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Soup weather

butternut squash
what happened? That's right: I'm baaack! Thanks to everyone who reached out and said, "What happened? Are you alright? I didn't see a new blog post last week!" Yeah, I'm alright. My site was hacked last week, and I was channeling Snoopy shaking his fist at the Red Baron as I realized that the hackers had broken my streak of blogging weekly, which was going on two full years. To be comple...
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I can hook you up … with some good bacteria!

fermented cabbage
"I fed my sourdough this morning." "What? What sourdough? Who's got sourdough? I want some!" "Liza got it for me." "Oh! That reminds me, Liza, can I get some more kefir grains?" "And, Liza, I need more kombucha SCOBY, I killed mine...again!" "Murderer. No SCOBY for you!" Yeah, that's more or less a word-for-word transcription of a conversation among some colleagues of mine yester...
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Oxymorons, their opposite … and hot breakfast

whole grain porridge
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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Fl!p Your (Airbnb) K!tchen

Breakfast for dinner
Airbnb has been around since 2008, and as usual, I'm a late adopter—this summer's trip to Scotland was my first time taking advantage of it. From Edinburgh to Inverness to Glasgow, then back through Edinburgh to London, we've stayed at five different Airbnb flats and had five Airbnb "experiences." They've all been unique, and they've all been wonderful. Part of what I love about staying in a...
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Thanksgiving 2017 Helpline

Have you downloaded the Fl!p Your K!tchen Thanksgiving 2017 recipe packet yet? If you have and you have questions about the recipes or the strategy that will help you cook most of your meal ahead so you can spend your day with your loved ones, join me on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 for an updated version of the Butterball Hotline! Because I'm all about planning in advance, it's happening TOMO...
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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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Laundry loads and mental (over)load

pixabay tea towels
A few weeks ago, I was tickled by a comic strip in The Guardian about "mental load." Yes, it's sexist, and it generalizes (a lot), and yet, based on the engagement a friend got for posting it on Facebook, it must have resonated with a lot of women. In defense of the artist, she does attempt to offer a solution toward the end. And it got me thinking: in this age of overwhelm, we all carry a h...
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Belly up to the [fill in the blank] bar

pixabay spinach
It's a gray early Sunday morning in Ann Arbor—even I sleep in most Sundays (sometimes even as late as 7am :) ), but today is my first 5K—nope, just walking—and that's a story for another day.... As spring slips away and summer comes into full swing, we're playing "the single parenting game" at my house—this happens annually for anywhere from 2–4 months at a time. You can read more about this in...
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Granola | GOOD 70s hippie food

pixabay hippies
Back in the 90s when I was working for a caterer in Boulder, CO, one of my coworkers also hailed from Vermont. The two of us would often talk about "back home." Jordan, a born story-teller, had spent some time following the Grateful Dead, and he would entertain the rest of the staff at lunch with his stories. One of Jordan's favorite routines was an impression of an old-timer from Vermont compl...
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Crazy Wisdom covers release of FL!P YOUR K!TCHEN

Fl!p Your K!tchen cover
Thanks to Crazy Wisdom Journal for covering the release of Fl!p Your K!tchen and to the Crazy Wisdom tea shop and store in downtown Ann Arbor for carrying the cookbook! You can pick up a copy of the journal in many retail locations around Ann Arbor or read the article online. A few corrections/clarifications I'd like to point out about the article: The comment about cooking class st...
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Goodbye, Hello: New Year, New Practice

winter
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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A (video) taste of the Fl!p Your K!tchen™ project

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You can now order Fl!p Your K!tchen! More details about the book can be found on the blog. And check out this beautiful video created by Christian O'Grady and Victoria Zegler of FYT Productions and featuring some of the splendid photos of Chuk Nowak, the cookbook design by Sean McDonald, and "my" farmers, Tomm Becker of Sunseed Farm and Salomon Jost of Salomon Gardens. And now it's time to ....
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Supper + Support | Spring 2017 series open for registration

supper + support
do you need a new cooking/eating + life style? Have you decided (or have you been told) that you need to change your cooking + eating style – eat more healthfully, eliminate sugar, gluten, dairy, or some other food? Are there other lifestyle choices you want to make? Do you need support to make the shift/s happen? supper + support offers a group experience that includes: Health ...
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Registration deadline extended for Fall 2016 Supper + Support

supper + support
I've extended the registration deadline for the Fall 2016 Supper + Support group coaching series to September 7, 2016. You can read about the series here: https://simply-healthcoaching.com/supper-support-fall-2016/ Questions? Please don't hesitate to email me at liza@simply-healthcoaching.com or call me at 310-892-9485 (8a-8p ET, please).
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Supper + Support | Fall 2016

supper + support
do you need to develop a new cooking + eating style? Have you decided (or have you been told) that you need to change your cooking + eating style – eat more healthfully, eliminate sugar, gluten, dairy, or some other food? Do you need support to make that change happen? supper + support offers a group experience that includes: Health coaching: nutrition information to help you disco...
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FL!P YOUR K!TCHEN How to cook 21 meals a week from scratch (without spending your life in the kitchen) Cookbook, cooking class, and time management tool all in one, Fl!p Your K!tchen creates a system by which you can easily put three made completely from scratch meals a day on your table and in your lunchbox. Discover how to establish and cook from a whole foods pantry…and why you should b...
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Happy (early) Father’s Day!

A big shout-out to all the dads and all those who act as our dads: thanks for all you do! So why is it that for Mother's Day, we expect to pamper Mom but on Father's Day, Dad is expected to man the grill? In some families, it's one of the rare days that Dad cooks (although that is changing, thank goodness). In case you're shopping for a gift for Dad and don't want to give him more "stuff...
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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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Mother’s Day Sale!

Mother's Day is May 8 - and Mom doesn't want more stuff she has to dust! Show your love by getting her a hands-on cooking class or sign her up for the online Fl!p Your K!tchen™ course instead. From now through May 8, you'll get 10% off when you enter the coupon code "mom10" at checkout in the online store
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How to Prep Your Meals Like a Pro Triathlete

Well, nobody could accuse me of being a pro triathlete...but I sure can prep meals like one! Check out my appearance in "How to Prep Your Meals Like a Pro Triathlete" in Outside Online - it really is me, although I seem to have had a name change...?
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Introducing: Supper + Support

supper + support
Do you need to develop a new cooking and eating style? • Have you decided (or have you been told) that you need to change your cooking + eating style – eat more healthfully, eliminate sugar, gluten, dairy, or some other food? • Does the primary cook at your house need support to make that change happen? Supper + Support offers you a group experience that includes: • Health coaching: nutrit...
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“But I’m not the cook…” | Supper + Support

When I was studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I often envied my single, childless classmates: as we were introduced to a large number of dietary theories - from veganism to the meat-centric Atkins plan, from high carb to low carb, from high-protein to low protein, etc. - the institute's staff frequently reminded us that no one theory was right for everyone and that we should expe...
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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 Simply: Home Cooking classes this winter and spring will focus on getting back to basics and will cover a lot of the material in my upcoming cookbook as well as the online Fl!p Your K!tchen™ subscription course. If you prefer...
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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! One option is to purchase a subscription to an online introduction of Fl!p Your K!tchen™ - for yourself or as a gift for the Holidays 2015! Another option, if you live in the Ann Arbor area, is to take some hands-on cooking cl...
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Fl!p Your K!tchen | Subscribe to the online course!

Woohooo - my Fl!p Your K!tchen cookbook will be published in time for the Holidays 2016! Why am I telling you this a year in advance? Because there's something you can do for the Holidays 2015 as well! The book not only provides simple recipes for home-cooked meals from whole, healthful ingredients – it also introduces my Fl!p Your K!tchen™ system, which teaches you how to create 21 meals a wee...
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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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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 price - $100 per person 3/4 price - $75 per person 1/2 price - $50 per person The fine print: Payment in full is due by the day of the workshop.  If you decide not to attend, please do so by close of b...
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Nourish Yourself for Fall…and into the Future!

PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. JOIN US IN APRIL FOR OUR SPRING MINI-RETREAT. Full price - $200 per person 3/4 price - $150 per person 1/2 price - $100 per person The fine print: Payment in full is due by the day of the workshop.  If you decide not to attend, please do so by close of business on September 27, and we will return your payment minus a $25 cance...
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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 for drinks & appetizers! To register for a class and get Knight's updates on upcoming events, visit Knight's Family Kitchen's website. Registration now open for the first two classes: September 2 – Knife Skills + Safety Have y...
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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 a real kindred spirit. Sharing Knight's announcement below: As Knight’s Family Kitchen approaches our one-year anniversary of being open for business, we are thrilled to introduce our newest team member, Liza Ba...
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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 with my colleague Paula Roelands on a retreat that can help you transform your life and take your health to a new level with a weekend of rest, relaxation, and life redesign: Greet and celebrate the energy of autum...
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New workshop: Spring into Healthy Eating + Positive Energy

I'm thrilled to be offering a new workshop in collaboration with Hands of Light Energy Healer Lucinda Kurtz from 11am-6pm on Sunday, May 3 - it promises to be a energizing and light-filled experience! Join us for a revitalizing day of healthful food and an opportunity to release old patterns that no longer serve you. Launch yourself on a new course of action by learning the basics of food selec...
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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 eat well and cheaply and quickly from scratch, but you have to be a very skilled cook. ~Tracie McMillan Author of The American Way of Eating When I tell people I went to culinary school, a large percentage sighs, “Oh, I would ...
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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 by your primary care provider; rather, it is based on my observations and experiments with being gluten-free and helping others to do so. Gluten is a hot topic in the nutrition field these days - you'll hear opinions ranging from "Eve...
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Winter + Spring 2015 Cooking Classes now open for registration!

Join me in the Simply: Home Cooking kitchen for a monthly hands-on cooking class! Simply: Health Coaching clients receive a 5% discount. Details 3rd Sunday of each month, January - May, 3pm-5pm. $50 per person or $75 for 2 when you bring a friend. Space is limited – register and prepay below. Gift Certificates for classes available! Don’t forget: in addition to regularly scheduled classes, ...
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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 on the spot! IT’S FREE! Space is limited, so sign up early – guests and friends are welcome! If you’d like to attend, please sign up at the club or email simplyhomecooking@gmail.com Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ 1pm at C...
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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, health coach tips, recipes, occasional book and cookbook reviews, articles, and upcoming events and cooking classes. You can sign up for my newsletter here. You can find the most recent issue of my newsletter ...
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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 Guilt, this one will be available as a free online class shortly after June 14. We'll talk about some savory alternatives to sweet snacks, taste a few, and make some more to try! Please email me if you would like to attend. Tha...
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Do you struggle with cooking from scratch every night?

By the end of the Simply: Home Cooking online Menu Planning Class, you will have a sample menu plan, new recipes to try out, AND the skill to create your own weekly plan, customized to your needs and using recipes you know. You can enroll as an individual for $49. Fellow health coaches, if you're interested in offering this to your clients as a bonus, please contact me. Cook from scratch. Be well...
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