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the struggle is real

This month, I'm taking a look in the rearview mirror at 2018 and a peek ahead at the road ahead in 2019. I invite you to hop in and take some time to reflect on and forecast on your own life alongside me! 2 steps forward, 1 step back We're closing in on the two-year anniversary of the 2017 Women's March on Washington, and I've been considering what has changed—and what hasn't—for me as a woman i...
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My relationship with what?

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This month, I'm taking a look in the rearview mirror at 2018 and a peek ahead at the road ahead in 2019. I invite you to hop in and take some time to reflect on and forecast on your own life alongside me! One of the standard introductory exercises for Integrative Nutrition® clients, the Circle of Life is a jumping off point for discussing primary foods and goal setting—many other coaching progr...
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Rearview mirror | What we learn from reaching (or not) a goal

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It's definitely wintry in Ann Arbor, and our seasonal diet has shifted from the cool leafy salads and quickly grilled foods of summer to heartier root veggies and slowly simmered soups and stews. Everything seems to slow down and turn inward at this time of year, which makes late fall/early winter a perfect time to reflect on the year gone by and think about the one ahead. I've been looking ...
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Own the Crone

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the end of the human race Just before the mid-term voting took place, I listened to a podcast in which Carol Cox discusses a TEDx talk she gave just before the 2016 election about why we (men and women) fear women in positions of power—from C suites to Board Rooms to elected political positions. Cox's theory is that both genders—and if you accept the idea that gender is really a spectrum and n...
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Full stop.

On the anniversary of the breaking of the Harvey Weinstein story and the explosion of the #metoo movement, I've been reminded time and again of the fact that women still don't get the respect we deserve—nor do we honor ourselves very often. We don't make it a habit to celebrate ourselves, our strengths, and our accomplishments, perhaps because we still carry with us the idea that it would be se...
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Oxymorons, their opposite … and hot breakfast

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If you're a working mom ... ha, what is the opposite of an oxymoron? I mean, if an oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines two seemingly opposite ideas (living death, seriously funny, deafening silence) for greater effect, what's the opposite of that? "Working mom" really is the opposite—it's two words that are so similar in meaning that it's almost too redundant: all mothers work, whet...
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Making space for the invited inevitable

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  Make space in your life for the inevitable arrival of what you want. ~Danielle LaPorte If you've been with me for a while, you know that in addition to being a health coach, I also work a part-time  "side hustle" as a grants and reports contractor for a nonprofit. I started there the year it was founded and have worn numerous (and sometimes multiple) hats, moving between part-time cont...
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I’m going on a trip….

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After years of staycations, 2018 is becoming the year of traveling for me—and I've been thinking about the learning that comes from not just the trips themselves but the packing that goes into them. My first two big trips this year were by car, which is always nice because you don't have to consider what you take as much as you do when you travel by plane. Packing for overseas travel is alto...
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I’ll have what she’s having…

Courage to Conquer
If you're about my age and you've seen When Harry Met Sally, there's at least one line that people of our generation all know: I'll have what she's having. It seems like every generation has a line or two like that, and even when we hear them out of context, it still makes us laugh. As a coach, I support women in their 40s and beyond in navigating the next stage of their lives with good heal...
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Breakdown on the 110

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If you follow me on social media, you'll know that I was recently featured in an interview on my friend Audrey Groeschel's Women are Journey podcast—you can check it out on your favorite podcast app or catch it on Audrey's website. (I'm episode 16, and I want to encourage you to listen to all of the episodes—including the interviews, which are subtitled "The Story of the Shift," and the solo episo...
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Joint pain | On diet, physical therapy, and woo

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In response to my question about curve balls two weeks ago, Susan wrote, "I had pinching pain in my left hip which turned out to be early onset arthritis. At 42. I now understand, through physical therapy, how to stretch that joint and keep the pain somewhat at bay … however I was very surprised my body suddenly had pain moving in ways that used to be normal." Oh yeah, I thought. I had just sch...
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SOUL food | Unique

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This is the third post in the SOUL food series—you can find the first one at SOUL food | Seasonal and the second at SOUL food | Organic. Integrative Nutrition® upholds that we are all bio-individual: what is food for me might be poison for you; what nourishes me might toxify you. This is true not only for the food we put in our mouths but for all the primary foods that nourish us (or don't), an...
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Welcome to the trough

Because explaining what I do as a health coach can be difficult—while the profession is certainly growing, it’s still an alien concept for many—I like to talk about my work using stories, which seem to make more sense than a lot of theory and explanation. You can check out the previous stories in this month's series here: Where are you hiding? and How do you come to the kitchen? After the feedi...
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How do you come to the kitchen?

As I mentioned last week, explaining what I do as a health coach can be difficult: while the profession is certainly growing, it's still an alien concept for many. I often like to explain my work using stories, which seem to make more sense than a lot of theory and explanation, so for the rest of this month, it's story time! The second story I tell is titled, "How do you come to the kitchen?...
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Happy New (School) Year | What’s new + good?

I've always felt that September is, in an odd way, the start of a new year, and so it was nice to hear this confirmed by Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365. She identifies three "new years" in a twelve-month cycle: the start of the calendar year, the start of summer, and the start of the school year. The start of the school year has always been one of my favorite times of the year, not only because ...
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Gone fishin’ … and a request for the fall!

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You may or may not know that in my "other life," I contract for an amazing nonprofit called Fair Food Network—our healthy food incentive program, Double Up Food Bucks, is now available in various forms in 21 states, including statewide in Michigan. It's an honor to work with this team of people...and it's also a LOT of work! From 2009 up until now, vacations have usually included checking in...
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Do less better.

Today marks the beginning of a series of workshops my collaborator, Holly Southerland, and I are calling Month of Margin. The goal of the workshops is to help women create margin in their external and internal environments by a three-step process of decluttering, organizing, and improving efficiency. What is "margin?" Richard Swenson explains it mathematically as Margin = Power - Load. That's s...
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Are you cancelable?

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When I was being certified as a health coach, I live-streamed the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's live events, which are weekend long extravaganzas of top speakers from the world of health and wellness. Once, I was surprised to see that one of the speakers lined up for the day was Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post fame. What could she possibly have to say about health and wellness? It...
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Goodbye, Hello: New Year, New Practice

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As I get older, I feel the pull of the seasons more and more strongly, and the words of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 feel more true each year: "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...." Winter is a time for nourishing, slow-cooked soups and stews featuring lots of root vegetables, for conserving our energy (read: naps!), and for turning inward, reflecting on the ...
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Fill Your Plate | Feed Your Life

One of the fundamental principles of Integrative Nutrition® health coaching is that we are not only nourished (or toxified) by the food we put in our mouths—our secondary foods; we are equally (perhaps even more so) nourished or toxified by our primary foods: the relationships, work, physical activity, spiritual practice, sleep habits, etc. that we choose to embrace. I love the work of Gene...
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Q + A with Carl Gunderson

Loved sitting down for a chat with my friend Carl Gunderson of Simply Holistic Fitness today! Carl is a member of the Caerusnet referral group I am part of and is a holistic personal trainer with so much wisdom to share, it was hard to fit it all in—I think we managed to cover just a small portion of his story, philosophies, and practices. I hope you'll enjoy the conversation—if you live in the gr...
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Self-care + Happy Stockholders!

I wrote this for a wonderful networking group I am privileged to belong to—if you're an entrepreneur looking for a facilitated referral team, check out Caerusnet (and if there isn't one in your area, you can be trained as a facilitator and start your own)! Although the post is written for entrepreneurs, it's just as relevant for those of us who are overscheduled professionals, parents, employees.....
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Ask us anything | The recording

Yesterday, I had the extreme pleasure of sharing an hour on the phone with Andrea Catherine Bachman of Grounded Here, LLC. We had a great conversation about who we are, how we came to our respective practices, and how our work shares many similarities - I hope you'll take the time to listen! You can listen to the recording here:
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Baby Step #6 | For not to

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This is the sixth of a 12-part series titled “Baby Steps.” On the first of each month, I post 1 tiny step toward better health that you can take every day for that month – practically without trying. Soon, that tiny step will be part of your daily routine, and you won’t even remember you never did it before. The next month, add the next baby step. By the end of 2016, you’ll have accumulated 12 new...
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15 Ways to Make Life Simple Again

“It’s complicated….” Just about everything feels complicated these days, … and there’s a great excuse for not taking action, which causes us even more (di)stress. How to make life simple The greatest gift we can give ourselves when we start to feel this paralysis is determine what we can exert some control over and what we have no control over – because stressing about the latter is t...
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Everyday Power Blog | Five things to (not) do first thing in the morning

How do you feel about mornings? Yes, please – the earlier, the better! Meh – I can survive them when I have to. Please don’t make me morning. If you talk to me, I will kill you. If you answered “1,” then save yourself some time and skip this post. I know you – you rise with (before?) the sun without an alarm, you smile before you get out of bed, you’re at the gym door when it open...
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Health is a journey – be sure to carry a map!

Before I work with a client, we have what I call a YOURstory session (like a history, but a little less gendered and a bit more personal!), an opportunity to reflect on their health - past, present, and future. One question I ask during this session seems to throw a lot of people: "At what point in your life did you feel best, and why do you think that is/was so?" For some, it's difficult because...
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“The future has many names….”

I am frequently reminded that I learn something new from every class I teach, every workshop I hold, and every client I serve. At times, I even feel that I get more from my clients that I am able to offer! One client's recent gift to me was an introduction to Gratefulness.org. The site has a lot of information about the practice of gratitude, but my favorite feature is the "Word of the Day" - a d...
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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 that helps them reach their physical health goals, whether it's weight loss or getting some numbers in a better place. But we probably spend even more time working on their lifestyle choices - how to get an adequate amount o...
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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 nowhere more evident than when I watch my kids eat. While both are good (i.e., not excessively picky) eaters compared to most of their peers, they definitely have their preferences, likes, and dislikes. One approaches new foods with an enthusiastic attitude: “I’ll try ...
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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, too, and we've found that if there is a decent plot and a handsome male lead, even our 15-year-old daughter will watch them. Hey, as the teenager says, don't judge - it's not easy to find a movie that suits everyone's taste! Last nigh...
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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 makes sure that the situation plays out the way it’s supposed to? The one you’re so very, very tired of because it just makes you … more tired? Parenting a 10-year-old and a teenager involves many such scenes, each one usu...
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“The pitcher cried for water to carry…”

The work of the world is common as mud. Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust. But the thing worth doing well done has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident. Greek amphoras for wine or oil, Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums but you know they were made to be used. The pitcher cried for water to carry and a person for work that is real. from "To be of use" by Marge Piercy ...
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