out for the Holidays 2016, but you can give (or get!) a sneak peek…