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secondary food

Healthcare policy, healthcare agency

In the months leading up to and following the 2016 election, I stopped reading and listening to the news and I purged my social media channels. That doesn't mean I deleted those who don't share my views: I simply unfollowed those who overposted divisive content about any topic—not just politics—to drive the gap wider rather than to find ways to a middle ground. I don't think I missed out on ...
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Health coaching learnings … from Netflix?

Helllp! I seem to have fallen into a Netflix trap, one that features crime dramas from the UK: first there was Shetland, then there was Hinterland, then Broadchurch, and now River, featuring the incomparable Stellan Skarsgård, who somehow conveys an incredibly wide range of emotion—all without moving a muscle of his face. One of the lines in River that popped out at me is an Orson Welles quote ...
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Advance? Retreat?

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ve probably come across my Kale + Kryptonite exercise, which is a tool I use with my clients to help them assess the nutritional status of their primary foods. I’ve mentioned before that the question of their relationship with time often gives them pause—another one that brings them up short is creativity. Maybe I should rephrase that: the idea that bus...
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Spring into health

snowdrops
Spring has sprung, the grass is riz.... My father used to recite the poem every year around this time. In Michigan, it's still blustery, and the the grass is not yet "riz"—and yet, the light is different, the sun (when we see it!) feels warmer, and Kermit and I see robins everywhere on our walks. Mother Nature wields the Spring wind like a broom around here—spring cleaning is definitely unde...
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What’s for dinner, Mom?

what's for dinner, mom? For a working woman, that one innocent question at the end of the day can cause a lot of stress. (Yes, yes, I know men cook, too, but there's still this gap you may have heard about....) When I work with clients on meal planning, the first barrier we normally encounter is the idea that weeknight meals should be Instagram-able. They don't, so stop shoulding all over y...
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Sweeten it, naturally

sugar
I recently conducted a survey of my virtual community to learn more about you, and one of the requests that came up most frequently in response to my question about what you want more information on was how to kick the sugar habit—which can become increasingly desirable if you have realized that sugar is a major trigger for hot flashes. I wrote about the why and how extensively in a blog post t...
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Food porn fast

banned
'Fess up: did you binge watch the first season of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix? Because yeah, I did. And I read the book in 2015. I saw an article last month about how thrift shops and charities have seen a huge influx of stuff that no longer sparks joy in the original owners, and they're attributing this increase to the show, so I'd call that a win for Kondo and the country, not s...
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Survey says…

survey
My brain and I are on vacation this week, so instead of struggling to come up with a new post, I've decided it's your turn! I'm always interested in providing you with the content, products, and services you are most interested in, and in 2019, I will continue to offer the following: 1:1 coaching (virtual and in-person) focusing on—but not limited to—women 40+ The (Sorta) Secret Sisterh...
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What’s your value?

investment
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! It's the food. And it's more than the food. In less than 10 words, one of my very first clients summed up the essence of Integrative Nutrition®. And she did it using "and" instead of "but," so ...
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Rearview mirror | What we learn from reaching (or not) a goal

rearview mirror
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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New + improved?

Black Friday
Full disclosure: if you love Black Friday, this post is likely to piss you off—maybe read it anyway? america, the privileged Last weekend when I was grocery shopping, I discovered that the label on my favorite brand of canned tomatoes had been redesigned ... again, for the second time in a year, I think! Same brand, same tomatoes, new label. It reminded me that in the early nineties, I shared...
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Come up to the lab…

microscope
If your mind immediately filled in that blank with "and see what's on the slab," you're proof that campy movies never die. THAT one has been entertaining college students since I was 10 years old. And what place, you might be thinking, does The Rocky Horror Picture Show have in a blog post on health, especially a post that ought to be focusing on either how to create a healthy Thanksgiving meal...
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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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Yes, I am.

This week, I'd like to revisit last week's post, Full stop. Why? Because I can and because it sparked a lot of responses, not just a couple in the blog comment section but a lot more than usual as responses to my email. One woman wrote, "I almost feel like we have to WHISPER this—so no one overhears!" Another explored whether our physical environment and the company we keep limit our ab...
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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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Who are you comparing yourself to?

generations
I recently walked the Dexter Ann Arbor 5K in 40:49 (beating last year's 52:12 by a long shot despite the pouring rain)—I had meant to run this year, but some troublesome arthritis got in the way. Afterwards, I asked a much younger colleague how she'd done, and she said, vaguely, "Oh, really well—much better than I'd hoped!" Later, I found out that she'd placed 2nd in the 25- to 29-year-old w...
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Dr. Seuss is in the house (and in the kitchen)!

journal
If you've followed me for a while, you know that in addition to being a health coach, I have a side hustle that used to be my full-time job and that I still adore—from a bit of a distance since I'm now a part-time contractor and mostly work from home. Last week, one of my colleagues celebrated her birthday, and our team decided to have breakfast in person rather than have our weekly phone check...
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