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Early birds, night owls, and soul care containers

early bird
I've always looked at my ability to wake up without an alarm as a superpower: whether it's for my usual wake-up time (ungodly early) or from a power nap or just in time for my stop on a bus or train commute (truly, the gods watched over me when I used to take the Red Line into Chicago for culinary school!), I wake up without an alarm. Imagine my dismay when I recently heard someone say that thi...
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Is self care really the answer?

"Self care" has become a real buzzword in the past decade—and it can include anything from an hour (or a day) at the spa to meditating to practicing yoga to drinking green smoothies to slathering yourself, your pets, and your house with essential oils. I don't have anything against these activities in principle—well, you can probably tell by my aggressive use of sarcasm font that I might have s...
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Whine + cheese | What’s the payoff?

wine and cheese
Very often, when I encounter a deeply-entrenched, clearly unhealthy habit in a client, I get curious about the payoff: every habit, according to research in this area, brings with it a reward, a hit of pleasure hormones. That's ridiculous, you might think. What possible payoff is there in a habit that doesn't support your health? Well, I guess you could ask any smoker that question.... Havin...
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#healthcoachvacation

Roadtrip 2018
When I was growing up, it seemed as though my vacations never lined up with those of my parents, who taught at a small liberal arts college. There may have been some outcry about this in the community because one year, the college switched which week it was on break ... and the public schools did, too, with the result that we were still off different weeks, just in reverse order! This March,...
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I can still get 3 hours….

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I'm one of those lucky people, blessed with the ability to fall asleep just about anywhere, anytime, even during a bus or train commute (yeah, sleeping on the Red Line in Chicago was probably not quite as safe as on the Boulder–Denver commuter bus). My husband says that it only adds insult to injury that I can also wake up without an alarm, whether it's exactly in time to get up for my daily 4a...
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Confidence Junkie | Q+A with Melissa Brode

One of the best parts of being a health coach is meeting other coaches doing their work in the world. Last fall, I met Melissa Brode of Fuel Wellness, and I just know that her wisdom will touch many of your lives! We put together a quick Q+A for you, and I encourage you to check out the resources Melissa mentions and her own work! [LB] You call yourself a confidence junkie-say more about what t...
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Do you really need another blender?

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My biz bestie, Holly Southerland of Waco Home Organizers, recently sent a note of encouragement to her email list about FOMO (fear of missing out) and doing a "digital detox" by unsubscribing from email lists and unfollowing on social media. You might laugh at her description of how we end up with three blenders—and you might just shed a secret tear because, um, you have three blenders yourself...
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A few of my favorite things | Books

Last week's post on the podcasts I recommend generated quite a few replies, one of the more common being, "But what if I don't listen to podcasts?" I don't find much time to read except for 10–15 minutes in the morning over a cup of coffee before anyone else is up—and I still find that I can make it through quite a few books if I am really intentional about treating that reading time as a non-n...
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Multitasking | To hack or not to hack?

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If you've been following me for a while, you know I'm a big fan of podcasts—I listen to a fair number of self-improvement, health, and entrepreneur/business related ones, and my all-time favorite for "general consumption" is definitely Jonathan Fields's Good Life Project. If you haven't listened yet, check it out for a weekly dose of inspiration. After commenting on words from our own field tha...
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“Getting” religion, getting spiritual

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It's April 22 (Happy Earth Day!), and if you've been following along on the blog, you'll know that the past month has seen me on the West Coast, in the Midwest, and in New England. While my husband travels frequently—it's nothing for him to be gone for months at a time—I'm usually a homebody. And if I'm being honest, I have to admit that I tend to be that way because I adore routine, and travel...
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Got blank space?

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I know how one of my teens would respond to that question, and if you do, too, then you're welcome for the earworm. But the kind of blank space I'm thinking about today is related to the basement flooding this past weekend and the fact that we are currently living with the charming white noise of 10 huge fans and two industrial strength dehumidifiers vibrating under our feet. I could have go...
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When the power goes out: on habit + ritual

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I once asked a native Michigander why, while rain and snow storms are common in Michigan and even tornadoes occasionally pass through, the city where we live—Ann Arbor—seems to largely go unscathed. I expected an explanation about geographical features or wind patterns, but instead he said, "Have you ever looked at a map of the city? We live in the middle of a big heart!" And indeed, if you til...
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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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Baby Step #6 | For not to

Baby steps
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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How I learned to meditate

About five years ago, I switched from a conventional primary care physician to an integrative medicine physician. My hope was that when I brought up alternative therapies such as massage and chiropractic (and nutrition!), I wouldn’t get a blank stare or an immediate scolding. What I got was so much more…. My new primary care physician spent an hour with me during my first visit, and we 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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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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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 to the beginning of this year, when my husband walked in on me in the middle of a very bizarre practice - oil pulling. I usually manage to do this in the wee hours of the morning, when nobody is around, but he happened t...
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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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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 his book, and they always exclaim, "You're HIS daughter?!?" ...and a passion for truly awful puns There was one about transporting gulls across state lines for immoral porpoises, and another one about t...
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